Tuesday, June 08, 2010

the air is rare...


Skinny tires + 15 % + dirt = fun climbing = treacherous descents.


Snuck out for a ride this morning before work.


Decided to explore one of the canyons out of Boulder - Sunshine Canyon Drive.


Discovered that the pavement turned to dirt with 1,000 feet of climbing to go.


Weather was a little damp, but the views were amazing.


And once my sphinctor relaxed after descending the steeper dirt sections, the paved descent made up for everything.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Made it in one piece...

So, I'm now a resident of the People's Republic of Boulder.



Silas met me in Maryland, and on day 1 we drove through Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia again, and ended the day in Tennessee. My aunt and uncle have a lake house, and we spent day 2 on the lake playing and drinking cheap Mexican beer.



Day 3 brought us up through Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and finally to Warrensburg, Missouri where we stayed with Lyndsey, Brian and Kai for the evening, relaxing and catching up on the Bachelorette.



Our last driving day was spent crossing Kansas, eating Wendy's, washing down the spicy chicken sandwich with Dairy Queen, and finally arriving in Denver.



High points of the trip included seeing a smoking car in a parking lot with 4 clueless teenagers looking on with no solution to the cloud forming around their SUV, a guy grilling on a trailer BBQ attached to his car on the shoulder of I-70 just west of St. Louis. It was also pretty amazing to see the landscape change as the miles ticked by. The US has a lot of beautiful scenery, although a lot of it in places I wouldn't want to live.





So far Colorado has not let me down. I've had a chance to meet up with some old friends, make some new friends, ride my road and mountain bikes, climb in Eldorado Canyon, and swim in a lake. Though I've been working as I've unpacked, the job really begins in earnest tomorrow... so time to keep my nose to the grindstone.