Monday, September 27, 2021

September 2021 Rides-More of the Sept. rides

 On September 18th. we rode in the 2021 Virtual ADA Tour de Cure-NATIONWIDE event! Jo had set a aggressive goal of 30 miles for the days ride and we decided to do it different by making it mostly a "road ride" instead of our normal mix of urban and rail trails!! We headed out south to ride what we knew growing up as "Old Bradley Road". Due to the influx of population growth, we found out it was now "Goldfield Drive". The road itself is a nice old 2 lane with great views of the Big Johnson Reservoir, we stopped at the Bluestem Prairie Open Space to take a break. It's a loooong up hill grade to Fountaine Blvd. where we leave the open road and head back into the town of Fountain. We stopped at Culver's and had a really excellent fish sandwich and unsweet Iced Tea!!  From there we headed south to another old back road over to Widefield, thru Security to pick up Hwy. 85/87 to Las Vegas St. and then picked up the Pikes Peak Greenway back to the apartment! YEA we got in our 30 miles for the day so the goal was accomplished. Excellent weather, great ride good food, Excellent!! :)

Sunday September 26th. we headed out for a mellow days ride in fantastic late summer/early fall weather 80 F and sunny!! Just one of our normal rides over to Manitou Springs. Started by using the Weber St. bike lanes thru downtown to pick up the Midland Trail over to Manitou and the Creek Walk Trail to the swimming pool park, found a table in the shade and ate our brown bag lunch!! Then headed back, changing to the Mesa Greenway back to the Pikes Peak Greenway over the Popcycle Bridge and back to the apartment. 16 miles RT. Really enjoyed the days ride and the last few warm days of 2021! Not looking forward to the coming winter months! :(

Monday, September 6, 2021

September 6, 2021 LABOR DAY-We rode to the Colorado Springs CO Balloon Lift Off Festival at Memorial Park!

 We headed to the Labor Day "Colorado Springs, CO. Labor Day Balloon Festival at Memorial Park at 6AM. today, "it was dark" too see the Balloon Launch at 7AM, (yes, that's morning)! Sadly there was a video camera malfunction for the whole 15 minute ride to the park so NO VIDEO of the actual ride, BUMMER!

🙁 This event is 3 days long Sat, Sun, Mon of Labor Day weekend every year, we had 75 balloons fill the skies in 3 waves this year with the first day, "basket dunk" just touching the waters of Prospect Lake in the park! Man it was so PACKED with people, YES we were wearing masks and staying in the more open area's when possible. The video is short but it makes the point of the days ride. Headed back down town for a breakfast at the "Corner Cafe" for the 1st. time, their "breakfast sandwich" was great! Then on a beautiful morning headed to Manitou Springs via the Midland Trail taking a break at Schhryver Park then headed home before the days high temps set in, 90 F+ for todays high!! Fun ride and event a great way to end the Labor Day Weekend last Summer Holiday! 🙂 Short You Tube Video: