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I'm so thrilled - My wife wants to spend a week in Colorado!(11 posts)

I'm so thrilled - My wife wants to spend a week in Colorado!PaulCL
Aug 2, 2002 9:04 AM
Sorry, had to post out of shear joy.

My wife just got a brochure on her med school's (Medical College of Ohio in Toledo) 15 year reunion being held at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. She actually asked me if I'd like to go there. Let's see....hmmmmm....she socializing with her buddies, me riding my bike in the beautiful mountains of Colorado in the summer. Well DUH!! YES.

I was in Frisco last summer for a week. I've been trying to figure out a way to get back there. Now the opportunity has fallen into my lap. I'd better lose a few pounds and ride more to get in shape 'cause those mountains hurt REALLY bad.

Paul....happy Paul.....
Congrats...sounds great. Also good for a Friday Thread...MXL02
Aug 2, 2002 9:07 AM
Where is your dream ride? Mine?...Provence, no question.
Aug 2, 2002 9:38 AM
Absolutely. I'd love to ride in France. My wife would love to go back to France soon! We spent a week in Paris in 2001.

Regrettfully, my Colorado trip isn't until the end of July of 2003. I can wait. I've got a few pounds to lose around the waist, a few pounds of muscle around the chest to let atrophy a bit, and a bit of muscle to add to the legs. I am totally psyched.
There is a God. :-) nmDougSloan
Aug 2, 2002 9:10 AM
re: I'm so thrilled - My wife wants to spend a week in Colorado!godot
Aug 2, 2002 9:28 AM
Let me know if you are looking for someone to ride with. I'm in Fort Collins, and usually looking for excuse to do some riding up that way.
Aug 2, 2002 9:39 AM
I'm sure I'll post of few anticipatory threads before my trip. We can hook up then.
but the bad news is you'll have to be at reunion with her :)nmET
Aug 2, 2002 10:56 AM
Not reallyPaulCL
Aug 2, 2002 11:05 AM
I will have to attend two events:
1. Award dinner at the end of the conference
2. Family "Western Night" thing. I guess I'll have to bring my chaps, huh??

I won't be able to ride everyday since my kids will be coming with us. I'm sure that I'll be able to ride four or five days. Not bad. The nice thing about going west is the time change. My body clock will get me up at 7:30 my time - 5:30am Colorado time - every day. Therefore, I can ride for two or three hours before the rest of my family even wakes up.
Family Western Night - How to Fit Inmoneyman
Aug 2, 2002 12:12 PM
Be sure to bring your chaps! Everyone in Colorado and Wyoming (my home) wears them, especially on weekends. And under the chaps, make sure you wear some Gap khakis. These are really the preferred clothing for "real" cowboys, but we don't like to tell outsiders, lest they try to be like the rest of us. Also, a belt with your name on the back and a buckle the size of a dinner plate. Be sure to tell people that you won the buckle in the Goat Roping contest at Frontier Days. That will impress them. Make sure you wear your Oakleys, or whatever eyewear you use when riding, as a dressy piece of your ensemble. Be sure to grow a pencil-thin moustache, as they are classy additions. Finally, top it off with a straw cowboy hat painted blue with a great big feather hat band. I guarantee you'll fit right in!

Aside from that, Copper Mountain to Vail Pass and back is a kick. If the mountains get boring and you want some windy flatland riding, take a short (3 hour) trip to Cheyenne and I will show you the sights.

Hope you have a great time. Think intervals, 95%MHR.

make sure to e-mail me when you're inlonefrontranger
Aug 2, 2002 11:15 AM
I know you said not till next summer, but we don't plan to go much of anywhere soon :)

We'll take you on one of the Louisville rides if you want a flat group ride, or go up to Estes Park if you want hilly sightseeing, or to one of the ACA races if you're *really* feeling studly :) They run Men's 35+ Cat 4 fields which aren't too dreadful, if you qualify for that age group.

We live in Boulder, about 90 minutes' drive from Copper. We can even do a century route that will run up Peak to Peak and finish near Idaho Springs (only a 30 minute drive from Copper) - though IME with other Cincinnatians we've hosted, the climbing on this one might just about kill ya ;-)
I'll take you up on 'most' of the offersPaulCL
Aug 2, 2002 11:31 AM
I don't know about a 'peak to peak' century. My lowlander legs and lungs might just die. And yes, I qualify for the 35+ Cat 4 group at age 40.

I'm sure I'll post again as I approach the trip. At that point, I'll give you my cell phone number or vice versa. This will give you a great opportunity to hear all about what's going on in your old hometown and then kill the messenger. Ouch. Paul