Entries Tagged as Colorado
Over the past ten years, I have taken several one- to two-week bike vacations around the U.S. and Europe. However, after retiring in April 2012 and being inspired by the articles on BikeOvernights.org, I decided to take some short tours in and around the beautiful state of Colorado. This article is about my third such trip, which took me up to the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. For this three-day ride, I biked with panniers on days one and three, and did an unloaded ride to the top of Trail Ridge Road on day two. The two nights out I spent in a hotel in Estes Park.
I rode one of my earliest bike overnights six years ago, during the crazy summer that my son was born. That summer my wife and I spent Memorial Day weekend at the maternity ward, and came home with a baby boy that changed our lives. I loved being a new father, even with the diaper changes and irregular sleep schedules, and I threw all my spare time into being a dad. Yet as summer wore on and I spent night after night rocking my son to sleep, I began to wonder -- do I have to completely skip bike touring this summer?
I’m trying to establish bicycling traditions. Every summer our family of four goes on a long multi-day (or multi-week) bicycle tour, a tradition that we hope to keep alive for many years. But sometimes one tradition is not enough. My son and I are working on new tradition, where at least once a year just the two of us go bike camping for a weekend. Daniel is six years old, and Labor Day weekend 2011 was our third such trip. To keep the rides simple, every trip has started and ended at our house in Fort Collins, Colorado, yet each trip feels unique. I keep them that way by planning new events or activities into the rides, and this past Labor Day weekend offered a great selection -- a bike parade, a mountain festival, a picnic, and crystal hunting were all on the menu.
A few years ago, we decided to try our hand at a summer hut trip to backcountry ski cabins with mountain bikes as our mode of transportion. The logistics were a little different than a winter tour as bikes aren't allowed in the wilderness areas. We had to carefully plan our route, and make sure our fitness level was good enough for the long mileage, high altitude and extra weight of our gear.