Its a pretty awesome morning. 40 degrees and sunny. Amazing beach today.
Since Wednesday I ditched two perfectly good windows for riding only to ride in a cold wet rain Saturday morn. Both Thursday and Friday morns had warm dry weather and I could not get out of bed in time to ride. Even with the store opening an hour later. Not real sure what’s up with that. I think Im just sleeping like crap. Anyway, those days were a no ride for me and I paid for it Saturday forcing myself to ride in the rain. It was dry when I started by half way thru it got misty and then a steady drizzle. I was soaked when I got back to the store and pretty much knew I was paying for not riding the two days prior. Karma. But a ride is a ride.
Sunday I got up and got things ready to ride about 9am. And did not get out until 4pm. But I did have a football game to watch in between. Was a nice ride around my neighbourhood. Some places I have not been to in years. Just tooled around old hoods I used to play in as a kid. Wasn’t that far away as I live on the same plot of land I was born on.
I rode past some of the creeks and fields I used to play in. Rolled past a spot I built a small track on for my motorcycle in my late teens. Its so grown over you can’t see anything but I bet if I looked I could still find some berms and jumps I built. I didn’t get off my bike but maybe someday I’ll look. It’s only a mile from where I live now.
Looking at the 10 day, no rain and 60’s for highs. I’ll take it. Will need to get some riding done in those days. No excuses.
So on to phase one of my news. Phase two later. In 13 days I will be leaving, bikes on roof, both MTB and cross, for destinations west. Deep down inside I know this in not a for sure deal so Im playing it cool.
This started out as a couple guys asking if I wanted to join them riding somewhere out west. Most likely Moab. I thought about it and blew it off as usual. But the more I thought the more I thought I should do it. Im not getting younger. So I looked at flights. I looked at dates. I looked into shipping my bike. I came to the conclusion I can’t pull it all off. This was over a month ago.
Then after some time I thought what the hell, I’ll drive. I’ll leave a few day before the others and meet them. Then…. I thought bigger. Maybe head straight west, drive thru Yellowstone, then head south. Then I thought if I do that I might as well stop in Durango or maybe Fruita to ride.
After two weeks of changing routes a million times I have a route set in stone. And for a strange reason. I’ll explain.
Ive been talking to Steve at Borealis about selling their bikes in store. After a few conversations Ive decided to do it. Maybe bringing two bikes on the floor. Those are on their way. Then after mentioning my trip west soon I asked if I could stop in and take a tour of their place in Colorado Springs. He said not only a tour, but I can stay at the company’s guest house and ride a couple days if I want. Well… I want.
So my first stop is Colorado Springs for maybe a day and a half. Then, second stop will be Durango,CO. I know few people there and can maybe wrangle a cheap place to stay or maybe a couch for free. So maybe two days riding there.
Then on to three days at the final destination of Moab. Meeting up with two or three others there. They have a condo that I can crash for free also. Then home.
Im leaving 6 days before we meet in Moab. Riding and driving around Colorado. The store is between summer and winter and I can have it covered pretty easy. So I have no excuses. I leave early Sunday morn, Oct 29th.
Again, disclaimer.. there are a few things on my personal side that could prevent this from happening. The most obvious is having enough disposable cash to pull it off. Im not sure how much it will cost. Depends on where I stay or dont stay. Anyway, route is set and now I can work on the little things….