As has been the case most of this journey, I had good karma. The reservation folks put me in seating with a 50+ year old guy who was also traveling solo, and wait for it -- half Portuguese, and from Saugus, MA. We sounded exactly alike, yucked it up the entire afternoon, and took the necessary photos at the Peak! Really fun! I then returned to Jutta's (my hostess) for wine & pie & a trip down memory lane with her Cuba photo album. Yes, she has biked Cuba. An all around fun birthday!
Did you know that Pike never reached the Peak? Also unknown to me is that America the Beautiful was written by Katharine Lee Bates on July 22, 1893 after being inspired by the majestic background of the Rocky Mountains seen from Pikes Peak. Where was she born? Falmouth, Massachusetts. An all around "locals" birthday location!
Many, many thanks to those of you who took the time to send me cards via my postal box. When I arrived in Estes Park, CO on the 31st, my mail was here and I spent an hour enjoying opening cards & setting up my display. I'll be staying in this location until Columbus Day; that story to come in a few days!