Greg & Jim Study the Birds, Lakes and Flora of Rocky Mtn Nat. Park

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  1. Talk about really seeing it, I think Greg and Jim are making up for all those of us, read most, who
    have ever crossed this country of ours and not taken the time to smell the roses. I don't think
    there is much they have missed. Whoaaaaaa:

    Windy Gap, Mothers Natures Resistance to Bikers

    Hi All you lovely people: I cannot tell you how relieved I am to be over that pass. We have met
    several people who have seen us and declared without hesitation that we are crazy, but we already
    knew that.

    We were truly blessed in our ride up the mountains. We saw saw quite a few stocks of white flowers
    with leaves extending beyond the flowers by quite a bit. When I looked through the book on flowers
    my brilliant friend gave me I discovered we were looking at Monument Plants. They grow for 60 years
    and bloom only once and die. They were beautiful and we felt so lucky to have seen them in bloom.
    Their Latin name is Frasera speciosa for those special people who enjoy the universal names.

    Back in Estes Park, we missed the snipes. Linda told us about them. When we left Estes I had heard
    the whirring sound that Linda said they make. We did not see them however.

    We did not miss the hawks flying below us from the lookouts along the highway today however. They
    have a beautiful blend of gold and brown that you rarely see when you are looking up at them.

    We also found out that bull elk weigh up to 900 lbs and can run 35 mph. We decided not to make
    any angry.

    Greg heard frogs croaking in some wet land we passed. The wind was howling so loud, they were hard
    to hear. Even though we were pedaling down hill, we could never get more than 15 or 16 mph. On
    previous descents we had had to brake to keep us from going 30 mph or faster.

    We are seeing lots of black and white magpies. Greg saw one without a tail. We saw an Osprey along
    one of the creeks connecting the lakes.

    The Rocky Mountain National Park's greatest asset is the water that it collects. In 1915 they did a
    study to decide how to do this and today due to excellent planning the West enjoys some water
    reserves that would not have otherwise happened. Our hats off to these forward looking people. We
    hope that our NBG efforts will some day be enjoyed by our children and future generations in a
    similar manner.

    In any futuristic venture there always can be controversy. According to the information kiosks that
    we found along the park roads, because of resistance, it took years for an effective water
    collection system to become a reality. Along the beautiful lakes that (the park has about 150
    lakes.  Some occupy pastoral, forested settings.  Others are perched on almost inaccessible shelves
    high in the park's wilderness, remaining frozen almost year round, ed) were tied into these
    conservation efforts, we saw pika's, pelicans and eagles.

    I look forward to the day when cyclists can safely enjoy these sights and sounds without the fear of
    high speed traffic disrupting a wonderful experience. Why should the mistakes made by a young
    cyclist or someone rusty or new to the activity be punished with death or serious injury?. Life here
    is short and children, as well as anyone looking for a better way to move around, should be able to
    enjoy the learning experience without penalty.

    Last night due to Greg's insight we decided to enjoy a room and a soak in the pools at Hot Sulphur
    Springs Resort. It was a good choice as it rained hard.

    The women in the pools told us we would become better looking if we did not shower after soaking;
    that we should come back at daybreak and soak again. Unsure what they mean by this, however, the
    next morning we went to breakfast instead.

    At our morning meal, we met Bill Arblaster of Golden, CO, Dana Reichers of Lakewood and Lannie
    Perkering Of Waldem, CO who were curious about our ride and my recumbent. They wished us luck and
    hoped our efforts were successful. It is always an up lift to have others to encourage your efforts.
    We are ready to roll and hope to have another glorious day. Jim and Greg

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    Jim Muellner can be found at His email on
    the road is: [email protected]

    Greg Miller is at er.php
    here is a photo of him speaking at the Bouloder reception and send off: s_Jim

    If you want to start from the beginning and/or follow Jim our other NBG relay riders as they move
    forward in the National Mayors' Ride at <>, point to
    their blog at <>. All of this
    excitement will al be consummated at the second annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest

    btw: If you want to become a rider, we WANT you!! Go to
    <>, to find out how!! btw2: We
    have pictures from the various ride legs on line at btw3: If you want to see who these
    cyclists are, go to <>.

    MARTIN KRIEG: "Awake Again" Author c/o 79 & 86 TransAms, nonprofit Nat. Bicycle
    Greenway CEO Ever wanted anything so bad U were willing to die for it? Really die? By moving thru
    clinical death and reversing paralysis, *I saw God* when I answered that question.

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