Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day 57 - July 30, 2013 - Hoosier Pass to Silverthorne, CO

Miles - about 25
Total mileage - 1,604

I decided to skip that whole "I'm going to go back and bike UP Hoosier Pass" thing.  We drove up to the top, took a picture, and I geared up to sail down it.  It was pretty darn cold out, so I put on a long sleeve shirt, and some very fashionable Walmart sweat pants that we bought a few days ago.  All of the other cyclists on the mountain probably got a good laugh, but hey, I stayed warm!!  I'm cycling alone again today - altitude is still too much for Mel's asthma.

The ride down from Hoosier Pass to Breckenridge wasn't as fast as I expected it would be, but it was still plenty of fun.  And being surrounded by gorgeous mountains and nature wasnt so bad either!

Once I got to Breckenridge, there is a bike path that goes all the way to Silverthorne, CO, about 16 miles or so down the mountain.  Bike paths are such a rarity on this trip, and so amazing to get to ride on!  There were a ton of people on it around Breckenridge though, and they were mostly on rented bikes, so the going was a little slow since most of them don't realize they need to get out of the way, or not stop in the middle of the path with their family of five...oh well.

The bike path took me through some beautiful wooded areas, around a reservoir, across a dam, and finally down a steep winding hill into Silverthorne, Colorado.  There, I found Mel and my mom waiting for me in the parking lot of an outlet mall - we made a quick trip in to replace the shorts I've been wearing over my bike shorts every day, which have developed a large hole in them...and found the exact same shorts, in my size, on clearance!  It's the little things...

After a Chipotle lunch, the rain and thunderstorm that had been hanging over the mountains all day rolled in, so we took refuge in a hotel, hit the pool and hot tub, and turned in for the day.  This was one of the best days of cycling on the trip, nothing but fun and breathtaking views!

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