Saturday, June 16, 2007

Huddled Down in Sherpaville

Well, Florida followed us here. All that cold weather last week is ancient history. Looks like we won't have to worry about being cold. It is still dry and chilly at night, which makes for good sleeping in the tent.

The altitude has not been an issue yet, but now I know what it's like to be Joy. The downside of hydrate, hydrate, hydrate is that I have to pee, pee, pee ALL THE TIME! Having to get up 6 times in the night was bad enough in a hotel room. Tonight it will involve a hike through tent city.

We're all checked in and settled into our tent. Despite the the midnight-potty-run issue, it's fun to be in Sherpaville. Cyclists are a friendly lot and it's easy to get to know people. According to Theo the Sherpa, the tents are set up at random so we're likely to have different neighbors each day.

RTR, so far seems to be a well-organized ride. The map booklet they put together is by far the best I've ever seen! It is provided as PDF on their website, but at registration they gave us a nicely printed and spiral bound book. They also have a regular shuttle service that runs back and forth from town to the tent city. They'll pick us up anywhere we flag them down. We just grabbed a passing shuttle on Main Street and rode to Starbucks (for T-Mobile access).

Several bike manufacturers are here offering bike demos. For Monday's ride from Steamboat Springs to Craig, Lisa will Demo a Cannondale Synapse WDS and I'll Demo a Specialized S-Works Roubaix. I suspect it will be a nice break from hauling my heavy rig, hopefully I won't get too spoiled.

The weather still looks to be holding. There have been numerous thunderstorms in the surrounding mountains all afternoon. It's looked ominous and the wind has been pushing hard on the tent, but the weather seems to be moving to the right and left of us. We're in town now, so no telling what we'll find when we get back there. It would not be a good thing to have a thunderstorm on Lisa's first night of camping!

I've located the Starbucks in Steamboat Springs. Of course, after riding 100 miles in the mountains, I may not want to ride there to post. Craig offers no internet access that I could find in advance, so we'll be relying on the bluetooth there for sure.

I hear thunder.