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Hospitality in Bristol, CO – Day 31

Woke up to find we were camped below a large dam. Started to heat up early so we hurried to get on the road. I let Jenn be in charge of navigation and we ended up on a dirt/gravel road for the first 10 miles. Dirt road mixed with wind, heat and sunscreen make for a nice protective coating. (1242 miles)

Packing up camp



Had to be 100F + and this guy was walking to a town about 25 miles away and the wheels on his bag were busted.

This place brings in sludge (from sewage plants) from New York City for fertilizer. Met a farmer that swears by it. I’m growing my own food from now on.

Stopped to rest (and play) in the shade for a bit.

It’s wheat harvest time in East Colorado and West Kansas. Get used to seeing lots of pics of green and gold farm equipment, Jenn is fascinated by them.

Took a midday break from the heat and sun in the small town of Bristol. Thanks to our new friend Alex and the wonderful folks of Bristol United Methodist Church, our brief rest ended up including a potluck dinner, great company, a nice place to camp and even breakfast. Thanks to everyone that made this evening so special including Alex, Jessica, John, Cheyenne, James ‘Bub’ McGee and his wife, Leon, Pastor Kathy, Ted, Jay, Mike and everyone else! Hope to see you when we come through in September.


Not only is Alex a great BMX rider, he also plays a mean game of ping pong. He also has a way with words:
– “Why didn’t you just drive?” or
– “Do you guys have some nice clothes? We’re having a church barbecue and if you have some nice clothes you should come”. Thanks for being so persistent that we stay.

Earning my dinner


Learning about wheat farming



One response

  1. Love Alex, Why didn’t you guys just drive? Kids say it straight. i see in real time your headed up the Mississippi. I bet Jen is ready for a massage?

    July 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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