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, and the Gilsonite to Wolverine Trail, which courses through the remote Arapaho National forest. OneContinue reading “There Have Been Years”

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 line, to draft behind on the long slog up Belcher Hill and then onto ShorthornContinue reading “Riding White Ranch—With Commentary by William Shakespeare”

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, and how it relates to the work of writing, the work of our daily lives.Continue reading “What Work Is: What Labor Day, the Poet Laureate, Ballet, Mountain Biking, and the Philosopher Horace have in Common”

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, it’s cold. 2. I can’t believe I forgot my socks and have to ride inContinue reading “23 Things I Thought About While Riding Yesterday”