I left on August 1st for a bikepacking trip on the Colorado Trail and celebrated my 40th birthday while on the trail on August 3rd. I decided to combine backpacking with bike touring and ride the trail going from Denver to Durango. I knew what I was getting myself into, this was not going to be a casual ride through the park. The trail is over 500 miles, it passes through 8 mountain ranges, six National Forests, and six wilderness areas and most of the trail is above 10,000 ft. Bicycles are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas so there are necessary detours around these sections. It did not disappoint, this trip would prove to be one of the most difficult and rewarding trips of my life.