This is where it got interesting. After a stop in Bailey, CO for gas and a restroom stop, the groups got split up because of a premature departure. I was one of the ones that were left behind. At that point, it was a game of catching up. Before I reached the A Group that was at the front, we came up to this sign and one of the B Group riders waiting on his bike. I asked him....which way did the A Riders go. He said....to Red Cone. I turned and looked at Terry and asked, "Are you up for this?" He said "yes" and off I led. As far as we knew, we were chasing about 5-6 top riders and we would have to ride hard and fast to catch them before the riding challenge got too tough.
Well, this was the result of the first mile. Terry gave up and turned around.... and in my hard-headedness, I picked up the bike and kept going. I was now solo, chasing the lead group up over Red Cone.
It didn't get any easier. Matter of fact, this was the hardest and toughest riding I have ever done in my life.