I decided that doing an enduro race in Crested Butte would be a fun intermediate goal before Leadville. Then I had a weekend off and figured I'd do the Angel Fire enduro before CB. I won that race and had a ton of fun.
Then came the Crested Butte enduro where I won again. It was even more fun. From there I decided I should do the entire Big Mountain Enduro series since I was doing well and really, really enjoying the racing, the travel, the people, the challenges. Pretty much all of it.
While I was/am having a blast doing the enduro thing, Leadville was looming like a black cloud. When I got in the Leadville race last fall, it was with the idea of doing it to do it. To survive and just finish. To see if I could. It really didn't seem like it'd be very fun and isn't that the entire point of riding a mountain bike? Plus, training to even finish an event like Leadville doesn't exactly go with racing enduro. Long story short, I bailed on Leadville. Yep, I'm a quitter and proud of it!
Where is all this going? Vacation.
With my time off still scheduled, my parents coming out to visit, and no Leadville 100 to worry about things are were looking pretty good. We played the tourist role well. Good food, jeep tours, lots of driving to see the sights, a few training rides, wild flowers, no work. Ahh, yes.
|Bob Ross and Co do a great job. Give them a call|
|Figure out why they're called Pink Elephants|
|Still some flowers on 401 in CB|
|According to the info at Box Canyon Falls these Black Swifts are a rare bird. Kinda looked like bats to me.|
|We saw Jesus in a window….|
|A mom and her baby|
|Bovine in the mist|