By the time most of you read this I’ll hopefully be close to Colorado. I got up super early and started the 900 mile drive to Durango. I’m not really looking forward to it, I like about 10 hours max driving a day, but that would be a pretty quick average.
Last night there was a crazy storm here in Topeka. I’m not sure how much it rained but the gutters on my house started overflowing in about 10 minutes and they kept overflowing for a long time. Then my phone alert went off saying that there was going to be flash flooding. This was after just 20 minutes of rain. It was downpouring. I love midwest thunderstorms. I went out on the front porch and watched the lightening for quite a while.
I got a bunch of new Shimano parts in the mail late yesterday afternoon. I didn’t have time to put my new dual suspension bike together, plus I was missing a couple parts. I’ll do it early next week when I get back from Durango or maybe up in Cable before Chequamegon.
I bought a plane ticket to Richmond on Monday after Chequamegon. That would be too long a haul, there and back. Plus Trudi has to drive a BMC team car back, so I don’t need to be driving too. World’s are only in North America around every 15 years, so it would be silly to miss it. Plus, I have a few “business” things to do there, so it isn’t just a vacation.
Okay, a few days at altitude might help a little for Chequamegon. I’m wondering how I’m going to feel riding there. I wonder if I’m acclimated at all still? I’ve really only been down for less than two weeks, so maybe I’ll be okay.
The long ride is 50 miles. I really haven’t ridden that much around Durango. I’ve ridden with Ned at the mountain bike park named after him, the Colorado Trail and have raced above the University, but I really don’t know the trails. It should be a blast.
Okay, I need to get moving. Driving on short sleep is always a little hard initially. I would really rather have driven at night. I like driving at night. I think the last two times I’ve driven to Durango or Moab, I’ve hit deers/deers have hit me. That is not a good average.