Retirement has given me more time this summer to take a couple trips, two of them to Colorado.
In July, I took a road trip to Denver. The purpose of this trip was to bring several boxes that my eldest son was storing at our house. While a long drive, it passed quickly thanks to a good book to listen to on Audible.
Besides helping him settle in to his new apartment, we also took a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo intense!
My second trip to Colorado was to serve as crew for my husband as he participated in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race.
A few weeks prior, Keith had participated in the Leadville Stages race, but I did not accompany him for that trip. The weather for this race was comfortable, but the race was still intense.
While there, he stayed with a family from Minnesota that have a second home in Leadville.
To thank them for their hospitality, I mailed them a bike quilt that I had made in 2020 when my office was closed.
For the MBT100 race, I really didn’t do much, just cheered him on when I was able to see him and help him switch out his water and food supplies mid-race.
It was, however, an intense day for him. The race started at 6:30 am with the morning temperature around 40 degrees. Unfortunately for the riders, the temperature rose higher than anticipated. By 2pm the temperature was 87 degrees with a fairly strong wind blowing.
He did finish, albeit slower that he had hoped.
However, given the conditions, I am very proud of him. This is something that I personally would never ever consider doing.
While in the area and after some time for Keith to recover, we took a ride on the Leadville Colorado and Southern railroad. An enjoyable and scenic ride. Also, photo intense.