Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's hard to believe we are in Denver

It’s hard to believe we are in Denver!
The last couple of days and specifically Saturday were fantastic!
Saturday started with temperatures in the low 50s. We had a nice downhill first thing out of Snow Mountain Ranch. It is cold going down at that temperature. Very soon, however, the downhill turned to an uphill and we climbed our last mountain pass of the Rockies. The summit was just over 11,000 feet (the highest altitude of the tour). The downhill was one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced. We passed waterfalls, had snow topped mountains in the background and had several over looks of the valley we were descending into.
After a cup of coffee and a piece of pie in the town of Empire at a café that is 140 years old, we continued our descent into Denver. The route was filled with beautiful views and interesting towns to ride through. We rode along a mountain stream, through a canyon. Keep in mind that we went from an 11,000 foot summit into Denver which is around 5,500 feet. Many people on the tour considered this the best riding day we have had yet.
The people in Denver gave us quite a reception when we rode in. They cheered for each rider that came in. They even had some cheer leaders (in uniform) handing us cold water bottles as we rode into the parking lot. They had music playing and umbrellas set up with snacks for us to enjoy. It was a carnival atmosphere and a lot of fun.
We also had our second mail stop. A huge thank you for the packages and notes of encouragement we received. It is fantastic to know that so many people are praying for us and following the tour.
Sunday is our day off. The celebration service begins at 10:00 AM. We will be riding a couple of miles to the service from our “campground” at Denver Christian High School. We will ride in one big mass of 140 cyclists. It is quite a sight with all of us wearing our bright colored “Sea to Sea” jerseys. We hope to spend a little time this afternoon seeing the sites of downtown Denver.
I am out of time now. We will try to send pictures later today if time allows.

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