We are starting to crank up the mileage. We have been doing 70+ miles a day. Some places we have gone through the past few days since Lander are Jeffery City, Split rock, Rawlins, Saratoga, Rand, Grandby, Kremmling. We are staying in Silverthorn tonight just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. We were so happy to cross the state line two days ago!
We are planning on getting to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp two days from now and are really pumped to get to one of our favorite places in the world! Seth and I worked as counsellors there together a few summers ago. And Rmmc has been huge part of Seth’s life. Then we will go take a rest day in Colorado Springs at Seth’s house. There we plan to catch up on writing some more in depth blogs about some of the events of this past week! The stories are never ending it seems.
But I’ll give you a bit of insight into our life today. What day is it? Today, is June 15 Monday. I never really know what day of the week it is, I always have to ask Seth and Jackson. That is either a sign of truly living in the moment or just being out of the loop. Oh and we started the trip a month ago today. Woo!
Jackson had to wrestle me out of my sleeping bag this morning. We camped in national forest in this valley, in the mountains, by this stream, all factors including a very clear night which led to an unbearably cold morning. We all bundled up and we savoured the warm oatmeal and tea. It was hard to make sandwiches my hands were so cold, and the peanut butter was hardly spreadable and the honey practically frozen. We all were doing jumping jacks to get the blood pumping. I was moaning and groaning the whole morning, for some reason complaining about how cold it was helped. As soon as we started biking we realized Seth was one smart cookie for bringing gloves that extend over the fingers. Jackson and I, unaccustomed to cold Colorado mornings thought our fingers were about to fall off as we rode. We finally came to this part in the road after what felt like forever where the sun was peaking over the mountain. We all stopped and soaked it up and put socks on our hands. After a little while the sun covered the road and after riding in the sun for 5 minutes we had to stop and strip the hundreds of layers that we were wearing, I couldn’t believe the almost instant change in temp. Riding was really smooth today, we had long downhill all the way to Kremmling. Then long gradual climb to Silverthorn. We were going to stay at this campground outside of town about 8 miles before Silverthorn. But when we got there there wasn’t any water. Well shoot, I guess we will keep biking. From the map we have it looked like there was some camping in Frisco. We tried contacting some warmshowers hosts in Frisco, but that didn’t work out. As we rolled into Silverthorn we stopped at a gas station to go to the bathroom. Seth and I were just sitting on the curb and I saw a guy carrying a bike wheel, I gave him a smile and he came over to talk with us. Kirt, our hero. Seth and I realized later that we probably looked like death just sitting exhausted on the sidewalk of the gas station. Kirt, also a biker, invited us over to stay at his place, which was literally just accross the street, but not before he bought us all cold drinks. He grilled us up some pork and chicken breasts and we ate sweet corn, asparagus and honeydew melon. Kirt has been very kind and generous to us this evening. Would you invite three strangers who you meet at a gas station over to your house? Also he was the first person we have met that when we told him we went to Goshen college he stopped for a few seconds to think then said “oh yeah, Mennonites right?”. Turns out one of his good friends from when he lived in Atlanta was a Goshen alum, Nate Osborne. Kirt is extremely bright, and comes across as very respectable with great wisdom. We were glad to be so fortunate to meet him and appreciate his on the spot generosity!
Hoosier pass tomorrow, but not before some pancakes!!