BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 47 Breckenridge to Hot Sulphur Springs

Day Day Forty Seven Thane’s Blog: riding the roller coaster

Sunday June 16, 2013, 84 miles (135 km) – Total so far: 2,504 miles (4,029 km)

The alarm went off at 5:30. Fox and Cheryl (Bobby’s wife) had to hit the road about 7 am so they could make the drive back to Denver’s airport. I knew it would be a bittersweet morning and it certainly didn’t disappoint me.

After the photos were taken and the tears were dried we gave the ladies a final wave good-bye and pointed Boo and Chester north toward our final destination for the day. The tiny town of Hot Sulpher Springs, about 84 miles away.

I would have to call today a roller coaster. Come on my friends sing it with me. That old 70’s tune……. ‘roller coaster, uhhuhhhuhhh, roller coaster, ya ya”. Not a rollercoaster in the sense of terrain. We actually dropped from 11,500 feet to around 7,500 feet today so that meant much of the day was downhill.

The day was kind of an emotional rollercoaster and a visual rollercoaster too. There were a few tears shed when the fox and I said good bye and I watched them drive off. I actually started missing her before she left but we both understood that would happen and just simply had to deal with it so this crazy ass cycling adventure can go on.

We cycled on a beautiful bike path for the first 15 miles or so. Then we made the right turn that put us on highway 9. That is where the fun stopped and the traffic got nuts. Absolutely no shoulder for miles and miles. Headwinds and crosswinds blowing fierce at times. All compiled with drivers who absolutely don’t give two shits about anyone on a bicycle. It truly made for about 4 hours of white knuckled cycling.

Fortunately, after this road was put behind us we were graced with a beautiful run into the town of Hot Sulfur Springs that was capped off with a road cut directly through Byers Canyon. Incredible views on both sides. It looks like this road was cut right in the middle of these rock formations that go straight up for hundreds of feet on each side. Truly breathtaking

Tomorrow the badass band of cycling dudes will head for the town of Walden. Nearly 70 miles away and nothing at all between here and there. We stocked up on food and water tonight and will just make it happen.

happy fathers day

happy fathers day

bobby and ruffy on the bike path

bobby and ruffy on the bike path

hey! i had the hammer down

hey! i had the hammer down

leaving this beauty behind

leaving this beauty behind

cycling through the canyon

cycling through the canyon

Day Forty Seven Bobby’s Blog

Sunday June 16, 2013, 84 miles (135 km) – Total so far: 2,504 miles (4,029 km)

On the road again…..

Well I didn’t forget how to ride a bike after four rest days. But maybe I forgot how to read a map. We missed the bike path turn from Breck to Frisco and pedaled another five miles up hill toward Keystone.

So remember when ever you miss a turn or go off route for however many miles you have to double that cause you have to come back. Now we changed a 74 mile day into a 84 mile day. Good thing we had fresh legs.

It was a fairly easy day mostly down hill but the wind was kinda crazy all day. Got reacquainted with the gas station breakfast in Silverthourne and headed for Kremmling for lunch. That left us about seventeen miles to our overnight which is Hot Sulphur Springs.

We passed through Byers Canyon on the way here and words cannot express the beauty of this place.

As usual the town was pretty much buttoned up when we got here but was able to get a couple hot dogs and a bag of chips for supper. Breakfast will be at the (and I still think this is pretty weird) the Glory Hole Cafe. WOW

Oh yea and Ruffy is back with the boys. Welcome back Ruff

Was really hard to say goodbye to my wife

Was really hard to say goodbye to my wife

Ruffy is back in the fold.

Ruffy is back in the fold.

The bike path leaving Breck and going to Frisco

The bike path leaving Breck and going to Frisco

The scenery is just breathtaking.

The scenery is just breathtaking.

Peace is noticing the beauty on a detour.

Peace is noticing the beauty on a detour.

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