We had 103 miles and 3 mountain passes in front of us on this penultimate day of the tour. Not quite the elevations we had reached midweek, and not close to what we hoped to reach the next day, but plenty of climbing nonetheless.
Later we would see clouds gather around Pikes Peak, and later still we would see a little snow near the top. (Note to self: wear everything tomorrow). But that could wait for tomorrow. We had long stretches of road with abundant rolling hills, and spectacular views of mountains, lakes, and ranches.
I saw some bikes in front of a cafe and stopped to grab a bite. Glenn and Rick and a couple others were having a sandwich and coffee. I ordered a garden burger and coffee. While I was eating they were talking about a local in a pickup truck going out of town as we were coming in. They said he had his arm out the window with a middle finger salute to the cyclists. They asked if I had seen him. I told them I had noticed him, but I thought he was waving, so I waved back.
After lunch the rain was gone and the sun was making a return, but I still had some climbing to do, to get out of town!