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In article <40e9f8c0$0$67722$ad3619e8@news.netcarrier.net>, "Norm" <nomd @
netcarrier.com> writes:

>What can I expect as far as finding water to fill my water
>bottels on a tour from denver to the san juan range. I have
>a basic water filter will this suffice or should I use only
>bottled water.

This is a dry place, you will find streams of water next to
the road, but not always. Places to stop and fill up from a
water tap are usually often enough. Are you camping? Are you
camping in the national forest (which is almost a given if
you are camping)? Many of the national forest campgrounds
don't have "safe" water anymore so if you are doing a lot of
that kind of camping the filter would be very useful. If you
are planning to stay close to the more heavily traveled
roads you might consider water purification tablets instead.
They are pricy but weight less than a water filter.

In any event, plan each day's ride ahead. If there are no
towns for 30-40 miles be sure to have at least two full
water bottles to get you through. A rider dehydrates
quickly here.

Tom Gibb <TBGibb@aol.com
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Re: water in colorado ?

Quote:
Originally posted by Chuck Anderson
Norm wrote:

>What can I expect as far as finding water to fill my water
>bottels on a tour from denver to the san juan range.
>
Unless you get far off the beaten path, you'll find potable
water very available. Campgrounds and small towns are
sprinkled all throughout the mountains.

>I have a basic water filter will this suffice
>
Yes. You do not need to sterilize Rocky Mountain water - a
simple filter is capable of removing giardia cysts.

>or should I use only bottled water.
>
>
Just fill your water bottles when you can and plan ahead if
camping outside of campgrounds or far from a town. You may
or may not need to use your filter. I've always ridden
through Colorado (and anywhere else in the lower 48)
without one.

thanks!
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Chuck Anderson • Boulder, CO http://www.CycleTourist.com
Integrity is obvious. The lack of it is common.
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Re: water in colorado ?

Quote:
Originally posted by Chuck Anderson
Norm wrote:

>What can I expect as far as finding water to fill my water
>bottels on a tour from denver to the san juan range.
>
Unless you get far off the beaten path, you'll find potable
water very available. Campgrounds and small towns are
sprinkled all throughout the mountains.

>I have a basic water filter will this suffice
>
Yes. You do not need to sterilize Rocky Mountain water - a
simple filter is capable of removing giardia cysts.

>or should I use only bottled water.
>
>
Just fill your water bottles when you can and plan ahead if
camping outside of campgrounds or far from a town. You may
or may not need to use your filter. I've always ridden
through Colorado (and anywhere else in the lower 48)
without one.

thanks!
--
*****************************
Chuck Anderson • Boulder, CO http://www.CycleTourist.com
Integrity is obvious. The lack of it is common.
*****************************
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