Greg & Mighty Jim start climbing the Rockies

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  1. Hi Everyone:

    Greg Miller and I are starting out this morning on our assault on the mountains. Saturday, after the
    Boulder ceremony, we had returned to Longmont, so when we began today, Buzz Feldman, at NBG sponsor
    High Gear Cyclery, pointed out Trailridge, the peak we would be riding on, sometimes above 12,000
    ft. As I mentally went over the clothing in my pack, I began to think I may have brought along the
    wrong gear. The weather is expected to be nice, however, so my fears may be imaginary, like the
    mountains of Nebraska. I'll let you know.

    When Martin Krieg and I spoke on Saturday as he oversaw our Boulder reception, having done
    Trailridge himself, he assured me that, 'by the inch, its a cinch'. I have to admit in the past if I
    looked at a large hill it always seemed daunting, but if I looked just a small distance ahead of me,
    I was always able to say I can do that.

    We are excited to get moving and to see the wildlife of the mountains.

    Can you believe it? We are in Estes Park (at 7,500 feet, they have already climbed 2,700 feet, ed).
    We may have gone slow, but we are here -- We Are Here!

    Greg and I are similar riders so that is nice. Greg has shown me several birds, some hummingbirds, a
    hawk and a kingfisher. Also, while we could not identify them all, lots more flowers. The Indian
    Paintbrush or maybe it was a wild iris, the Oregon Grape, the Spring Beauty and the Sand Lily with
    its stem filled with white flowers were beautiful. The purple Larkspur and Lupine were nice to look
    at. The Yucca Flowers continue to greet us. I was surprised to see milk weed up high on the
    mountains. The monarch butterfly will be happy about that.

    Greg's friend Smiling Linda offered us a place to roll out our sleeping bags in her living room.
    She also took us for a drive into the park to see the elk and the damage the flood did when a dam
    broke in 1982 . It changed the park and part of town as a wall of water rushed thru the area. Two
    campers were killed unfortunately. (Jim is referring to the The Lawn Lake Flood: Lawn Lake is a
    natural lake, 11,000 feet high in the mountains of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. It
    sits above the town of Estes Park, pop. 5,400. and was made larger for irrigation purposes by a dam
    in 1903. When it broke due to neglect, in less than four hours, three people were killed and there
    was $31 million in public and private damages --
    http://www.estesnet.com/hydroplant/the_lawn_lake_flood.htm ,)

    Today it is cloudy and a little brisk so we may not sweat as much.

    Talk more later. The mountains and clouds are magnificent. Jim

    btw: Want to have your bike fixed or buy a new one? If you are in the Longmont, Co area, see Buzz at
    High Gear Cyclery (http://highgearbike.com , ed). His is one of the best places to go. He has an
    excellent staff, my expert was Nadia, who did a variety of repairs to get me ready for the mountain
    ride. Buzz has such a wonderful casual manner about him that nothing seems impossible and he shows
    that, by giving his employees freedom to do their jobs. On top of that he organized a wonderful ride
    from Longmont with a group of riders to accompany me to Boulder. And to top it off he rode his
    Vision recumbent to lead us. It made the ride and the day extra special for me and for all of us.

    Buzz Feldman a Prince on our NBG team.

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    excitement will al be consummated at the second annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest
    <http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/Events/Festival>:

    btw: If you want to become a rider, we WANT you!! Go to
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    cyclists are, go to <http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/Events/Mayors_Ride/bios>.


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    MARTIN KRIEG: "Awake Again" Author c/o BikeRoute.com 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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