During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs".
The following lost blog is really the lost introductory sections of a blog I posted on August 12th 2014 called: I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste!
Of course, these three introductory sections are long enough to be a stand-alone blog.
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Part 1: Beer and Bikes
I like fast bikes and good beer. I have read that biking is good for you. The more bike riding that you do - the better. I have also read that a few drinks a day lowers your LDL cholesterol. Bike riding may shrink the waistline. Beer may expand the waistline. At the end of the day, it is a push!
I am primarily a mountain biker. However, I have enjoyed road cycling. But I am much more afraid of careless drivers on the road than I am of rocks, roots, rivers, trees and cliffs.
I live in Colorado, which has more bicycle shops and microbreweries per capita than any other state. (Note: California has more bike shops and microbreweries than Colorado. However, California has a larger population than Canada. The math works against the Golden State.)
I am a 4th generation Colorado native. I lived in San Antonio, Texas, for a few years. I also lived in rural Maryland for a couple of years. I then moved back to Colorado.
Since I have to watch how much beer I consume, I buy only the best beer I can find. I like locally brewed Colorado craft beer. I am now compelled to apologize for one of Colorado's largest exports, which is Coors Light. I am also apologetic that the best craft beer brewed in Colorado rarely leaves state. The inconsiderate people of Colorado drink the good stuff and ship trainloads of swill to the rest of the country.
Tommyknocker Brewing Company is located in the small mountain town of Idaho Springs. Idaho Springs has a rich mining heritage, which is why the name of the small brewery is clever.
Tommyknockers are mythical creatures that warn underground miners of danger by making knocking noises. Having paid my way through college by working in underground mines, I can tell you that knocking noises often precede cave-ins. When you hear the Tommyknockers, it is time to get the heck out of Dodge!
Part 2: Dirt Rag
There is a mystical, almost spiritual, connection between bikes and beer. Dirt Rag magazine, which is the scripture of mountain biking, reports on the merits of obscure brands of mountain bikes and craft beer.
Even Bicycling Magazine, which is slick and professional compared to the raw and hilarious Dirt Rag, has articles on good craft beer.
Part 3: The Mile High State
Colorado has the highest average elevation of all 50 states. I am not referring to the legalization of recreational marijuana. (Which I still think is a bad idea!) Colorado also has bazillion miles of mountain bike trails. The Epic Colorado Trail runs 500 miles from Denver to Durango.
The Epic Buffalo Creek, which is right next door to my house. I like the trail called "Big Loop" that is 26 miles of sweet single track.
The Fruita Colorado trail system is a destination for riders from all over. Note: The International Mountain Biking Association that does the Epic Trail designation is based in - you guessed it - Colorado.
If want a change from riding in Colorado, I drive to Utah and hit up Moab or Park City.
Moab is best done late spring or early fall because it gets hot! This is almost a day trip for me.
Park City, Utah, is a lot like where I live in terms of altitude and trails.
Park City has the-one-and-only IMBA Gold level epic trail, which is called "Park City Epic".
This trail is rated as a black diamond or "Very Difficult".
Although Utah is not known for beer production, Uinta craft beer is one of my favorites.
Part 4: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes (Note: This is first part of the blog I posted on August 12th)
I just have to face facts. I am a mountain biker.
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I didn't post these first three sections in August because I thought the flow was choppy. These sections really have no central theme. I tried unsuccessfully to fix these sections and make the ideas flow seamlessly with Section 4: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes. In the end, these three Lost Blog Sections were really about mountain biking culture and, to a lesser extent, the cycling culture in general. The last four sections of the blog I posted on August 12th were about my personal experiences with mountain biking. I just cold not hammer fit the two subjects together. However, when I looked at the biking culture sections as a stand-alone subject, I thought these sections hung together reasonable well.
Some of my Spark Friends noticed that the title of the August 12th blog did not really fit the subject, which had no reference to beer. I just liked the title for it speaketh the truth.
Thanks for reading my (lost) blog.