Before we got there, we took a break in Grenada, CO around 8 o'clock. We got on the tandem bike and headed out for the 15 or so miles to the Colorado/Kansas border. The wind I mentioned earlier...well, it was continuing to get stronger - by this time 20-30 mph. After riding the 40 some miles yesterday my legs weren't really very happy about pedalling as hard as they were having to against the ALMOST headwind! For the 15 miles I rode with Russ it felt like we were climbing a hill the whole time with the wind gusting and wobbling us now and then, too. The wind can be your friend, but it can certainly be your enemy as well! We pedalled into the last rest area in Colorado, I was hoping to ride into Kansas, but my legs were so tired I felt tremendous relief when we turned into the rest area and I got off the bike!
At the rest area we met Garland, he and his wife live in Washington state and were traveling west after being near Washington, D.C. visiting National Parks around the country. They were about to visit their 300th park! We had a wonderful visit, Garland was an interesting kind of guy that you feel a kinship with right away. He gave us a generous donation and we gave him a t-shirt...wear it with pride, Garland! It was a pleasure meeting you! It's so interesting that we were heading in opposite directions, had similar biking interests and we manage to stop at the same tiny rest stop at the same time. Thank you, God for your timing!
We saw some beautiful farmland today: