Day 4: Bicycle Tour of Colorado … what ever will I do? Just 47 miles on my bike; but, wait… a whole BUNCH of those miles are on a dirt road! It’s a bit early (compared to yesterday, when I started riding at 9:20am!) as I’m getting ready to check out a local coffee shop here in Paonia, Colorado. Here’s the route for today.


When it comes to riding these kinds of days, it’s always interesting to think about the gear involved. Sure there’s the “kit.” (That’s what we call our shorts and jersey combination. If you ever see cyclists, check out their kit; are they sponsored? Are they fans? Did they make up their own?) I’m going to think about gear through the ride today…not just about cycling, either.

Did I tell you that Jodi met me on top of Independence Pass last Monday? We were up above the tree line. More than 12,000 feet above sea level – ok, that’s like 11,250 feet higher than where we live in Ojai! The air is thin up there, that’s for sure…


I’ve always been amazed at what grows where. During this ride, I’ve been in awe at the different flora we’ve passed by, so when I had the chance to take this photo I stopped for a few extra minutes. Then, I thought to put my altimeter (thank you Garmin, I wear the 910xt watch) next to the budding flowers. There you can see the altitude they grow at…


At the end of the day, one day this week, we stopped at a little bar for an “after-ride” beer. Reading the label on this bottle makes me think of two things:

1. What do I believe in?
2. What am I doing to support it?


So, I’m off (gonna start riding in a few minutes; just as soon as I post this and back my luggage on the truck) for Crested Butte, CO. Wish me luck, and let me know what you’re thinkin’ about that could use another mind or two. I’ve been sharing some of your comments and emails with the group over at www.GetMomentum.co, and I’m working on one specific one [a problem someone sent me to think about] today.

Hey, we’re smarter together, you know…