The first 3 segments went as expected as I had ridden it before. For Rich and other rookies the first segment is an eye opener because it gives you a taste of how much climbing there is in this race. We got some rain and hail but were able to take cover in the trees and wait it out. About 4:30 PM we got to the start of the first detour in a light rain. This was a different detour than I had done 2 years ago, it was much longer. The Terryall detour is 70 miles long with over 8000 feet of climbing! (Info: It is illegal to ride a bicycle in wilderness areas in the U.S. so there are 5 bicycle detours on the Colorado Trail around wilderness areas) We made it about ½ ways thru the detour before night fall and camped at a forest service campground called Goose Creek. Gabe was with us most of the day. And 3 others joined us soon after we arrived including John and Jill H. We had hoped to get water from the pump but it was broken so we ended up filtering water from the creek.
A few more miles of gravel and we were back on the trail and than just a few more miles and we were at Kenosha Pass where we talked with several riders again while we refilled our water at the campground pump. We continued on for about 6 more miles of trail and camped at Jefferson Creek with Gabe and