Miles Ridden – 0
Total Miles – 2,564
Animal Totem – Bear (in hibernation)
What I learned today – When in doubt, take a nap.
I’m not sure if it was the g&t last night, the 19 days of riding, or the altitude, but when I woke up I felt like I had been hit by about 50 trucks.
My whole body felt swollen and puffy, I was sore and exhausted, and was a little bit confused as to how anyone could feel or act normal.
The guys had been up for a few hours, had looked at the maps and mileage and realized that there was no way we were going to make it to the coast by our deadline of June 14. That put me in an even worse mood as I gulped down water, emergen-C, and rescue remedy to try to get my body to feel normal again.
I thought food would help so I cooked up some egg and cheese sandwiches while they unloaded and gave the bikes a bath. It was nice to cook in a normal kitchen, and eat non-camp food that we had made ourselves.
After eating I tried looking at the maps myself, but couldn’t really think or focus and just became depressed at the thought of not making it all the way. Then it started to rain, very unusual for Telluride this time of year.
We had been thinking about heading back out on the trail today if the bikes were ready in time, but seeing as how I felt like I could barely move plus the rain made me call it- nope. One more night in Telluride. No one seemed to be complaining.
The tire change was going well and our friend Justin had brought in some pizza for lunch so I ate and got back in bed for a few hours.
Napping helped- I felt like I had only been hit by one or two trucks, not 50, and later that evening we went back into town to have dinner and walk around a little bit.
Even when feeling bad, Telluride is a great place to be. It was awesome to hang out some more with Rube, do laundry, take hot showers and eat good food. We had our sights set on an early departure in the morning, hoping for clear skies and rejuvenated bodies, minds, and spirits.