Carbondale to Battlement Mesa

Trip Start Oct 17, 2008
Trip End Nov 2008

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Carbondale to Battlement Mesa

60 miles
5 hours and 46 minutes of ride time

I rode with my good buddy Dan Cohen (Peace Corps buddy).  We started on the Rio Grande Trail which was an old railroad. 

The first 12 miles were quite scenic and very easy, riding along the Roaring Fork River and then eventually the Colorado River.  We started our trip off with a little bang.  We came to basically a dead end and our only option was to hop on the freeway and ride 4 miles at an average of 22mph (thats pretty fast).  It was fun riding on the freeway and watching Dan turn around to make sure that his riding partner was still upright.  After every look around towards me Dan's hand would go up into the air making a fist and that always made me giggle.  Even though riding on I-70 was fun it was nice to get off.

We made our way onto HWY 6 (the old freeway); passing New Castle, Silt and Rifle.  Silt was a wild, wild, western town.  

Dan's highlight riding along Union Pacific and BN (Burlington Northern) and begging the engineers to blow their train whistles.  It was quite entertaining for me because it made me appreciate the small things.  Here is a grown man that is loving life due to a couple of trains.  We felt like kids again. 

Its great to feel free and alive.  We both were riding on ClOUD - 9 and we both knew that.  Its great feeling to share that with a friend. 

US- 6 runs along the Colorado River.  We ended up taking the back roads for the last 15 miles which added a lot of time to our ride but it was worth it because of the views.  We hit our first few hills and my average speed was about 4 mph, but  I felt good. 

2 Highlights on these back roads:
1) I saw one bear with 3 cubs.  My first bear sighting ever.
2) Crashing.  It was from my own stupidity . I was drafting behind Dan and then I preceeded to pass him but I passed a little too closely and caught his shirt which sent me to the ground.  My first official fall.

The last hour of the trip I could only think about food, surprising.

Stayed at Dan's work apt. in Battlement Mesa about 50 miles east of Grand Junction. 

Last story , went out drinking and I made the comment to the waitress "Im easy."  Not a comment you want to make in a place like that because BIG PACO (300 pound man) said, "Why dont you come sit over on my lap if you are easy."  
I said, " Try to caught me fat man."

All true until the end.

Great ride.  Its amazing what you think about while you are on the road.

To be continued 
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