Epic downhill!

Thanks for joining us girls!

Thanks for joining us girls!

Last night we had my sister Amanda from Denver and our friend Terri Blattenbauer from the Twin Cities join us in Frisco.  A big thank you to you gals for your support…and for taking Bob off our hands!  We enjoyed some burgers at Ollie’s and a walk thru Frisco before hitting the sack in preparation for another day of riding.

Today was the reverse of Day 2, going back from Frisco thru Keystone, over Loveland Pass and then down along the Clear Creek into Idaho Springs.  The ride from Frisco to Keystone surprisingly turned out to be downhill which made for an easy beginning to the day.  As the path brought us into Keystone and ultimately to the base of Loveland Pass, the terrain took a bit of an turn upward for an 8 miles stretch up Loveland Pass.

We made it!

We made it!

Once we reached the summit we were greeted by our support team extraordinaire (Amanda & Terri) where we snapped a few photos and then Terri jump onto a bike and enjoyed the rest of the cruise into Idaho Springs with us.

Top of the world!

Top of the world!

WOW!  The ride from the top of Loveland Pass down past the Loveland Ski Resort continuing onto the bike trail into Silver Plume is nothing short of epic…seriously, epic!  I would encourage anyone who enjoys a high energy sporting experience to try the ride down – to quote Terri, “nothing short of amazing!”  Virgil posted on Facebook today his reflections on how the scenery, such as life looks different from different vantage points.

We returned to our familiar surroundings of the Columbine Inn in Idaho Springs and this time caught a photo with

Thanks for the friendly service

Thanks for the friendly service

the friendly inn keeper Sam.  We learned that Sam is an artist and had designed all of the creative and unique finishes enjoyed by travelers in this roadside lodge.

Hungry as a pack of bears, we wandered downtown to the Tommy Knocker Brewery for some lunch.  Emerging stuffed to the gills we inquired about the hot springs in the area, Indian Springs which turned out was on our way back to the hotel.

Thanks for the tour

Thanks for the tour

We were warmly greeted by Yamissia who provided the full run down on the place.  It’s an interesting place with a long history, originally started as a TB “hospital” where Eisenhower himself came at one point for treatment for his polio.  It was prior to his visit that they installed the elevator that exists today.  I’ve always thought of Idaho Springs as a place to pass through on the way to a destination further into the hills or maybe for some pizza at Beaujo’s but it’s a pretty cool place in addition to pizza.  Check it out next time you are in the area.

Tomorrow we conclude our ride.  It’s with mixed emotions that we prepare for the final day up over Squaw pass and down into D-Town.  Putting everything we’ve got into this ride each day has been a complete honor and to have all of your support has been fantastic.  Thank you!

We will be rolling into the Finish Line Event tomorrow shortly after 2pm allowing everyone to get there, grab a drink and settle in.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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