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Scary Old bridge

Friday, January 21, 2011

****This bridge moans and groans at my passing over on my bike. I always hurry across worried that I will go plunging down when to boards break under my immense weight. And,yes, I WAS dumb enough to ride across with a camera in my hand. ************

At last, the weather cooperated today. I was able to ride the mountain bike on my first long (well, long for me) ride. I rode that Pikes Peak Greenway Trail from the Walmart on 8th Street to about 2 miles inside the Air Force Academy before heading back. That's 25 miles today. Absolutely fantastic! The trails up north for Criterium are so wonderful. I've lived here for 15 years and never realized how great these trails were. We're hiding a real gem. The trip took about 2 hours and 15 minutes. I am feeling mucho proud of myself today. E has finally given up that I will ever be able to adore road cycling, but at least riding a mountain bike is something that he can somewhat relate to. As a reward to mark the occasion, he is taking us all to a Colorado College hockey game this weekend. Even more great fun!

I finally took my cycling computer in to get the battery replaced and even after the new battery was installed, it wouldn't turn on. The bike shop officially announced that it was dead. Some time since October, my bike computer quietly passed away strapped to my road bike. How very sad that no one even noticed. "I'm so sorry, " I whispered to it. "I didn't even know you were sick." I paused for a moment of silence before I tossed it in the trash and bought its replacement. Woo hoo! Now I can finally pinpoint my distance and speed instead of just guessing.

Tomorrow I think just hiking. My legs are tired so running probably not a good idea. The weather should be even better so maybe I'll check out some hiking trails in town for a good leg stretch.

The endorphins from the ride are still swimming around. Probably at 6 pm, I'll suddenly stop and topple over while my kids whisper, "I'm so sorry. I didn't even know you were sick."

Melting snow makes a pretty creek!

I cannot resist a WARNING sign. I must read every word when I see one. This one is posted at the entrance to the US Air Force Academy on the trail.

The turn around point at the Academy. Exactly 12.5 miles from Walmart. It was a beautiful day.

Today I am thankful for: 1) El Paso County Parks and Rec 2) Go Fast 3) my IPOD 4) and glorious, beautiful sunshine!
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    I cycled over that bridge with my DD this morning - what a great trail. I was amazed to find somewhere that's not actually too hilly, having just about killed myself trying to cycle straight out of my house! I've been using a cycle trainer since Christmas and was heartened to discover how much easier it was outside! Do you have any other good tips for where to cycle?

    Your blogs are so funny, I love reading them!
    2584 days ago
    I'm not a bridge person either and it seems DH takes every opportunity to cross one when we ride. Love your pictures, I have become a fan of trail riding myself.
    2584 days ago
    Love that bridge! I'm not really confident for trails, I'll stick to the road--but it looks like a great ride!
    2585 days ago
    Great job on your bike ride. That's truly a long way to travel. I ran today in Garden of the Gods. My passage to the south was warm and sunny and the trip back to the north was cold and windy, but I did it. It was beautiful weather all in all considering it's January. I'm thankful for that! I will try and run again tomorrow since the weather will be cooling down for a day or maybe two. Got to get it in before the cold arrives! emoticon emoticon
    2586 days ago
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