Army's Birthday/Flag Day

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 24, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Monday, June 14, 2010

We left this morning around 7 from Montrose on our way to Gunnison. We led a few of the riders for awhile while the other riders we bumped up a few miles to bypass some of the climb. Once the other riders were dropped off, we went on ahead to the hotel. We also had Chad with us who educated us on the uranium mining around the area. We passed through the Blue Mesa Reservoir too which was gorgeous. It really made me wish I had my jet skis there. We then made it to the hotel, dropped off bags and then doubled back to pick up a few more riders. I drove the Queen to the lunch spot to give Jeremy a break. He said I passed haha. Once we met up with the riders we realized they were moving a little bit too quickly. The police were supposed to escort the riders into Gunnison at 4 at the riders started showing up to the lunch stop at 10:30. We decided to let the riders hang out for a few hours at the lunch spot so that we could group up and slow down. We went back to the hotel with a few of the riders and also tried to catch some of the riders who had bypassed the lunch stop. I was dropped off at the hotel to figure out the room assignments and then had a little bit of a break before the event began. At 4 I headed down to the park with some of the other riders to wait for them to bike in. I also had met Mrs. Colorado, who happens to be our hotel manager, and invited her along. The riders showed up shortly after and we had dinner from the local American Legion. After dinner we had a ceremony to commemorate the rider's arrival into Gunnison as well as Flag Day and the Army's Birthday. It was a nice thought, but towards the end of the day, all the riders want to do is rest for tomorrow. The community did come out in full support. Everyone from the girl's state, the American legion, the elks lodge, the mayor...anyone you could think of was there to support the riders. The mayor even decreed today Sea to Shining Sea day for the town.
Tomorrow is 65 miles to Salida with a 6 mile climb at a 7% grade. It's called Monarch Pass and it's apparently pretty rough. Best of luck to the guys but we do have a rest day coming up soon!
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