June 26, Day 25: Sargents to Westcliffe, CO (82 miles)

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It was pretty cold last night.

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Banana oatmeal and tea

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Our campsite by the river.

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I tripped over this last night and cut my knee, whoops.

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We had a mile or two to warm up for the climb over Monarch Pass, supposedly the highest paved road in America and the highest on our trip.

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Met Mike and James at the top — they’re going from DC to SF. Love it when we meet other cool cyclist to share stories with. Their blog is http://ahadventure.us/

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Snack time

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Root beer and amazing strawberry rhubarb sodas in Cotopaxi.

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Country Road 1A — it was so hot.

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Fire on the hillside that has lasted for a week thanks to a bonfire some dumb kids started.

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On the 96

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We got into Westcliffe and didn’t feel like paying for an overpriced RV park campsite. The fire department turned us away so we went to the city park. A nice elderly couple said that was no long allowed and let us camp on their lawn. We used the park’s restrooms and ate on the grass. Hobo status.

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