BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 41 Royal Gorge to Fairplay

Day Forty One Bobby’s Blog

Monday June 10, 2013, 69 miles (111 km) – Total so far: 2,394 miles (3,852 km)

I may have said this before but I say today was the hardest I think of all. We left the Gorge pretty early (6am) and figured to have breakfast in Guffey. It’s off route and very steep uphill and when we got there nothing was open and there really isn’t much there to begin with.

We had about half a bottle of water left and figured we were pretty much in trouble when I passed by a house and a lady came out and offered to fill our bottles for us and gave us homemade cookies,bananas, and some snack bars.

We were now another 26 miles or so from breakfast. And it took us almost four hours to climb 25 miles to Guffy. The climb to Hartsel was even harder and when we finally got there I was hitting the wall and didn’t think I could go any further. It was in the 90’s and no shade to be found.

We had a good meal in Hartsel and decided to just rest for a couple of hours then finish the 18 miles into Fairplay. We got a pleasant surprise when we turned right on 9 towards Fairplay, the wind came around to our backs and it was pretty much flat all the way in.

I am so excited as I write this because we only have to cycle 20 miles to Breckenridge where we will spend four fun filled days with our wives. We have not had a rest day for 19 days. Sooooo tired.

We did go to the famous Guffy garage but Bill was not around. No one was around for that matter.

We did go to the famous Guffy garage but Bill was not around. No one was around for that matter.

I take that back. I think he left this little guy in charge.

I take that back. I think he left this little guy in charge.

This place is pretty weird.

This place is pretty weird.

Looks like they forgot one on the grease rack.

Looks like they forgot one on the grease rack.

Now this guy was on the wrong side of the fence but not for long. Right after I snapped the pic he jumped right over a four strand barbed wire fence with the ease of a white tail deer.

Now this guy was on the wrong side of the fence but not for long. Right after I snapped the pic he jumped right over a four strand barbed wire fence with the ease of a white tail deer.

A day of absolute beauty in spite of the pain.

A day of absolute beauty in spite of the pain.

A young cowboy perished here. So sad.

A young cowboy perished here. So sad.

Met Mark in the restaurant he filled us in on the young cowboy who died.

Met Mark in the restaurant he filled us in on the young cowboy who died.

Day Forty One Thane’s Blog: east vs west

Monday June 10, 2013, 69 miles (111 km) – Total so far: 2,394 miles (3,852 km)

I am not going to lie or skirt the truth here. The first 50 miles of climbing today were tough. Damn tough. Anyone that has ever cycled up Current Creek Pass along highway 9 can back me up on that. I think we had over 5,000 feet of climbing at an average speed of just over 6 mph.I can also tell you this. The brutality of today simply has no comparison to the brutality that was inflicted on Boo and I when we cycled the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Yes, we climbed for hour upon hour today but only once did the pitch vault over 10%. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we have been cycling now for over 40 days. I’m not really sure. What I am sure about is that I have absolutely no fear of the climb up Hoosier Pass tomorrow which puts us at 11,542 feet. This is the highest we will climb on our journey and I am truly stoked to reach the summit tomorrow.

Today we had no services (no food or water stops) for 50 miles. That came as a shock to us. We took the 1 mile uphill detour to Guffy after three hours of climbing to the spot where the map we could find a restaurant. Yea! It’s freaking Monday and that means they are closed. Fortunately for us, an awesome woman just happened to be outside and hooked us back up with water in our bottles and even gave us some snacks. That gesture of kindness will never go unthanked.

Tomorrow we travel north. Up and over Hoosier Pass then on into Breckinridge for a four days rest and get reacquainted rendezvous with our wives. They are both flying out tomorrow for a mini vacation. Booyyaahhhh! Booyyaahhhh indeed!