Day 42 (July 9th 2016) Royal Gorge – Hartsel, CO;

Colorado is living up to all my expectations, and then some. You know the views and sights are amazing when you’re climbing up a hill full of anticipation about what you’ll see as you come over the top that you don’t even realize you just climbed over a mountain. There is so much to see and take in that it makes me wish I invested in a GoPro.

A highlight of the day was coming over a pass at 9,400 ft to see snow capped mountains in the distance. It was breathtaking and words (nor picture) could capture the moment. The only thing that made it better was the fact that my parents and Addie were just a hundred feet away waiting with snacks. It was a great place to stop and stock up on goodies.

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All in all, we climbed close to 5,000 feet in elevation. Everyone seems to be noticing the change in elevation. You know it’s bad when a bunch of under 30’s are huffing and puffing climbing a gradual hill after biking for well over a month. Rest breaks are necessary and taking it easy is a must. Tomorrow we will be reaching the highest elevation of the trip, then it’s all downhill from there!

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