For whatever reason (the guide maybe?) I didn't expect the first 25 to be a big deal. I was wrong! There were some monster steep grades heading up the pass before the 25 miles mark. It was tough!
Between the 25 mile mark and this mark was the scene of much psychological devastation. You see, the guide said that the summit of Slumgullion was 8 miles past the aid station...meaning at mile marker 33. It was not. Rather, the top of Spring Creek Pass was a little past mile marker 33.
Slumgullion was at about mile 39. Having expectations on miles wrong is really tough!
Heading down Slumgullion was fun, but had big potholes. The road was in poor condition in many spots for sure. Best to take it pretty slow. When I got to the bottom, an ambulance was heading up. No doubt there were several wipe outs and trips to the hospital.
This photo shows Wetterhorn Peak on the left and Uncompagrhe Peak on the right. These are two well-known 14ers.
Happily, there was an aid station at mile marker 75 to look forward too. It was here at the top of the Sapinero Mesa Road. This little "bump" as I had mistakenly referred to it earlier was brutal. It was HOT and it was steep. It was nice seeing the aid station there.
Getting to the top of this "bump" was super hot and stupidly windy (heads and cross winds). I zoomed (as fast as I can zoom) up and over the second bump and raced down as fast as possible. It wasn't that fast though because the cross winds were friggin' hurricane force.
Dave saw some poor guy splayed out on the side of the road on his back being tended to. Heart attack? Heat stroke? Both? Bad scene.
Dave got through town and hit the finish line. See the poor sign folded over in the winds?
Dave got to the finish line and the car at about 3:30pm.
Yes, I was worked, but I was so psyched to have completed another BTC. It was not easy, but as this one guy's jersey stated: "Death Before Sag". I know the day will come that I will have to sag...I'm just glad it's not here yet!
Dave and I slept in a bit, enjoyed a leisurely meal then headed home. It was terrific getting home. The pain in my backside has already dissipated enough that I'm wondering what the route will be again next year. Hope Dave wants to do it with me again!