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It’s a nice view, but there were headwinds.

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Snow not only on the mountains, but also lingering on the ground:

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After pedaling almost two and a half hours – downhill – to only go twenty miles, I came to the rest stop with a birthday princess and her enchanted puppy:

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After a puppy kiss (and a change of direction), I suddenly picked up speed! The next 20 miles took less than an hour.

And then there was this thing they called Wolfensberger Road. 5%? Whatever. I trained with pros on Mandeville Canyon last week!

Downhill past Castle Rock:

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To puppy kisses at the finish:

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With all the good works for The Crisis Center, I’d say I earned this:

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…but the Garmin says I only got 47.5 miles, so the Colorado chapter is to be continued…

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