After visiting with Joe Potthoff at the Bean Cycle, it was time to depart and start the long, arduous journey back to the van in Kansas.
|riding along the Big Thompson River in Loveland|
|Erie and many of the small towns on my route are FUCKED for allowing fracking in their residential zoning.|
|frack pad right by the playground...... perfect....|
|caught the last farmstand day for Gabrielle's Garden - another victim of development in Denver|
|next morning I paid a visit to the 1st annual Denver Zine Fest|
|uncommon Futures - pals of Rachael Weiss|
|Chris Jones - friend of Launch|
|rad gal that makes journals out of old boxes. I make postcards, she makes journals|
|taking the Cherry Creek trail out of Denver headin SE|
|winding but pretty surroundings|
|turns out the Parker skatepark was right off the bike trail - too bad I left my board in Ft. Collins|
|woke up with this fella near my tent|
|the wildflowers were amazing - little bit of rainbow too|
|in general, it was hot and dry with little shade - had to wrap it up|
|one of few accessible trees I could sit under for a break|
|peculiar old tree out on the plains of Colorado|
|the heat, the sunburn, & the lack of good food was all taking its toll on me|
|the pain was all in my rear end|
Each day I would question if I could make it back to Wichita. After 3 days, I started contemplating how I could get home, if I was gonna quit. Hitchhike or train? I made some calls, and if I could get to Lamar, CO, I could catch a train. Another steamy day of riding landed me in Lamar. I stashed my bike at a local bike shop and hung out at the train station. The train was 6 hours late, but felt so good to get on it. Caught a ride with Lester and 6 women from the train station in Newton, and before noon on the 2nd of July I was back in the van.
|the train depot at Lamar - once on the train, I was back to the van in 8 hours.|
Reflecting back, now that I'm no longer in pain, I'm thankful to have seen some of my home state from the slow road. The time in Colorado - on roads I drive consistently - I now think back to my time on this or that road while on my bicycle. I do wish I would have completed my journey on the bike, but am not going to beat myself up about it. I tried & I failed..... but at least I tried and I now know more about myself.
one month & one day on the bike.
roughly 500 miles pedaled
3 states explored