Drew and I made it to Montrose last night after 67 miles through variable weather.

It started off a little rough – Drew got the speed wobbles from a poorly loaded trailer about 7 miles into the ride, I left my phone and camera on the office counter and then came the weather.  Luckilly we decided to re-pack his trailer just as a hail storm blew into the canyon. We found a nice shelter at the county road department and spent a good half an hour waiting for the weather to pass – Ah, Springtime in Colorado. We got Drew re-packed and Jenny showed up with my forgotten phone and camera and we were back in the game.

Up and over a very wet and cold Dallas Divide (8970 feet), we reached Ridgway and promptly visited the local bike shop to round out our gear.  Drew got a kick-stand for his trailer and I got fenders.  After waiting for another hour for the major weather to pass, we left Ridgway for Montrose.

Thankfully Drew’s parents have a Restaurant in Montrose – The Stone House – where we were able to eat a great meal, throw back a couple of Black-and-Tans and promptly crash in the business office for the night.

Today will be a much easier ride – Montrose to Paonia where we will spend more time updating the Blog with photos and more detailed stories from the road.  We’ll post about the Truck Driver from Montrose who shared an enlightening story about hitting a bicyclist while driving his truck.  Stay Tuned.

Justin

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