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.
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.
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.
Generally we try to avoid driving at night – especially when venturing into unfamiliar locations like a mountainous national forest. But today, knowing that we would be venturing into a first come – first serve destination ahead of a what is sure to be a busy holiday weekend, we decide to go it.
Waking up this morning, it was clear that this boondocking spot about 90 minutes west of Denver is going to be awesome. Clearly, I have a weekend full of mountain biking and trail running in my future.
Thanks @sethkhughes for the recommendation!