The plan originally called for us to ride to Crested Butte yesterday, but the school where we were going to camp backed out. So Sherpa Ville and the rest of the campers stopped in Gunnison, and those who already had hotel reservations rode another 30 miles to Crested Butte. I had opined to some that it wasn't a bad ride, very slightly uphill, nice scenery. Later I was told that, while that was true, the headwind made it tougher, and finding out on arrival that their rooms were actually in Mt. Crested Butte, another few miles uphill, made it miserable.
Chatter on the forum before the ride included lamenting the fact that we'd miss Crested Butte. Some had never been, and some only during ski season. A few folks talked about including an up and back as part of day 3 or 4, but I was among the group that didn't feel the need to stretch either almost 70 mile, high-climbing day into a century of pain. That would come later. Glenn, however thought it was worth pursuing. During dinner at Sherpa Cafe he said he was thinking about getting up really early, riding to Crested Butte, having breakfast, and riding back to Almont where we would all make the turn to the east. Sure enough, when I crawled out of my tent at 5:00am, his bike was gone. He later told us of some great coffee and a magnificent breakfast burrito.He really is a tough guy.
(Bewna Vista to locals) at 25 or 30 mph. I had to hit the brakes to take a picture of the city limit. This would be home for the next 2 nights as we would enjoy a rest day in Buena Vista. I've eaten some great Mexican food here before, so Bill and I walked over to the main drag and ate on the back patio. It was a nice end to a very nice day!
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