Find Your Way
June 17, 2002
Ordway to Pueblo

Today's Miles = 56.5
Average Speed = 10.5 mph
Maximum Speed = 23.6 mph
Total Miles = 2372.2

They're out there. Waiting low and dark on the horizon. Ahead of me, in the distance, lay the Rocky Mountains and climbs to over 11,000 feet of altitude.

The terrain has been changing as I traveled closer and closer to Pueblo. The wheat of Kansas is behind me and the scrub grass of the west has taken its place. The absolute flatness of the plains is being increasingly interrupted with creekbeds and hills, and looming mountains now punctuate the straightness of the horizon ahead of me.

Making it to Pueblo is one of the major milestones of this route. Pueblo is the second largest city on the trail, and it is very roughly the halfway point of the entire journey. I decided to treat myself for making it this far, and managed to track down a massage therapist who could take me on short notice.

After having my muscles tended to and eating my first salad in miles, I took the time to reflect on how I felt. The last day off I had taken was on the 6th and I'd ridden a lot of miles since then. My joints and muscles, even with the massage, were constantly aching. My mind was fuzzy and I could hardly remember where I had been today, let alone the day before. Finally, while I've been riding recently across mostly flat land, Pueblo is the gateway to my climb into the mountains.

My justification for some of the long riding days I have been taking was that it would buy me some flexibility in crossing Colorado before making my flight to Reno. I've decided to use some of that flexibility by taking tomorrow off before heading any further. Rested and relaxed, I'll be in the saddle again come Wednesday.


Congrats on making it so far! You are headed up into some great country. My family has a cabin in the woods not far from Fairplay and know the area well (it's down a several mile gravel road that would be hell on a tour bike, otherwise I would suggest you go stay!). Your photos and website are really quite amazing.

Jealous behind a desk, (with a new chair....sad what it takes to thrill me these days)
J.O. Price
Portland, Oregon

Posted by: joe price on June 18, 2002 02:11 PM

I've been following your journey now for about the last couple of weeks. When you didn't update for journal for 2-3 days, I kept thinking where's Nick? Being a graduate of Colorado State University, I especially enjoyed the descriptions of your training rides. Trapped in my cubicle for 40+ hours a week and a long commute, your adventure is my summer escape! Your actually doing what I can only dream about. Look forward to following you the rest of your adventure.

Posted by: Dave Holland on June 18, 2002 08:00 PM

You're doing a great jaerb Nick! Good JAERB! See you in a few.

Posted by: Rob on June 19, 2002 12:37 PM

What an ultimately cool journal!!!
Keep it going.
I'm taking an Enhanced Early Retirement at the end of June. Best package they've ever offered and for the first time to people who are only 50, so I just qualified.
Stay in touch after your journey is done.

Posted by: Chuck Summers on June 20, 2002 07:28 PM

Nick, I have been following your journey. I can't wait to hear more. See you soon.

Posted by: Coby Rowe on June 21, 2002 02:05 PM

Nick ,
We are totally thrilled with your website - we are following you with delight - + a bit of envy . Glad overall the trip has been good - it now only gets better as you begin the Northwest portion - oh , the joy of that section !
Thanks for sharing your trip with us all ! Brings back wonderful memories .

Posted by: Thad,Sarah + Sam Lee on June 29, 2002 07:23 AM
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