POSTED BY JOEY - This is the time of year that the riding gets really good in Colorado.  The days are beginning to cool off, the nights are downright chilly, and the trees are beginning their annual show-off session.  This year, for Labor Day weekend, Sandhya and I took Brian and Ashley from Salsa Cycles bikepacking north of Durango.  A couple weekends later, we went to Salida and earned the Monarch Crest by riding it as a loop.  Of course I brought my camera along, and so did Brian!  Photojournal below; click to enlarge, hover for caption, arrows to navigate.