We awoke this morning to blue skies and a few clouds after last night’s heavenly demonstration of thunder and lightening. Bright-eyed & bushy-tailed, Molly started the morning with a solitary energetic run.
Some believe oxygen canisters offer a strict placebo effect. For those of us with thick heads blood, we are true believers and would never voluntarily climb to an altitude exceeding 14,000 feet without bringing oxygen in a can. Any unused canisters could be returned for a full refund. You can never be too prepared, as Tobi knows!
Some of us felt the need for speed as we sailed through the switchbacks, while others of us cautiously negotiated the slope of the road, respecting each and every one of those 14,115 feet of altitude. Periodically, our guide, Emily, stopped along the route, to check our progress, shed our layers, shoot photos, hydrate and describe the upcoming terrain. Harvey followed us in the van to collect our extra clothing and bring up the rear.
After three hours of an exhilarating bike ride, we parked our wheels at a neighborhood restaurant offering wine-tastings. Tho many of us pre-ordered cheeseburgers or grilled turkey sandwiches, the aroma of the third option, brats, left us second-guessing our original selection. Naturally, we washed down the solids with tasty Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon and plenty of water.
By 3pm, Harvey & Emily deposited us back at the resort. Esther & Tobi played a tennis math (as if they hadn’t expended enough energy already), three enjoyed spa treatments,
while others climbed more mountains,
and tested boundaries.
After showering & trading in spandex for casual evening attire, we headed offsite for dinner. The restaurant was expecting us, thanks to Molly’s advanced coordination. After Esther’s quick phone call from the booth,
we quickly filled the tables and ordered innovative cocktails. I ordered the flavorful Sassquash made up of vodka infused butternut squash with spices. The first drink was so delectable, I followed up with a second. Our meal did not disappointment (note: do not miss the Spicy Brazilian Coconut Shrimp Soup). The casual atmosphere coupled with the savory cuisine was a perfect venue to refuel and end the day for some of us, but not for all of us….
Retiring to our rooms, in preparation for tomorrow’s activities, some of us look forward to conquering the Manitou Incline on the next trip, while the rest of us breath a sigh of relief that today’s focus was downhill. We will gladly view the Incline Video and show reverence to Harvey, Emily & our bikes.