I had very fine ride today, and the dreaded horseflies from yesterday never showed up. Now it may be that they were taking a break today, or it may be that I had long sleeves and long pants,along with bug repellent on every square inch of exposed skin. In any case,they never materialized, and for that I am so grateful!
I got an early start and pedalled about 22 miles through the rolling sage and grasslands of “North Park “. There were so few cars that I was ably to enjoy the entire lane for a long ways – which was really nice. I took a short break in Rand then began a 10 mile, 800′ ascent. I felt strong today, and was able to move along at 6-7mph (compared to my more typical 4-5). After the summit -another crossing of the continental divide – I began a long,long descent,probably close to 20 miles. It was beautiful! Very much the Rocky Mountains. Tonight I am camped at a town called Hot Sulfur Springs, and indeed they are hot and smelly! But the soak felt terrific, and I feel ready for another 60 mile day (of mostly climbing ) Tuesday.
To everyone who is sending notes and wishing me well, I can”t tell you how much that means to me,and how much it is appreciated. You guys are all the best. I feel certain that we will eventually succeed in ending the slaughter of sharks- but it will take determination and persistence.
The one restaurant in this town is closing in 30 minutes, so I’d better go!