Once again, I woke up to a much nicer day than the evening before. The rain had cleared away and the sun was shining. Yesterday, I kept looking west trying to get a first glimpse of the mountains, but I think the storm blocked my view. When I walked outside this morning, there they were. They were still off in the distance and just a purple shadow on the horizon, but still pretty large.
I got off to kind of a late start after calling a bike shop in Berthoud. While visiting my sister, I desperately need to have some work done on the bike, especially since I will be heading into the mountains after the visit.
As I rode west, the mountains continued to get larger and more distinct. As I watched them grow, I began to wonder, “I have to ride through that mess?”
I took a county road west from Greeley, thinking there would be less traffic on it. It turned out to be a busy roadway, with no shoulders, which made the ride from Greeley to highway 287 pretty stressful. Once I turned south on 287, the stress disappeared. The highway had a nice wide shoulder and it was a short, five mile ride into Berthoud.
While at the bike shop, I saw another Bianchi Volpe, though it was a late 90’s model and mine is a 2010. I don’t see to many Volpes, so made a comment about it. The owner of the Volpe, Jay, was there to pick it up and we chatted for a bit. He offered to give me a ride to my sister’s place west of town, which I appreciated. I’ll stay with my sister until the bike shop is finished with my bike. Hopefully, it will be done in time for me to get back on the road Wednesday morning.
2 thoughts on “Approaching the Rockies (August 20)”
You seem to be pretty resilient, Brad.
So happy you could stop and see us Brad!!! We loved it!!! Thank you for the sunflower…How thoughtful…Carol Nichols