07 February 2010

Pins and Needles

from my last RTR
Today is never Super Bowl Sunday to me. Today is Ride the Rockies route day.

In the past, the route has been announced at 2 a.m. So I set the alarm for 1:50 (because I have turtle-slow dial-up). As the header loaded pixels at a time, Grand Junction came into view. Both The Lizard and I had dreamed Friday night that's where this year's route would start!

Needless to say, I wasted no time in registering, before I could even see the entire route. They take 2,000 riders. They expect about 4,000 people to sign up. A lottery will be conducted, and we won't know the results until next month. It will be a very, extremely long month of nervous anxiety.

At 2:06 a.m., I was the 3,702nd registrant. At 2:08 a.m., my husband was the 3,802nd registrant. Then I found out registration had opened two hours earlier.

But then I also found out the rest of the route. If drawn, we will ride Colorado National Monument again, just like we did in 2005. Then on Day 2, we will ascend the Grand Mesa again, just like we did in 2005. Instead of going east via the Black Canyon and Monarch Pass like we did in 2005, we will travel west and hit three new mountain passes in my personal quest to bicycle every legal pass in the state. If we get drawn...

My adrenaline level was so high, I couldn't get back to sleep. And I had choir practice at 8 a.m.!!! Believe it or not, I did manage to stay awake during church, but I could not resist a nap afterward. So much for a snowy ride up Waterton Canyon this afternoon.

Kind of fitting that the 2010 route bears similarity to our 2005 adventure, right at the very time I begin moving my 2005 trip reports to this website. While I wait on pins and needles, I will share details of one of the best vacations I've ever taken.

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