Adiós Steamboat Springs

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This morning I’m heading out of Steamboat Springs and driving over to Silverthorne to meet up with Bill Stolte, a teammate, who is doing a ride, The Copper Triangle. I have no idea about the ride other than $10 goes to the Davis Phinney Foundation, which is great. Bill is riding from Silverthorne at 6 am, to get to Copper Mountain by 7 am. I’m going to drive from Steamboat to Silverthorne, then ride backwards on the course, towards Vail, until I run into Bill. Bill is thinking he’ll have about 100 miles total when he’s done. I would love to be doing the whole ride, but I’ll be happy getting in a couple hours.

Yesterday I rode a couple hours with Kent and Katie, later in the afternoon. I felt pretty good, approaching great. I sort of lost my Garmin, so I don’t know exactly where we rode or the exact mileage, but it was good and it is nice feeling better. I took ibuprofen​ before I left and that might be the difference. I kind of hope not because my stomach and ibuprofen don’t usually get along that great. It didn’t seem to bother me much yesterday, which is great too.

Kent and Katie are riding Leadville next weekend. Kent is going to try to add to his 600 miles for the year. He was riding pretty good yesterday, considering. Katie is always strong and rides great. She likes to climb, which is convenient since she lives in the mountains.

Anyway, it has been great staying with them. Katie’s mom has made me lunch everyday this week and I’ve gotten to meet a bunch of new, interesting people, which is always enjoyable. I need to spend more time in Steamboat Springs. It is much different that much of the rest of Colorado, at least where I hang out mostly. I really enjoy it.

I’m still trying to figure out the dental thing. I’m going to do a bunch of research later this afternoon and then make a decision. The cost of a permanent fix for this is astronomical. I thinking about going to Mexico to have the work done. I saw that dental care in Romania is super cheap, but that is a long way. I checked out Canada, but it seems their dental costs are as crazy as ours. I don’t have much of an agenda the next little while, so why now try to save a ton of money. It might be a good adventure, you never know.

We stopped at this spring outside of Steamboat at the end of the ride yesterday.  Kent drank some of the water.  It was way too murky and  smelly for me.

We stopped at this spring outside of Steamboat at the end of the ride yesterday. Kent drank some of the water. It was way too murky and smelly for me.

Even Katie wasn't biting.

Even Katie wasn’t biting.

I guess the spring was supposed to have some medicinal properties, if you're brain ill.

I guess the spring was supposed to have some medicinal properties, if you’re brain ill.

We rode through a ton of gnats yesterday.  This is Katie's stomach when we stopped.

We rode through a ton of gnats yesterday. This is Katie’s stomach when we stopped.

7 thoughts on “Adiós Steamboat Springs

  1. peter k

    A friend of mine spent a couple of weeks in Chaing Mai Thailand a year or so ago. While he was there he had a complete set of dental implants done. $700 total. Thats where you should go to get your bridge installed.

     
  2. MM1

    Steve, you might want to look at what happened to Mark Cavendish when he went off the beaten track for dental work (don’t think he was trying to save money, had something to do with visiting his then girlfriend’s family).

     
  3. John

    I have also heard that Chaing Mai is the place to go for low cost dental work.
    Supposedly good riding there too!

     
  4. Joe

    Steve,
    Don’t know you but follow your tweets. I’m just a dentist wanna be cyclist who supports the local Mercy-Kuat team. I may be able to help. Willing to do my part for lab costs only. Would want to see what you need comprehensively to tell you what can be done and if oral surgery is needed I could see if we could get some help there as well. Bring your bike, Bromont and hang pool side. Nixa is basically in Springfield which is where I live. Ride straight out of the driveway onto great farm roads. Tuesday Thursday group rides but guys always riding. If it works out visit a Waffle Race next spring! Just a thought. If interested just send a tweet or call the office at 417-725-3108. Always willing to help a cyclist!
    Joseph R Kofron, DDS

     
  5. JoeV

    I lived in Steamboat for 10 years. I had to leave. I just couldn’t take the 9 months of Winter and the 300+ inches of snow per year any longer. The roads were ride-able starting in early March. Mtn biking didn’t start until Early June after the snow melted and the mud had dried out. The trails usually shut down from the first snow around mid October. I had studded tires on my mtn bike and had good rides out on the abundant dirt roads in Winter but the cold was getting old. It’s a great place in the Summer, still a bit isolated but it’s doable. Oh yea, the chip seal is horrific.

     

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