Day 37: Pueblo, CO to Colorado Springs, CO
Total Mileage: 56.5 miles
So today was the first day climbing the foothills of the Rockies, which is really hard for me to believe seeing that we biked over half of our route already. When you look at the map and see how far we’ve come, it still comes as a surprise to me that we’re all capable of biking hundreds of miles to get from one coast to another, all in the name of cancer. Sign says Half Way Weekend 4K Team San Fran (thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lupini for making us the sign).
Today’s team name: Team Lannister with Will, Rachael, and Julie. Every so often, the girls have television series night and watch Game of Thrones/Pretty Little Liars. Ali based today’s theme off of the Game of Throne characters. Although I don’t watch the show, the character I chose is apparently anaudience favorite: Tyrion Lannister. The first 20 miles started off with a steady headwind that made biking more tiresome than normal. Fortunately, my team decided to draft off each other every 4 miles. We knew the Rockies were coming, cause they were getting closer and closer every time we pedaled our bikes in the direction of the mountains. Once we got onto CO-115 (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway), we knew immediately we were cycling the foothills of the Rockies. With such a strong group, we were the first supported group to finish. Kevin and Nick cycled the 56.5 miles unsupported by the water/host van and got to Colorado Springs before everyone else.
Since we arrived in Colorado Springs around 1, we had time to explore both the Olympic Training Center and Garden of theGods. At the training center, we met the U-19 US National Women’s Basketball team who will be playing in Lithuania and Spain next week and a guy trying out for the 2014 Winter Olympics. One of the gymnasts training at the center told us an Olympian was training there as well, but we didn’t get to see him. Rachael, Gloria, and I missed out on the ride to Garden of the Gods, so we had to hitch our way back to the host about 2 miles away. The man that gave us a ride was a racer in college, biked through the mountains in Germany, and owned a CAAD4 (his first road bike). Meeting cyclists other than 4Kers is something we all look forward to, especially when we get to hear about their stories on their bikes.
After showering at the YMCA and eating dinner, half of us drove to the Garden of the Gods, which is a national natural landmark full of red rock formations. We hiked around for a bit, took a ton of pictures, and headed back to the host. All of the natural landmarks in Colorado are making me love the state more and more.