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The Popularity of Mountain Bicycling

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Howdy;

It was a sad farewell as I bid adieu to Tim, Marie, Amelia, and Vivie after breakfast. We had such a good time together these past few days. It will be another 6 months before we are together once again. We learned just yesterday that son, Todd is headed back to England soon for another 6 month assignment for Homeland Security at Heathrow airport. We all are sad to see him leave for the job holds a degree of danger. Last year the gov't extended his 6 months duty to a year. We hope not this time.

Not until coming to Colorado did I realize what a popular sport bicycling is. The State has constructed miles and miles of biking trails for these enthusiasts. We have seen hundreds (thousands?) of cyclists pumping up these mountain roads in their multi-speed bikes and then, coast down the grades at break-neck speeds of up to 40 mph. While riding the gondola to the music fair the other day we observed cyclists riding the chair lifts on either side of the gondola and their mountain bikes were attached to the chairs in adapted bike racks. These 'crazies' then ride down the mountain side on steep bike paths designed for the sport. I am sure that this sport alone attracks thousands of tourists during the summer months.

The campers where I am staying organized a golf cart and bicycle parade at 3:00 pm for the kids followed by a cookout for everyone at the community lodge. It was a simple hotdog, mac & cheese meal with patriotic-themed sheet cakes for dessert. One white and one chocolate topped with ice cream, of course. At the table where I sat several people were talking about their entry in tomorrow's 4th of July parade in Breckenridge. As it turned out there were about 2 dozen Jeeps, all from Tiger Run Campground, each decorated in red, white, and blue entered in the parade. These vehicles are either towed or trailered behind their respective motor homes. I met some very nice people there, folks from all over the country.

Posted by dixter 10:04 Archived in USA Tagged & more bicycles

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