Posting this a day late.
Travel day from Charlotte to Colorado. Bike buddy Bill W was very kind to take me to the airport on his way to do a bike ride. At Charlotte, Capt Sullenberger stepped off the plane we were flying out on. I also saw a neighbor flying to San Francisco and a coworker traveling to Aruba.
We were 30 mins late leaving Charlotte. Flew into Denver and I had to hustle to make the bus connection-was not able to get food or drink. Took a LONG 5hr bus ride to Crested Butte. The bus driver drove so hard down Monarch Pass the brakes overheated and were smoking badly. She urgently made everyone evacuate the bus. We were still 2 hrs away from Crested Butte. Fortunately an empty bus returning from CB came by, turned around and we transferred all our baggage over and off we went again.
Arrived around 6pm. WOW! Crested Butte is amazing. It's really green surrounded by lots of mountains covered in snow. I think we're going over one of them tomorrow.
I'm registered, tent is up, air mattress blown up, bike is assembled and I've transferred stuff to my bike box to hold for the 2nd week. It's 10 EDT and I'm finally sitting down to eat lunch/dinner. Pizza tonight!
I've already talked to several folks from last year.