BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 39 Ordway to Pueblo

Day Thirty Nine Thane’s Blog: The dance of life

Saturday June 8, 2013, 51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 2,264 miles (3,643 km)

I’m not going to talk of wind today. Or food stops being closed. Or dry heat approaching 105 degrees. Nope, today none of that shit matters. All of these things and so, so much more will come and go during the course of cycling across America. No my friends, today I need to talk about dance recitals. That incredible day that happens only one day a year. And has happened to us nearly every year since 1987. If memory serves me right, that was the first year that my daughter Shannon (Sweet-pea and Boo’s mom) preformed in her first dance recital.

In the years that followed Shannon continued to develop a love of dance. As she grew older she became a dance instructor and continued to dance all the way through high school. I have some very fond memories of our time spent at dance class and the ultimate once a year event that everyone worked toward “dance recital”

Today, both Boo and her sister got to showcase their love of dance during dance recital. For me, this day was one of the days that I knew in my heart of hearts would be very tough on me mentally. And it held up to my expectations. Much to my surprise, as Bobby and I were sitting in a little bar and grill in Pueblo my phone rang. I have an I-phone 5 that allows me to face time with anyone who has a similar phone. As I looked down at my phone I saw it was my wife wanting to face time. When I hit the accept button to take the call the screen was dark and I heard her say “don’t say a word, hold on a second”. What happened next made me start to cry as I exited the place where my food was being cooked. I stood on the sidewalk on Main Street in the city of Pueblo and cried tears of love and joy as the screen on my phone suddenly turned into a live show of my granddaughters doing the dances they had practiced for all year long.

This call was followed up by one more about 30 minutes later that allowed me to watch the beautiful finally of the show. I was crying like a baby. No! The love I have in my heart for my family was running down my cheeks. The joy I felt as I said good bye to my wife will push my bicycle and I over several mountain passes within the next course of our journey. She gave me time with my grandkids today. I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth today.

Yes my friends, and those of you that for one reason or another are following along on this crazy ass cycling journey. Tomorrow I will throw my leg back over the top tube and continue this journey. Today I am just so damn thankful that my wife loved me enough to share the gift of dance.

the rocky mountains are calling to us

the rocky mountains are calling to us

typical landscape

typical landscape

a beautiful gift from a new found friend

a beautiful gift from a new found friend

bob and ruffy eyeing up their next meal

bob and ruffy eyeing up their next meal

 

Day Thirty Nine Bobby’s Blog

Saturday June 8, 2013, 51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 2,264 miles (3,643 km)

We stopped at good ole JR’s for chocolate milk and to replenish the snack bag with plans to pedal the 11 miles to Olney Springs for a good set down breakfast. No one checked the addenda or we would have known that the restaurant there is closed.

We broke out the goods and had our usual pannier breakfast. Rich and Cissy broke out their french press and we enjoyed a cup of coffee a rare treat for us.

Shortly after we got on the road the Rockies made their presence known to us and we looked at them all the way to Pueblo. I am so in awe of them. Wind had started to pick by this time and we pushed on to Boone where we were told that the store there was closed.

Yaaaaaahay he was wrong it was open with a limited supply of junk food and Gatorade. We managed. The last 20 miles into Pueblo was made interesting by some pretty stiff cross/tail winds and 100 degree temps.

Breakfast in the park. Olney Springs

Breakfast in the park. Olney Springs

That's a Facebook Addict on the right there.

That’s a Facebook Addict on the right there.

I am the egg man koo koo ka choo. Actually he's Ed.

I am the egg man koo koo ka choo. Actually he’s Ed.

I need a little more lens but that is the Rockies right over top of that barn.

I need a little more lens but that is the Rockies right over top of that barn.

The buffalo was not impressed with the mountains.

The buffalo was not impressed with the mountains.

Can't believe how much excitement this little sign generates.

Can’t believe how much excitement this little sign generates.