We woke up in the trees and walked the last 6 miles into Roggen to mail away Rebecca’s bag and wait for Brian to meet us with the bike.
Roggen was a pretty sad town with a restaurant that wasn’t open, a post office, and a really overgrown park. We wrapped athletic tape around Rebecca’s bag and mailed it to Tim’s parents with our sleeping bags inside. Saying goodbye to a bag that has been carried so far is a little difficult, but also rewarding. Also, it smelled really bad….
We walked over to the park to wait for Brian and charged our phones in the pavilion while we suffered in the summer heat.
When he arrived we decided it was best to get a ride to Fort Morgan, east lunch together, and then head out to Brush. Brush has a free campground in the city park and it would give Rebecca a safe 10 miles to get used to her bike. We ate at a surprisingly good diner/Mexican food place and said our goodbyes after packing up the bike.
Rebecca had to adjust to biking, with about 35lbs on the back of a binge everything is a little harder. She stopped by Wal-Mart to buy us sheets to sleep with and biked on a small country road all the way to Brush. In Brush she set up the tent, bought bungee cords, and spent the next hour adjusting the bike seat to fit her.
Tim settled into a routine of walking by himself and noticed that a lot of barns have quilt patterns on the outside. We still aren’t sure what these are, so if anyone has ideas we’d love to hear them!
Tim met a cyclist biking across the country and traded stories with him on the road. Then made it into Brush, stopping at the grocery store to pick up salad for dinner. When Tim got into the campground, our camping neighbour invited us over to his family reunion that they hold in the park every year. So we enjoyed hot dogs and ice cream and ribs after eating our salad.
We laughed that all of the chairs have an exclamation point after Brush on them, and we’re invited to the evening bonfire, which we turned down because we wanted to sleep a lot that night. But, we were offered breakfast with the family the next morning and we hoped to be able to take advantage of that. It is fun to randomly be invited into a family reunion where we get to meet a family that travels to Brush to camp out and spend three days getting to know each other again. Grandma Mountain, your family line is a friendly one, we’ll be back next June (well…not really).
Today we walked through:
Rebecca: 17,520 steps
Tim: 31,279 steps
1390 miles finished