After visiting my daughter, Kelli, and attending her “White Coat” Ceremony, it was time to return back to the cycling road trip. It was my turn to support Tom wholeheartedly in his cycling endeavors, but in reality it wasn’t too hard of a task. We were off to Park City, Moab, Grand Junction/Fruita, Mt. Evans, Colorado Springs, Denver, and wherever else Tom’s spirit felt like taking him. 🙂
Up at a horrendous time in the morning to catch a flight to Salt Lake City, I was rewarded by on-time flights. Didn’t travel with much more than a small carry-on backpack, since I had left all of my camera gear with Tom when I left Baltimore (actually left Washington, DC, but Baltimore had direct flights). When I arrived in Park City, Tom picked me up and before long we met up with some long time mountain biking friends, Dawn & Daryll. Tom and Kelli used to race for years with them in Florida when Kelli grew up. It was amazing to see them again and I know that Tom certainly enjoyed his riding time with them.
Our condo faced the Park City ski area, which was very convenient for them. The resort offered downhill mountain bike/chair lift tickets and they all took advantage of it. I, on the other hand, stayed away from the biking, since I tend to be “accident-prone” when cycling. 🙂
However, most of the afternoons looked like this out of our condo…. that’s right, pouring down rain, complete with very close vicinity electrical storms as well. Ugh! Of course, the guys and Dawn would set out in the sunshine in the morning with the best of intentions. They would come back and tell me about the moose and her calf that they saw on the trails … the “lemur”, which was actually a weasel (don’t ask – LOL) … and the golden eagles they encountered. Me, I was inside watching the Tour de France. Ugh!
We spent 5 days there with the same routine each day. I outsmarted my bad luck by dragging Tom out really early one morning, before his cycling. We drove up Guardsmen Pass and were treated to wonderful views.
The wildflowers were also in bloom and quite beautiful.
Just before leaving the Park City / Deer Valley area, of course, the sun emerged and blue skies broke through the clouds. Oh well, it probably didn’t rain for the next week! LOL
It was nice for Tom and Todd too, as they got to reunite with one of their dear friends, Ed, who spends part of his time out in that area. They used to work at the Dania Beach Fire & Rescue together and reminisced over the good days.
Of course, I would not be skunked on the wildlife front … unfortunately, this was the best I got during those rainy 5 days. 🙂
Totally not what I expected in terms of the lack of wildlife, but the trip was young still.
Next up: Onward to Moab, UT … the mountain biker’s mecca.
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