Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We Moved Again - Now in Colorado

Near "Nederland" CO
I was recently chided by that balanced compromised character* at http://redlegsrides.blogspot.com/ for not telling everyone that we moved... again. I guess it's becoming such old hat to pack up all our stuff and truck it somewhere new that, well, I wasn't sure what to say. For those of you keeping track since 2011, our moving history looks something like this:

Virginia -> South Dakota -> Germany -> South Dakota -> Kansas -> Colorado.

Which means, that's right - Colorado. And it looks like this time we're here to stay. No more moving. Well - hopefully, at least until we buy a house and move out of our rental... house. For those of you actually interested, the town is Longmont, and we moved because Kelsie got a job with Seagate, and I, adventurer that I am, thought I would come along for the ride.

You might know Longmont from the news, it's in that area of Colorado that was absolutely shit on by flooding. We're just a short jump away from Lyons, the place where they were airlifting residents to safety not too long ago. Where the roads were carved away like sandcastle moats in the tide.

In spite of all that, it feels like the best move we've made in a long time. Since we moved to Virginia, probably. After waking to the sweeping plains of Kansas for the last year, visuals punctuated by the perpetual creak of wind against the house and the constant stream of tearing, brapping of undermuffled trucks, it's nice to wake to to crisp, quiet mornings, to the cat exploring yellow piles of fallen leaves in the back yard.

On top of that, it's pretty damned hard to argue with the mountains. We're literally 15 minutes from the foot of a mountain climb. (Or, we will be when the road through Lyons is reopened.)

As the old line goes: We're not in Kansas anymore...
It feels... comfortable. An odd mix of organic grocery stores and pawn shops. Subarus and rusted pickups. More than anything, though, it's beautiful. Not too far from our house is an east/west road named Mountain View Ave, which must have been named by the Literalist Club of America. When we head west, I'm still stunned by the sudden sharpness of the peaks to the point where I'll sweep my arm long and slow across the length of the dashboard (showcasing the scene outside like a the Price is Right girl) and say, "And then there were mountains."

Snow has started to dust the mountains, and the fall colors are peaking, if not past peak already. The sun sets so early, hidden behind the mountains by no later than 6:30 these days. While the weather is still good during middle of the day, the temperature swings wildly between highs and lows like a hormone disorder. The riding isn't over for this year, but once the weather gets like this, it's hard to get too far from home. Unless of course, you're that balance compromised character*. He rides like all winter. Chains on the tires, all that kind of stuff. Actually - now that I think about it, that might be a great way to spend the winter... build a hack rig.

Whatever happens, there's a real upshot here. There is a shed out back with my name on it. And by my name, I mean the name of the 1978 Honda which will likely live there when (if it makes it! Negotiations in progress). So, I guess that means the shed will have the name Shitbox, or something similar on it. Well, you can't win them all. Still, my own shed...

Alright - enough rambling. Tell me how awesome it is to live here! Or, tell me how awesome it is to live where you live!








*Dom. This of course refers to Domingo Chang. Do you get it? Domingo rides hack rigs. Sidecars. You know, you don't need to balance on them... Wink. Nudge. Sorry - I'll let myself out.

Actually, Dom's a great guy and outfits his Ural hack rig in chains to ride all winter like a true man. One who towers amongst the rest of us mere children who prefer to ride when the sun shines, or whatever. To prove what a great guy Dom really is, he even offered to let me drive his precious, orange Ural, Valencia - that is, if I ever made it to the Denver area.


22 comments:

  1. Congratulations, on the move from flat to not flat, and on the shed!

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    1. Oh boy, you have no idea how it stirs my soul to get away from the "not flat." They were practically chasing me out with nailbrooms back in Kansas (Usually, nails are driven through bats for this purpose, but bats couldn't be wasted on me).

      Thanks for reading, Alan, great to hear from you!

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  2. Mountains in moderation id my feeling. But I am notorious in my own mind for preferring humid fo dry, warm to cold. jobs bring what they are nowadays be glad you escaped Kansas for cash. sounds like deal to me. even if you die in an avalanche or eaten by a husky.

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    1. Boy oh boy, you always come in here with your particular brand of sunshine. I first wrote sunshit by accident (a testament to how my mind works), and I almost left it. Freud was right.

      Ah, that made me smile - it really does warm my heart to hear from you again Conch.

