4:10 to Yuma

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Finally made it into Colorado, hooray!  Not terribly colorful right now as you can see.  Actually pretty unpleasant.  About 10 miles after that picture was taken it began to rain and should continue to do so all day.  Add in the fact that the high today is in the mid 50s and it makes for a rather miserable outing.  There was a bit of a tailwind so I did make good time to Yuma, doing 71 miles in the aforementioned 4 hours.  And this is the first day like this since those first two days of non-stop rain.  Its actually not the ride I have a problem with, its when you finish riding and start getting cold with no good way to warm up, have to setup your tent in the rain, etc.  Fortunately I’ll have family to stay with shortly, probably by Friday.

Before it got really gross out I was listening to another Radiolab podcast about time.  One of the things they talked about was how taking something very familiar like Beethoven’s Ninth(or Justin Beiber) and stretching it out to take 24 hours completely changes how it sounds and feels.  I realised that’s very similar to what I’m doing.  If you drove a car, even if it went the same exact route, it would feel very different.  An hour in the car is the same as a day on the bike for me.  And just like stretching music can cause you to notice things you wouldn’t normally, so to does traveling by bicycle.  Such as long gradual hills which you ignore in a car or the changes in insect life.  I would actually like to drive across the country to see what my trip would look like in fast forward.

Just an example of the stuff you come up with with lots of time to think.

9 Responses to “4:10 to Yuma”

  1. Dave's Dad says:

    Increasingly we see pix of gibbs leaning on things. Hmm. Is he tiring?

  2. Mom says:

    Only looks that way to you. It is an optical illusion! It’s the tripod that’s crooked.

  3. Hey David,

    If you would like me to pick you up when you are in the vicinity of Denver or even a ways out, I have the day off this friday and could accomodate a ride to your grandmother’s apartment in Englewood. I think this would be better than trying to negotiate the crazy traffic of the mile high city. Let me know what you think and/or call me on my cell 303-668-1697 anytime on friday the 16th.

    See you soon,

    Mark

  4. Lauren says:

    The leaning! I noticed it right off the bat. It’s like a signature. What will he lean on next…?

  5. Clubdel says:

    Pikes Peak?

  6. Dave's Dad says:

    Cue your favorite John Denver Colorado song.

  7. Meagan says:

    If you want some company on that road trip, I’m in. 🙂
    Miss you!

  8. J.Ong says:

    That’s a great analogy! A reason why walking/running/biking through a city is one of the best ways to really discover it.