Cycling in the West, Riding the HHH

We left home August 31 for a three week (business) trip through the West. We got home last Saturday, just in time to prepare for the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred cycling event.

After our adventure in West Texas, we arrived in Colorado Springs Saturday evening. We had hoped to ride in Colorado Springs but didn’t get there when planned. Though we didn’t get ride our bikes, we had a great time in Colorado Springs. Sunday we went to church then explored Garden of the Gods and had lunch outside in the sunshine before taking a long nap. It was a great day. We had dinner some friends Monday night then drove to Denver.

  

We spent the rest of the week in Denver. We took my stepmom to dinner Tuesday evening then I got to spend all day Wednesday with her. We rode the Cog Railway up to Pike’s Peak. I enjoy the time I get to spend with Evelyn. Here are a few pictures from our train ride.

 
 
Ron had meetings scheduled the following Monday in Salt Lake City. We had the weekend to drive from Denver to Utah. It is about nine hours, but we took our time. Saturday morning we finally got to ride in Colorado. We rose early and drove to Ft. Collins where we rode a short ten mile trail.

 
After our bike ride in Colorado, we got back in the car and drove to Laramie, Wyoming. In Wyoming, we rode another ten or twelve miles on the Greenbelt trail before driving the rest of the way to Salt Lake City.

 
 
Sunday morning we attended church at The Oasis Vineyard, ate lunch, and took a nap.  After our nap we rode a trail in Salt Lake City. We went a little over 25 miles. The trail actually took us through the airport!

 
 
 
Tuesday afternoon I rode my bike alone in Salt Lake City while Ron worked.  That evening we drove to Idaho. After a couple of full work days, we rode Friday morning in Idaho Falls, where I left some skin on the trail. It was a lovely ride until my unexpected dismount.

This is the only picture I took on the Idaho ride.

Saturday we rode in Grand Teton National Park. They have great bike trails all around Jackson Hole! The scenery was glorious​. We stopped at Lake Jenny and took our shoes off to wade in the cool, clear water.

Our last ride in the West was in Great Falls, Montana. It was very short due to a steep incline – 600 feet up in less than a mile. The altitude and the climb got to me. I had an asthma attack and had to turn right around and head back to the hotel. I usually don’t count it as having ridden the state if we ride less than 10 miles. But I am counting that one!

In our three week trip, we traveled through seven states and rode in four of them.  I like my bicycle. And I like riding with my husband.

One last picture from our trip. The Missouri river in Montana.

All this riding was in preparation for the 34th HHH. The Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred cycling event is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. 12,000+ cyclist. 5000 volunteers. 1000 venders. It’s great fun. Routes include 10K, 25 miles, 50 miles, 100K and 100 miles.

Back in April I told my riding buddy that my birthday gift to her was that we would ride more miles than she is years old. She is 64. Understand that I had only ridden the 25 mile route in years past, so this was a big promise. Camille and I rode a couple of days each when I was in town. She and I spur each other on. We challenge and encourage each other. I adore my friend Camille. 

Ron and I trained as we traveled.

At the HHH Saturday I rode 66.28 miles! It took us just over 5 hours including two rest stops. It was 92 degrees when we finished and I was wiped out. But we did it! Happy birthday to Camille!

Here are a few pictures. I did not take any on the ride. I was too busy pedaling. I am grateful to be healthy enough for cycling. And I am grateful for friends who do life with me. Life is good.

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