I’ve been wanting to ride Fruita for years, and I finally made it here. Joined by my brother in law, this was my first ride in Colorado in years … a bit of groovy, technical flow dirt church on a Sunday morning.
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It was a good run.
But, as the saying goes – all good things must come to an end. And so it was that our month long tour of Utah’s five national parks concluded this weekend.
With temperatures beginning to flirt with mid/upper 80’s (Fahrenheit), it was time to find higher ground and the accompanying cooler temperatures.
Scanning our options, it quickly became apparent that Durango (Colorado) would serve as the perfect location to sit tight for the next two weeks: the drive from Moab would be easy, organic/natural grocers are plentiful – as are craft brewers and mountain bike trails. Finally, settling into a picturesque mountainside site would be simple enough.
Today I was able to confirm that the local network of mountain bike trails will keep me occupied for days.
Our camper has 40 gallons of fresh water capacity, which is relatively small for an RV/camper. Despite our conservative water usage behaviors, when boondocking we often sit in one spot long enough to easily exhaust the onboard water tank. This being the case, we carry four plastic jerry cans which allows us to refill any place there is potable water available.
I’ll be traveling for work in a few days so today I dropped-off a few shirts for dry cleaning. Conveniently they had a water spigot immediately handy and there was no way I was passing on the opportunity to collect 26 gallons of water.
Life on the road …
So it turns out my truck tailgate is the perfect platform for a standing desk. Also, my “office views” here in San Juan National Forest outside of Durango (8200 ft) are pretty sweet as well.
The US Air Force Academy’s campus is open to visitors, so today Kelly and I visited. At the visitor center, I read about the history, tradition, and among other things, was surprised to read how small the student body actually is – averaging approximately 4,000 total enrollment per academic year.
Most college campuses have at least one iconic building or structure, and USAFA is no different. Cadet Chapel is a stunning structure dedicated to worship for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist parishioners.
Unfortunately, back-to-back military weddings today prevented us from fully exploring this award-winning building.
One aspect of my wondering lifestyle that has proven to be quite handy is mobility.
A few weeks ago my employer entered into negotiations to purchase another company. I quickly became involved and now that the deal is happening, I am fully immersed in final aspects of HR matters prior to the deal shifting into full-on integration efforts.
Had my house not been on wheels, I would be flying weekly to/from Colorado Springs for nearly a month. Instead, I simply changed by travel route plans, drove a couple of hours, and parked outside the new office.
Sure, it’s a bit unusual, but the commute couldn’t be easier.
When I was in college (a really long time ago) I used to mountain bike quite a bit. Then, I began flirting with road bikes … which eventually led to a full-on love affair with skinny wheels.
For the next 12 years I covered thousands of miles, but all of them via blacktop. But, every so often I caught myself dreaming about a day when I would once again ride the trails with a huge grin locked across my face, and enjoying every minute.
As we were preparing for life on the road, I sold my road and triathlon bikes, and in the process closed a chapter on an aspect of my life I will always look back upon fondly.
Recently, I bought a new mountain bike (Yeti SB95) and lucky for me our current boondocking spot happens to be about 20 feet from a trailhead.
The downhills are awesome.