The sun was getting lower and lower as we rolled over Los Pinos Pass on towards Sargents. Being it was Sunday evening, nobody was out and we got on the throttle. We pulled into The Tomichi Creek Trading post at 7:45pm. We had been on the bikes since 8:30 that morning and had ridden 330+miles. We were done and tired. Our plan was to camp again, but we could feel the cold air coming on again and inquired about a cabin rental.
The reply we got was "How badly do you want it?" ummm, er, well, we do have all our camping gear so not too badly. Neither of us have that horse trading gene, but we did get it for $40 (not including an bedding, towels, or pillows).
Now onto more important things: food and beer! "Sorry, but the guy who cooks already went home, and we are closing in 5 minutes..." Ummmmm, er, ok lets see what you have.
We pulled together what has to be the most eclectic meal I'm ever consumed: Nacho Cheese Doritos, Texas Brand Salsa, 1 tin of sardines, peanut butter, crackers, and a 6 pack of Budweiser.
After dinning, we headed to the showers to wash off the dust just as the owner was putting up a sign saying the well pump was broken and there was no running water.... anywhere.
...but we got 10 bucks back on the price of the room.
The next morning we were glad to have the choice to stay in the cabin. The bikes were covered with a thick layer of frost. Sure, we could have crashed in the tents, but for $15 bucks a pop it sure made getting ready in the morning that much easier.
It was still early when we rolled out of Sargents and up Marshall Pass with plans to get breakfast in Salida.
Marshall Pass was great, the views were amazing, and we had the place to ourselves.