Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Day 2: Short and sweet

Distance: 44 miles
Feet of climbing: 700
Weather conditions: Sunny, chilly and – you guessed it – windy

We woke up to frost this morning but, knowing it would warm up quickly, we left the arm warmers, jacket, vest and long-finger gloves behind. Since it was a short ride – and the Sherpa told us he wouldn't have our tent set up until 11 a.m. -- we opted to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Steamboat Springs before heading out (and so did a few other cyclists, as you can tell from the photo).

The route took us through the Yampa River Valley, where rolling farmland is outlined with huge rock formations.

We arrived at the Moffat County High School at about noon, leaving us the afternoon to catch up on our blogs and me time for a much-needed massage. Keri's blog gives you a good view of Tent City. Wonder where all the cyclists store their bikes? Click on the photo below and take a look at the tennis courts.

Tomorrow, we head to Rifle for a 90-mile ride featuring two long climbs. Because the last 17 miles takes us into heavy commuter traffic returning from oil and natural gas fields north of Rifle late in the afternoon, it’s strongly suggested that we get finished by 4:30 p.m. It will be an early morning for us tomorrow – we hope to be on the road by 6 a.m.