BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 38 Sheridan Lake to Ordway

Day Thirty Eight Thane’s Blog: finding beauty in the lonliness

Friday June 7, 2013, 89 miles (143 km) – Total so far: 2,213 miles (3,561 km)

We hit the road at our usual 6 am but things were very different. Yesterday’s time change meant the sun was coming out to play earlier and she was there to greet us when we opened the door. I found it a little odd really. It almost felt like maybe we should have started cycling earlier. When the sun was still sleeping like we have grown accustomed to.

For the entire morning the wind slept in. Bizarre really, but a beautiful thing indeed. It meant that smiles were found on everyone’s faces as they pushed the pedals.

The landscape has definitely changed. This land is barren. Devoid of almost anything but scrub grass and sand for as far as the eye can see. Some might call it ugly but I found a real beauty in the loneliness of these open miles of nothingness.

My camera said hello to an incredible hawk as it was searching this emptiness for its next meal. Ten miles later my camera said hello to three prairie dogs and I wondered if the hawk had found what it was so desperately searching for yet.

We got to spend the day cycling with a neat married couple named Rich and Cissy. Our paths have crossed a few times before this but today we spent much of the day hanging and chatting. It was truly fun and it looks like maybe we will cycle together one more day before we part company.

We found the sign in a little town along the route that marks the halfway point of our trip. After the initial euphoria wore off I had to come to grips with the fact that my bicycle and I will never, ever retravel the previous 2000 miles or so. It saddened me slightly. But only until I caught a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains in the far distance off to my right. I could barely make them out but the mere vision through all the afternoon haze lifted my soul just when I needed it.

Our cycling day ended with a left turn and a five mile trek through an incredible 25 mph absolute headwind. The dust was flying everywhere and I just looked at everyone and said let me drive the train. They all got behind me and I pulled them the entire way. If you stopped pedaling your bike would stop as well. Our top speed was somewhere around 6mph and it was beautifully brutal. Truth be known, I was stoked that on this day I was strong enough to help my friends finish this day out.

Tomorrow we head to Pueblo. I am so,so stoked for tomorrow.

playing with the morning sun

playing with the morning sun

my camera and I wondered how this deer could survive in this enviornment

my camera and I wondered how this deer could survive in this environment

damn straight.

damn straight.

the sign said this is the worlds smallest jail

the sign said this is the worlds smallest jail

bobby heading into no mans land

bobby heading into no mans land

my first prairie dog sightings

my first prairie dog sightings

roughy gathered up a tumble weed today

roughy gathered up a tumble weed today

the beauty in the barreness

the beauty in the barreness

Day Thirty Eight Bobby’s Blog

Friday June 7, 2013, 89 miles (143 km) – Total so far: 2,213 miles (3,561 km)

Got on the road early (6am) from the church in Sheridan Lake and had what would turn out to be a wonderful. We had another long day (90 mi) but it was just beautiful with very little wind and what wind there was was SSE.

We pedaled about 25 mi or so to Eads for breakfast which we found to also be the official halfway point of the TransAm Route. While in the restaurant Rich and Cissy showed up so we got to ride with them again today.

Our destination for today is Ordway and when we made the right turn in Sugar City to ride the last 5 miles we turned into about a 25 mph head wind. After 85 miles we didn’t need that.

Met a father daughter team heading East and had a great chat with them. hjJS1W_image

This seems to have went by pretty fast.

This seems to have went by pretty fast.

Love drafting those tandems

Love drafting those tandems

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