Fire and flood

Manitou Springs got the mortal shit pounded out of it last night. The Colorado Springs Independent has pix and a short report; The Gazette has the same plus video.

It’s just the latest in a series of beatings the town has had to take over the past couple of years, beginning with the Waldo Canyon fire, which scoured the surrounding area of vegetation, turned Williams Canyon and Highway 24 into a freeway for water and ash-laden mud, and made an open sewer of Manitou, particularly Canon Avenue.

The storm was bad enough here, with 25-mph winds lashing heavy rain at us sidearm style. The good news is, I caught a trout in the front yard. Didn’t even need to unlimber the old rod and reel. I threw him a Bible, and when he turned to Genesis to see when Noah was due, I shot him with the Mini-Thirty.

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17 Responses to “Fire and flood”

  1. Arnold Stonehouse Says:

    Brother that looked ugly as a 2 dollar hooker to me! MAN! The evil things that Ma Nature can get up to…it’s as if she don’t even care…wait…she DON’T care!! Thinking of the folks who got shotgunned by this storm. Ugly very ugly 😦

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Arnold, it looked bad, all right. And I expect things will get worse before they get better. The Waldo Canyon fire really left Manitou in a bad way. It’s a tourist town, and tourists are disinclined to visit places that are on fire or under water.

  2. psobrien Says:

    Too bad you couldn’t get that fish in a barrel before shooting it.

    It’s one of nature’s biggest dichotomies. Almost sounds like a hippy dippy weatherman’s forecast, “wild fires followed by flash floods.”

  3. Khal Spencer Says:

    Ugh. We had similar ugliness after the Las Conchas fire. Fortunately, it was roads washing out rather than neighborhoods.

    Patrick, is there a relief agency up there?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, I think it’s mostly Red Cross, local churches and volunteers at this point. Dunno what TV’s doing, but the Gazette isn’t exactly knocking itself out covering this one. Too busy pimping the mayor’s tourism proposal, seems like.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Made the national network TV news! Amazing to see cars washing down the roads like they were carved from bars of soap. Reminded me of the massive floods back in the Cinque Terre a few years ago. Reminds one of how puny we are in the face of natural forces – and perhaps how temporary structures along the banks of rivers really are?

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      What a mess. The power of flowing water is amazing. We have constant warnings about dry washes (arroyos) and flash floods. Tucson passed a stupid motorist law a few years ago which bills drivers for rescue when they drive around “road closed due to flooding” signs and then get stuck. Hope that is the end of this for the folks in the fire zone.

      Changing subjects, we received the August/September issue of “Adventure Cycling” and read Patrick’s review of the Bike Friday Silk Sport. Nice work! Looking forward to the video.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, Manitou kind of reminds me of Bisbee, structurally, but with more opportunities for shit to go wrong in a fiery, watery sort of way.

      And Patrick, I remember those flash floods down your way. Lots of arroyos along Orange Grove Road, and I recall running a photo of at least one knucklehead sitting on top of his car in one of them, awaiting a (then) free rescue. Should’ve thrown him an anvil.

      Thanks for enjoying that review, by the way. Herself thinks the video I did to go along with it is the best one yet. But then again, the bar is more or less on the floor, so it’s pretty easy to hop.

      • Larry T. Says:

        We had a local TV news person drive her car past the warning signs and end up being rescued from its roof a few years back. She was canned soon afterwards – I think they probably told her she was supposed to report the news rather than BE the news.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Just back from a wonderful Sunday morning ride. Is there a better way to start a week?

        I am using Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires on the Soma, and for the second time this month I pulled one of those damn radial tire wires out of the back one with the world’s greatest tweezers. No flat! Those wires have flatted every other tire I have used over the years. And, I don’t work for the tweezer outfit or Schwalbe. But for pulling things out of tires, or yourself, they are the best I have found.

        http://slivergripper.com/

        If we come up to Bibleburg for a visit, we will be sure to go to Manitou Springs and spend a few bucks. They must have a good place for blueberry pancakes.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Those are good tires, eh, Patrick? I have Schwalbes on a couple of bikes. The Vittoria Randonneur Cross is not bad, and I’ve had good luck with Panaracer Pasela TourGuards, too.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The Marathon Plus is pretty indestructible, but that comes at quite a weight penalty (not that I am one to talk about weight penalties). I save mine for winter months when there is a lot of crap on the road and occasional snow, with me just plodding back and forth to work. Paselas are a lot lighter and livelier while reasonably sturdy. Certainly not wire-proof.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I should have put that in the comment, Khal. There is a big weight penalty. But, in the land of goat heads, and those damn wires on state hwy 90, I glady pay it. Schwalbe now makes a 29 inch mountain bike tire with the same puncture resistant layer. Do I want to pay the weight penalty off road too? Haven’t decided yet.

  5. John O Says:

    I thought I was having an acid flashback. And a bad one at that. Cave Ave and Williams WERE one of my favorite places to run. Not now or in my lifetime.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Bad shit, Usuk, for reals. I mostly visit Manitou during the fabulous Skirt Rides™, made famous by Big Bill McBeef, but I don’t expect to be doing much of that sort of thing for a while, any more than I did the Monastery Loop post-Waldo Canyon or any of the Black Forest roads lately. We’re sorta getting hemmed in here.

      You and The Geek didn’t get flushed, did you? A good dousing probably wouldn’t do you any harm, but it’s tough on the old homestead.

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