We made it to Colorado and hopefully have left the blistering 110-120 degree heat behind us! Great ride today where we actually made decent time and enjoyed terrain where we could maintain our speed.
Slightly after Monticello, about 28 miles into the ride, the family that we met at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch stopped and gave us water. They were excited to see us, but we were equally glad to see them. It was so nice to see such enthusiastic children — the boy 10 and the daughter 12, (I’m blanking on their names) all full of questions. When I was really tired and a bit nauseous from the heat a few days ago after climbing the Hog Back Ridge on Highway 12 enroute to Boulder, I told the boy after he saw us on the bikes that he could give us water any time. The dad had given me some good stretches to do. (I guess I must have looked pretty exhausted). [The father has the blog address so hopefully he’ll give me everyone’s name]
Apparently, for the last 4 days, they were eager to find us again and give us water.
Shortly after entering Colorado, a series of thunderheads formed and followed us for about 25 miles. The temps dropped by about 25 degrees and was quite enjoyable. When we got to Dove Creek, the cross winds had increased to about 50 mph, so we had lunch in a do it yourself car wash. I checked the weather and radar and the forecast called for high winds above 50 and lightening, but unlikely the rain would not touch the ground. We waited about 20 minutes in our car wash, finished lunch and took off again. In about 15 minutes we reached a spot where it had poured for a 1/2 mile or so. We thought we had beaten the storm. In about 10 minutes the wind really picked up with dirt, plants, tumble weeds and hay whizzing across the road. I had to stop several times as I wasn’t sure I could keep the bike on the road. I removed a lot of hay from my bike and in my biking glasses. After about 30 minutes, the cross wind turned into a tailwind and turned the hazard into a joy ride. By the time the storm subsided the snow capped mountains of Colorado were a lot closer.
I hope to catch up on previous days st some point …