As if the great pace and scenery weren't enough, we rolled passed Ralph Lauren's ranch and into the cute little town of Ridgeway at around 11 AM, to find a FREE town BBQ in the making. We chatted with the locals and stuffed ourselves on homemade desserts. After an hour, we decided it was time to ride the 1.5 miles to the Orvis Hot Springs, where we soaked for another hour. Sorry there are no pictures, but it was a "clothing optional" resort, and pictures are strictly forbidden.
Full, rested, and relaxed, we left Ridgeway with a storm hot on our tail. We averaged about 17 MPH even with a headwind for the next few hours to avoid all but a 5-minute pelting, and finished at Montrose with plenty of time to find a great hotel (Holiday Inn Express!) to donate a room.
Jen with the storm in hot pursuit. Those trees were blown clear into the sky seconds later.
So to summarize: pastries, BBQ, hot springs, and fast riding - it's the perfect combination! We are ready for two more days of climbing to surpass Monarch Pass and the Continental Divide!