Introducing: The Honk-O-Meter! At the beginning of our journey, Douglas began counting the number of cars that honk at us. We have recently decided to name this the Honk-O-Meter. And currently we are up to 79 honks. We would love to hear from you about ideas for how to celebrate if/when we reach the 100 mark. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.
One of the places where we stopped a few days ago was the town of a Guffy, CO. This is an interesting and slightly quirky town. In order to reach the town, we had to go UP 1 mile off route, which may not seem like a big deal, but after a tiring day of biking, a one-mile incline is a bit of a physical and mental challenge for this group of 5! But it was well worth it! What an interesting experience to stay in the town of Guffy!
From Hartsel, we pedaled a very difficult 18 miles through a strong headwind and heavy traffic. We were so glad to make it to Fairplay, where we stayed in an historic inn, and where we would wake the next morning (around 4 AM) to begin our ascent to Hoosier Pass.
Early in our journey- back in Virginia- we were so thrilled when we were able to report our conquering of what we called “the Green Monster,” which was the series of climbs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. On our elevation map they looked like a giant green mountain- thus the name. Here in Colorado there is a similar challenge: reaching the highest point of the TransAmerica Trail, Hoosier Pass, at an elevation of 11,539 feet. The climb to this point could be seen as beginning in Kansas as a slight constant incline. But the most challenging part of this would be the final 4 miles of a consistently steep grade to the Hoosier Pass Summit. These 4 miles are literally a constant uphill (absolutely no downhill breaks). We figured we would have to walk our bikes up most of this section. But we are so happy to report that we made it up to Hoosier Pass Summit without walking any of it!! The sight of the parking area and official sign at the summit was almost more than we could bear! How gratifying it was for our family to conquer the “White Monster” together! We were also thankful that we made it up and then down the other side safely, as we had heard about the potentially busy traffic, treacherous switchbacks going down, and very little shoulder to ride on.
After descending Hoosier Pass, we made our way through Breckinridge, Frisco, and finally Dillon, where we have been able to stay and have a day off. We are incredibly thankful for the generous hospitality of the parents of our friend Craig (Jerry’s long-time friend from VT who lives in Boulder). They have opened up their condo in Dillon to us, and we have fully enjoyed the comforts of it! Craig worked out his work schedule to come up from Boulder to spend some additional time with us in Dillon. A great way to continue to strengthen a cherished friendship separated by many miles.
Tomorrow we plan to get an early start as we continue to head north through more of beautiful Colorado. We will be approaching Wyoming sometime at the end of the week.
*Don’t forget to comment on the Honk-O-Meter if you have suggestions for a celebration upon reaching 100 honks.