– Monarch Pass! 11312
– Very hard, very beautiful
These were text messages we received around noon. The brothers have reached the highest point of their cross-country journey. Monarch Pass is located on the continental divide, at 11,312 ft (3448 m).
Passing the highest point by no means equals to being halfway. Janos and Peter still have the major part of the Rocky Mountains ahead of them, including sections that are more steep and more difficult than today’s leg. And today’s ride was hard, they could ride at an average of 5 mph on the way up. They started the day at 7080 ft (2158 m), rode to the 11K peak, then descended back to 7683 ft (2342 m). Breathing is definitely harder, they say.
States: 10 Total: 2684 miles / 4319 km