Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Elevation:HIGH !!!!!!

Day 43: 58 Miles Crested Butte to Sargeants, Co.

We did a easy ride from Crested Butte to Sargents that day and arrived early afternoon. We checked into a tipi at the campgrounds because none of us have ever slept in one before, and there was a firepit to roast marshmallows in the tipi.

Our raindance worked and brought in the clouds.

The interior of the tipi was nothing luxurious, but it was cozy enough for the 4 of us.

Day 44: 65 miles Sargeants to Cotopaxi, Co.

Today we climbed up a steep 10 mile mountain pass that reached 11,312 feet. I was so surprised at how well we all did. The hills are no longer daunting, and climbing on my bike has become sort of meditative for me. I can't believe I am even saying this, but now that we are entering the flatlands I'm going to miss the hills. Monarch Pass is the highest elevation point on our entire trip. Congrats everyone! We did it!

Where there is an uphill, there is a downhill. This was the best downhill run ever. I think we clocked in at close to 50 mph racing down. It's the most exhilarating feeling ever!

Stopped in Salida. We met "The Princess Tour" in the bike shop. A group of lady cyclists raising money for literacy.

Todd... We are so glad we met you!
On our way to Sargents, Debbie met Todd biking on the highway. He offered to drive our heavy saddlebags to Salida on the other side of Monarch Pass. The climb was so nice without the extra weight. Todd invited us to hang out at his house when we got to Salida. We got to meet his cat, Jasper. He's a goldsmith and showed us all his designs and even cleaned Debbie and Ceci's jewelry. Check out his website:

Todd was so funny. We were talking about going to high school reunions and how there's always this pressure of having some kind of professional career to brag about. His response to people when they ask him what he does is, "I dick around." Really he's a super talented jewelry designer, and he also makes cool bugs and lights.

We waited out the afternoon storm at Todd's house. When the rain cleared up we got on our way again. The sky after the rain was beautiful.

Fresh Marmalade!

Day 45: 73 Miles Cotopaxi to Pueblo, Co. Aunt Irene's House!!!

Stopped for lunch in Canon City

Wish we could have gone in and gotten some hoochie mamma mountain fashion. Teva's with no socks, a sports bra, and really sexy walking stick.

Healthy picnic in the park in Canon City.
Ceci and her bountiful produce.

We managed to bike just ahead of the storm that was following us.

Aunt Irene!!!!! Zachary from REI in Santa Monica hooked us up with his Aunt Irene. (Thanks, Zachary!!) She offered us a comfy house to stay in for the night in Pueblo. She had everything a tired biker would want after a day of riding. Warm showers, clean towels, washer dryer, soft beds, lots of food, computers with hi speed internet, fresh brewed coffee,... the list can go on. We feel so spoiled.

We are blogging from her house right now, and trying to draw out the morning as much as we can so we don't have to leave. Thank you for your generosity!
Thanks so much for having us Aunt Irene.


Deidra said...

Congrats on conquering Monarch Pass with your clothes on!

You guys should have more on the Princess Tour. They are awesome because literacy is awesome. I'm serious!

And HoochieMama Mountain Fashion just became my most favorite thing in the entire world.

Sunlight In The Rain said...

that photo of wesley in the tipi is awesome! it's like, the blair witch project... except there's a cartoon reindeer terrorizing you guys!

ha ha ha!

jadis_1979 said...

Hi ladies! tim and i are in wisconsin right now visiting his dad. david would like me to tell you "way to go you girls!" on getting over the mountains! we're all proud of you.
keep up the good work
luv riana

missionfantastic said...

does this mean you are almost in Nashville?!! I love you! Bring me back a teepee!

miss you!! keep up the good work!