Hello from very high up! We are four days into the Rocky mountains. They are like nothing we've ever seen before. We are completely surrounded by unbelieveable natural beauty. Here goes the attempt to collage together a day-by-day since we last wrote:
DAYS 39 + 40 /// TUESDAY + WEDNESDAY... We decided to stay on Gillian's farm (which was recovering from a devastating fire) to help with some house-painting and tree-planting. It was really nice to be in one spot for a few nights. We did lots of laundry and cooking, not to mention lots of sweating. Wednesday it was 110 degrees in the shade! Hottest day I've ever lived through. We also met up with an artist in Kim, Colorado and did a gift exchange with her.
DAY 41 /// THURSDAY... Left Gillians REALLY early; got up at 3:30 and biked into Pueblo by noon. It felt so good to beat the heat! We made friends with Luke + Danielle, a couple our age-ish who took us in for the night. Thanks Luke + Danielle! It was great. We played music, ate pizza and slept in the most comfortable sofa bed on the planet.
DAY 42 /// FRIDAY... We biked along the river in Pueblo, home of the largest mural in the world. We stopped mid-day at a natural hot spring, where we were really well taken care of by Tanya. She made us sandwiches and treated us to a swim. It was just heavenly. We found ourselves restored and raring to bike another 30 miles, but then in Canon City we got stuck in an impressive storm and got a motel room. You win some, you lose some.
DAY 43 /// SATURDAY... Left Canon City EARLY to begin our climb into the Rockies! We knew we were heading to Guffey that night, where our girl Julia was going to meet us. To keep ourselves motivated, we bellowed "JUUULLLIAAAAAAAAAAA" into the mountains all day. She was the most beautiful thing we'd ever seen! Julia, thank you thank you thank you for driving so far just to hang with us for a night. We needed you! We stayed up late giggling with J and then woke up and had a surprise art-gathering with the Guffey locals. They were great!
There are a few more days to write about, but I'm in my last minute on a library computer in Kremmling Colorado. There are children behind me lining up for their turn. Gotta go!
We are happy and enjoying the most spectacular scenery yet. We miss and love our friends and family.
xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxooxoxoxooxox x a million,
m + s + j