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How do I love Colorado? Let me count the ways:(14 posts)

How do I love Colorado? Let me count the ways:lonefrontranger
Dec 9, 2002 2:59 PM
Apologies to all those stuck on their indoor trainers in the Midwest and East Coast! Here is why I LOVE Colorado in December:

1) 55 degrees and warm sun with no wind today.
2) Limitless dark blue skies with whipped-cream white mountains in the background.
3) My boss' boss (the CIO) is a serious bike racer. As long as the project is on time and on budget, he could care less if we take a 2-hour lunch ride on a gorgeous day like this.
4) The other 2 guys in my dept. who often join me on the lunch ride.
5) Did I mention the views?
6) The golden eagle, Swainson's hawks, family of foxes and huge prairie dog town that share open space with our office park. We get to see the Discovery Channel live every day here.
7) Miles and miles of rural roads with wide, smooth bike shoulders that the hwy. dept. sweeps free of sand/debris after every snowstorm.
8) The fact that 55 and sunny at 5000' feels like 65 degrees anywhere else (as long as you are in the sun).
9) Not much traffic and the drivers are generally friendly, alert and non-confrontational. Not to say you don't get your occasional nitwit, but the percentages are much, much lower out here. Hell, even the garbage trucks were nice to me today.
10) There are no loose dogs to chase you. Anywhere. In fact, the only time I've been chased on a Colorado ride was by a mutt on the MUT. Dog promptly got his @ss whacked by his owner (who apologized to me!).
11) Getting wolf-whistled by construction flagmen who held up their bulldozer crew for me instead of making me wait at the bridge they were working on - hey I'm over 30, I'll take all compliments I get!
12) Coming in after my lunch ride and doing a lap through the office park with a couple other co-workers who were trying out the paces of their new roller-skis, getting amped for the winter skate-ski season.

And... did I mention the views?
OD on the endorphins?DougSloan
Dec 9, 2002 3:17 PM
Rocky Mountain high, endorphin high, or just really happy today?

It is great to love where you live. Many of the same reasons apply here.

However, having the time to ride is THE greatest luxury; witness MB1. Happy riding.

Doug
Don't believe her! She's lying!js5280
Dec 9, 2002 3:36 PM
It's so cold and nasty here that I've had three friends die of frostbite in the last 24 hours!

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re: Bitchen Strike and Anticline..jrm
Dec 9, 2002 3:55 PM
Its raining here....
I've enjoyed every visit and ride I've done in Colorado.MB1
Dec 9, 2002 5:05 PM
Although I could give a pass to the new Denver airport.
I'm sold - where do I apply ???pben
Dec 9, 2002 6:05 PM
I rode on Sunday in Chicago - about 5 layers as it was below freezing - but hey, we had sunshine.
Stop it - you're making me homesickMcAndrus
Dec 10, 2002 5:20 AM
South Carolina has many charms: including a relatively warm winter climate. But I moved to Denver in '74 and moved out in '80. I loved it there and I still miss it sometimes.
I hate youpmf1
Dec 10, 2002 5:46 AM
OK, maybe envy is more realistic. Did ride the rockies in 2001 and had a blast. Beautiful state to bike in. The roads really were in nice shape. In my state (VA), the DOT does not believe in shoulders on rural roads. Seriously. Waste of pavement I guess.
I hate you....MXL02
Dec 10, 2002 8:05 AM
jk...;-) keep on riding!
LFR - Can you convince my wife to move? : )James OCLV
Dec 10, 2002 11:00 AM
I am so jealous! I'm stuck here in the NE, and yes, on my trainer! Maybe I can tape your pic. to my speedreader...

My dream is to move to CO, but the wife won't have it...
Listen to your wife, everyone listen to his wife.js5280
Dec 10, 2002 11:17 AM
Spot on...Stroker
Dec 12, 2002 1:21 PM
Lived in France for 2 years (Paris), loved it. Was asked to move back to France, but rejected because of the RIDING in CO!!!!
How's the surf? ;-bgrzy
Dec 12, 2002 3:28 PM
OK - sour grapes here, but if you get me too far from the ocean I get all twitchy.

Parts of Cali can be pretty kewl also - you just have to work lot harder to strike the balance.
sidenoteDougSloan
Dec 12, 2002 3:53 PM
Made me think; What did you think of the Climb to Kaiser; don't know if we ever talked about it after.

Doug