Words to live by

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods makes a fine backdrop to any kind of bike ride.

I took five from chores yesterday to drag the Voodoo Nakisi around the west side of town.

The route I chose is one reason why a cyclo-cross bike — or better yet, a MonsterCrosser® like the Nakisi — is the ideal Bibleburg bicycle. I headed south on the creekside bike path and then west under I-25 to Bear Creek Regional Park, where I picked up a short bit of single-track before settling down to a nice, steady, pulverized-granite climb to Gold Camp Road.

At Gold Camp you can hang a left and ride all the way to Victor, if that’s your idea of a good time. But I haven’t got the legs for that, and anyway there was a stiff wind out of the south, so I took advantage of it and rolled down 26th Street to Colorado Avenue to pick up 31st Street and another steady wind-assisted climb through the Garden of the Gods.

Herself, Buddy and the iPad

Herself and Buddy, a.k.a. Mister Boo, video-chat via iPad with the kinfolks in Maryland.

After the Garden I hit the Sinton Trail and headed for the Goose Gossage Youth Sports Complex, where I briefly contemplated continuing on to Palmer Park for a little more single-track. But then my tummy alarm went off, and I recalled a bit of leftover steak and potatoes in the ’fridge at home, so off I went.

Herself was having a spot of fun with technology, video-chatting with her mom and a sister in Maryland via FaceTime on the iPad, occasionally taking a break to play Words With Friends with one or the other. I won’t play until someone comes up with a dirty version.

As it turns out I probably should have gone for the extra miles. Today is about 30 degrees cooler than yesterday, and windy, too, with a spot of rain from time to time. And the chores have returned, too, goddamnit (good for 476,209 points in Scrabble).

So that’ll teach me, right? Probably not.

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6 Responses to “Words to live by”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Glad you had fun…to see what I did today, go here

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A manly outing for sure, in weather well suited to the average Iowan. Wish I could say I did likewise, but I’ve been cranking out word count for American money today, and I’m celebrating a successful finale with a glass of French rosé.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Except I’m far from the average Iowan, as a wimp who grew up in Southern California. I haven’t been that cold and wet for a LONG time. The weather at the bottom of the climb was looking too good to blow off riding up in favor of driving the van – a decision I started to regret with 10 kms to go and the steady rain began.

  2. John Dallager Says:

    The Buena Vista Bike Fest, organized as always par excellence by the Colorado Springs Cycling Club, lived up to its “epic” reputation again today. Beautiful weather departing Buena Vista north to Leadville (uphill)….then the winds in your face, followed by rain, then sleet, then snow. So much so the organizers wisely closed the Turquoise Lake portion (bummer….what a beautiful setting!) for snow and ice. Many folks turned around, descended to warmer (albeit not much) temperatures in Buena Vista…..just in time for the winds, sleet, and cold rain. My riding buddy and I tried to get a few extra miles in to make up for our loss, so we headed up Cottonwood Pass………only to be greeted by darkening skies, and….you guessed it, sleet and snow.

    The apres-ride festivities in BV made up for it though as the weather improved, beer flowed (courtesy of New Belgium), and the music, food, and camaraderie were…..as always….SUPERB!

    Aaaaaaaaaaa….springtime in the Rockies!

    Next week it’s the Iron Horse!!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ooo, another manly ride for reals. It’s one of those Mays, eh? I gave up on the Iron Horse after shitting ice cubes descending into Silverton in a snowstorm, but then I always was a sissy. Here’s hoping you have decent weather for your race against the choo-choo.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Nice day for a bike ride down here, too.

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