What a special site the residents along Highway 96 in Wetmore enjoyed on Friday, June 14. Hundreds of bicyclists participating in the Ride the Rockies went swishing by, one after another, as they headed towards Canon City from Salida. Because of the Royal Gorge Fire and the closure of Highway 50 just outside of Canon City, the route for today's event was rerouted from Salida through Westcliffe, Silver Cliff, Wetmore and Florence.
These photos were taken from the Hayward resident on Highway 96 at approximately Mile Marker 20 1/2. This section of Hwy 96 has a nice long downhill stretch. This gives the bicyclists a much needed reprieve after navigating through the steep twists and turns of the Hardscrabble Canyon.
More information on the Ride the Rockies event from the Denver Post:
SALIDA - The Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour route has been revised due to issues brought on by the Royal Gorge Fire.
The route for Friday, June 14 will begin in Salida and end in Canon
City as planned. However, the route has been adjusted so that cyclists
will now ride through Westcliffe, Wetmore and Florence before heading
north into Canon City.
The new route is intended to avoid the potential closure of US 50 again and minimize stress on state resources.
"The alternate route allows us to continue on to Canon City as planned
with hopes of providing an uplifting experience for the community during
this unfortunate time," said Ride The Rockies Tour Director Chandler
Since the fire is causing air quality issues, cyclists will also have
the option of being shuttled into Canon City rather than cycling the
"The health and safety of our cyclists is our top priority," Smith said.
"Based on all available information, we believe this new route offers
cyclists a strong stage while minimizing potential health risks."
The 2013 Annual Ride The Rockies tour began in Telluride on June 9.
Now in its 28th year, The Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour takes 2,000
cyclists on a six- or seven-day tour through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
May 11th at 10:00 a.m., we will meet at Trinity Ranch.
Please e mail us at email@example.com for directions and to let us know you will be attending.
Someone will be at the Ranch gate to direct you to parking. Robert and Joan Hamilton will be our tour guides for the lodge area, Breece homestead, the Tennant homestead, Draper Cave, and Slumber Heights & Stinemeyer Lake. We will hear from Peggy Martin, Dave Alexander and Buddy Draper as well.
Wear sturdy shoes as there will be some hiking. Depending how many attend, we may have to carpool to a couple of areas. Dress in layers; we can always remove jackets.
Bring a sack lunch. Hot and/or cold drinks will be furnished.
Burl A. Stearns, 88, passed away on February 13, 2013 in Wetmore, CO. He was born July 23, 1924 to George and Ina Stearns in Greenfield, Iowa. Burl married his late wife Lois Jean Martin, October 2, 1948. On November 25, 1972 he married Irene B Breece. He served in the United States Army during WW II and was stationed in Germany. Burl discharged January 18, 1946. He later worked for and retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections. He was a member of the Wetmore Community Church, the Spanish Peaks Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Florence Senior Center. Burl is survived by his wife, Irene (Breece) Stearns; daughter, Margaret Rose Hidlebaugh who lived in the family home; son, Joseph P. (Kathy) Breece of Winterset, IA; Barbara Ann (Chuck) Owens, Sandra (Bell) McBeth; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ina Mable Stearns; several brothers and a sister; his first wife, Lois Jean Martin. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the 1st Assembly of God Church, 4501 Bearpaw Drive, Florence, CO. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Florence Senior Center, Wetmore Community Church or the Wetmore Community Library. Arrangements are handled through Holt Family Florence Historic Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneral homes.com