GDB: Friday 10/2/2015
Dave and I are over halfway!! That’s cause for celebration, eh? Our best guess for rolling into Antelope Wells, NM is three weeks. Yikes! But, hey, we can do this thing!
On Wednesday out of Breckinridge we biked up over 11000′ Borious Pass and after many miles rolled down out of Watershed Basin into beautiful downtown Hartzel, CO. Not! It was pitiful, cold, windy and derelict. Elevation 8,200′. But it had a restaurant with adjoining bar. So we drank beer and ate dinner.
We’d biked 67 miles that day so it was late and decided to camp across the street behind an abandoned garage by some old trucks, horse trailers and an ancient out house. It was not a good camp…
It was noisy and cold and I slept poorly. After pancakes at the restaurant the next morning we cycled out into the open prairie. It was sparse, wide open and sporadically dotted with small houses and trailers sitting out in the middle of no where. Kinda weird. Off grid? Hmmm?
I was already tired when I’d gotten up and the dreary surroundings weren’t helping. I was dragging…and we still had a 9200′ mountain to climb. Far out.
We stopped for a lunch of PBJ’s and took a short nap too. Afterward Dave had no problem building a lead on me this day. I was feeling sorry for myself. I needed an attitude adjustment. At the base of the mountain I stopped, turned on some tunes and took a puff off the pipe. I figured if I’m gunna be miserable I might as well get stoned.
Things brightened immediately. The sun came out, the scenery improved amazingly and, even tho the mountain was steep, the afternoon improved markedly. I’d decided to slow it down some, find an easy pace, and relax. Poke along, as it were and was rewarded at the top with a very fun 10 mile downhill into Salida, CO. It was warm, sunny and like riding into a different country. What a blast! And the views were wonderfully panoramic.
Lasida turned out to be the coolest little town. Quaint with lots of bikers and people walking a marvelous river walk, complete with a slalom course for kayakers. Very picturesque!
We stayed with “a friend of a friend” whom we’d never met but who turned out to be a great host and gave us the run of his cute home. It was so great. We felt right at home and took an extra rest day. “Clark” left us there as he had work in Toas, NM to tend to. What a great guy! We owe him big! –Chris