Today we had a short mileage day but a lot of climbing. We headed up into the Rockies today. I was getting pretty bored with all that flat riding anyway. The big difference between the climbing we did today compared with the Appalachian Mts and the Ozarks is that they were up and down, up and down, up and down, and the ups were very steep. Today we just climbed, no down, and the grade was mostly 4 to 6 percent. You figure out what gear works and then just crank away. Whenever it flattens out, we take a butt break and a water break. I never stop on an incline because I have difficulty getting started without tipping over. It was cold this morning but no rain and sunny right now in camp, though chilly in the shade because we are at about 6,000 feet elevation. We are camped at Royal Gorge, Colorado. Tomorrow we will be camped at Fairplay, Colorado and it is 10,000 feet in elevation, so tomorrow will be one big long climb all day long for 65 miles. At 7:00 pm some of us are going to drive the pick-up half a mile to a “Grill and Pub” and watch the first game of the NBA championships – go Warriors!
In yesterday’s blog I stated 6 reasons why I go on these kinds of trips and one more that I didn’t mention is because they are fun. That is a little hard to compute for many, how bicycling for 70 miles in the heat or the rain can be fun, but it is. Enjoyment comes in a variety of ways to everyone. I will have fun watching the game tonight. I really enjoy spending time with Patty, my kids and grandkids. I enjoy preaching and teaching the Bible. I really enjoy fishing! The fun or joy from bicycling trips comes from conquering and achieving something very difficult.
Sometimes I hear people say that life is hard. If it weren’t hard it would be boring, like Kansas. It would be boring and there would be very little character growth. A hard life is a good life, and a hard life is a fun life.