What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Oh, hello there. It seems like an eternity since I’ve written one of these. A lot has transpired, so let’s wait no longer…

For my East Coast early-morning readers: I return to East Coast Time tonight, so I’ll be attempting to get my early-morning post schedule back tomorrow.

Colorado, You’ve Been Pwned
Here is the travel log of Colorado cities I’ve visited over the past thirteen days of vacation

  • Fort Collins (four nights)
  • Vail (one night)
  • Cortez (one night)
  • Durango (lunch only)
  • Alamosa (one night)
  • Salida (one night)
  • Walsenburg (four nights)
  • Denver (one night)

The state is large and I covered about two-thirds of it. While known mostly for its skiing (the Rocky Mountains might have something to do with that), it has a fairly significant cultural shift from north to south. It was also somewhat jarring for me to drive back into a big city after spending so much time in the middle of nowhere.

Hash, Hash, Goose (Egg)
I managed to run the two day’s worth of trails offered up at the 13th Colorado Invihash. On both days I chose the “Eagle” option over the “Ballbuster” because I knew that what scant training I’ve had, none of which was performed at any significant altitude, would hurt me if I chose the harder option.

Saturday’s trail was enjoyable as we ran across semi-flat ranch land (at 8000+ feet mind you) over cacti, yucca, and ants. The worst part of the trail was that I wound up with about one hundred hitchhikers on the pants I purchased to hash in, so I had to toss them after only one use.

Sunday’s trail started and ended at a ski resort that “closed for Summer” — on July 4th 2000 — and has remain closed since. It would have been the perfect place for a photo shoot, but I was there to hash so I didn’t bring the DSLR with me. The trail I ran basically went up a ski slope, and then back down again. At the top of our trail we had a breathtaking view of southern Colorado.

Yesterday morning I decided to skip the hangover hash and push on my way, but not before submitting my registration and check for Colorado Invihash #14 in 2010.

ITP Flickr Pic
While I took a lot of photos on this vacation, not many were taken since Friday. Therefore, I’ll use this one taken on Thursday night.
Split Sunset
This photo is a pretty decent metaphor for my trip as well. While I have had much fun in my journeys, not everything turned out the way I desired.

Rock On, In The Worst Possible Way
During my travels I’ve been careful not to take my rental car on roads which required four-wheel drive vehicles. Unfortunately, no matter how fucking careful you are, bad luck can find you no matter where you are.

While driving up I-25 on my way to Denver a rock hit the rental car’s windshield putting a nickel-sized star into it. Fug…. So today I need to get to the airport that much earlier so that I can take care of any business which needs to occur when shit like this happens. I think I used my American Express card to secure the car, which may help me. I have rental car coverage on my State Farm insurance, which may help me. And, the hotel from which I type this is a block away from AAA, of which I am a member, which may help me.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sniffling, not looking forward to becoming a responsible adult again
Current Music – watching CNN in a hotel room
Website Of The Day – If you want to look like a hasher without having to go through all of the pain of actually being one they you should check out Hash Shirts.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a 🙂
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak)27 (110) on hold because it’s not my job.
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

September Goals
Don’t know yet

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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3 Responses to What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

  1. Martha says:

    It will be good to have you back Paulie.

    Now it’s time to get back to work…we have lots of running miles to get under our belts before Fall, not to mention the biking this weekend.

  2. Rick says:

    Paul,

    I’ve been following your blog since camp broke in Fort Collins. Thanks for sharing your experiences — and looking forward to seeing more photography, nice work.

    Rick

  3. I am way behind with my training. I suspect that I will be at George’s tomorrow night in order to kickstart my workouts.

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