After a great breakfast of sausage, pancakes with homemade strawberry jelly, cantelope, and leftover oatmeal chocolate chip cake, we said our goodbyes. A big thanks to the Hegarty’s and Izzy for giving us places to stay; we can’t wait to come back!
Several busy bike paths took us out into the foothills beyond the mile high city (“MHC”). En route we met Joel and Wendy. They are sponsored by Jelly Belly for an upcoming 3-day charity ride for the local children’s hospital, the Courage Classic, so they donated some sport beans to us :-). Thank you both so much; we really appreciated it! And good luck with the ride; it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
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Today is a very special day, because I was born 26 years ago. Additionally, Chris asked me to be his girlfriend five years ago (as a friend once pointed out, this combination makes remembering dates and giving gifts much easier for Chris). Accordingly, we woke up late, and I pulled out the leftover desserts to eat for breakfast.
Izzy and his Rachel then made us a more traditional breakfast of sweet potato home fries, eggs, ground turkey, and fresh guacamole.
Chris finally cut his hair and trimmed his neck; even with his beard still in tact, the transformation is very apparent, to say the least.
We were excited to find that a birthday card from my granny, a piece for the GoPro helmet mount from Chris’ mom, Linda, and some awesome new Clean Bottles had all arrived in Izzy’s mail for us.
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Izzy took the day off from work to entertain all of us. In the morning, we bought coffee down the street and sat on the apartment rooftop sipping and taking in the view.
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After a luxurious night in real beds, we followed the smell of fresh brewed coffee down to the kitchen then enjoyed breakfast in front of the TV. We spent a few hours trying to catch up on blog posts before I sent Chris away on the light rail to visit our friend Tyler (“Izzy”) downtown. After 53 days with minimal separation, I figured we could handle a few hours apart.
I hung back to have dinner again with family. This time, there were 15 in attendance, and it was a blast! After a scrumptious meal and a finger-licking dessert, Charlie set up the badminton net for some friendly competition. The boys sure know how to work up a sweat!
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Despite riding until 8pm last night, the alarm went off at 3:30am so we could get to Denver before the afternoon rain. However, we squandered that opportunity by snoozing, then sitting for an hour and a half with coffees at the Loaf ‘N Jug in town. This allowed us time to charge the camera at least, which died yesterday afternoon.
While procrastinating, we met a man who said he has cyclist friends who can’t make it over the hills between there and Denver, so we would likely have to walk. We’ve had similar conversations with other locals along the way. Everyone seems to have an unconscious sense of pride regarding the difficulty of the terrain in their area, and it doesn’t matter what you tell them you’ve already conquered.
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