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Another frosty morning.  Putting on my wet cycling shoes was not the most pleasurable experience.

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At least I could make some proper coffee and cook some porridge with the jetboil stove.

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It soon warmed up once the sun reached into the valley.  It took me too long to get going today.  Filtering 3 litres of water took over 30 mins.

I had an idea today was going to be tough, but the reality was brutal!

First off was a 3 mile climb, followed shortly by a 6 mile one and many more miles uphill!

Whilst climbing climb 2 I was fortunate to see the Union Pacific train emerging from the tunnel in the valley below alongside the Colorado River.  I counted 98 carriages!

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I didn’t take many pictures today as it was such a struggle.  The heat was staggering and I felt cooked.   At 2pm on a steep climb with no wind, and in full sun the garmin was reading 44.8 celsius.

I did, however, manage to get my excess stuff mailed back home at the post office in Kremmling.

I also spotted one of these in Silverthorn.

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Sorry Mai darling, but dad had no room in his bags and it was 630pm and I still had 7 miles to go to Fresco.  Before I leave the US I’ll try to find another one.

6hrs 50mins riding time and 6000ft of climbing felt so long today and in all honesty I was glad it was done.

Hauling the fully loaded bike is hard going.

A few more random pictures from today.

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Day 15 – Frisco to Hartsel (64 miles)

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