We’re here in Colorado, first stop was Steamboat Springs. We don’t know why Steamboat, it just looked like a cool place (it’s really a ski town) and it turned out to be. It has a lot of charm, of course we had to hear “we need to come here and ski “ from the kids every few minutes. I agree we really need to come back here, the place is great. We checked it out and ended up staying two days. They have a gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain and for a little more money they tag your mountain bikes so they can ride up on the gondola also. I’m all for biking down, not up, it was a wild ride. We went down some real twists and turns but Erin has a need for speed. She raced down thru the wooded trail like a nut, of course you know speed kills, right. Well in her case it killed her bike she flipped over a huge boulder and into some shrubs. When we got to her all we saw was a bike and her little head popping out of the brush. She laughed and laughed and said this is the most fun ever. I wanted to kill her myself for going so fast. Falling didn’t stop her she speeded on the rest of the way with only 1 brake. When we reached the bottom I was beat and hungry but after lunch they wanted to have another run at it. They went for another run but I opted for window shopping even thou I was covered in dirt and sweat. The second run did not fair well for Erin, again she managed to destroy bike number two. She went flying off the trail a few more times and were talking some times about very steep mountain sides. She says it wasn’t her fault; the trail was to narrow but the picture says it best. She still swears this is the sport for her even thru the pain she loved every fall.

We also tried the alpine slide that they had in Steamboat. You ride up the chair lift and race as fast as you want down the mountain on a track. We loved it, the adults of course won, there is an advantage with a little extra butt weight. Bruce is the all time winner, which accounts for his fatness, he was told!

We are now in Estes park, we went thru the mountain pass with the whale. I think people thought we were crazy the steep curving roads were a little unnerving. You could see straight down the mountain from the passengers seat, we were literally riding the edge. Again we got our fair share of animal sightings but got no pictures. We are now going to explore the Rocky Mountain National Park but after that we don’t know what we’re doing. The camp ground we’re at is full to the top with people. It’s 4th of July weekend, they don’t have room for us to stay another night. We’re gypsies again, we’ll sleep somewhere we just don’t know where.



  1. Raleigh said,

    July 1, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Bruce and Co.-
    Your trip has been watched by us all (our studio and my family). Amazing. Simply amazing. The best blogs from my perspective are the descriptions of the “wild” (buffalo, bears, death defying mtn. bike runs) to the “weird” (truck stop nights, stark desert RV lots, heavily exploitative Native American kitsch). This is an amazing country, isn’t it? The 4th in Charlotte is predictable. Hot. Humid. Mosquitos. Thunderstorms. Work is fine. You are missed but not…make sense? Morrison buildings C and A2 are on HOLD due to Rodgers early pricing numbers- suprise, huh!? Have a great rest of trip making up your stops as you go. One piece of advice; don’t be sucked in by the signs to see the “6 legged calf” as you cross Kansas. The Great Arch in St. Louis is pretty cool and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the tour at the Anheuser-Busch beer factory – clydesdales and free tastings included. See you soon. Raleigh

  2. Sarah said,

    July 1, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Adrianna! I know you and your family have got to be having the time of your life. I appreciate your “blog”. You are so entertaining! I know you are all making the memoried that you wanted. Be safe! The South awaits your grand return. Oh, and by the way… you’re not missing ANYTHING exciting at the good ol’ hospital – same stuff just a different day. I guess that could be good depending on how you look at it.

  3. mom/joan reid said,

    July 1, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    Hi gypsies, you couldn’t find a better place to roam around. Of course, Bruce, you know Estes Park is my favorite place in the world ( my ashes are to be taken by my four sons to be spread at the lake above timberline, a five mile hike straight up from Dream Lake). The ride over the pass is scary in an ordinary car, in the Whale?, I would chose to walk. One of my favorite photos is of Bruce standing on a rock overlooking the world from the top of the pass. You, Bruce, was wearing a turban of sorts to protect yourself from the sun… Steamboat, memories again, worst sunburn I ever had and in the middle of winter. Chas best friend was from Steamboat, he was married there and Chas and I took the bus from Denver for the wedding. Another trip was just after we were married. We hiked and camped, there’s a story but I’ll save it for my own memories. Beautiful country, amazing isn’t it how different each of your stops have been… A couple of years ago we met the Waynes and Pam in Estes Park, they of course did all the fun stuff, horse back, water rapid rafting to name only two, Chas went fishing.. Bruce you caught two trout on one hook in a river outfront of a cabin when you were just a little tyke… Keith is spending a lot of time working in St Lewis, if you go that way watch for the bearded fellow with sawdust in his hair… The Natural History Museum is famous in East Denver, there is a great park and I believe a very nice zoo too all in the same area. However it’s city stuff and traffic a night mare… As you went through Wyoming you might have gone near Lander. Chas spent a summer there surveying, I think he might have been around 19 years old… Well keep safe. I can’t imagine biking down those ski slopes at Steamboat, good heavens!!! What a trip. I check every evening to see what your up to, until your next episode comes this way I’ll say happy trails to you all. MOM

  4. Briana said,

    July 12, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    That sounds like alot of fun.I feel bad for Erin and im surprised she didnt break a bone, sounded painful. Well Have a good 4th of july or I should say I hope you had a good forth of July.

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