Day 42: Just a bit further up: Royal Gorge, CO to Hartsel, CO

51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 2,233 miles (3,594 km) Last night’s stay at Starlight campground near Royal Gorge was wonderful. Chuck got a fire going and we all sat around chatting about nothing in particular for longer than we should. It was exactly the kind of relaxed evening that has been hardContinue reading “Day 42: Just a bit further up: Royal Gorge, CO to Hartsel, CO”

Day 41: Into the mountains: Pueblo,CO to Royal Gorge, CO (with side trip to the bridge)

70 miles (113 km) – Total so far: 2,182 miles (3,512 km) The evening before my rest day, me two British mates showed me a proper pub crawl, including graffiti murals and English telephone boxes. Pueblo grew out of several smaller towns so it has three distinct cute downtowns. You may not be aware, butContinue reading “Day 41: Into the mountains: Pueblo,CO to Royal Gorge, CO (with side trip to the bridge)”

Day 39: Getting Ready for Rockies: Ordway, CO to Pueblo, CO

50 miles (80 km) – Total so far: 2,112 miles (3,399 km) Last night’s sleep was pretty rough. Jess and I opted to set up our tents in the city park. The kids hanging around weren’t too obnoxious and left by 10:00. But, the city hall neglected to tell us that the sprinklers come onContinue reading “Day 39: Getting Ready for Rockies: Ordway, CO to Pueblo, CO”

Day 38: Halfway and Hummingbirds: Sheridan Lake, CO to Ordway, CO

90 miles (145 km) – Total so far: 2,062 miles (3,318 km) Today’s weather was great after last night’s thunderstorm. Clean, fresh, and cool. Sorta like me. Actually, not like me at all. There were not showers at the church. Looking ahead, it was clear there were no great options for camping/lodging until 90 milesContinue reading “Day 38: Halfway and Hummingbirds: Sheridan Lake, CO to Ordway, CO”

Day 37: Fitful Sleep and Fields of Kansas.: Scott City, KS to Sheridan Lake, CO

Colorado Day 37- Sheridan Lake, CO Day 38- Ordway, CO Day 39- Pueblo, CO Day 41- Royal Gorge, CO Day 42- Hartsel, CO DAY 43- Frisco, CO Day 44- Hot Sulpher Springs Wildlife Refuge, CO Day 45- Walden, CO Day 37: Fitful Sleep and Fields of Kansas.: Scott City, KS to Sheridan Lake, CO 75Continue reading “Day 37: Fitful Sleep and Fields of Kansas.: Scott City, KS to Sheridan Lake, CO”

Day 36: Elated: Ness City, KS to Scott City, KS

56 miles (90 km) – Total so far: 1,897 miles (3,053 km) After a restful and complete night of sleep, I woke up energetic looking to log 75 miles, putting yesterday’s rainy mess physically and figuratively behind me. I left earlier than I had been recently, but not crazy early. The first indication that myContinue reading “Day 36: Elated: Ness City, KS to Scott City, KS”

Day 35: Daunting, Driving, and Drenching: Larned, KS to Ness City, KS

65 miles (105 km) – Total so far: 1,841 miles (2,963 km) Wind. Not the playful zephyr that zipped us along yesterday. Not the strong breeze that has me set short sails on a close tack with a certain dangerously gleeful look. No, this was a driving, relentless monster to wrestle for five hours. AtContinue reading “Day 35: Daunting, Driving, and Drenching: Larned, KS to Ness City, KS”

Day 34: Crazy Miles: Wichita, KS to Larned, KS

121 miles (195 km) – Total so far: 1,776 miles (2,858 km) Wichita is a charming little town or a thriving metropolis depending on your perspective. To me, having been riding through small towns for five weeks, it was a huge mass of humanity: smashed in together with cars and lights and all the attendantContinue reading “Day 34: Crazy Miles: Wichita, KS to Larned, KS”

Day 32: Big City and a Bike Shop: Beaumont, KS to Wichita, KS

48 miles (77 km) – Total so far: 1,655 miles (2,663 km) The bed at the Beaumont hotel must have been stuffed with angel feathers. I slept a full 10 hours last night, and a good hour past dawn, which is an anomaly on this trip. I don’t set an alarm clock, but my bodyContinue reading “Day 32: Big City and a Bike Shop: Beaumont, KS to Wichita, KS”

Day 31: Amateur Meteorologist: Chanute, KS to Beaumont, KS

65 miles (105 km) – Total so far: 1,607 miles (2,586 km) Last night getting into Chanute, I suggested to Jess and Tuan that we opt for a motel rather than a campsite on account of some impending thunderstorms overnight. Sure, our tents *probably* could have handled them, but I had figured we’d be moreContinue reading “Day 31: Amateur Meteorologist: Chanute, KS to Beaumont, KS”