Calm after an evening thunderstorm in Saratoga. I went out for dinner with 6 other cyclists, pretty cool.
Most of Wyoming was like this. A whole lot of nothing, reminded me of home actually. We ran into some German’s who had cycled the Nullabor and they were trying to explain to the Americans I was with that this isn’t vast at all.
My fifth and final state.
Up at around 2500m here, very lush alpine scenery. I am a bit annoyed I don’t get to cycle back down to sea level, as I am still at 1600m in Denver, I feel robbed!
Subtle. I find it highly amusing, that while Maddie is on a vegetarian binge, I on the other hand am eating more meat then ever!(That is a lie, since last time I was in the US, or in the country)
A moose! This was the most exotic animal I saw. I was daydreaming and missed two more moose later on, which I was a bit dejected about. I liked the deer I saw better, I enjoy watching them prance.
Stunning mountain scenery, as I approached the top of the highest climb of my trip Cameron Pass at 3100m, I didn’t notice the altitude at all, as I have been at altitude for the best part of 2 weeks. I am hoping the effects last till I get back to Sydney, so I can do a hot lap in the park with Dave.
I deviated off the route I had been following to go to some bigger cities for some R+R. I ran into a gentleman from Fort Collins, who said this was the way to go and he was right, it was some of the best riding of the trip, 80km down hill, in this awesome canyon.
After chatting to some roadies that had passed us, we found out there was a cycle path into Fort Collins, which is always good news. I also rode in on a cycle path into Denver, much less pleasant though, as I was riding past factories and foul smelling water.
After washing off 4 days of accumulated sweat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and dirt and relaxing for a sec at our very cool warm showers hosts house we headed out on the town. New Belgium brewery was the first stop. Their logo is a bicycle, so in turn there was lots of bicycle parking and merchandise to be had. I was in shock and awe though when I found out you got 4 free sampler drinks(It doesn’t make sense, free beer!). I also got a free t shirt, as one of the guys I was with told them all how amazing we are and how far we are cycling. I was very happy, clean t shirt, what could be better.
A very cool t shirt display at New Belgium.
The posse. I and the local lass Gail that was showing us around town had a lock, no one else did, so we used her cable lock to keep it all together. One thing Patrick Jones would be very excited about in Fort Collins is the freight trains that go right down the middle of the main st. You can ride along, hold on and get a free ride. They do go quite slow though. The freight train goes through the university campus, so one or two college kids have been injured over the years trying to run and jump on the train to get a free lift back after a big night out.
This will have to do for my taste of wheat and corn fields.
You have no idea how much I love Whole Foods. After 4 weeks of burgers and chips I crave it so bad.
My accommodation for Denver. You would think by now I would be organised and on top of things, but alas that is not my style. I checked into the hostel, only to be informed the 8 bed dorms were full, but we have some space in the ‘Broadway Room’, I thought how bad could it be? The worst place I have stayed at bad, it was in the basement with 11 other men, most of them unemployed, on parole or I don’t want to know. So I relieved my bowels in the communal bathroom with no stalls(lucky I have no modesty) and had a shower. I then went to check my email and was chatting to a nice man named Willie who was giving me the top tips of how to get on disability, before a few other people came out the back to chat. Conversation focused on comparing prison food and what are the best painkillers, percasin apparently, but hard to get. After that I went out and only came back to sleep, being the basement you have notion of light or dark, so I was rudely awoken at 730 and told I have to vacate my bed so the cleaners could come through.(I was woken up many times before that, by coughing, snoring, general commotion, arguments etc.)
A giant blue bear gazing into the convention centre.
I ate some good food in Denver, I had some amazing fried Okra the night before, Egg’s Benedict for breakfast, burrito for lunch and this sensational burger for dinner. I have started getting into the accompanying pickle, it adds a little something.
On to San Francisco now. My train is running 4 hours late, ahh Amtrak… So hanging out at the station using the free wi fi to perhaps do some planning for San Fran. I hope the train catches up time between now and then, at this rate I won’t arrive in San Fran till midnight(tomorrow) :(
It is pretty much all over. 3500km on the clock lots of ups and downs, both topographically and emotionally. Physically not that bad, bit of pain in my hands, apart from that pretty much all good. I am hoping I have learnt more about myself from this trip and life in general, I will have to wait and see if it has any value in the ‘real’ world.