Before I get to today, I need to say a few more things about yesterday. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHAWNA! She turned 22! I think… Second, a fun fact about yesterday is that it is the first time we have ridden east. Interestingly enough, we rode north and east. It was well worth it though! I am determined to go back to Taos as soon as I can to hang out with the Emanuelson’s, go skiing with them, and have a few brews! Bob was insistent on us coming back to visit anytime and even suggested that we ride back tomorrow so that we can all hang out!
Today was a solid day. Not too easy, but not too hard. Plus we crossed another state line! Here are the pictures:
Today I dedicated my ride to Janet Molby. She was the mother and grandmother to the Loudon family and passed away from cancer a few years ago.
Today I rode with Michelle, Haley, Heather, and Allison. This is a selfie of us:
I think we did a really good job today. The ride was 88 miles and we kept a good pace throughout the day. The ride seemed pretty flat, but after looking at the elevation data, we climbed pretty steadily for the first half of the ride and then descended for the second half. The view was pretty awesome. We literally biked around and past mountains! Here is the GPS route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/544431073.
This morning, Bob Emanuelson decided to ride the first couple of miles with us! Within the first few miles of our ride, we reached the Rio Grande! It was a HUGE gorge with a bridge over it and this is where Bob turned around.
There are some more pictures of the gorge above. Riding to the first water stop was pretty easy and we got there in good time. Some other groups took longer, so I decided to take a quick nap! All of the sudden, when I got back on my bike, I felt like my pedaling was getting me nowhere. This was mainly due to the fact that we were going uphill, but to us, the road looked flat. This reduced our morale a little, but we kept riding and riding until we reached Colorado!
We all signed our names on the sign and took pictures of ourselves in various places on the sign. A couple of people even climbed all the way to the top and sat on the very highest spot! From there, the weight seemed to lift from my legs, and we rode pretty quickly the rest of the day. This was mainly due to the fact that we were going downhill, but to us, the road looked flat. This increased our morale a lot! A couple of water stops later we arrived at our host after outrunning yet another storm!
Tonight we are staying at First United Methodist Church in Alamosa, CO. When we got here, some people went to go see the famous sand dunes, but I stayed behind. Normally I try my hardest not to miss out on experiences like this, but there were a few reasons I didn’t go. First, it’s a pile of sand. Second, it was too late to rent skis or snowboards to shred down the dunes. They actually rent skis and boards for people to do this and I was really excited to try it, but alas, we arrived too late. Third, I needed time to catch up on sleep, do maintenance on my bike and to unwind. So I stayed behind and napped while Taylor cooked a delicious dinner for Shawna, Simon, and I. We had chicken breasts with sauteed mushrooms and broccoli! It was really really good and I can’t wait to get back home so I can cook my own food again! Then I took a shower and started to clean my bike. Cleaning took a long time. My bike was super dirty, but now is nice and clean, lubed, and ready to go!
By the time I finished all of that, the team had arrived back from the sand dunes. There was sand EVERYWHERE. In their shoes, in their hair, and in their clothes. We all hung out a little bit, threw in some laundry and turned in for the night. Tomorrow we bike 89 miles to Pagosa Springs, CO. We are staying on route 160 for 88.6 of those miles. Apparently it’s pretty hilly and scenic so we have that to look forward to!
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