The fear of the Rockies
People have been putting the fear of the Rockies in me for the past year, and I am no longer afraid. In fact, after climbing up Carson Pass in Tahoe, foraging the mountain ranges of the Nevada desert, and scaling the 14% inclines in the Utah red rocks, I feel entirely trained for these Rockies.
Tomorrow is the pinnacle: the Continental Divide at 11,000 feet. And I could not be more excited!
What goes on between my ears
My good friend Jeff Furnia asked me to share about what goes on between my ears when I ride by myself for 6 hours at a time. Here’s my strategy: I solve problems while I ride. Every morning as I start the day’s ride, I take with me some issues to address, something that needs innovating, and some emails or conversations to resolve. Then I mull, marinate, and muse on them throughout the ride, sometimes intentionally, other times not. I’ve tried meditating with my eyes closed, but I prefer meditating with my eyes on ever-changing scenery, sitting on the saddle, moving the bike pedals around and around.
We met Bonnie at the Garden, a greenhouse in downtown Gunnison when we asked her for a recommendation for dinner. This is Bonnie’s 4th season running the Garden and she clearly adores her job. When I asked her what she loves about her job, she gazed lovingly into the greenhouse and replied, “What’s not to love?” She loves that she gets to care for the plants, she loves teaching people how to love plants, and she loves that her boss Paula gives her the freedom to take charge, run the Garden, enjoy the plants, engage with customers, and have fun.
Day 24 Stats
Day 24 miles: 63.60 miles
Day 24 ascent: 4,867 ft
Total interviews: 41
Road kill count: 169 (all 5 additions today were unidentifiable!)
Destination for Day 25: The Continental Divide!