Yesterday, well evening, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet four young riders living an amazing adventure. One from Belgium, the others from the US.
I am reposting one of the blog statements here. The people we have come through our door, I believe, are inspirations and guided by a greater power.
“Another beautiful day of riding. It wasn’t raining this morning so we started off on a positive note. We went off route because it cut like 17 mi and 500 ft of climbing out, but we were outside of civilization all day. We climbed to another pass this morning and crossed the continental divide for a second time. We stopped a little after that and ate lunch on the side of the road next to a river where Jacob and I introduced the girls to the classic male past time of throwing rocks into water. After like an hours rest, we hit the road. It really was such a beautiful ride today, for a while we were in the huge valley with snow capped mountains rimming it. It’s hard to capture the vastness and magnitude of a location with a camera sometimes and I think that was the case today. My and Lauren’s phones were dead, so we don’t have too many pictures from today but I will get some from Jacob and Fien to post later. Somewhere along to road, there was a car parked on the shoulder that said run usa. A few miles later, two runner were headed in the opposite direction. They were running for MS and they had a relay race across the country. The guy had finished his stretch and then was crewing, and the girl had run from Steamboat and was running to Nebraska where the next person would take over. The race ends in New York sometime in August. They run 28 miles a day! The last few miles turned into another race with a storm to walden….one that we lost today. I was a bit ahead of everyone in the scramble to walden, and when I was less than a mile from the town, I waited to make sure everyone was coming, then the wind and rain hit hard while I was at a stop sign and no one was coming. So I was concerned something had happened so I biked back about half a mile to find everyone crammed into this small shack that looked like a bus stop and they had thrown Jacobs tarp across the front. Well it was still pouring so I jumped in. With the break in the weather we headed into walden and stopped at the moose creek cafe. The waitress was so nice, she put us in the room with the fireplace, turned it on so we could warm up and dry off. We started chatting with the owner (James) and he offered to put us up for the night. It turns out he is involved in a work exchange program where people come and work for him in exchange for room and board. He has had people from all over the world. They usually work at his cafe. James had so many interesting stories, and just an interesting and down to earth guy. He shared a philosophy on life that I would like to share here. One of the workers from Spain asked what advice he would give him. James said that you should not try to change the world, but change yourself, and by doing so, you change the world. It’s sort of the “be the change you want to see in the world” but I just haven’t heard it but that way. He said some people take on these huge tasks like changing the world, and they get overwhelmed and you can lose sight of who you are and forget that you can change the world by changing yourself and being a better person. Never a dull dinner table conversation on this trip, and tonight was especially enlightening. Anyway, there’s a woman from Beijing and a guy from South Korea named Joe here currently. Jacob and I chatted with joe before bed and we all exchange stories to get a better understanding of how we all ended up in this room tonight. These are the great experiences that some adventures don’t afford. We thought we were going to have sleep in the rain tonight and now I’m chatting with a South Korean who travels the world working odd jobs. Hoping the rain goes away but it doesn’t look likely, but we get to Wyoming tomorrow.”