Day 33 – Here Comes the Sun! – Denver

miles biked (see day 32)

10/2/2009 So, day 33 is really just a continuation of day 32, as we did not go to sleep after the bus, but somehow when we arrived in Denver we got a second wind.  It is just so beautiful in Colorado!  After arriving at Patty’s around 9am, we showered, changed into some non-bus grimy clothes and went out (we WERE moving pretty slow, this all took a few hours).  Caroline, the true athlete among us, hit the trail for a 8 mile run and then ran some sprints on the soccer field with a guy she saw practicing.  Turns out he happened to play for the Colorado Rapids.  She always ends up in the right place at the right time:)

Tracy and Sara met up with our motorcycle riding groupie Ryan (Tracy’s friend and ex-coworker from New York), made a quick stop at the post office (we gotta keep dropping weight, thanks to our friends in Sultan for accepting all our packages) and then went downtown to try some brews.  We ended up getting ferried on Ryan’s awesome wheels (Mad Mavis the Hell-Bike) to an awesome pub called Falling Rock Tap House.  It was the perfect stop.  We had a tasty lunch, some very good beer from the breweries in Colorado we weren’t going to have a chance to visit (like Ska Brewing and TommyKnocker – yum!) and they had internet.  Tracy even got to try the Russian River Publication (saison with brett- double yum!) What more could a bike and brewer ask for?  How about a chat with the owner of the pub, Chris Black?  Once our waitress realized why we were there, she gave Chris the heads up and he came over and gave us some insider stories about the GABF that we just missed (it was in Denver the week before) as well as a tour of their beer cellar. On top of the 70 beers that have on tap, the beer cellar full of older brew that Chris has been stockpiling. It was like being in a beer library with extensive archives.

Chris suggested that if we were going to any brewery nearby we should hit up Great Divide.  It was a worthwhile visit.  Although we only tried two beers, we happen to arrive right in the middle of a party, with bread and cheese and a great crowd of Denver beer connoisseurs.   It was just what we needed to whet our palates before we went out to dinner at Vine Street Brewery, the latest addition to the Mountain Sun group based in Boulder.  By then however, we were finally starting to fade, so we had a small taste of their wheat beer and then moved on to salads and their house-made rootbeer.  Not bad for a day where we thought all we’d be able to handle was sleeping.

More photos of Ryan and Mavis

More photos of Ryan and Mad Mavis

More Photos from Falling Rock in Denver

More Photos from Falling Rock in Denver

Great Divide Brewing Co

Great Divide Brewing Co


 
 
 

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