Day 01 – Am Finally on the Road

Day 01 – Tue Apr 7, 2015

CO2TX_Day01_ 4-7-2015 2-19-26 PMToday had to be the most beautiful bike ride in my life!

Every journey begins with the first step or in this case the first “crank” of the pedal!   I’m finally on the road.  I decided to leave a day early due to weather.   There are snow warnings for Wednesday and Thursday and I wanted to get out of the mountains before then.

CO2TX_Day01_ 4-7-2015 12-00-00 PMLynne and I drove to the top of Spring Creek Pass where I loaded up my bike and took off at about 10:30.   Temperature was about 38 degrees so I had to put on all my cold leggings, arm sleeves, vest, skull cap and wind breaker as well as my full fingered biking gloves.  Despite the cold temps, I was very comfortable all day.

Bike fully loaded, my journey begins.   Today’s route took me about 41 miles.   Per all my reading, one should start out with shorter mileage days … and I agree.   Besides my body needs to adjust to all this.



Everything went so well today but I know not every day will be like this.

CO2TX_Day01_ 4-7-2015 4-14-56 PMMy route ended at a small place called “Wagon Wheel Gap”.   Origionally I was going to camp down the road another 4-5 miles but the cold front moves in tonight and I’m not ready to camp with temperatures possibly being in the teens, so I am staying at the Blue Creek Lodge.

They are barely open for the season as they are getting ready with “Spring Cleaning”.  Thankfully they are letting me stay.   I’m the only guest here 🙂

Calling it a day.   Need to figure a way to cook dinner (restaurant not opened yet) and hit the hay.

Below are photos from the day.   Hope you enjoy them.   I hope I can keep these coming.

Enjoy, Jon

  • Inside Blue Creek Lodge


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11 Responses to Day 01 – Am Finally on the Road

  1. Josh says:

    Good luck Jon! We’re all looking forward to living this adventure with you. In our warm homes and easy chairs. Seriously! All the best.
    josh h

  2. Maura says:

    SO glad day 1 gave you good weather. The blog and pics are great! Can’t wait for more updates! Very proud of you! Love you bunches, cousin!

  3. Lynne says:

    Glad all went well today! I hope tomorrow is warmer even though I know you were dressed for it! Loved all the pictures!

  4. Tony says:

    Keep it up Jon.

  5. Stephen Johns says:

    Finally the trek starts .. so far so good .. hope all goes well.

  6. Nicole Eidson says:

    Looks so beautiful and fun!!! Have a great ride & stay warm!!!

  7. Liz Wessels says:

    Mark just told me about your website (per Steve J) this morning. You go Jon! I’m totally supporting you on this adventure. Be safe and have fun. Look forward to reading you daily adventures.

  8. Susie says:

    Good Morning Jon! Thanks for the update and great pictures.

  9. Lenelda says:

    WTG Jon! Good luck in this journey! Beautiful start.

  10. Bobbi says:

    Love the pictures and looked like a really fun first day. How wonderful, to do a fun adventure like you are doing. I think it is great and will be following your trip.

  11. David B says:

    Great first day! Man, I’m jealous! Looks fun, relaxing, exciting. Not like writing ORACLE scripts and debugging table scans… yeeuuuwwwww…

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