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Written by Bill Wagner   
Monday, 09 August 2010 11:25
Day 39--50 Miles-I think... 

After riding through today's downpour into Salida I found a hose behind the hotel for me and the bike. Not sure if that is the culprit or perhaps the bike computer died during the Thunderstorm? at any rate it appears broken so my mileage is by the map...I'm gonna dry it out tonight and get a new battery and hope for the best. I hope I don't need to buy a new odometer/computer and was hoping to get an early start tomorrow as it contains a huge climb. If I need one there is a bike shop in town, it'll all work out.

Numb Stuff, Margie and I awoke at the town pavilion well-rested and went directly to Dorothy's Tamales for breakfast as dinner there the previous night was great. This iPad doesn't have enough battery life and I don't have enough time or energy to say all I'd like to about Dorothy, her husband, and how her little restaurant came to be in a 0.5 horse town like Hartsel. But her place will be shown on The Food Network in September, no, I'm not making this up!

Her kitchen is literally a semi that her husband rigged up with plumbing, electric, etc. she still leases the land since the D.O.T. Told her she couldn't put up signs all over the road, they had to be on "real" property. She started 7 years ago selling her Tamales out of a cooler under a tent and the pay was on the honor system. "It was a bad location really, stuck there behind the bar on a side street, but it was fun going there the next morning to find cash and checks!" People travel as far away as 110 miles to get these Tamales, out from the back of a truck that has been gutted and re- wired. her husband sometimes forgets to get the money before figuring out the order and yelling it back to her but she corrects him every time, at least that's how it felt the two times I was there. they opened at 0700 and when we left at 0800 the place, a closet really with a jar for tips, was packed. Where on earth do people come from, how do they know about this, literal, HOLE in Hartsel? Who cares! What a treat to speak with and taste a real Americana story. Honestly, the mountain views are still very nice, but these people I meet in the edges of NO-VILLE make the journey a true treat. a blue semi attached to a closet with a bathroom and two tables for seating...gotta love it!

Today's ride was very nice, even if the sky did, yet again, open up on me toward the end. as I got to the high point of the ride at 10,000 feet I could see the Continental Divide off to the horizon in the Sawatch Range where they peaked at over 14,000 feet! These views were spectacular. The highest stuff I've seen thus far, the highest I'll see overall. I passed Numb Stuff and Margie in the late morning after riding with them a bit and hope to see them tonight for the nightly devour. great ride, great day, lucky to be me.

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