George, Abby, and I got up early on Monday to throw a few ropes in the Lower Bridge area. We grabbed some great ice and mixed routes that we all enjoyed most of the day. George climbed Tic Tac (M7) and then let me give it a shot. I eventually got up it, but peeled off a couple of times before reaching the top. The ice routes we chose next to Tic Tac were a lot of fun too. Before moving downstream, we all played around on a short, difficult, mixed bouldering route. We all climbed a couple of new ice routes, and George set up a top rope on another shorter mixed route nearby. George, Brian, Kevin, and I all got on the mixed route that ended up between the ice routes we moved to.
After a good day of climbing, we all packed up for the rental house. Unfortunately, the local steakhouse was closed, so we opted to drive to Ridgeway, Colorado, to eat at the Doghouse BBQ Bistro. George and Abby each ordered a standard meal, and Brian made a good call for the remaining four of us and suggested the Motherlode Platter. The Motherlode comes with a full rack of ribs, a whole rotisserie chicken, a half pound of hickory smoked brisket, a half pound of ore car pork, four sides (beans, fries, mashed potatoes, potato salad), four soups or salads, and four rolls. I started off strong, but faded fast. Kevin and Jeff were the next to fall to the way side while Brian hung on to the end. We didn't quite finish all the meat, but we put a good dent in it. Without the appetizers of smoking hot buffalo wings and mini-cheese burgers, I think we could have done it.