Last week I was allowed the pleasure playing hooky on a Friday. My motivation was to accompany 4 awesome dudes up to a pass outside of Denver to ride a well known section of the Colorado Trail during peak aspen-season, when the colors of the aspen trees turn a variety of shades from yellow to red. Although I am slightly color blind (red/green), the contrast is STRIKING. While I am still working myself back into mountain biking after a 5 year hiatus, I jumped at the opportunity for this epic day and adventure.
Mountain biking, I've recently decided, gets me as close as I can get to the feeling of skiing powder, without skiing powder...it's like floating, like flying. Riding a bike is something I remember vividly as a kid. I remember the feelings I had when my father got me going on two wheels up at Oak Street School and I did a bunch of laps on my yellow Ross Snapper. The bike is a universal love and I am always asking the kids if they want to go for a ride. If only they were as excited about face shots! ...my patience will pay off.
On this day I brought my new GoPro along to see if I could possibly show Holly and Hannah (my kiddos) what it is like to mountain bike in the mountains. The ride (and capturing the footage) were both a bit of an exploratory process filled with excitement (I can't believe where I am, what I'm doing, and who I'm with on a FRIDAY!), frustration (damn, this is a big hill), admiration (damn, that guy is fast), and accomplishment (I just did that). Upon showing the kids the final video they said "Dad, that looks awesome, but I could never do that!" To which I replied, someday guys...very soon.
http://youtu.be/m7RikvPXCHA - please accept my apologies for the shaky camera-work. Still working out the kinks with the GoPro!