In June 2018, our son and his triathlete friend Constantine joined us on the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, a strenuous multi-day ascent and descent through the Rockies. Here are our son, Philip, Porter, and Constantine in Leadville at the start.
From Leadville, the guys biked to Aspen and Carbondale, but on the way we were hit with a blowing snowstorm at the top of Independence Pass, 12,095 feet. Following the route in the car, I rescued Porter and two other cyclists and their bikes on the icy descent. The next day, they biked 9% grades over McClure Pass from Glenwood Springs to Delta.
The toughest day, though, was the long ascent up the 11,332-foot Grand Mesa. I reached the top in the car only to find Porter and other BCT cyclists severely dehydrated, so refilled many of their water bottles from the gallon jugs I’d brought along.
We celebrated survival over dinner at El Tapatio, where I had a jumbo margarita to settle my trail-angel nerves.
Amber had a pink-hair-raising ride home, but all’s well that ends well.
Hope you’re enjoying summer with your own jumbo margs!