August 21, 2013
Zero day in Steamboat Springs, CO
I had the luxury of sleeping in this morning until 8am before waking up naturally and heading to the lobby for the complimentary continental breakfast. It wasn't anything special but it did save me a trip to a restaurant as well as money. As I was heading back to my room I bumped into Bert in the lobby! He arrived after me last night and decided that he was going to take a zero. With this new information I asked if he would mind splitting the cost of a room. He didn't have a problem with it so we secured lodging for the night and went to our respective rooms to gather our things and go to the new room.
During the day I was able to get my laundry done, buy food for the next section, and even pick up a new pair of shoes. My old ones have been giving me problems, but maybe that's what I get for buying shoes that were 80% off.
With the USA Pro Challenge coming through today the town of Steamboat was a little bit crazier than normal. I wandered through the downtown area (where the race finished) to check things out and also got to do some great people watching. The race finally came into town around 4:30 and it was amazing to see the lead group fly by just before the sprint to the finish.
The rest of the day was spent watching some TV and catching up on some current events. Man, what is wrong with the world?! Poison gas in Syria, another gun related incident at a school, republican still in denial about climate change... I'm sure glad to be sheltered from the news for the most part.
Tomorrow it's back to the trail and on towards Grand Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park is only a few days away!