It's been a long, cold, lonely winter. At least long and cold. But it's starting to really feel like spring. Yesterday, after work, I was able to get in a 20+ mile ride with temps in the mid-70s, and winds that could actually be called breezes. The few warm days we've had lately have been accompanied with gale force winds that sap the fun out of a bike ride, or half of a bike ride. ;)
Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour. As usual, there will be climbing. I'm looking forward to revisiting Monarch Pass, 11,345 feet, and Cottonwood Pass, 12,156 feet. But those won't be the literal high points of this tour.
On the final day of CRMBT 2014 we'll have the chance to ride up Pikes Peak! At 14,105 feet it's the 2nd highest paved road in America. The 2010 version of this tour featured a ride up the Mt Evans, which is a little higher, but not as well known to those outside of Colorado.
I wonder if the donuts at the Summit House are vegan?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
hu·mane/hyuˈmeɪn or, often, yu-/ Show Spelled [hyoo-meyn or, often, yoo-]
-characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed
Many think membership in the species "homo sapiens" gives us the right to use other species any way we see fit. For entertainment, for testing beauty products, for food. While it may be a thought shared by the majority, I think many of us have not really thought about it at all. It's just the way it is. Does that make it right?
Of all the species that evolved over millions of years, humans have come to see themselves as special. Instead of seeing ourselves as stewards, of our planet and all its inhabitants, our selfish interests lead us to take what we want with no regard for consequences. I lived most of my life without thinking about most of this. Now it's hard not to think about it.
We owe it to ourselves and all those with whom we share this earth to know where we get our food. To be fully aware, we should know about the life of a dairy cow, and her male calf. We should know the conditions in which a laying hen spends her life, and what happens to her male offspring. And beyond deplorable conditions is the simple truth that we deprive another of life, for a moment of pleasure. There is another way.
Here's a few suggestions to take the first step: