Photo by Kathy Browning
The friendly bikers above are on their way to entering the friendliest town in the west, Hotchkiss. It was all part of Ride the Rockies sponsored by The Denver Post and Wells Fargo Bank. By all accounts, the bikers loved the scenery and the hospitality afforded them. Crawford was just wrapping up Pioneer Days on Sunday morning following a worship service with a free barbecue lunch in town park, when the first Ride the Rockies folks peddled in. The Crawford Friends Church provided an impromptu lunch for them as well. Early riders Monday morning on their way over McClure Pass to their Carbondale destination caught up with a cattle drive on Highway 133. Where did the motorists go?
It was about 28 years ago that a reporter with The Denver Post was participating in a 10,000 bicycle event in Iowa that was sponsored by the local newspaper. She brought the idea back to The Denver Post and Ride the Rockies was born.