Beyond Summit

Getting a full time job in 2010 (which I still love, several years later) cut back on my free time for posts. But, the new income also allowed for travel beyond Summit County, Colorado. Check back for more trip updates from Costa Rica, Barbados, Canada and beyond.

Trail Profile + PHOTOS: Mayflower Gulch & Boston Mine

Route: Mayflower Gulch is a short, easy out-and-back up a scenic gulch Start/Finish: The trailhead is located on highway 91 between Leadville and Copper Mountain. The parking lot is just under 6 miles from Copper and will be on the left. Mayflower Gulch seasons: hike it in summer/fall; ski or snowshoe …

(PHOTOS) Early season turns

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Cross-country bike tour

I’m so proud of my dad. After a half day of exploring the logistics of joining him on his cross-country bicycle tour, I realized how darned lucky he is to be traveling on his own terms. Though his trip won’t turn into the never-ending tour, he doesn’t have a strict …

Fall Bike Rides in and around Summit County, Colorado

Shorter days are a symptom of summer becoming winter and it means I hit the magic hour each time I commute. Check it out for yourself on one of these rides. And don’t forget the camera.

Overnight Bike Tour: Summit, Winter Park & the Fraser Valley

Why wait for a week or two off work? Go overnight. Living in Colorado makes this bike touring motto especially easy. Some would argue difficult, as for the most part in Summit County, the only two route options are uphill and downhill. And with one comes the other. Regardless, there …

Spring Bike Rides in Summit County: Ute Pass near Silverthorne, Colorado

Route:Highway 9 north from Silverthorne and up Ute Pass Road Start/End: Out-and-back from Dillon, Colorado Season: Highway 9 / Ute Pass is typically rideable year round, but it’s best in winter and spring when everything else is snowy or wet Comments comments

Video of 24 Hours in the Sage: Mountain Bike Race in Gunnison, Colorado

So I can’t take credit for a really sweet 24 Hours in the Sage course preview video. But I had to post, because it’s pretty great. And here’s another of a townie cruising down the Notch. Comments comments

24 Hours in the Sage Race Report: Gunnison 24 Hour Race Draws Dave Wiens and Townie Bike Champions

In honor of our friends that competed October 9-10 at 24 Hours of Moab and 24 Hours of Adrenalin (the 24 hour solo world championships), I’m finally posting my race report on 24 Hours in the Sage. The grassroots event takes over the Gunnison KOA for a full weekend of …

Hiking Grays and Torreys: Colorado Fourteeners in Photos

Looking to climb two fourteeners in one day? Grays and Torreys offers a good option close to Summit County.

Herman’s Gulch Trail Overview: Wildflower Hiking Route Near Summit County, Colorado

On the Herman’s Gulch trail, just off I-70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel, fall means more than changing aspen.

Video of Zip Line Near Vail, Colorado: Zip Adventures

Eric and his mom went for a zip line tour with Zip Adventures near Vail, Colorado. And here’s the videos: Eric’s point of view zip lining through the canyons near Vail, Colorado: The 1000-footer is the longest zip at Zip Adventures near Vail, Colorado: A guide himself, Eric really liked …

Triple Bypass Ride Report: Supported Colorado Road Bike Ride from Bergen Park to Avon

For the second year in a row I went online at exactly noon on exactly the right date to secure entry for myself, my husband and my dad in the Triple Bypass. Hosted by Team Evergreen, this 120-mile supported, organized road bike ride summits three well-known mountain passes in one …

24 Hours of ERock Race Report: 24 Hour Race Near Denver, Colorado

I suppose I could find a few people to blame. First, my husband Eric for introducing me to the 24-hour bike race format when we began dating. (He and a friend put on the 24-hour mountain bike race 24 Hours in the Sage.) Second, a family I met at 24 …

Kilauea: Hawai’i’s Drive-Up Volcano

Photographs of brilliant orange lava flowing from the Big Island into the Pacific Ocean are abundant in most Hawai’i travel books. But since the sky is rarely as blue, the forest hardly ever as green as full-color glossy photos make them seem, we didn’t expect to witness Hawai’i’s land development …

Denver Veloswap 2009: A Vendor Recap of the 20th Anniversary

We had a HEAP of excess bike gear that had gone untouched, taking up space in the closet for some two years. What’s a pair of Colorado bike enthusiasts to do? Sell it at all Veloswap, reported by some to be the world’s largest consumer bicycle expo. Comments comments