As Jimmy (far left) and I got ready to leave from Silverthorne, Co. we met up with this group that is doing the "Ride the Divide" and the really cool part is there is the grandfather, his son and his grandson all doing the ride together! Have an awesome ride guys!
As we left Silverthorne we got onto a gorgeous bike path that took us all the way to Breckenridge!
Jimmy was continuing on to Fairplay, Co. and I was going to stay in Breckenridge for the day. I stopped into the Blue River Bistro for lunch and was talking with my waitress (Tracy) about campsites or hotels in the area. I had checked online and the hotels were outrageously expensive and Tracy wasn't aware of any campsites in the immediate area. She said there was a hostel in town and she knew the owners telling me to feel free to let them know she suggested I call them. She got me the number and unfortunately they had rented out the last room about 30 minutes earlier. The skies were getting very dark and the thunderstorms were getting ready to roll in. I asked the lady at the hostel if she could recommend anywhere to call. She gave me the name of a small hotel about 3 or 4 miles back where I had come from earlier. I called and they had 1 room left at a substantially lower cost than in Breckenridge so I pedaled back and there just as the storm blew in. Thank you Tracy for all your help :)
The next morning I knew I would have a very challenging ride as I was going to have to reach Hoosier Pass the Continental Divide at 11,539' elevation!!!
When I got to the top there was a couple from Holland that were riding cross country (East to West) and when the gal saw me reach the top she started cheering for me! How cool is that???
They told me about an RV park with tent camping that they had stayed at in Fairplay, Co. and recommended I check it out. I briefly celebrated my victory over Hoosier Pass then enjoyed the awesome downhill ride into Fairplay where I set up camp for the night and decided to stay an extra night and took Sunday as a rest day. Next major city...Pueblo, Co. then onto Kansas!
Cumulative Miles - 1,373.9