We woke up to another beautiful day. We went to the store for dog food, eggs and bacon. Back at the cabin I made us some breakfast burritos and coffee. We leisurely enjoyed the morning and took our time packing up. We were only going 18 miles. A short day because we had to stop in Saratoga for the hot springs.
When we finally left the campground it was around noon. Less than a 1/2 mile down the road we hit a construction zone. We can only hope that it is brief. We waited until the pilot car returned and asked the driver: how far? She said it was only a mile and a half. No big deal, we'll be through this in no time. We left the pilot car a mile and a half into the construction zone. We then realized that's the only section currently being worked on. However, for 10 miles the road has been ripped up. Riding on it was like ridding on a rumble strip. The shoulder was worse, it was the ripped up road with rocks and gravel and rumble strip. Long story short, Zandon's front rack and front fender fell off. My rear wheel rim cracked and I lost tension in a spoke. It was a miserable 10 miles. If you're currently on the Trans American Trail this construction project is slated to be completed October 2016. The first 10 miles on 230 leaving Riverside headed towards Saratoga.
We reached Saratoga and the grocery store is the first thing you hit coming into town. We stopped for chips and salsa and a root beer. We then headed to the campground at Saratoga Lake. The road headed to the lake was in terrible shape, not one smooth surface to ride on. This with my already cracked rim. What a day. We set up the tent and stuffed Brown inside. We then took off for the hot springs. It's a pretty nice set up. The hot springs are next to the pool which was closed for the season. However, the hot springs and showers are always open. The showers have hot water! There are two hot spring pools. One was scorching and the other more jacuzzi like. Zandon and I split up because I couldn't even get a foot into the super hot one.
After the jacuzzi we grabbed a pizza in town. Then headed back to the campground. There's a few RVs in the campground. I'm going to try to solicit a ride to Rawlins in the morning. It's 42 miles from here but it's the closest town with a bike shop. I'm worried about riding that far with a cracked rim.
Another beautiful day expected for tomorrow, with a high of 65.