This might have been one of my longest bike rides ever. I started near downtown Colorado Springs and rode north on the Greenway Trail almost to Monument, and then back. I made a minor adjustment to my bicycle seat this morning, and all day my butt did NOT hurt! I wish I had figured that one out sooner. My leg muscles, arms, and wrists are sore, but buttocks are a-ok. Bike-riding has another benefit–I can ride without aggravating injuries which I am dealing with in my left foot and right ankle.
I drove up to Park County and finally hiked up a mountain which I have looked at from the car for years. The Buffalo Peaks are in the Buffalo Peak Wilderness, which is part of the San Isabel and Pike National Forests. There is no trail to the Buffalo Peak summits, so route-finding was a challenge. It was a hazy day due to smoke from wildfires in Washington state. The haze obscured what would have been fantastic views. I read that there is a-lot of wildlife in this area, including a large herd of bighorn sheep. I saw one deer and some bear scat. I noticed that a few leaves on the Aspen are starting to turn! I would like to come back here again sometime when it is not so hazy to enjoy better views, and to make a loop including West Buffalo.
I rode Gold Camp Road south from the 4-way parking lot in N. Cheyenne Canyon to the junction of Gold Camp and Old Stage Road. It was 2 hours of moderate uphill, followed by 30 minutes of easy fun downhill. The weather was sunny and warm, not too hot. My legs were up for more riding, but my butt was the first thing to start hurting. Hiking does nothing to prepare your butt for bike-riding!