I want to give a big shout out for Jason Osborn. We crossed paths several times. After racing down from Kokomo Pass in a rain storm Jason offered us a spot to sleep near him at Camp Hale. We were very grateful. The last time I saw him was at the Avalanche TH as he passed us while we were drying clothes out. I know if I had tried to ride all the way to Durango I would be well behind Jason. The truth is I don't think I would be able to make the complete distance in one try unless I was touring. This time I rode as hard as I could everyday. It seems six days may be my limit. I had real trouble eating while on the trail and by day 5 1/2 I was bonking. This will be something I need to work out for future rides. I discovered I like going to bed early and
starting to ride again about 3 am. I would rather ride knowing it is getting lighter instead of darker. Riding for 18 hours every other day seems very doable for me. I have lots of experience with 24 hour solo races so this may be a benefit.
Since riding the complete trail in one try is probably over my head next year maybe I will start in Durango and stop at Hwy 50. Then I would have at least ridden all the sections.
I had a fantastic time and got my Colorado fix for another year. Now to dream of 2013.
I hope three other racers ( Walt, Berry, and Jason) who did not have a spot were able to finish. The last time I saw them was at Mt. Princeton.
Congratulations to all the riders who started. Attempting the challenge makes you all a winner.
Special congratulations to Jefe, Ethan, Jesse.