Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fairplay, CO

I'm not sure if Dave and I would make it in a small town. So far today we've done two loads of laundry, napped, gone grocery shopping, played Dogopoly, visited the library twice, relaxed at the hotel and toured this small town and it's only 2:30pm. The only thing left to do is eat fudge (which Dave can't eat because he's restricted to applesauce, crackers, and rice) and shop for antiques.

We're taking a day off and sleeping at The Hand Hotel which is very charming. We're staying in the Miner's Room, decorated with burlap sacks and rusty tin cups. The woman who makes breakfast called the fritata she was serving a breakfast casserole. It has been raining all day long which makes it even nicer to not be biking or sleeping outside.

Today is our one month anniversary of being on the road and this is exciting except we're not quite halfway. We're almost halfway, but just not quite. We've been talking and this is what we've decided. The most important part of this trip for us is riding and having a lot of fun while doing it. We want to see the country and meet people, but we both agree that it needs to feel good and not stressful. We're going to bike as much as we can and get as far as we can and however far that is will be just fine. It's all about the journey, not the destination. And really, when you think about, riding a bike over not only the Cascade Mountain range but also the Rockies--that's awesome and I feel pretty darn good about it.

Thanks for all your supportive and encouraging feedback! Dave is feeling better and keeping food in his stomach. Go Dave! Hopefully we'll be on the road tomorrow.
Much love,


Maya said...

Wow. You guys are so wise. This trip should be about fun, you're right (and the stomach flu has challenged that, I'm sure). You are on such an incredible adventure, that few people (myself included) would dare to undertake. I really admire that you have crossed half way across the USA on bicycles. You should both be proud. Now, enjoy the naps, and the showers and the cushy bed while you can! (And get all the way well). My hat's off to you two!

Morgan said...

Nope! You guys gotta keep pedalin... I've been keeping track of your blog posts on my new iPhone and I don't really know what to do with it otherwise :) ride hard!

melissa said...

hi guys,
well, I know one message I wrote made it through but the rest??? Anyway, the jist of them were you guys are awesome. You've made it already across the hardest part of the country so come what may you have enjoyed the journey (well, not the flu!!!) Jack sent a note too sending love (and loving his postcards). hope this note makes it to you, Love Melissa

frank said...

But if you hadn't had a destination you might not have had the journey. At least you are wize enough to look to the sides rather than just straight ahead. A journeys without a destination is called wandering unless the destination or purpose does not have GPS coordinates.

lynn said...

Hey Catie,

Ditto to what May and Melissa and Frank said! It's an amazing thing you've done and are doing, and you'll feel good about it all your days. And hey, if you don't make it to the Atlantic, you can try again next summer ;>)

jered said...

Dave, get better, rest, take it easy and then keep on going. I hear Fairplay, CO has an amazing skatepark... not much help... Your trip is an inspiration to me.

Maya said...

I hear through the grapevine that you are actually now in Kansas! Can't wait to see your next post - but I also hear you are burning out your tires and traveling sometimes more than 100 miles a day? Rumors? Can't wait to find out!

lynn said...

Hi Catie-

It's been a week since you've written, and we're all waiting for an update. Kansas? Missouri? Illinois? Kentucky??

Jordan and Jess said...

Wish we had known you back then...we only live 50 minutes away from Fairplay. =)