Team Garmin-RTR 06: Closing In On The Finish Line


I’m sitting in the Cowgirl Coffee Co. in eclectic Salida, CO. A great mountain town with lots of hippies and coffee shops with free internet access! They are fixin’ to close in 5 minutes so have to make this short.

Dscn0679Dscn0680Wednesday was a big day for the team.  We started out in Chama, New Mexico with Team Socialite Kris applying a temporary tattoo on the mayor (in red), and posing with a local radio DJ after plugging the Garmin Blog on the KZRM 95.9.

Dave, regrettably out of the ride with a painful groin injury, headed by bus to Alamosa Wednesday while Patty, Kris and I rode the 83 miles (in much cooler temperatures, thankfully!). The day started with the toughest climb on the ride — up and over Cumbres and La Manga passes. La Manga pass is the highest point on this year’s ride.  Daren’s track is below:Dscn0681

Absolutely gorgeous scenery, but the climb was a killer. A steep descent took us into a valley of farms and flat land — just my speed! Jumped into a pace line and rode along at 23-24 mph until I got a flat 7 miles from Alamosa. Bummer! Took off my tire, pulled the tube and broke out my spare only to find it was a Schrader valve when my wheels use Presta. Double bummer. So I put the old tube back in and got out my CO2 pump to refill, hoping it would last until I got to the fairgrounds (and the Bike Doctors!). Unfortunately, the CO2 cartridge discharged without filling the tube. Triple bummer! Stopped a passing cyclist and borrowed a hand pump and was able to get enough air in to limp into town. Set up my tent next to the New Belgium tent and drank Fat Tire (not Flat Tire!) for the rest of the day.  See Patty’s track below:

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