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There Have Been Years

Every year I get to spend a week up in Grand Lake, Colorado, on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. And every year I sojourn back to two trails I like very much: the Grand Lake Metropolitan trail network, … Continue reading

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Riding White Ranch—With Commentary by William Shakespeare

Last Sunday I embarked on a great ride at White Ranch with my riding buddy Ed. Our first ride of the new year together, it was great to have a pal there, to shoot the bull, to discuss the proper … Continue reading

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The Armstrong Affair

As a long-time rider—almost 15 years now, how did that happen?—I love watching the Tour de France each July, which, naturally, has made me a huge fan of Lance Armstrong. After all that’s happened recently, It’s safe to say that … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

I know this about myself: I am obsessed with death. As I was saying to some writer-friends earlier this summer, aren’t all writers obsessed with death? It is, after all, the complete and final denouement to all stories—the story of … Continue reading

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What Work Is: What Labor Day, the Poet Laureate, Ballet, Mountain Biking, and the Philosopher Horace have in Common

Have I missed Labor Day? Where did you go, oh amazing national day off? Well, perhaps I needed to have already experienced Labor Day 2011 in order to begin contemplating the meaning of Labor Day, and the idea of labor, … Continue reading

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Breaking The Law

Not to be paranoid or anything, but it seems like there are lots of people out there who don’t like mountain bikers–people who see us a lazy, dangerous, and dumb. Of course, there are always a few bad apples to … Continue reading

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23 Things I Thought About While Riding Yesterday

The ride: Chimney Gulch, Golden, Colorado. Temp: around 50 degrees. Wind: howling with gusts at least 40 mph. Start time: 5:07 PM. Finish: 7:03 PM. Vertical climbed: 1,735 feet. Total miles:7.05 miles. __________________ Thoughts, in no apparent order: 1. Dammit, … Continue reading

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