‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more’. Today I crossed state lines, and entered Colorado, the 6th of the 10 states I’ve got to tackle. Although I felt far from ‘over the rainbow’ – eastern Colorado is exactly the same as wetern Kansas. Colorado is one of 3 states that has no natural boarders, so there was no landmark to give tangible notice of the transition other than the ‘Welcome to Colorado sign’. Despite the winds yesterday, I really enjoyed my time in Kansas, but am looking forward to the mountains.
Today was peppered with landmarks – not only did I each my 6th state, but I also crossed into ‘mountain time’ and am now 7 hours behind london. As if these weren’t sign enough of progress my odometer tells me that I have now cycled over 2000 miles! I decided last night that I would make an even earlier start than usual to try and beat the wind and heat. I was on the road by 06.15 – this worked out really well, and I flew through the miles. I reached Lamar 102 miles down the road by 13.00. The wind was nothing like yesterday – there was a crosswind blowing from the north that made it interesting at times, but it didn’t have the intesnsity of yesterdays headwind.
Somehow, without feeling like I’ve done any climbing I’ve managed to gain more than 3000 feet in altitude over the last couple of days. At more than 4000 feet i’m the highest I’ve been on this trip so far – although I’ve got a lot more climbing to do in the week ahead. I haven’t changed my clocks yet as the wind and the heat don’t delay by an hour in a differnet time zone! I’m going to get another early start tomorrow as I have some serious miles to do tomorrow if I want to reach Pueblo.