Colorado, at last! Gotta love a new state day. I'm glad that I made it in good time, given that I'm operating with a shorter chain. Thankfully my end-of-day destination has a bike shop.
Given that I'm writing this a couple days later, I can't say that I remember much of my inauspicious entrance to Colorado. I remember the wind, but what else is new. There was a lot of farmlands...again, what else is new?
Really, the highlight of the day was when I pulled into Dolores, and beelined it for the bike shop: Lizardhead Cyclery. Nicholas, the owner/mechanic, went straight to work replacing my chain. He then outdid himself by doing a quick once over on my bike and tightening the (many) loose bits. The piece-de-resistance was his innovative insertion of old tires into my handlebars, under the grip tape. I had been experiencing some numbness in my pinkies as my hands were too big for the handlebars as they were. Speaking a couple days ahead of Day 15, those bits of extra padding helped a whole lot. Thanks again, Nicholas! ( https://www.facebook.com/lizardhead.cyclery.9)
Everyone in town was raving about the warm winds that would push me up to the Lizard's Head Pass (10,000ft) the next day, apparently a function of the land warming up during the day and creating a wind that rises up the mountain. I was really excited to experience it!