While eating lunch, I enquired if there was a seafood place in town. (We were both kind of in the mood for some seafood... or in my case... perhaps some fried trout?)
Indeed, there was reputed to be an EXCELLENT seafood and steak house in Gunnision, named "The Trough".
As the day progressed, I happened by a motorcycle dealership. Out front were some very serious dirt bikes by the name of "Husaberg". Like a siren song... I was lured inside. (I LOVE to hit bike shops. Love the smell of a bike shop and the fun of looking over all the shiney new motorcycles.)
Small world! The fellow that owned the shop was an acqaintance of mine and a good friend of one of my good friends! His name is Fritz Kadlec, and he is one whale of an off-road rider, having ridden professionally for decades. However, now he's out of that scene and sells bikes an' stuff.
While visiting with him, Fritz asked where we would be riding at Crested Butte (Friday's ride). I told him Kebler Pass to Ohio Pass, then over to Gunnison for lunch, and return. With that, he pulled out a map and begin to highlight stuff that was even better! Needless to say, I purchased the map, and thanked him profusely. Cool! We just improved Friday's ride on a happenstance stop! Below is a pic of Fritz and his shop.
Our supper that night was fantastic! We indeed ate at "The Trough", a seafood and steak house. We both ordered boiled shrimp.
My lands... there were half dozen of them per serving, and they were the biggest shrimp we had ever seen! I kid you not, each shrimp was as big as a fried chicken leg! Sharon only ate two of hers and I only got three of mine down! By the time we had gotten our large salads down, savored the taste of The Trough's home-made poppy rolls... then topped it off with as many huge shrimp as we could eat with a delicious smothered baked potato on the side... we were stuffed!
We boxed up the leftover shrimp n' rolls and some cocktail sauce, and presto: A King's lunch for Alpine Tunnel tomorrow!
Ah... almost forgot:
While at the Pioneer Museum, I saw a Denver South Park & Pacific book I didn't have. It's a new release by the title of "South Park's Gunnison Divison Memories & Then Some". After a few inquiries, we found the campus book store (at Western State College) had them in stock. It was off to the book store and a copy was then in my possession!
That night at our cozy warm cabin, Sharon and I curled up with a book and relaxed like nobody's business. Let it rain!
Ah, speaking of rain. That was to end during the night. The rest of the days we were to be in Colorado was to be clear blue sky and temps in the 60's! PERFECT!
Eventually we were ready for bed. Tomorrow was going to be one of our most anticipated events: The trek to Alpine Tunnel via the roadbed of the DSP&P. It had been YEARS since we've done this... and we were both looking forward to it. Plus... we were going to lunch in high fashion at Alpine Tunnel, courtesy of The Trough!
Yes indeed, big doin's tomorrow!
To Be Continued.