Upon my arrival in Boulder, I felt a bit "off." I attributed this to the long drive, the altitude change and a long first half of the season. Translate into a mid-week head/chest cold that knocked me flat! All good though, as I got to enjoy some much needed extended family time and again enjoy some uncharted territory.
My local friends know that I am a minimalist with my cycling attire. For me to have ALL my SoCal clothing on and soon don a borrowed jacket, it was COLD!! My bro took me on a spin to Lyons, CO through the "Fruit Loops" and to an excellent hot latte.
|Cold yet happy.|
|Latte! My feet were SO COLD I took my shoes off and warmed my toes up by the heater before getting back on the road.|
Not sure how my brother did it, but after a freezing 3:30 ride, he jumped on his horse Stadt for some skills and drills.
Lunch break on Monday, Jeremy shows up on with his "bike-on-bike"! I got to spend half a day at his work, Trainingpeaks, and even got to work from a desk like normal people. Cool place with some awesome staff!
And now, for the Amelie bit. In 2002, I took a trip to CO solo and that was a loooooong time ago! Now I have a little family with Brian and Moto, and their absence did not go unnoticed. Thankfully I am quite self-sufficient and independent (to a fault...) but I still really missed Brian. A few Halloweens ago, we put him in a gnome outfit and the name has stuck, with affection of course! So I went and found my own Gnome and took him on some adventures!
|The original Gnome, eating a cookie.|
|Atop Flagstaff Mountain, where a stage of the CO Pro Tour will end. Ouch!|
|Jeremy looks like "Ernest Goes to Camp!"|
|Hiking is not our forte, so we got to the base of the trail...|
|View of the Rockies and the Continental Divide at Sundown.|
|I thought Boulder was fun, and for outdoors stuff! Not on Pearl Street at least.|
|Good thing I had an assitant. I don't like kids. Or magicians.|
|And there was fire! And the Gnome was as relaxed as ever.|
|We grabbed some Kale Chips and roasted vegetables on the porch of an eatery, and got to see some firetruck action!|
|Brian has QUITE the affinity for peanut butter, almond butter, all butter...so when I saw this at Whole Foods, I went back and got him out of the car. The cashier asked me "I can't help but notice, but is that a Gnome in your bag?!?!" hahahaha.|
|The slightly crazed Husky's wanted a piece of him!|
|To say thank you for their hospitality, I left this little gem for Jeremy and Suzanne.|
|Finally home with our favorite pet, MOTO!|
|It's summer at home!|
|And back to the crazy colorful breakfasts!|