There was no earthly reason to start early today, so we decided on an 8:30 start time. We could sleep in! I awoke at the unseemly hour of 6:30 am, as did everyone else. Well, we tried to sleep in. Breakfast was in the room from our supplies which suited me fine. It’s nice to take a break from restaurant food.
We also awoke to fog, but it cleared by our start time. Our headwind was back, and there were few services along our route. The landscape is changing. Less flat, more like a western landscape.
We stopped for a snack in Boone, at their little store and hardware store combo. I liked this place. It was fun strolling through the hardware isles … like regular folks. How long since I’ve been to the hardware store? He had a nice variety of supplies. Not just the hardware, but the groceries and supplies that would be appreciated by cyclists. I had a Starbucks Frap., and I should have eaten something more. This refueling for riding is tough when I'm not actually hungry. But if I don’t eat enough I feel it.
Today we spotted the Rockies. There be mountains! A nice landmark, a new chapter to our adventure. Highway 96 joined HWY 50. A busier road but we now had a nice shoulder to ride on. We stopped at an intersection to try to figure out our route into Pueblo when Roger noticed a guy had pulled up in his SUV. He gave us directions and mentioned he had a bike shop in town. The ride in to Pueblo was through a seedier part of town. This isn’t unusual, but you don’t want to linger.
Once to the downtown area, we happened to stop right next to the aforementioned bike shop where we would wait to connect up with May, so I had a few minutes to look around. Before I could find anything, May showed up and we loaded the bikes to head to our hotel.
After finding our hotel and getting cleaned up we went out for food. Great place, Noodles Company. I wish we had one at home. Bangkok curry - Yum! I noticed on the way out that the wind had turned to the east, and if we were riding, we’d have a great tailwind - Darned wind!