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Old 07-15-10, 10:22 PM   #1
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Today's Ride

Visiting in CO is one of my favorite things, especially since I have family there and the cycling is good. Today, in honor of the heat, I took off early for a ride. All in all it was a good ride.

Like most rides I met some really nice people and had some nice converstions along the way. Just a few words of companionship and swapping advice on different bikes and components. Then off we go. I only really know one rider here. But, seldom do I get to hear so many "Good Morning"s and see so many smiles.

But, unlike most times, I met some people who can only be characterized as self-centered, rude and inconsiderate. The first encounter was with two oncoming riders who took the whole trail. They saw me but wouldn't move until I shouted to "Move Over". No shoulder right there for me to take so no choice except collide or one of them to move.

The next folks I didn't actually see. According to the job site super under the "stimulus plan" the trail I was riding is being repaired by digging out the broken concrete slabs and pouring new ones. As I was being escorted around one hole in the trail the lady told me she was sorry to inconvenience me.

I responded it was no inconvenience and anyway the end result was going to be well worth the minor thing of walking the bike around the holes. She said that all morning they had encountered angry and harassing people who gave them a hard time. I asked: "Why"? She said: "They said they were upset because we were interfering with their ride." Talk about self-centered people with no sense of proportion!

Tomorrow is another day and I get to ride with the one person here I do know. It will be my first time taking my road bike on unpaved surface to that will be an adventure; hopefully a small one. No matter, it will be fun.
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Old 07-16-10, 08:23 PM   #2
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It is now the end of the next day and the "adventure" is over. The road bike with 23mm tires handled the road just fine. A couple of squirrelly times where the dirt was a bit deep or the roacks were a bit bigger. But, basically the bike did real well once I relaxed and let it do its' thing.

By the way; if you are in the Denver area and want a nice quiet, shaded, almost pastoral ride do the Highline Canal. Very nice. And the company was pretty nice too!
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I enjoyed our 25 miles on the Highline Canal very much, also. Thanks for joining me.
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What! No pics, no pie, no ride!
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What! No pics, no pie, no ride!
No pie.

Well, OK. I don't do profiles well, but here goes.

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Sounds like you both had a great time of it!

I couldn't help but notice you stopped in front of a 'Dog Wash'!
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Sounds like you both had a great time of it!

I couldn't help but notice you stopped in front of a 'Dog Wash'!
There was a lady and a kid having a great time with the dog in the water. However, that water is not what Iwould call pristine, having flowed from a variety of ground water sources through streets and whatever - especially the whatever.
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