Our new ride

It was a very full-on three weeks in America, but now we are home and trying to recover from all of the extra energy we expended seeing family and helping my parents host 12 out-of-town guests and a 50th Anniversary party complete with 100 guests, a live band and a cake the size of Colorado.

Consequently, there wasn’t much time for riding… which is a shame when you are visiting a mountain bike mecca with hundreds of miles of easily accessible trails. My shoulder wouldn’t allow for that anyway, even if we’d had the time. Still I got out for a couple twenty minute rides and am very pleased with the bike. I will have lots of upgrading, parts-swapping and accessories to buy to turn it into exactly what I want, but I am very happy with my choice. I have purchased a ‘chuckbucket’ from Oveja Negra for the guys to ride in for now – though they may get shifted to another riding position later depending on how I set things up. However, most importantly, they have a place to ride RIGHT NOW – because that was the most important part of the new bike of course.

Here are a few photos from the trip.

Verne quickly found his sleeping spot at my parents’ house for the three weeks.
Not a lot of time for riding since I was trying to spend time with family. My mom and I went down to Taos for 4 days to do some exploring and hiking. This is on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge.
Amongst all the crazy party planing, we got out for a few hikes. This is overlooking the San Luis Valley (which I’ve ridden up and down 3 or 4 times on bike tours). It’s a rift valley – where the earth’s crust is pulling apart. Those mountains on the right are all volcanic flows (that we bike-toured through in 2017) associated with the San Juan Volcanic Field. These rocks are the youngest of the whole huge area of the state covered by those volcanics. The mountains to the left are the Sangre de Cristos – the youngest and most active mtn range in Colorado. It’s a normal fault with the valley dropping and the mtns rising (like the Tetons). Happy 50 years of marriage to that couple.
Some real action shots will have to wait. I get the bike back from the shop on Monday, and weather and health-permitting I hope to be out on it next weekend.


Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

8 response to "Our new ride"

  1. By: Lah Posted: June 15, 2019

    Where we put our companions is super important, so glad you have a solution for now. When I crossed Indiana, my rubber ducky must have decided she wasn’t cut out for bicycle travel, because she bailed without me having a clue. We’d actually just passed some other feathered friends, so she may have joined them. She’s been replaced by two rubber duckies this time (so neither would be lonely), but I haven’t had the opportunity to do much bike riding lately. Congrats on the new bike!

  2. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 16, 2019

    Nice new ride, Em. And I know exactly where you were standing in Taos at the Rio Grande Gorge. Glad you had a good time.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: June 16, 2019

    Welcome home. We have missed you ;’-).
    Your bike is a beauty, and so glad you have a solution, temporary for now but more permanent in the near future, for your pals.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: June 16, 2019

    Your bike: I want one of those, but I would feel guilty submitting it to Minnesota winter riding.

    The Sangre de Christos provided me with one of my most challenging and most beautiful backpacking experiences. I camped near a glacial lake beneath three 14-ers: Humboldt Peak, Crestone Peak, and Crestone Needle.

  5. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 16, 2019

    Congratulations to Mom and Dad!! Sounds like you had a wonderful family time. The bike is a beauty…..can’t wait to she where she takes you!!

  6. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 16, 2019

    Sounds like a great trip! Congrats to your folks on 50 years!
    Great looking bicycle — looking forward to your adventures on it.
    Glad to see you back, and you had a great and safe trip.

  7. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 17, 2019

    Happiness is a new bike, looks very mountain bikey.

  8. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 17, 2019

    Nice Salsa! You with your new Salsa and Janet with her new Troll and Tempo with his new “truck” should have joined me and the Ogre for the ride on snow-covered dirt roads from Bodie to Bridgeport last week. You guys probably would have left me in the dust, or the slush.


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