Saying Good-bye to the Rockies
I crossed my last mountain summit today and was rewarded with a jaw-dropping downhill as I said good-bye to the Rocky Mountains. I descended from 9,000 feet to 5,000 feet in 10 miles, on the way down, poignantly riding past the remnants of a small forest fire. A breathtaking downhill, but a bittersweet farewell to one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
When I made it to Pueblo, we headed right for the Midtown Post Office to pick up the set of back-up maps for Kansas and Missouri. Mike had been holding them for us all week and promised to have them delivered to the main post office if we did not make it to Pueblo before his location closed. While waiting in line, I watched Mike dance with each customer that approached the counter. When it was our turn, all I said was “Ann from LifeMoxie” and he practically jumped out of his seat to get our maps. When I asked him what he loves about his job, he said, “People.” Enough said. Thank you, Mike!
Tomorrow is a day off from riding, so I headed up to Denver to see my wonderful friend April and her family (pictured here with her daughter Paige). As soon as I made it to Pueblo, I put the bike in the RV and we drove straight north from Pueblo (What a strange feeling to be driving on the highway after 4 weeks of riding a bike!) After dropping Justin at his aunt’s in Colorado Springs, I headed up to Denver to enjoy dinner with April. I devoured my favorite salad at the Cherry Creek Grill with a nice big glass of red wine to celebrate making it over the Rockies.
Day 27 Stats
Total mileage: 1,717.64
Day 27 ascent: 2,080 ft
Total interviews: 44
Road kill count: 188 (I’m starting to smell dead things before I even see them… a new talent I never knew I had, nor needed)
Destination for Day 28: a day off in Denver with friends, then back to Pueblo to start heading to Kansas on Sunday morning