We enjoyed a great night’s sleep on the deck and woke up to have a home-cooked breakfast with Garrett and Ali. We bid them adieu and headed to the post office to mail back a few more items.
Outside of the post office, we met a series of interesting people. The first was a fellow named Don from Allentown, PA. He had a mountain bike that he was riding on the Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver.
This morning, we slept in until 6AM so that we could get a full 8 hours of sleep for the first time in a while. After filling up on continental breakfast, we loaded the bikes and started riding again, this time pointed south towards the San Juan Mountains.
The weather has been a challenge, with a chance of thunderstorms every afternoon, and today was forecasted to be no different. Our legs were feeling sore after yesterday’s hike, though, so we were in no hurry.
The ride to Ridgway was a very gradual climb, back up to almost 7,000′, finishing with a bike path through a park along the Uncompahgre River.
When the alarm went off at 3:30AM, for once, we didn’t press snooze. We were very excited about the hike up Handies and needed to start as early as possible to reduce the chances of being caught in a storm. We took breakfast to go: energy drinks, donuts, granola, and yogurt.
It was another cold morning in the mountains of Colorado; so cold that have been regretting the fact that we sent home our full-fingered gloves! The morning started out with a few miles of downhill, which usually is nice, but today we were looking forward to the uphill afterwards so that we could warm up.
Halfway through the four mile climb, we stripped down to our base layers, but at the top, we layered up again for the descent.