Although we biked 0 miles, the whole course of the trip changed today.
We took the term "rest day" seriously. I moved a little and ate a lot. Nothing noteworthy occurred until the late afternoon. Chris was laying on his bed poring over several maps that were spread out in front of him. He looked up at me and broke the silence: he wouldn't be able to complete the trip beyond Colorado. We would need to finish the mileage in an unrealistic time frame in order for him to be back on the East Coast for his deadline. We made a promise that we would do the Western Express route from Colorado to San Francisco together and I don't have much of an interest in experiencing the desert in August alone.
I'm naturally more prone to go with my gut and figure things out as I go instead of planning every detail ahead of time. It may not be the best approach for everyone, but it's always seemed to work out for me. Over the past two weeks, I've had to adapt and react to things even more than ever. I was not expecting the bike trip to end only 2100 miles in at Pueblo, Colorado, but I'll regroup and readjust. Pueblo will just be a pit stop on this journey as opposed to the finish line; a friend of mine is planning to fly out and meet me in Colorado. We are considering renting an RV to camp out of and do a different type of tour across the U.S. I'm not going to be ready for the journey to end in only 3-4 weeks, so please post comments with any suggestions you have for places we should drive to or things we should do. I'll have to rework the course and would love as many ideas as possible.