We finally got off I-70 and had the pleasure of riding on a trail and frontage road for the entire day! The scenery on the trail was soooo nice. The sounds of the Colorado River rapids were also much more pleasant than cars, trucks, and horns. Maybe one downside, or upside, to biking on a trail though is the desire to ride leisurely. I don't know why, but whenever I get off the road I tend to go into a completely different mindset. Probably because I don't have to worry about cars and trucks whizzing by and glass and rocks along the shoulder, threatening to pop my tires.
We ended up in Edwards, CO after about 52 miles, just shy of Vail. It was another day of steady climbing, amounting about another 3,000 feet toward the summit. We are lucky to be hosted again by a Garton family, relatives of our first hosts. We had an amazing lunch, afternoon trip to Vail, and dinner. Fresh food is seriously the best thing ever after munching on Cliff bars and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all day, everyday (not that those don't taste like the best thing I've ever tasted at the moment).
I guess we've been very lucky with the weather, we have yet to hit a patch of rain or storms...until tonight. Good thing we finished pretty early today because we got dumped on. It was storming like no other for awhile, which made us weary of tomorrow's weather predictions - it's supposed to storm pretty much allllll day. We have a number of hypothetical situations that we formulated tonight and various escape routes if it does by chance start to storm in the midst of our ride. We'll see what the day brings, as mother nature might add some more spice to our next 60ish miles into the Rockies as we head to Keystone, CO...as if that's not rough enough already.