At first, I passed one guy who was slowly climbing
toward Monarch Pass on the east
side of the Continental Divide. With his bike loaded with saddlebags in front and back,
I considered stopping to encourage him, but it was a tight section of road and didn't.
Then, on the other side of the divide (between Sargents and Gunnison),
I saw this second bicyclist who very much looked like a long distance cyclist. This time, I
got a picture of him. Go! Go! Go!
Ahhhh! Because I've biked across America twice -- in 2011 and
2008 -- any time I see someone like this on the road I take notice and smile. :)
About two miles behind him, there was another biker in yellow.
After spending the afternoon in Montrose, I returned traveling east on Highway 50. Again, between Gunnison and Sargents,
I spotted the first guy who was ascending Monarch Pass! We were in a rural area with no cars
and plenty of shoulder, and so I pulled over. We had a nice talk.
He explained that he began in Quebec and was en route to
He said today's headwind was the worst on his entire trip so far, and I believed him,
for the wind seemed strong and he had been riding very slow.
Still, he was upbeat and said Colorado was so beautiful!
There we were, talking, as he stood in the middle of the highway.
It was hilarious! He graciously let me take his photo. Keep riding friend!