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Please Stay Tuned for the Bike Parade

July 4, 2010

On our way out of Breckenridge, starting at 7am, we got hopelessly lost on an optional bike path. Four hours later and a whopping 15 miles out of town we found ourselves scouring the sale racks at Target for some sort of cute and versatile sundress. Janelle, nonplussed by Target’s clothing selection, decided pay a visit to the in-store Pizza Hut for second breakfast. All told, a successful morning.

It was 11:30am by the time we hit the road again and headed to what we hoped would be a luxurious spa of a town: Hot Sulpher Springs, CO. Well, not quite the Utopia we had in mind. Suffice it to say we spent at least an hour sitting under the overhang of an abandoned Phillips 66 station (to get out of the rain) eating old cereal out of the bag and paying multiple visits to the Dari-Delite, directly across the street, for soft serve ice cream and erroneously optimistic weather forcasts. Either we looked too homeless or not homeless enough because no one took pity and invited us in for the evening. Confident that it was going to pour but unwilling to pay for a motel room, we proceeded to the town park to set up camp. Distracted by some friendly neighbors and the Anchor Steam beers they offered us, we failed to pitch our tent promptly and paid the price when we were scrambling in a torrential downpour to cram all of our belongings and ourselves into the already puddle-filled shelter. After mopping the floor dry and laying out our sleeping bags, the rain showed no sign of slowing so at 8:30 pm it was off to bed with us. The next morning we dragged our sorry, wet, cold selves to eat some diner breakfast and with the aid of a serendipitously located coin laundry room, felt human once again!

The ride to Walden, CO was as uneventful as the town itself. Convinced we would again be dumped on, we got a motel room, ate copious amounts of fruit and whole milk and laid in bed watching a very disturbing episode of 20/20. It never did rain…

This morning we headed out (after two breakfasts) and endured an unexpectedly hilly and head-windy ride into Wyoming. When we arrived in Saratoga, WY, I was minorly dissapointed to discover that I’d let my fleece fly off my bike – to be absorbed into the wilderness and never heard from again – but much more delighted to come upon Saratoga’s FREE 24 HOUR hot springs. We soaked (and I steamed away my grief) in the egg-smelling, mineral-tastic, almost-unbearably-hot water and exfoliated our sun-baked legs and arms with the special sand on the bottom of the pool. Mmm.

(also there were taxidermied heads in the grocery store…lots of them)

Tomorrow, for the 4th of July, we will ride our “floats” (read: bikes) on our own personal parade route from Saratoga to Rawlins, WY. Jenny is spearheading the event and has insisted that we each submit our “float” designs at least half an hour prior to the parade. We have also obtained some special costumes. I won’t say what they are, but I will say brace yourself for fringe and body paint.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. bikerpat permalink
    July 4, 2010 9:36 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “And that is a big surprise, I really thought their legs had left them behind a few miles back, but you see: they are Americans, it’s July 4th, and all of a sudden, they’re 1578 miles from the finish.”

  2. Jim permalink
    July 4, 2010 9:51 am

    Happy 4th! Hope you have fun!

  3. Alberto Contador permalink
    July 5, 2010 11:57 am

    I really envy you guys. I’m also on a long ride with a large group, but, so far, this thing is not so much fun. The other guys are way too competitive!

    Very impressed with how your working as a team and making steady progress.

    Best of luck and godspeed!


  4. bikerpat permalink
    July 5, 2010 8:07 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “Dancing to a tune few in this group have ever heard before, the lead grew quickly to 3 minutes in as many miles.”

  5. bikerpat permalink
    July 6, 2010 10:38 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “Well, I think you bring out something special in a rider when you throw in a few cobble stones!”

  6. jenny's mama permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:48 am

    where are the photos of the of the 4th of July parade…I want to see fringe and body paint!!

  7. Joey's Mommo permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:11 pm

    Me too! I heard you really rock the 4th. Let’s see evidence!

  8. bikerpat permalink
    July 7, 2010 9:48 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “You cannot breach the gap between opportunism and ability”

  9. john m permalink
    July 8, 2010 12:26 am

    hey you three,
    let me know if yall saw grandmas cafe/ met the pottery dude. thats a magical stretch of land ahead, the tetons and yellowstone are spectacular.

    congratulations! sounds like the trip is going swell.

  10. Joe Hedrick permalink
    July 19, 2010 6:29 am

    dear joey…
    you and i met at the fly fishing shop after you realized you needed a fleece.
    just got back from my trip and finally got a chance to look up the site!
    Good luck to you guys and I hope I get to meet the other two some day!

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