This came in early this AM from Jim Muelner before I then talked with him just now as the and about 12 riders from High Gear Cyclery in Longmont CO rode in to Boulder armed with yet another National Bicycle Greenway Day proclamation from the city of Longmont. They were being followed by a reporter from the Longmont newspaper and it sounded like they were all having a blast. Jim made it to Buzz Feldman's shop on Tuesday and has been relaxing off the bike until now: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi all you lovely people: The mountains I see are no longer imaginary, the large slabs of rock jutting into the clouds are real. The snow looks, and, I am sure, is cold. I know the route we have selected through Estes Park will be beautiful, filled with wild game and lovely views. In fact I am hoping it will be so stunning that I will not realize I am going up some steep climbs. The names of passes, that I will share with you as they happen sound wonderful. I just do not want to strut my stuff until they are behind me. Nadia Sullivan, Wo-Manager for High Gear Cyclery in Longmont, CO went over my trike and replaced a few needed items which she said needed replacement. After a short test ride today I knew she had done a great job. I think her title should be Womanager, the hyphen gives too much emphasis to the man. The game plan is to ride from Longmont after the proclamation ceremony there and them a group of riders will accompany me to Boulder for the second program of the day. Then back to Longmont for the start of our ride to Steamboat. The weather will play a role in what happens and how fast we head for the mountains. I personally feel good about seeing the mountains at a biking pace and observing close up the beauty of a country that few really see. Going past a herd of Elk or past an old ranch at 5 or 6 mph has got to be more fun then at 50 or 60 mph. I love to stop and visit with whoever is sitting on a fence rail. The rest period has been very much needed. It was nice just to stop enjoy some rest and visit with some wonderful people who understood my need to just be quiet. Tomorrow the excitement starts. Am I ready? Only time and I will tell. Jim ------------------------------ Local access to PocketMail mobile e-mail now available in Europe, North America & Australia http://www.pocketmail.com Jim Muellner can be found at http://www.bikeroute.com/NationalMayorsRide/JimMuellner His email on the road is: [email protected] 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 <http://www.bikeroute.com/NationalMayorsRide>, point to their blog at <http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/Events/Mayors_Ride/reports.php>. All of this 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 <http://NationalBicycleGreenway.com/Events/Mayors_Ride/getstarted.php>, to find out how!! btw2: We have pictures from the various ride legs on line at http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/gallery/2003Mayors btw3: If you want to see who these cyclists are, go to <http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/Events/Mayors_Ride/bios>. 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.