We made it into town without pedaling once for the last 12 miles. We immediately went to the bike shop for some tuneups and advice on local lodging. The mechanic recommended we stay at the hostel for the night. There the four of us met up with a fellow French rider, Sofiane and a number of hikers doing the Colorado trail.
It would be unfair of me not to give a little background on Sofiane.... When we first met Sofiane we didn't believe he was doing the divide. He had a small Ti cross bike with a mere 12 pounds of gear stuffed in one bag atop his rear rack. That's it. He didn't have a helmet or even sunglasses as they were "too heavy". He didn't even have a mapset - just a GPS. All in all, his entire bike when packed weighed about 35 pounds. Less than half of ours. The reason being is that he is training to race the route in two years. He averages over 100 miles a day...
Anyways... Sofiane, Bruno, and the three of us had a blast at the hostel. We stayed up late cooking dinner and chatting. We parted ways the next morning, surely never to see them on the route again as they were both biting off bigger chunks than us.
Forgot to mention this!! This day of riding was in South Park county, Colorado. A nearby town, Fairplay, was where the creaters of South Park (TV show) were born and raised and where the show is based on.
The Hartsel Parade
The crew + Bruno the crazy Belgian on our descent into Salida!
Cam doing the YMCA