Warning Plans May Change
So this trail was tough and the altitude is hard on us low landers. I headed into Breckenridge for a day off and was pretty happy to discover that this was the point at which the Great Divide Route intersected the Colorado Trail, and it was a paved bike path! Quite a contrast from the past few days gnarly single track and hike-a-bike. I treated myself to a day off while I waited for Daniel to get to town.
Daniel arrived late that night and this dude was prepared for anything. I met Daniel on the Tour Divide last year and we spent a week of the race together. I was so happy he was able to make the trip to join me for a few days. He started his adventure in LA and drove East, stopping along the way to MC a wedding and visit friends in Utah.
His SUV was packed to the ceiling with everything you would need for an impromptu adventure. A tux, surfboard, fly fishing gear, bike packing stuff, wetsuit, snorkel gear and a full wardrobe and a few items to impress the lady folk. I on the other hand since I had started in Denver and wanted my bike as light as I could, I had the same outfit I had on when I started, I had lost my tooth brush and I'm sure I smelled like a horse. Not sure the people in town thought we were from the same planet. Good news is that after a couple days on trail we will have him smelling like a horse in no time. Slight contrast in packing styles. I did find out that Daniel was a boy scout so I guess it makes sense that he would be prepared for anything.
Daniel immediately started feeling ill at 9500k feet. Guess we are both lightweights. I was starting to feel much better. Looks like another day off the CT tomorrow. Bummed that Daniel was feeling terrible but excited that I would be able to change my plans and re-ride one of my favorite parts of the Divide route tomorrow!
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