Woke up as usual, made breakfast and hit the road. I had problems right from the start. My cleats got clogged with dirt and I couldn’t clip in. Paused a couple minutes at side of road before we even started riding to clean them out. Finally got on the bike and two miles later I had a flat. This is also when I noticed the third broken spoke. Fortunately we’d already decided to stop in the next town, Vernal UT, to repair my other two. We were starting a bit late on the days ride because of it (Altitude Cycle didn’t open until 10am). This also gave us a chance to restock on supplies at the store before setting out again.
At the bike shop, Brennan, took good care of me and had the wheel fixed quickly. This was our 4th bike shop in three days, but the quickest we were in and out of one. (Thanks Brennan!)
After finally reaching Colorado we stopped at a diner in Dinosaur. Met several nice people there for a car rally race. One of them has been around auto racing for a while and knows about #TBIs. Good guy. Also met family from my home state off Indiana and we’ll be riding past their house during that portion of the ride.
After lunch we hadn’t gone to far before Jr, pulled over with a flat tire on his trailer. Of course the spare tube we had brought was bad and wouldn’t hold air. Ended up patching the original and getting back on the road again.
The rest of the day was a series of climbs as we slowly gained altitude. Just before reaching Maybell, a van with river tour guides in it stopped and have us a beer. Great ladies.
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