We are casual bicyclists and didn't want to ride from Glenwood to Aspen, which is an elevation gain of 2,000 feet, so we drove to Aspen with our bikes and started the trail there. The first section of the ride is all downhill and a lot of fun. The trail is well groomed, mostly paved, and not difficult. We rode all 40 miles to our motel in Glenwood. Including a coffee stop in Carbondale, we spent five hours on the trail. I started complaining after 30 miles about how tired I was, but I am out of shape, so I think it would be a breeze for someone in shape. We hopped the bus back to Aspen to pick up the truck ($7 a person).
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