From the monthly archives: July 2011

Master Bait & Tackle

On July 31, 2011 By

Were were supposed to have our lunch stop in Heeney, CO,  but it turns out the place has been closed for years, so we settled for Master Bait & Tackle for chips & soda, all they had.  The woman running the place had plenty of bottled water to sell cyclists, but no tap water [...]

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We did it, crossed the Continental Divide @ the highest point on our trip, 11,451′, just above Breckenridge, CO.  The view was great, but the big thrill was making the high point.

We took an amazing bike path that follows a beautiful river and also some meadows that cannot be fully captured in the [...]

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Fairplay, 63rd Burro Days

On July 29, 2011 By

We made it the 46 miles from Guffey to Fairplay, just in time for the 63rd Burro Days.  They have burro and llama races, food booths and a performance by “Judge Roughneck”.  For others who are fascinated by the use of quotation marks, I don’t know whether to expect the world famous Judge Roughneck, [...]

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Canon City to Guffey, CO

On July 28, 2011 By

We did only 33 miles today, but it was challenging with 3,400′ of elevation gain with a fair amount of up and down.  It is so nice to be in the mountains.  Guffey is a tiny former mining town that has a couple of cafe’s and not a lot else except for ranching.

On [...]

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Canon City & Royal Gorge

On July 27, 2011 By

Today was a pleasant 50 mile ride from Pueblo to Canon City with temps that barely hit 90. Rich & I almost had the chills after our previous days pedaling on the surface of the sun.  We had a few miles of headwinds, but they disappeared after only about 5 miles of pain.


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No miles riding toward our destination, but we still rode 19 miles seeing the sights of Pueblo.  This morning we watched some of the finals of the junior rodeo stars in the National Little Britches Rodeo.  Spelling counts in these signs, BTW. This was a blast.  The older teenage riders were quite good, but [...]

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Our son Randy & I took an 1,100 mile ride down the California coast in 1993 on a tandem. On the end of the second day Randy suggested that the very end of the day would be easy, downhill and ‘we will just coast right into town’.  However, there was still more uphill and [...]

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Today we had a smooth and not too hot of a ride of 62 miles from Eads to Ordway that included meeting fellow westbound TransAmers Peter, Aimee & Mike from Porland, OR.  When they met us @ Sugar City we were treated like rock stars.  ‘You are Mike and Rich!’ They were impressed because [...]

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OK, I know you may call me fickle, just because I was pushing Bubby back in Kentucky, but Jan needs our help now in the epic quest to be Kiowa County Clerk.  Judging from the condition of the sign we may be a little late to the party, but I will not be deterred.  [...]

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That was the line that Laurie & Mike (see photo) greeted us with just after we crossed over into Colorado from Kansas (state #6). They are an interesting couple riding very different bikes.  She had a normal bike while he was riding a recombant.

Today was a good ride of 52 miles with very [...]

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