Lloyd’s 59th birthday—everyone wish him a happy birthday.
This is the day the riders were re-routed. They did not get to ride over the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, a huge disappointment, but we pray for all who live near the fires and thank the Lord for the safety of the riders.
Lloyd explained above that you never get tired biking—well, apparently yesterday was an exception because he got very very tired since it was so boring. The miles went on forever. Lucky for him and Jess, the spark plug named Diane came along and made up games and helped them forge through the boredom. Look at those hills will ya?? I could not do what they are doing.
Today was the very difficult 94 re-route, down south—they saw beautiful parts of the mountains but it was a difficult ride so Jess and Lloyd ended up taking a sag wagon at about mile 60. I was so impressed they made it that far. Jess interviewed several people whose stories she will include in future blogs and news articles. They left Salida about 6 am and got on the sag wagon at 2 pm. Their new best friend, Diane, told them she would coach them down the mountain if they wanted to keep going. Jess thought, “how do you coach someone when their back and arms and every joint aches?” They declined her offer, so Diane had to continue the trek alone.
After picking Jess and Lloyd up, we went to Dairy Queen to get lunch (ice cream makes a great lunch ) We were leaving the place and over heard a man telling his wife, “Isn’t that Jessica Benes?” The woman looks at Jess and asked her if that was true. Jess responded, “uhhh, yes, how do you know me?” the woman replied: “I read your blogs all the time. I live in Loveland and look forward to reading your articles and I have very much been enjoying your RTR blogs!” WOW! We are living with a celebrity 🙂
Since Danielle, Ben and I did not sleep very well last night because the baby kept us all awake until 2 am or so, Ben decided not to ride today. We have gotten a little bit of rain again today. I hope it has been down pouring over all the fires all over the state. We three and the baby, drove the 45 minutes from Salida to Canon City this morning, on highway 50. This highway was just re-opened after the fires destroyed parts of the Royal Gorge Bridge. We noticed some RTR riders on HW 50 –I guess several of them decided they preferred the shorter route since it was available.
Lloyd’s 59th birthday: Jess and Danielle had previously made reservations for all of us to eat at a Chinese restaurant—we had a great meal and presented Lloyd with a new I-Pod so he can listen to books while biking. Lloyd, who can never find his phone and does not often have use for new technology, except his computer, got ahold of the tech bug when he saw this new and wonderful device. Jess sat with him and taught him how to use the I-Pod and he will have a chance to try it out tomorrow.
Tomorrow, there is going to be a huge celebration in Colorado Springs. If anyone wants to come see the riders stream in from a difficult but successful ride, you need to be at the finish line around 9:30 am. Its only a 4 hour ride, and ONLY 45 miles, and they plan on leaving Canon City at 6 am.
The finish line will be at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80906
God bless you all and good night,