Starting with last night we were already joining the activities with the 4th of July. People bought random things at thrift stores to celebrate the USA! Last night was the dress up for the upcoming few days in boulder. It was so much fun and absolutely hilarious watching people dress up. I would have to say Pucci’s get up was one of my favorites.
Getting up this morning everyone was so excited to get to Boulder. We did our dedication circle and today mine went to Cody. I really wish that he was meeting us in boulder but sometimes it is not that easy. He is such a huge part of my life I cannot even put words to it. One persons dedication to someone that committed suicide about 8 years ago really touched me today. Her memory reminds me to be so thankful for everyday and to remember all the other people in our lives. As individuals we can do and touch so much.
Today Bunny, Vannessa and I rode together. The first 20 miles we spent talking and passing the time and just before our first water break there they were. The Rockies. It is so amazing to think that we rode our bikes here and that we will conquer them. I called my dad when I could see them and he just laughed and I knew just how happy and proud he was of me. This has been something I have always wanted to do and it is such a blessing to be in the moment.
The rest of the day we spent watching the mountains grow and elevating ourselves to around 6,000 feet. Bunny made me so proud today and I am so happy to have her on this ride. We had to deal wih a couple tire issues along the way, but in no way were our spirits broken. The main theme was this is unbelievable and how marvelous a sight. It is always so awesome to see the look of true gratitude on a persons face.
About 2.5 miles from the host we stopped to put on those awful July 4 costume and roll into Boulder in style. We looked so patriotic and excited and this city will always be special. Some members from Portland met us to show us to the host. That was exciting to see more people doing what we are doing just trying to make a difference.
We met the hosts at the first baptist church and then went to take showers at the Boulderado. It is stunning and old. The architecture here is so beautiful. I was definately not expecting that out of a newer city. Afterwards we enjoyed a spaghetti dinner before heading out to see what was going on around Boulder. I can’t wait for the next couple of days to really explore the city!