Posted by: rustymccain | July 1, 2011

From the Fridge to the Fire

(This is posted a day late due to no internet access last night) Today we woke to a warm morning and sadly had to say good-bye to Mary Ann and Gail. They have been so helpful and it was fun to have them here. By the way, if you ever go to Pueblo, CO, you need to stay in the Cambria Inn! We hit Nirvana there. The hotel was fabulous. The rooms were absolutely 5-star and for a good price. Most importantly, the staff was super friendly and helpful. This place is a must-stay if you are ever in Pueblo. Thanks, Cambria staff!

Two Happy Campers at Cambria Inn, Pueblo, CO

As we left the hotel, we knew we had a long day. We didn’t know how long it would be. The early part of our ride was relatively easy. Gone were the beautiful mountains. The land was relatively flat. Kinda like the sun is relatively warm! We enjoyed the feeling of a little bit of speed as we comfortably rode with bags again at 19-20 mph for the first couple of hours. The land became pretty sparsely populated pretty quickly. The only excitement we had in the morning was the time we came upon a train crossing in the middle of nowhere. As we approached, we heard a train whistle. We both wondered what the odds were of us hitting that crossing in the middle of nowhere at the same time a train would be coming. See, it doesn’t take much to amuse Ray and I. That oddity was matched by another interesting happening. As the road became more and more remote, we ran into construction areas where the road was cut down to one lane. There we were, 50 miles from nothing, not a car within 10 miles, and we run into a redlight. It reminded me of the scene of the toll gate in the old movie “Blazing Saddles”. Since they were replacing bridges over creeks out here, that scene was repeated multiple times. We were glad the Sheriff from Telluride wasn’t there. We were rebels and ran the redlights. It’s so exhilarating to live the wild life!

Having fun in Eastern Colorado

Our first 50 miles was good. As soon as we left from a rest break, though, the wind starting swirling. We fought it for a hard 40 miles and were glad that we only had 24 miles to go at our last stop. At this stop we made some new friends for whom we gained instant respect. Chauncey, Brian and a friend had already done 80 miles for the day and were going to nap in the town park (where the friend had already gone) to let the wind die down, then ride about 40 more. Tough young people. Nice young people. Determined young people. We had a great conversation with them and wish them well in their journey.

New friends Chauncey and Brian

When we headed out for Eads, the temperature had risen well above 100 degrees. The winds had come back with a vengeance. It got pretty nasty. We fought hard, but I think I lost! I had become severely dehydrated. I was cramping everywhere….hands, calves, toes, fingers, back. I was pitiful. Ray was worn out as well and had some cramping but not quite as bad as I was. But we made it to Eads. With 105 miles on the schedule for tomorrow, I am glad that we have a lot of sunlight this time of year. We just might need it.

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