I had five days off this weekend so Laura wanted to go to Crested Butte to see Shawn and Dani who are there for two weeks and she suggested I ride to CB. Great idea! Training ride!!! I packed up her Salsa Fargo (It has gears.....2x10) with my Revelate bike packing gear and set out Thursday morning with plans to get close to Blue Mesa Lake by nightfall. I ended up pedaling 107 miles on Thursday and arrived in Cimmaron at 8pm. The head winds out of Montrose put the hurt on me and I was happy to crest Cerro Summit with daylight still left to find a camping spot. I spent the night along a creek after having a nice hot shower at a camp ground in Cimmaron and a cold beer. Sweet.
I took my time getting up on Friday morning and set out with a climb up to Blue Mesa Summit and made my way into Gunnison arriving around 12.30pm. It was getting hot and humid. I ate some lunch and set out to Crested Butte with the sun beating sown on me something fierce. I finally arrived in Crested Butte around 4ish after battling some headwinds for 28 miles and settled down in the town park enjoying some Gatorade and trail mix. I happened to see Eszter Horanyi in the park who had just finished the Great Divide Race the day before and we chatted for an hour or so while I waited for Laura to show up.
I had pedaled 180 miles to Crested Butte with some mountain biking to be had on Saturday. Sweet times!
|A nice cold beer after 107 miles.|
|Blue Mesa Lake.|
|180 miles finished and 9800 feet of climbing from Rico.|
|Crested Butte town park chatting with Eszter Horanyi.|
|Deer Creek with the girls.|
|Laura having fun on Deer Creek.|
|Hanging with Ester and Chris at the Brick Oven on Friday nite. Congrats to Ester for a superb ride on GDR.|