Stonewall Century 2004

By Eric Russell

Stonewall, CO

Stonewall, CO

The August 28, 2004 Stonewall Century was a great ride. Good support, terrific scenery, hardly any traffic, and a hard route resulted in a great day.

The route climbs from La Veta, CO., with the Spanish Peaks in the distance, through aspen forests in the national forest past several lakes, then descends past the striking stone wall formations.

After a lunch in Segundo we returned on the same route.

The ride back has a hard climb at about the 85 mile point. The Stonewall is one of the harder centuries with an elevation gain of about 7,510' but is a great ride.

This year the weather was terrific but reports are that last year it was very hot. After the ride there is a party at the La Veta park where lunch is served. The food at the rest stops was great, one stop had home-made brownies! Getting there late after work Friday I crashed at the town's gymnasium which worked out great since there was only about a dozen people in the gym. The gym provided showers after the century which was nice. Next year for sure. It's only a 4 1/2 hour drive from Albuquerque.