The cure for altitude sickness? A Windermere.
Amped up and overly caffeinated, I hardly slept overnight, rolling out of bed around 8:00 AM. I immediately noticed symptoms of altitude sickness. Suffice it to say, I held off on food and coffee, drinking only water throughout the morning. I knew today would be a “lay low” type of day.
I sat outside for a while to enjoy the scene. The remaining snow atop the Flat Tops mountain range glistened under the bright blue skies and sunshine, and the Yampa Valley was lush and green.
Around noon, I headed outside to the truck, trailer and bike. It was surprisingly quick and easy to remove the tie-downs and walk the bike down the trailer ramp. I putzed around for a while in the garage, unpacking kit and placing the bags back on the bike. By this point, I was starting to feel up for moving around and getting something to eat. I also decided to give the GoPro HD Hero2 helmet camera out. Fiona fired right up, and I made my way down Ridge Road, Burgess Creek and US 40 through old town Steamboat. On the cruise back through town, I stopped at Backcountry Provisions for a “Windermere” sandwich, chips, and a slice of German sausage. Right away, I started feeling better. Backcountry has that effect on people.
The Day : Weather
|Location||State||High (F)||Low (F)||Precipitation (in)||Max Wind (mph)|
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The Day : GPS
|Avg Speed||2.4 mph|
|Moving Speed||18.7 mph|
|Elevation Max||7,548 ft|
|Elevation Min||6,663 ft|
|Elevation Gain||1,956 ft|
|Elevation Loss||1,956 ft|