Monday, August 22, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As unfortunate as this accident was, there was a silver lining. The dog's owner was a woman who lived close to the bike path. She had an ATV to get Norm up to her house, where she and Glenn got him loaded into her pickup to go to the hospital in Frisco, just a few miles away. And, she was on her way to work, as a surgeon at that hospital! Glenn rode to the hospital until someone from the tour could meet him there, and Norm's daughter from Denver was there as well before too long. Norm's injury turned out not to be a head injury, or a shoulder injury. Getting Norm from the ground to the ATV to the truck, it became obvious that his hip was what was really hurting. We found out later that he had broken his femur, and it was decided to do a total hip replacement as that would heal faster than trying to reset the leg. Norm seems to be doing fine and I'm sure he'll be back on the bike by next spring.
Before most of us knew anything about this, we had gotten to the point of the bike path where we would exit. Near Copper Mountain there was an aid station before we began our climb up Fremont Pass.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Many of us began the day by gathering for a kickoff from Peter. As the tour director he informs us of things to look out for on the road, weather challenges ahead, and implores us to be safe, and "take care of each other".
We still had a short climb up Swan Mountain once we were past Keystone. It's not long or steep, but towards the end of a ride it lived up to it's nickname, "the horrible hump". It did offer a nice view the Dillon Reservoir and Frisco beyond.
Lunch was at a pizza place with a guy from Colorado, one from the Pacific Northwest, and two each from England and Australia. It was a good day overall, and the next day looked good weather-wise, over some roads that I knew well, offering some classic Colorado scenery.
Monday, August 1, 2016
It's been a good two days, plenty of challenges, but nothing impossible. I've been slow because I am, and because I stop for lots of pictures. This year I've posted tons of pics to Facebook for friends and family and still some for editing later for this blog
Some slightly bad news; my friend Saj had to pull out after he hurt his knee hiking on Saturday. And worse news, the elder statesman of this tour, Norm, collided with a dog on the bike path this morning. He apparently broke his femur. The bright side is that the dog's owner lived close by, got an atv to get him to her truck, and took him to the hospital in Frisco, where she is a surgeon.
More about Norm later. For now keep him in your thoughts and prayers
Saturday, July 30, 2016
We're sitting on the football field in Idaho Springs catching up, talking bikes, and meeting new friends. We'll hear from the tour director at 7 in the morning, then head out for a climb up Loveland Pass.
I've got my phone, camera, and gopro all charged and ready to go. I'll put some pics on FB as I go, and try to do a short post or two during the week. Then I'll share pics and stories on this blog when we are done.
Here goes nothing.