Prelude: I take notes through out the day. When I write about now, I use present tense. At the end of the day, I reflect back and elaborate, in past tense. I’m trying to get things consistant, but there will be a mix because editing on the phone I’m using is tedious. Deal with it. I hope you can track and enjoy anyhow.
For the last few days, we have been seeing isolated rain. There seems to be 2 or 3 short storms a day. We haven’t been caught up in it yet. The space out here is vast which lets us see a downpour in the distance. We can wait it out or go around and stay dry.
8:00 AM Zapata Falls Campground. It got a little chilly last night. I was fine in my thermal undies and sleeping bag. We intended to sleep in a bit, but we are already up and packed. Headed to town for gas and water, then up to Westcliff to meet with Biplab.
8:50 AM. Fort Garland, CO.
171 miles, 3.37 gal
11:15. Westcliff, CO. We will meet Bip here. It’s small tourist town with art galleries and real estate companies.
1:00 PM still waiting on Bip. He’s still at the bike shop an hour away. Not his fault he’s late, he had an appointment for 9:30.
While waiting, we hit a grocery store. The selection wasn’t great. We drove around town a bit and stopped at a coffee shop.
3:15. Met up with Bip. I was watching his location via Google maps and flagged him down as he came down the street. We did a 40 mile section that we passed by this morning on the way here. We planned on camping at a site we found at 9400 ft. We didnt.
6:44 pm back at westcliff. Awesome ride.
178 miles, 3.49 gal
7:30 PM. Checked in to a KOA campground. We are sharing a 3 bed cabin for $23 each. We are doing laundry and will be able to get hot showers.
10:29 pm. I’ve had a hot meal, a hot shower, 4 cold beers, and did laundry. We are now doing a shakedown on Bip’s gear to help him get lighter for tomorrow’s ride. I hope he has thick skin and I hope Sean and I don’t come off as dicks. It’s all in good intent. I asked that they give me a shakedown tomorrow night.
10:59. Shakedown still happening. Sean is being kind, Bib is receptive. I think we’re all having fun. I am.
1+ AM Sunday. We are dry, warm, happy, and tired. Time to sleep.
This little dude is Terrance. He’s ridden many miles with me on three different bikes. I think he’s having a fantastic time.