The ride down the west side of Gore Pass was glorious. It was downhill almost all day through Yampa, Phillipsburg and Oak Creek – for about 80km to Steamboat Springs. We realized a little too late in Yampa (and at the bottom of the first major downhill) that we had left one of my rear panniers open and our toiletry kit had fallen out – probably right at our campsite near the top of the pass, containing our toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and other miscellaneous items. Boo! We were not about to turn around and climb back to find it, so we were stuck with restocking all of these small, expensive and necessary little tidbits in Steamboat.
We arrived in Yampa, a quaint little town with a dirt road main street, with hungry bellies – so we stopped at a diner and shared some hot breakfast food before continuing on. We could honestly eat breakfast for any meal of the day, but this time at least it was still morning (11:30am is still good for breakfast, right?). Pushing on towards Steamboat, we got into town around 4pm. After navigating some traffic-filled downtown streets, we checked into the Alpiner Lodge. This little hotel is a great spot for cyclists because of its central location and reasonable rates. We could ride the (free!) bus, or walk wherever we needed to go over the following days. When I asked Bea, the manager, where the nearest pharmacy was and explained about our lost items, she handed me 4 toothbrushes, toothpaste, a razor and deodorant! The service over the next 3 days was splendid and we all slept at least 10 hours each night in cozy, clean beds.