Day #2 – Colorado baby! Bring on the cool temps !
We had a great nights rest and were ready to head to Colorado. The temps were not bad on this day of riding as we were heading north the entire day. We went up on I-40 for a few miles before jumping off in San Jon and heading up thru Mosquero and Roy New Mexico. Both are small places but it was nice being in New Mexico. There are a few miles with some curves and a small canyon, so it breaks up some of the flatness.
We stopped in the large city of Roy NM for a Green Chili Cheeseburger and to take a break. We got to the cafe and it was not busy at all. We got to chat with the owner. She was stunned that we were riding by ourselves and that we were riding so far. It was a pleasant conversation and the burger tasted fantastic! The Pink van was kinda creepy. haha!
After our lunch stop we knew we were only a few hours from reaching Colorado. We jumped across to I-25. We slabbed up thru Raton Pass in NM. I love that canyon. A couple of days after we passed through there, they closed down the highway due to a large forest fire.
Started to see a bunch of bikes as we entered Colorado. Our C-14 recorded mile 20,000 as we entered Colorado. It was perfect timing. We stopped in Trinidad for an ice cream. We made sure to stop every 60-70 miles. It made for a nice ride and we did not get too exhausted. It worked out well for us. We were not on a schedule and it was awesome just riding and stopping and enjoying each others company. Good times.
What a nice day. We made it to Pete and Vibeke's house around 5:00PM. We did get a few rain drops heading thru Castle Rock CO. It was a nice change and cooled things down nicely. The ride was uneventful and the traffic was not an issue . We did stop outside Denver for a break and noticed that they drink weird stuff up there. LOL!
We had also committed to attending a Habitat for Humanity fund raiser that evening in Evergreen. Our host Vibeke is a committee member and hooked us up with tickets. The event was called High heels and hard Hats.
It was a great evening and raised a bunch of money to build a house for a struggling mother of three in the Evergreen area. Jamie and I bid on one of the sinks. It was not much but we felt great about helping out. The house for the event was AMAZING! Had to be 5+ million dollar spread. It was like nothing I had ever seen. It was beautiful! That Evergreen area is a place I could retire.. the only bad part is I am not in the correct tax bracket haha! We had shipped our clothes to Evergreen and they arrived a few hours prior to us arriving. $14 bucks to get our dress clothes there .. not a bad deal.
Jamie did great this evening as she rode almost 600 miles and looked fantastic for the event. I love my girl! Thanks again to Pete and Vibeke for getting us tickets and for opening up their home to us. You can see all of day #2 pictures here.