Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Made it to Aspen....

Well would you look at that -- I made it to Aspen. The course was hard: two hand-numbing, tooth-chattering dirt sections (totaling ~20 miles), two 12,000+ foot mountain passes, 130 miles, ~10,000 feet of climbing, and two hair-raising descents. All in a day's work. I'm going to share some pictures now: 

First thing's first -- at the start in Gunnison, I spotted this hilarious combination of things. 
A double-decker wiener wagon!
 The dachshund on the lower level was a mean one, and growled at me when I got near.

Next is a picture of my shins after 130 miles of racing. My legs are covered in sunscreen, and dust sticks to sunscreen. We raced through a lot of dust.



Next are these awesome kids who showed me to my room. They carried my bag, brought me a sandwich, and posed in this picture -- all in exchange for an Exergy cycling cap and an autograph from yours truly. Thank you, 12 year old porters -- you made my post race experience smooth and simple.

The same sunscreen-dust dynamic operates on my face too:


After a shower, I took advantage of the sweet pool they've got at our hotel. Yeah, we're in Aspen, and in case you can't tell, that's a waterfall behind me. I'm pretty sure I was the only cyclist (out of probably 50 staying in this hotel) to indulge in this luxury. Silly cyclists.


Lastly, here we are in Aspen -- but here I am in my hotel room! I wish I could go explore more of this town, it's bustling right now. I heard live music from a big park down the street, cyclists and cycling fans were everywhere, and there are clearly dozens of cool places to eat and drink here -- and yet here I am, preparing for bed and typing a blog post. This is my second trip to Aspen, and I still couldn't tell you anything about this place aside from what the hotel is like, and that people still rely on horse drawn carriages. Silly cyclists.

8 comments:

Christopher Davy said...

I just wanted to say (since nobody else is) that I do in fact read these, haha. Keep hammering away, broseph, and great job out there.

Sam Johnson said...

Thanks Christopher.

andegenehilljohnsonhall said...

The double decker wiener wagon is a treasure.Hope you have a good ride today!XXXXOOOOO

Anonymous said...

hey sam! heard you met my old high school friend kevin--- and you even gave him an autograph. i'm sure you made his, day, month, year. wish you could enjoy more of aspen, but you've got miles to go before you sleep...

love your blog.

auntie lori

Anonymous said...

hello sam,
the doble decker dogs are hillarious. i am glad you are wearing sunscreen. i hope the cilliary action in your lungs is in fine order to get all the dust out of there.
all the best,
am

Ness said...

Double decker wiener dogs!!!

cycloid said...

Beaver Creek calling. . . .

Nancy Wargo said...

You look like a proper caveman with your dust and sunscreen mix.