It was climbing Mt. Evans today.  A team picture was in order before the big ride began.

Today’s focus was climbing 14,271 feet to the summit on paved roads with sharp curves and steep slopes.  Just riding in a car with Andrea, another wife, made me nervous!  We came up behind Andy at one point and all I could think was, “My husband is a beast and please, God, don’t let him fall off the side.”

I am literally in awe of the people on this team.  I cannot believe that some of them have done this twice.  Andy made it to the top right about 12:15.  I was so happy to see him and so proud of him.

Of course, we took a picture together!  He just rode up a mountain!

I also made sure to snap a picture of the big-horned sheep stuffies that we bought for the kids.

Andy took off pretty quickly as it was cold at the summit.  I also headed down because we needed to check out of the hotel.  We had to stop at Summit Lake because a flock of big-horned sheep were in the parking lot.  We took pictures, but did not get out of the car.  These are wild animals, people.  Don’t be stupid.  There were families trying to pet them until a park ranger came running to stop them.

We got back to the hotel, checked out, and then waited in the parking lot until everyone returned.  It was quite the morning/early afternoon.  I am so proud of everyone!  That climb has got to be the hardest thing ever.  To finish is amazing.  To attempt it is amazing.  Congratulations to everyone.  I don’t care if you finished or not.  You tried.  That is way more than I could do.

Once everyone returned, we headed to Copper Mountain Resort.  We checked into our condos, got unpacked, and enjoyed a fabulous team dinner at Incline Bar and Grill.  Teammates and friends!

After dinner, Andy and I explored Copper Mountain.  We had a glass of wine, wandered around, and spent time together.  It doesn’t get much better than today.

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