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Old 08-17-04, 03:20 PM   #1
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Thanks for checking in. I made it out of Kansas and into Colorado this morning . There was no way of knowing but assign saying “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” The scenery is the same so far but I noticed it is much dryer here almost arid. Still no trees yet. I figure it will be a few days yet till trees start to appear again some where west of pueblo. This elevation has been steady raising although gradual. It went up 2700 ft in the past few days. There hasn’t been any serious hills in at least a week. Kansas was rolling hills until about the center of the state and then it was flat as a pancake.

I met a guy today going east actually I met his wife first she was driving a car and came along side of me and started to talk. She is running the support vehicle for him and carrying all the gear and making the arrangements and such. I am beginning to think this is the way to go, get a wife to do all the work and I can just ride the bike ….ok I am now awake from that dream and ready to ride some more. This wind isn’t too bad in the early part of the day so I got out at 6 am and rode till about 2pm that seems to be a good way to deal with it.

I fixed a guys bike today I asked him how his rig was running and then I hear about how it wont shift right. Most times it is just a cable adjustment by simply turning th barrel adjuster to take up slake from a stretched cable. This guy had all the adjustment already so I had to back it off and loosen up the cable clamp and pull the slack then make the final adjustment with the barrel adjuster and gave a quick lesson on how to do it I the future. It surprises me how little some people know about bikes when they set off on a cross country ride unsupported. I guess the minimum would be at least know how to change a flat and adjust the cables. And a little prevent maintenance.. Speaking of that I need to work on my bike too. The right pedal is hanging up when I try to unclip I think it is dirty and needs lube I stepped in mud and got it in the pedal springs yesterday.

Tomorrow night I am getting into a hostel it is about 60 miles or so and will be nice to be in a real bed and if it rains stay dry then it is a 45 mile ride the next day to Pueblo. Big city it is 106,000 people or more I heard a bad story about the city park. I seems there has been too much trouble there so they put up a chain link fence with Constantine (sp?) wire on top and the sheriff locks you in at night and opens up the gate in the morning. Ya know what? I think I will stay in a motel for 2 nights instead of that malarkey…

Myles Murphy a friend checked in and he raced in RAAM this summer it is a grueling cross country race check out the web site for more info they go sea to shining sea in like 8 or 10 days on bicycles those guys and women are tuff as nails.
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