Day 45 Tuesday July 5, 2005, 57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 2,658 miles (4,278 km)
56.9 Miles and 4:52 Pedal Time
I woke up at 7am I didn’t want to get outta bed. I rolled outta bed around 7:15 and went down stairs and ate breakfast with the kids. I had leftover spaghetti and chicken salad for breakfast. I played checkers with Dorjay while I ate.
Chris was running out the door for a business meeting and the kids were getting ready to go to camp so quickly before everyone went their own way I was able to get a family portrait of the John family. I had a great time staying with them for the past 2 days. Chris and Tina are remarkable people and I had an enjoyable time hanging out with the kids.
After I left the condo I got on the Breckenridge bike path and rode 8 miles to Frisco. I stopped at the library but this website was down. I went to Walmart city and bought some double sided tape and attached my compass onto the mounting piece of my handlebar bag. I stopped at a few bike shops to buy a few spokes, when I found them the bike mechanic had a real attitude with me and I almost just walked out, but I needed the spokes and was anxious to get on the road.
When I was riding the bike path Frisco to Dillion I got confused and wasn’t sure if I was going the right way. I stopped a cyclist to ask directions and we ended up talking for a while. Her name was Susan and she was training for a big bicycle race that was coming up. Susan and I rode for a while talking about bike touring. Her boyfriend is riding the northern tier (the northern cross country bike route) right now in a few weeks she is going to fly to Bar Harbor, Maine to meet him and then they are going to tour Nova Scotia.
Most of the today’s riding I was descending down the mountain very slowly. Breckenridge was at about 9800′ and Kremmling is at around 7500′ I had some medium headwinds all day long, but I was still able to have fun riding. I stopped too many times to stare/photograph the mountains. The mountains have too much personality for me to not stop and stare. I lose my mind when the shadows from the clouds change all the colors.
2 girls riding eastbound flew past me today while I was sitting on the side of the road opening a can of tuna fish. They should have stopped to talk because I had a message for them from their friend who I passed the other day. But I just waved at them with my orange spork.
Not much happened today, Some guy stopped me to ask where the closest gas station, he asked the right person cause I have all the gas stations on my maps so I sent him in the right direction. I sounded like an expert and I’m not even from around here.
When I got to Kremmling I stopped at the library for a minute. I found the campsite and the motels are advertising $30 for the night. I decided I’m going to camp it looks like it will be a nice night besides I don’t think my wallet can handle that. And there is an excellent view of the mountains from the campsite.
I cooked up some pasta, talked to my Girlfriend for a while and bought some beers. I forgot to put on suntan lotion today and my arms got burned. Tomorrow morning I have a 25 mile hill waiting for me there is also no services all day long. It will be my last day riding in Colorado. Thursday morning ill cross into Wyoming.