Colorado Springs

We had some awesome German food at Eidelweiss (sp) as soon as we got into town.

We stayed with Libby and Ian for a few days and had a great time. We had a cookout with some of their friends and I was happy to introduce everyone to Pierogies! The next day we had a good breakfast and then went to a gun range to shoot some rounds.

On our way out of town, somehow we lost our bag of dirty laundry which doesn’t sound bad, but when you have 4 shirts total it sucks. I lost 2 of my favorite band T-Shirts and my favorite Tool Hoodie. Also we lost $200 worth of Revelate Designs bikepacking bags with the tags still on them. It turned out to be a good lesson on how stuff is not important and neither is money. We didn’t even get mad, just re-bought the bags and moved on.

We stayed at a dispersed campsite we found on free campsites, which is an awesome resource and totally free to use.

The next day we drove back into Colorado Springs on a scavenger hunt for our lost stuff but never found it.  We debated bikepacking to Lauren’s cousin’s house out in the plains of Colorado, but ended up staying in a Mom & Pop cabin instead and driving the next day.

We were going to mountain bike red rock canyon but got rained out and we were very happy to have a roof over our head. You learn to appreciate and enjoy the little things when homeless! Albeit homeless on purpose (HomeFree).  Instead of riding we picked up a “Rocky Block” box of wine and sat in the pouring rain under a gazebo cooking dinner on the ground on our camp stove.

On the Road

We left Tucson right before the first major Monsoon hit us. Got on the road late as usual with the goal of getting out of Arizona. In accordance with our plan, we decided to stop and see a ridiculous roadside attraction that is advertised on I-10 for fifty miles… “THE THING!” We stopped at the gas station and paid a dollar to see the thing which was to be honest totally worth a dollar. Then we grabbed ice cream. We were heading to Colorado by way of Albuquerque NM.

We stopped in the Cibola National forest for some dispersed camping and mountain biking which was a blast but tiring being in actual mountains. The monsoon showed up and forced us out because the truck is 2WD.

Next was Santa Fe, we drove through northern New Mexico which is beautiful. We saw some pronghorn and wild horses along the highway which made Lauren’s day. The next day we made it to Colorado Springs.