Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Colorado Bike Month

Day 253
Steamboat Springs to Ten Miles East of Craig
Time: 2:47:00
Distance: 34.0 miles
Avg Speed: 12.4 mph
Terrain: Rolling
Location: 40 1 39.2 N, 108 1 13.4 W

As the pink neon sign of the Rabbit Ears Motel gave way to morning, we packed up our bright yellow bags and hit the road. Steamboat was good to us and we’re looking forward to exploring the area more in the future.
Once again we headed west on US Highway 40. The traffic was definitely heavier but a nice wide shoulder provided some good spacing from the dump trucks and long haulers. In this region of Colorado where energy development is at an all time high, it’s no surprise to see these large vehicles. What was unexpected was the variety of signs representing bicycles on the road.
Halfway into the ride we stopped in a cute little town named Hayden. As we took a break in a little town park I noticed the Colorado Bike Month poster on the community billboard. I almost forgot about June being all about bicycles and commuting. A few summers ago a friend of mine wanted to try to ride every day in June. I thought it was a great idea but a reality of work, family and life made the goal difficult. Given our current situation and lack of employment, I’ve decided to give it a try. I will try and ride my bike every day in June. For more info, see this link: http://www.dot.state.co.us/BikePed/COBikeMo.htm
Tonight we’re enjoying our first night in an extended stay with Chris’ mom and husband. We’re looking forward to a few days of relaxing at the ranch.
Happy Tuesday, LK

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