|Jonny Rocker loads up the bikes for the big ride.|
|Before heading to Saluda we stopped at YAWP Cyclery for a quick tune up of the BEEFMAN bike that included the addition of a new rear rack! :)|
|Searching for the perfect trunk bag for the rack proved more challenging than expected. After stopping at 10 bike shops in Denver and Buena Vista, I found the perfect bag at Absolute Bikes in Saluda!|
When the RTR route was announced back in February we immediately noticed that the ride ended in Salida, a frequent overnight stop on Ride the Rockies and home of five of our nine team members. It is also home to the Victoria Bar, a popular hangout for locals and tourists visiting this iconic mountain town at the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Soon after somebody floated the idea of starting in Salida and making the ride an 8-day, 520 mile loop. The idea of starting and ending the ride at the Vic was just too tempting to pass up!
|Jonny and I hit our first brewpub -- Joyride Brewing -- for a quick beer before our journey.|
|At our hotel in Saluda -- the last bed until Durango (camping the next two nights).|
|The Hankster (left) and Jonny Rocker (center) meet for the first time at the Vic in Salida.|
|Team Beef/Bar2Bar outside the Vic.|