After a few days spent amongst friends in CO Springs and in Salida we set off to tackle the highest point on the entire ride. Beginning in the early morning fog we rode from our new friend Matthew Cohen’s home toward Monarch Pass. From 22 miles we gradually climbed, switching back and forth up the rolling terrain of Highway 50. The weather was clear and brisk to start, while the sun moved in warming our backs and offering a gentle push through the thin mountain air. After 3 hours of hard work we had crossed the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, now officially in the Western United States, we took a few moments to reflect from 11,313 feet. This elevation represents our highest point on the route, though countless miles of rolling hills and steep climbs still await in western parts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and the Sierra Nevada Range of California. For now though, we’re happy with our accomplishment and eager to press on, moving forward toward experiences still unknown.
We have a few new webisodes completed and will be working to have them viewable on our website at www.foodcycleus.com - Stay tuned.