The morning was cool, but not the kind of cold that makes you stay in your sleeping bag as long as possible. The sun was up and it was nearing 7:00 when I left Montrose. I had mentioned to Scott that my front derailleur wasn't letting me get on my small ring right away. I need my small ring! So he made some adjustments before I left, and had it working smoothly. But the group I had been riding with on and off all week was already gone before I got on the road.
There were still lots of riders just on the road, and many who would not leave for a while. We only had 65 miles again today, basically climbing slowly to Ridgeway, then going up and down over the Dallas Divide, before climbing once more to get to Telluride. It was a beautiful morning to be on a bike as we headed south on US550 for the first 25 miles.