So when the sun came up and finally warmed the sleeping bag, I was cold and tired, thinking my gear is not up to the task ahead. I packed it all up and then I sat at the intersection of FR150 which would lead to Platoro, CO and Highway 17 that would lead back up La Manga Pass to Cumbres Pass and then down to Chama, NM. Couldn't figure out what to do and I just sat there. Then something made me head up that 9 mile hill and that started the end of my ride.
The ride up La Manga was nice. I got into a good climb, it was a little bit steeper than Mt Lemmon, but not that big of a deal and the sun was out. I stopped at the top of the hill, saw a couple of road cyclists, and then crossed a railroad track for the Cumbres and saw the train station that appears in the "Ride the Divide" movie ( where the fellow says "this here's Bandit"). A few hikers were there and we could hear the train in the distance and I waited for it to show up. A fully functioning coal driven steam locomotive. Interesting to watch the support crew at the top of the pass with their infared thermometers checking on the temperatures of various connecting rods and wheels. The locomotive and train pulled away and I headed for Chama.
Well, the brake pads were worn down and both front and back needed bleeding, so it wasn't all in my head, but am still disappointed. I did do a hard State, and did it by myself without any outside assistance, so I am proud of that, but as I sit here and look at the still active TD riders, I can't help but want to be out there on the Divide someplace.
I played a song "Silver Stallion" by the Highwaymen LOTS of times during the ride and these lyrics kinda hit a sentiment for me ... So Till Next Year
I'm gonna chase the sky forever,
With the woman and the stallion and the wind
The Sun is gonna burn into a cinder,
Before we ever pass this way again
And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride
Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds
With the devil close behind
We're gonna ride