We had a relaxed rest day and went to a place called the Family Farm to eat and celebrate Kelly’s 40th birthday. It was a fun and unique place complete with farm animals on premises. We got to pet and feed the goats. When we returned Kelly’s sister and mother were there with a birthday cake.
In late afternoon when I was inspecting my bike I noticed that my rear tire was quite worn. I should have gotten a lot more miles out of it but I didn’t discover until I had returned home that it wasn’t the brand I thought I had on it (Continental ContiMotion) but instead a Shinko Advance. By this time it was too late to get anything done in
The tire might have lasted the trip but I didn’t want to chance it and
get caught in the middle of nowhere with a tire out. I located a shop in Castle Rock south of Denver that we would be
going through the next day that had a good tire at a reasonable price. Denver
We got an early start the next morning trying to beat the Denver traffic because we had to get a cache in Denver County which is pretty much downtown. The traffic wasn’t too bad, at least for
and we found the cache without much trouble.
We wanted to be first in line at the bike shop so we didn’t take time to
find any more caches in the county. Denver
We found the shop a little after 8:00 and were first in line. The service department didn’t open until 9:00 so we had a little wait. We were another half hour actually getting in the shop after they opened and it was after 10:00 before we were back on the road. Well, at least I would make the rest of the trip with peace of mind concerning the tire.
|One of several desert caches|
After getting the new tire we set out east on Highway 86 toward Limon. We were crossing counties we had done the previous year because we had to get to the far southeast part of the state for territory we hadn’t covered. We stopped for an
Elbert County cache before Limon just for a break and then
shortly after turning south on Highway 71 at Limon we stopped for a cache and had a roadside lunch in
the shade. Lincoln County
|John W Rawlings Museum|