BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 42 Fairplay to Breckenridge

Day Forty Two Bobby’s Blog

Tuesday June 11, 2013, 26 miles (42 km) – Total so far: 2,420 miles (3,894 km)

Today was a great day for a couple of reasons. One we had only 22 miles to ride into Breckenridge and two my wife is here. We’ve got a great condo with Thane and his wife and after 18 days with out a rest day I am looking forward to four days off the bike and to spend some time with my wife and my son who lives in Vail.We started off with the continental breakfast at the motel in Fairplay and then hit the Coffee shop in Alma before tackling the 4 mile climb up to Hoosier Pass.

That went a lot better than I thought it would. A cyclist pulled up next to me about half way up and I was actually able to string sentences together. Think I’m just getting tougher.We were both pretty pleased with the climb and had the photo op at the top,put on our jackets and began the 12 mile decent to Breckenridge and a real breakfast at the Blue Moose.

We then checked in to our condo at Thunder Mountain and got ready to greet our wives. It just keeps getting better. I even agreed to go shopping with my wife. After 18 days straight on the bike a break will be nice.

Day Day Forty Two Thane’s Blog: The good cry

Tuesday June 11, 2013, 26 miles (42 km) – Total so far: 2,420 miles (3,894 km)

A friend of mine who has ridden this crazy ass Trans Am more than once told me that today I would find some serious suffering on the climb up Hoosier Pass. When I get back home and this cycling journey is nothing but a beautiful memory I will have to tell him he was wrong.

Long gone was the brutality of teaching myself how to climb. Long gone was the hope that beyond the next switchback the climb would end. Long gone was the fear of miles and miles of steep uphill.

Today, on this mountain climb I found a gear on the rear cassette that made my legs happy. Today it was two short of granny. The sign said four miles to the summit. And to tell you the honest truth as I approached two mile mark a tear began to fall from my cheek. In my mind, I felt no suffering at all. The beauty of this mountain and the fact that in my heart of hearts Boo and I would never, ever be in this place again had made me cry the good cry.

For me, these types of climbs put this incredible thing called life into pinpoint clarity. And as the next mile ticked off I was hoping that the sign on the bottom of this mountain was wrong. Maybe it was just a silly joke put there by the local road commission to fool cyclist into thinking the climb was only four miles when in fact it was double that.

I am writing this journal from the comforts of a really cool condo in Breckenridge. My awesome wife is sitting behind me on the couch as I type away and she asks me something. She says, “What’s wrong?” After 34 years of marriage she knows me better than I know myself at times and this is one of those times.

I simply turn to her, smile and say. “Would it be ok with you if tomorrow I ask you to drive me back to the bottom of Hoosier Pass so Boo and I can make that climb one more time?” She threw me an incredible smile and said, “I really knew you were thinking something like that”

Today my fox and I will walk around downtown Breckenridge holding hands and just loving the fact that after all these years and all the shit that life throws at you we have survived. Yes, 42 days of cycling have honed my body into something I cannot explain and I am here to tell you all that it would all be shit if I didn’t have her in my life.

Tomorrow morning we will pack Boo into the back of the rented SUV and point it south. Our destination will be the base of Hoosier Pass. When I summit it this time I will not give a shit about the sign marking the finish of the climb or the sign on the right side of the road that warns drivers of a steep and dangerous downhill descent. No my friends and family and random cyber strangers waiting for me tomorrow at the summit of Hoosier Pass will be the greatest reward of all. My wife.

bobby looking at hoosier pass

bobby looking at hoosier pass

maybe, maybe not

maybe, maybe not

the view from half way up

the view from half way up

we made it boo

we made it boo

my fox and i

my fox and i