Thursday, June 11, 2009

Silverthorne, CO

Day 31

Miles Completed: 2,254

Approximate Miles Remaining: 1,146

See Kyle on the Map:,+co&um=1&ie=UTF-8&split=0&gl=us&ei=anwxSvnJNs2Ltgec8KTQBQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1

Today Kyle rode through Frisco, CO, across the Dillon Dam, past Dillon Reservoir and on to Silverthorne, CO. It was a shorter day at 15 miles although it did mark the approximate 2/3 point of the journey! Today and tonight Kyle is staying at the Riverside Lodge Hostel.

Kyle said that it had been raining and cold all morning and he quite literally had no energy so decided to rest for the day. Because of what I imagine is cold weather, high elevation, and four weeks of tough riding catching up to Kyle, he sounded over the past two days’ calls as tired as I’ve ever heard him. I can imagine there comes a point during any journey such as this that weather, physical and emotional fatigue, loneliness, and the sheer magnitude of the challenge catches up with a person. Ever-persistent and forcefully positive in words yet not in tone, Kyle is soldiering on. If you have any words of encouragement, today might be a great day to add a comment; I’ll forward them on as received!

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Kyle’s plan tomorrow is to ride to Hot Sulfur Springs, CO, approximately 60 miles north and at the base of the next major mountain pass.


  1. Please tell Kyle that there are several of my friends who are living vicariously through him during this journey. They all have said how they wish they would have done something like this when they were young. They profess to be excellent cyclists until they watch his progress. I am amazed because I can't ride to downtown Missoula and make it home. These guys don't blink at 100 miles yet they are all enthralled with Kyle! Keep pedaling! I can always send Gramma down as a chase crew!

  2. Hey Ky;e,

    Glad the pedals are working better. How's the saddle? And the legs? Missoula is getting closer---it will seem all downhill after that! Weather has to improve. A nice, warm sunny ride with moderate/mild elevation is coming I'm sure. You must have done a 26 mile climb yesterday... that I vaguely remember? Daily mileage isn't always important---just making progress is fantastic---short days can be a very good thing for mind and body. There is some tough riding already in your rear view mirror!

  3. Just think! If he decided to turn around and go back to Steve's he wouldn't have to turn a pedal! Just hang on for the ride. WhoHooo!

    Of course, when he crosses the Continental Divide he'll have the same sensation. He'll probably blow through Wyoming in a day. Kansas was a lot of work in comparison.