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We Rocked the Rockies

July 1, 2010

Guesssssssssssssss whaaaaaaaaaaaat! We’re on top of the Rocky Mountains.  Oh wait, we’re ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.  No, we didn’t take an escalator, like I suggested. We actually rode our bikes 6,842 ft UP. 

Let’s start from Pueblo, Colorado, which sits at a mere 4,692 ft above sea level.  After a night on the town in Pueblo (aka watching trashy television in our lovely motel room), we found a delicious brunch at the Shamrock Brewing Company, then hopped over to Solar Roast Coffee to work on some crafts and mail.  When it started to rain and the coffeeshop closed, we were forced to go back to the pub and drink more beer (well, root beer for me) until the skies cleared.  Drats.  At sunset we took a short ride out to the Lake Pueblo State Park and met some other cyclists, who were also riding various ACA routes.  We woke up the next morning to the sunrise over the resevoir, with the Rocky Mountains in the background.  It was stunning, to say the least.

On Monday, we completed our first giant climb to Wetmore (6,128 ft), then lost it all again on the way to Florence (5,191 ft).  Then back up again, surprisingly quickly, to Cañon City (5,332 ft), where we camped just outside the city, near the Royal Gorge, with our new (accidental) bike clique – Joe, Will, Siemen, and John.
After agonizing over some frightening elevation charts, we began Tuesday’s ride with full knowledge that it would be the toughest of the Rockies.  We rode first to Guffey (8,600 ft), then to Hartsel (9,420 ft), then to Fairplay (9,953 ft) – climbing a total of 4,621 ft over the course of about 65 miles.  We were pretty happy to set up camp at the end of the day…despite the fact that the “campground” we had called ahead about was actually just the grassy median of an RV parking lot.

In the morning we made some scrambled pancakes.  There’s a reason why this is not common practice.  Scrambled pancakes are terrible.  Motivated by promises of a hot tub in Breckenridge, we started the last major climb of the Rockies, to Hoosier Pass.  Twelve miles and 1,439 ft later, we were standing on top of the Rocky Mountains, at 11,392 ft above sea level!

 

It was downhill (in a good way) from there – we coasted all the way to the beautiful mountain home (with hot tub!!) of Lee and John, friends of friends, who were kind enough to host us for the night. After a delicious dinner made by Lee, we’re hitting the hay before a long (downhill!) ride tomorrow.

 

Janelle

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. jenny's mama permalink
    July 1, 2010 6:52 am

    Only one word for you women – AWESOME

  2. Joey's Mommo permalink
    July 1, 2010 7:42 am

    I’m with Jenny’s ma! You are totally amazing. Lovin’ the blog.

  3. bikerpat permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:57 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “The mountains again have produced the truth, and produced three great women”

  4. bikerpat permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:59 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “The mountains again have produced the truth, and produced three great women”

  5. July 1, 2010 11:29 am

    Marvelous Wonder Women. You’ll have material for a book when finished!

  6. lindsey Jones permalink
    July 1, 2010 1:27 pm

    why did you scramble the pancakes in the first place??

  7. Tim Jones permalink
    July 1, 2010 4:15 pm

    Wow. That’s some serious climbing. Way to go. I see the Tour de France in your future!

  8. Hannah permalink
    July 1, 2010 5:05 pm

    Holy mol-eeeee! Congrats women!

  9. bikerpat permalink
    July 1, 2010 6:41 pm

    Phil’s second GMA quote of the day:

    “Time lost on the climbs can be made up with skillful and daring descents”

  10. Molly permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:45 pm

    Amazing journey you girls are on… Hope you find a great spot to watch fireworks!

  11. Aunt Lynne permalink
    July 2, 2010 3:52 pm

    OK, I caught my breath on your downhill ride. Amazing what you can accomplish when you set your mind (and body) to the task at hand. Awesome threesome! Love you guys!

  12. bikerpat permalink
    July 3, 2010 10:50 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “I tell you I keep coming back so as to witness one of the finest sporting events in the world.”

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