Welcome to Colorful Colorado

Welcome to Colorful Colorado

After four years of non-stop travel and being hosted by the best strangers-turned-friends, it was exciting to be the host instead of the host-ed. Most of our friends live within 5 minutes to two hours of our front door, so we tend to repeat our favorite adventures. The thought of having to come up with ‘new material’ was a little daunting at first and let’s face it, the Kehmeier winter activities are not necessarily mainstream.

 

Last for the First

Last for the First

Recently, I did something new for the first time. It’s been a long while coming, probably since my high school days. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen until last week. And it was well worth the wait; maybe even just the right time to start a fresh endeavor.

 

Lost in Transition

Lost in Transition

It’s been a couple of months since we wrapped up the 2nd ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure. I’ve read that some people have a big downer after they realize the goal of a lifetime. I can see how that’s possible, but I refuse to fall into a funk because I may not know what to do with the rest of my life.

 

Cultivation

Cultivation

It’s been a few days since the first US Pro Cycling Challenge concluded and I’m still in awe. I always thought attending my first professional bike race would be chasing that yellow jersey across France, but I should now feel lucky that it happened in my home state. I’m a Colorado girl after all…

 

Finding Jens Voigt

Finding Jens Voigt

One of the most interesting aspects to the stage, and for professional road racing, was the accessibility of the team vehicles, the riders, and their bicycles. This doesn’t happen in most of the professional sports we’re used to watching in the US. Many of the spectators were forgoing their primo viewing spots for a chance to get autographs and covet the most expensive bikes you’ve ever seen. The user-friendliness of the event also very much encouraging stalking. You can bet Chris and I joined right in. It was all about finding (stalking?) Jens Voigt.

 

Media Pass

Media Pass

This weekend I’ll tackle a mountain bike event of a different nature, the Leadville 100 ultra endurance race. I’m anticipating it will be as equally tiring as Crankworx but in a different way. Bottom line – I’ll be busier than a one-armed paper hanger. At least the course is a 50 mile out and back and I’ll be able to capture the action and emotion in both directions.

 

Crankworx Gallery on MountainBike.com

Crankworx Gallery on MountainBike.com

The Wide Eyed World was featured on MountainBike.com this week after spending last weekend shooting at Crankworx Colorado. The festival took place at Winter Park Ski Area and featured a full compliment of freeride mountain bike events. Leslie was on hand for all of the events and got a front row seat for all of the action.

 

Cross Country is Dead

Cross Country is Dead

During the rest of my stay in Winter Park I was blown away by not only the sheer amount of people riding the Trestle Bike Park, but also by the presence of the most women I’ve ever seen riding bikes. These folks are on to something. The most obvious thing is that they’re having so much fun.

 

The Secret to Living Happily on the Road Is…

The Secret to Living Happily on the Road Is…

For the last four years we’ve lived out of bags. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been a bad situation at all. In fact, it was part of a wonderful live changing experience in which our bags served us well. As we settle into the next part of our life, I had a moment to look back on things that kept us happy while traveling.

 

What’s Next?

What’s Next?

Fresh off our two year stint on the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, we decided one day of retirement was good enough. We postponed our move into an actual dwelling (see the progression – bicycle, car, structure with walls and a door…) and instead hopped a plane to West Virginia.