Hank – I didn’t sleep well because of the strong winds during the night. Every one in a while a big gust would push the top of the tent down and press the poles into my legs. That got my attention each and every time. We drove 5-1/2 hours to Pueblo where we’re scheduled to return the rental. Driving through the snowy mountains was cool. We got to Pueblo, checked into the hotel, and returned the rental a day early. Tomorrow we’ll see if we ride then or on Sunday when it’s a little warmer.
Kathy – Yeah, we made it to Colorado – our 39th state! We have not ridden here yet, but we will be turning in the rental car soon and be back in the bikes. Excited to ride in Colorado. We were happy with our great deal on a new tent from REI.
We spent the night in our new tent at an RV campground in Grand Junction, Colorado. It was a cold night. The winds woke me at 3am because my side of the tent and the upper part of the tent were bellowing inwards. I tried to put one of my pannier bags against the tent wall but it didn’t help much. Crazy winds! I am guesstimating that the wind gust were at least 30-40 mph. The winds continued the remainder of the night so it was hard to sleep after that. It was a cold and super windy morning. After a quick bathroom run to get ready for the day we were out of that campsite.
Today we drove 5.5 hours to Pueblo, Colorado. We twisted and turned most of the way as we passed through the snowy Rocky Mountains. I was happy we were not riding through this area. It is much too cold and snowy for riding. It was a beautiful ride in the rental van though.
So, today is our chores day. With our driving and last minute food shopping completed, we then returned the rental van, and got laundry done. We mailed a package home to lighten our load. Getting caught up on blog posts was also on our to-do list.
It looks like we have completed everything and are ready to ride in the morning. However, we are winging it. There is a winter weather advisory in this area. It’s cold and we have some pretty gusty winds predicted. There is also a possibility for snow here. So, tomorrow morning we will re-evaluate if we are going to spend another day here and let the storm pass or if we are going to chance it and hop on the bikes. The day temp highs are going to be in the mid 40’s and the night temps are going to be in the mid to high 20’s. We might be a little cold with the 20+ mph winds to go with all that. We will decide in the morning if we start riding Saturday or Sunday. Wish us luck and warmer weather. ☀️
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