Day 70: Friday, July 4th

Royal Gorge, CO to Guffey, CO

We attempted to leave early but it felt to good to sleep in a bit.  About a 1/2 mile down we got breakfast at the cafe.  We were not able to see the “Royal Gorge” as the bridge had been closed for repairs due to the 2013 fire and it was the opposite direction to where we needed to go.  The terrain to our surpise was not all uphill and we enjoyed some downhill.  We knew of course going up again was innevitable.  We had to climb about 2000 feet that day to Guffey, CO.

The terrain for a while was gentle and the views were spectacular.  We did more climbing and Linda started getting out of breath.  Phil also started feeling very tired.  The weather looked as if we were going to get a storm.  Phil did not think he’d be able to make it to Guffey.  There was not a lot of traffic on the road, but more then normal due to the holiday.  Phil used his red flag to try and flag someone down with a pick up truck.  Most people thought he was just waving, but eventually someone did stop and let us climb in the back of his pick up since he did not have room for us in the cab.  He took us the remaining few miles to Guffey, all of which were up hill.  We got pelted with a little bit of rain that might have even been hail, but it didn’t last very long at the rate of speed we were going through.

We got to Guffey and the town that was normally only population 20 was filled with people for the 4th of July.  Many had come out from Colorado Springs and Denver to get away from the big city.  We found our contact for the hostel by word-of-mouth.   We then got settled in to our accomodations.

2014-07-04 15.29.18 the hostel

2014-07-04 15.36.19 2014-07-04 15.36.34 our outhouse

2014-07-04 15.37.42across the street

We got something to eat as their farmers market was starting to close up and got some cheap hamburgers.

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We then hung out at the 2 bars in town where everyone else was.

2014-07-04 16.01.11 2014-07-04 15.45.32 2014-07-04 20.16.39

We attempted to go back and go to sleep, but the elevation was making sleeping hard to do.  Phil was worried about how bad he felt which wasn’t helping him sleep at all.  We went back to the bar to just be around other people and Phil announced he would not be able to make it any further.  Our trip would have to end here.  Linda was really hoping to ride into Laramie, so this made her a little emotional, but she understood and was supportive.

We spoke to the people who owned the bar and they were confident we would be able to find a ride into Colorado Springs by the end of the weekend.  We were happy with that and went again to go to sleep.  We did not sleep well.


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