After the much-needed rest in Dove Creek, we hopped back onto our bikes to cruise the remaining 36 miles of rolling hills to Dolores. The scenery wasn't too great - mostly farmlands - but it was nice to be able to zone out and just ride. Once in Dolores, we were attracted almost magnetically to the Lizardhead Bicycle shop where we met the owner, Nicholas who was a retired professional triathlete. The shop had only been open for about a month and resembled a barren warehouse with bicycle parts strewn across the ancient hardwood floors. The shop's owner immediately began a soliloquy about his experiences in bicycling and just about everything else in life. In-between anecdotes, Nicholas offered to host us at his home for the night, which we were grateful to accept.
With lodging lined up, we headed to the nearby Dolores River Brewery where we received amazing beer and food on the house - thanks DRB! Eventually we found ourselves back at the bike shop waiting for Nicholas to finish a repair. Seeing as every working man deserves a beer at the end of the day we accompanied him back to DRB and then to his house where we settled in with his 8 cats and 3 dogs for the night.