Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Detour of the Moon and the slog to Montrose

Another brutal day, but one worth the effort. We rolled out early to
do the optional loop of colorado national monument,but ended up doing
12 extra miles because the BTC markings had not been painted on the
road. Eventually we got there and the switchback climb and ride along
the canyon rim were jaw dropping. Pictures when we get home.

The subsequent transfer to Montrose was not quite as fun. 60 miles
along busy US 50. A steady headwind that kicked up in the last 15
miles and temps around 100 on the road were soul crushing. Arron went
on ahead with about 5
miles to go and I withered to a crawl. Then I stopped at Burger King
and ordered a large chocolate shake.

The last mile to the school was no problem after that.

112 miles. Wow. And 93 uphill miles on tap tomorrow. I'll be ready
for the rest day in Crested Butte.

(posted by Tim)

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