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The scenery was beautiful, but the terrain offered a real challenge for bicyclists unprepared for the altitudes and attitudes it would take to complete six days of riding in the mountains. Participants slept in schools and community centers or outdoors in tents. Mid-week a "day-off" in Pagosa Springs with its spas featuring geothermal pools and the San Juan River's white waters, was the place to relax. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Ridin' through the Rockies

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To say that Colorado kicked our butts would be a gross understatement.

That's what happened to my friend Bob Hines and I when we rode in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado.

We'd been planning for months for the weeklong ride that looped through the southwestern portion of the state and into New Mexico.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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