Glenwood Canyon bike path back in business
The bike path in Glenwood Canyon has reopened to through traffic, just in time to be enjoyed by Memorial Day weekend visitors.”That’s the best news I’ve heard in a month,” said Jeff Neer, owner of Canyon Bikes, which rents bikes and shuttles cyclists into the canyon so they can ride back into town.The path had been closed between the Shoshone power plant and Hanging Lake because of high water. The Colorado River, swollen by spring runoff, had submerged part of the path under several inches of water.The closing, earlier this week, came just before the holiday weekend that unofficially kicks off Glenwood’s summer tourism season.Neer said Canyon Bikes still was running shuttles to the east end of the canyon at Dotsero. But the company then had to shuttle cyclists from Hanging Lake to Shoshone so they could continue their ride into town.Alternatively, some riders chose to pedal to Shoshone and back to town, still a decent distance at almost 15 miles round-trip.Neer said a few customers have expressed disappointment this week about not being able to ride the closed stretch. His holiday weekend business probably would have been about the same if the path had remained closed, but he said it would have been a lot more complicated dealing with the closure.Then again, that would have been nothing new.”We’ve been doing this for seven years and it’s always something,” Neer said.A fiber optic installation project along the trail, repaving of Interstate 70 and past high water all have created challenges for Canyon Bikes.Neer said the company’s busy season hasn’t arrived yet. After a busy Memorial Day weekend, things generally slow down until after Strawberry Days when the peak season arrives.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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