Mountains

I am currently at a rest stop near Walden, CO. I biked 60 miles this morning from Hot Sulphur Springs over Willow Creek pass (around 9,000 ft above sea level). The last few days have been incredible to say the least. I departed from Pueblo, CO four days ago, and have biked over two mountain passes since then. I have also stayed with numerous compassionate individuals who have opened their homes to me. A huge thank you to Sally (A wonderful artist who paints beautifully), Pat and Mike (found on Luther alum directory- not Luther alum), and Susan and Mark (kind homesteader off grid bicycle folks). 
I don’t quite know how to describe the feeling of biking over a mountain. I have been through many different ineffable mental/physical states the last few days, between not getting a lot of sleep last night to feasting on and slowly digesting incredibly sublime vistas with my eyes. Overall, it has been a wonderful experience. I have not seen many other cyclists headed West for a few days now, and it has allowed me to really become absorbed into the landscape I am biking through. It seems as though the last couple of days have been one continuous, unearthly moment of beauty. 
This morning I awoke in the campground at Hot Sulphur Springs. I got out of the tent walked over to my frost covered bicycle and squeezed my water bottle. It was frozen. I am not quite sure what the temperature where I camped last night dropped to, but it was very cold. I didn’t get too many hours of sleep last night. 
I have been thinking of Jason Creswell, the man I met in Hindman, KY from New Zealand who was hit from behind going over Hoosier Pass on June 4th. I came over Hoosier Pass two days ago and was very aware of how dangerous this particular road is as I descended down the other side. 
I will be getting into Wyoming tomorrow. My destination tomorrow is Saratoga, WY. 
Here are some photos from the last week:

2 thoughts on “Mountains

  1. Very cool, enjoy the dream that many of us have! My Dad biked from Spokane Washington to Fargo ND one summer. Just keep believing in what you’re doing even if it changes from what you thought it was at the beginning.

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