      Anyway, you can keep your metal rotting weather, though I would still like to visit, all joking aside. FYI, I have anti-lock brakes so I think everything will be fine in the mountains. My motorcycle is way faster than a sled dog.

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  3. Every place that has mountains in it can't be bad. Enjoy your new home.
    Greetings from the Black Forest, Germany. SonjaM

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    1. Hey Sonja! Actually, it's freeking fantastic. Eat some cake and ham for me while you're there. And, actually, eat some strawberries when they come back in season. I don't knwo what the deal was, but Black Forest Strawberries were some of the best I've ever had...

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  4. Congratulations for moving out of Kansas to someplace with hills, though some may say that you went to the other extreme. Time for you to get a Ural...

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    1. Yeah. My father in law already said I should try and build an adventure hack rig for the cb550. Of course, he just wants to see if they premise is sound.

      Fortunately, we live on the flat part, but are only 10 miles from the "good stuff." Drop by if you're in the neighborhood. We've got a guest bedroom and a bit of garage space. It'll be warmer here than your bike is normally accustomed to.

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    2. Your FIL's BMW would make a great tug...

      Ask him to donate it to the cause.

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    3. I laughed hard at this. He actually just built a tug out of an old honda 900. The day he builds a hack for the 1600 is the day I have him committed and take the bike for myself.

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  5. Brady:

    I got my first taste of CO this summer when I visited Dom in Centennial (Denver). I was the monkey in Valencia and we went to a close mountain. So much to see and I'll be back there sooner than later

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Christ almighty, Bob, that's terrifying. Is his bike as orange as it looks online? I hope so, I bought a car like that this summer...

      If you're in the area, I'm not so far way. Maybe there'd be some good riding in there?

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  6. Congrats on the move. A new address is way better than a new Kelsie. Plus you are there after the 100 year flood which should be perfect for about 11 more years. Can't trust them wether guessers at all.

    I'm pretty much guessing you won't see much riding over the white months unless, like Dom, you slip into the dark side. Good luck!

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    1. Mr. Harley Dude.

      Gotta say - I've been tempted to switch to the dark side, but not to let it take over my soul as it has with certain others around here. Seems like a hell of a lot of fun, though.

      I heard it was the 1000 year flood - so maybe we'll be good for 15-20 years? Who the hell knows. Seems like there's been a hell of a lot of 100-year events going on lately. Thanks for checking in!

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  8. First, I officially welcome you to Colorado, you flat lander soon to be mountain pass crusader....

    Second, I do spend time on two wheels, balancing. In fact, Brigitta, my '87 R80 Airhead is less than 100 miles from the 100,000 Mile mark. It should happen this week. I believe over 45,000 of those miles are mine.

    I believe Valencia will still let you drive her around the old school parking lot.....I'll just have the local tornado sirens sounded so that folks take shelter first.

    We must ride together young Sir, how's this weekend look to you?

    dom

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    1. Alright, alright - I concede. You are a multi-faceted individual, obviously with a more diverse and interesting skillset than my own.

      I'm definitely interested in trying out your orange peel. It looks like great fun, and would raise father in law's eyebrows. He just put together a honda 900 custom hack rig.

      I messaged you about riding this weekend. One way or another, we'll make this happen.

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  9. Brady,

    Just popped in and saw the news about the move! Congrats on the new prospects there for both of you.

    From Cville, VA
    TommyBoy

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    1. T-Dawg! What's happening? Thanks on the congratulations, Kelsie deserves the credit, obviously. I'd be living in a basement somewhere otherwise, probably my parent's, eating cereal out of the box with a ladle.

      You aren't IN c'ville - right? Unless... you went back. You still in $TX? Details! Find me by way of here, or emailz, or fb or whatever.

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  10. Just catching up and saw that you had moved. Congrats, sounds like it might have come just in time as it seemed you were going stir crazy in the flatlands. Enjoy those mountains my friend and may the white stuff soon give way to spring, summer and some serious exploring. It looks like you have some beautiful country there and I will look forward to seeing more either by photograph or word craft.
    All the best.

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  11. Colorado, the birth state of my Grand Father on a Ranch. Always I heard about it, never have I been. Some day I hope.

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  12. Congrats on the move to Colorado, probably the best place to be in relation to roads, all the states around you including Colorado offer amazing riding.

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