Highest Elevation Point!

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

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today was a pretty fun day for crew but it kicked the rider's butt. We left Gunnison around 7 and drove in front of a group of riders for about 20 miles. It was pretty easy for them in the beginning and took us right through some pretty farms. Once the other group of riders were dropped off at the bottom of the climb, our truck doubled back to follow the riders and we continued on to the hotel. On our way to the hotel we passed some of the hand cyclists beginning their climb and gave Eric a "lift" since his gears weren't working. Look at the picture to see what I mean by a lift. Once we made it to the top of the hill I checked inside the visitor center to make sure everything was set up for lunch. While inside I overheard a hiker looking for a ride down to Salida. I invited him on board and man could he talk. He said he hasn't see people for almost 6 days so I think he was just a little needy for some human contact. He is hiking from Mexico to Canada along the continental divide and need a ride down to Salida to restock on supplies. He is also doing his hike as part of the hike strong campaign. I found his blog if you want to check it out: http://postholer.com/journal/viewJournal.php?sid=9a5b6974bea7c45f7fb2aff415947013&entry_id=12385
Once we made it to Salida, we said goodbye to Matt or "Iceaxe" and unloaded luggage. I drove back to the lunch spot to give Jeremy a break and I am finally starting to feel more comfortable with that shuttle bus. We hung out in Cindy's RV (she is from Lifequest and is riding with us until Denver) and she made everyone eggs, bacon, mac n' cheese and coffee! It was nice to be in an vehicle with heat and ac for a change too. We left pretty soon afterwords and got stuck behind a tractor trailer towing a house down the mountain. Not sure who thought that was a good idea. We finally made it to the hotel only about 30 minutes before riders started showing up. I went with Jeremy and Carl to Walmart and the local bike shop, Absolut, to pick up some supplies as well. Spent almost 400 dollars too! This ride can be unbelievably expensive. When we got back, the Elk's lodge was preparing dinner for us and the fixed A LOT of food. We had salad, lasagna, dinner rolls, watermelon, strawberries and cookies. They even gave the riders a Salida Girls calendar which was pretty funny. One of the State Farm guys pointed out that we reached our highest elevation point today, so it is technically all down hill from here. I don't think the riders found that amusing.
Tomorrow we make our way to Colorado Springs. We have to sag a few miles because the canyon is too narrow and dangerous for the riders. We are ending at Fort Carson for an event as well. I'm looking forward to Friday though because I finally get to see Alex!
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