May 1, 2012

Distance today = 55.58 km; Total distance = 5865.07 km; Location = Estes Park – 40 22.830′ N, 105 29.679′ W; Start time = 0913, Finish time = 1719


I was determined to see the Rocky Mountain National Park, and this required a big day of climbing up to the town of Estes Park. As I’ve mentioned before, my legs enjoy the uphill more than the downhill. Tomorrow is all downhill, so I’m not really looking forward to that.

The scenery up here was worth the effort – classic Rockies. It was dedicated as a national park by Teddy Roosevelt about a hundred years ago.

Speaking of Roosevelt, we had dinner last night in Boulder at the hotel he stayed at when he came to these parts for the dedication ceremony. We met up with my friends, Walt and Bob from NREL, and another Bob, who is a friend of our friend, Fi. It was a great dinner, outside on the corner on a very mild Boulder evening. Thanks again to the latter Bob for picking up the tab – it was very much appreciated.

Finally, happy birthday to anyone turning six years old today (May 2 in Australia), especially if their name is Ty.

PS I have added 840 metres to the Garmin file, as I forgot to turn my watch back on after a stop. Measurement was easy, as the gap was between two known roads.