Day 1 - Travel, Dinner in Denver with Friends
Day 2 - Drive to Vail, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Day 3 - Drive to Boulder, Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 4 - Drive to Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak?, Other Tourist Attraction?, Drive to Castle Rock
Day 5 - Hang out in Castle Rock, Travel
Day 1 was pretty unexciting. We flew into Denver EARLY and were both starving by the time we picked our rental car. We went to a place with good reviews called Bennett's Bar-B-Que. All I can say was that it was delicious, and with all the country music and the rough waitress, I felt like I had come home. Later that evening, we met up one of the BF's old coworkers at a Mexican place whose name I can't remember. I had the salad. Nothing special.
Day 2 started out pretty awful. I ate something not so great the day before and although I made it out of Denver, I had to have the BF pull over twice on our drive to Vail. I felt miserably sick and upset because I knew how much the BF was looking forward to seeing the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Here is the catch-22 that was going on - he wouldn't enjoy it if he knew I didn't feel well (too busy worrying over me), but he wouldn't have enjoyed it if I had sent him to go watch it alone either. So, I napped while he drove to Vail and missed pretty much all the scenery including the Eisenhower Tunnel.
The people who set up and organize the USA Pro Cycling Challenge did an amazing job. We just followed signs into town that led us straight to where we were supposed to park. They had a very nice guy just hanging out, giving directions and free maps, telling us which levels of the parking complex were still available as well as how to walk to or find shuttles to the Cycling Village (where all the vendors/start line/team buses were). Awesome!
I was still feeling miserable as
Walking through the Cycling Village was interesting (lots of shiny bike stuff to look at), but I still wasn't 100%. I could smell food being prepared (which turned my stomach even more) and kept wondering how much longer it would be before I got to sit down. Eventually, after at least glimpsing everything (vendor tents, start house, team buses...), I convinced the BF to let me go lay down in a patch of grass for 15 minutes. Laying down made me feel WAY better - enough to start snacking on Chex Mix, and by the time I got back up, I was as good as cured. THEN, we were truly able to enjoy the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
|Wooo! Pro-cycling challenge|
|Oh, that's just Andy Schleck rolling through....|
We were a little excited and a little nervous - we were despairing because we hadn't brought a sharpie or a pen and were feeling like idiots. Oh well. Finally, Jens came out of the bus and gave out autographs. The BF brought his race number for Jens to sign so I handed it up when the time came. He had borrowed a sharpie from another fan to use for all his autographs - phew! I think I earned major GF points for that, which the BF will tell you I cashed in for a ring the next day :). Jens was so gracious and down to earth about giving out autographs and taking photos. We wish he could have stayed around longer, but from what we could tell, he nearly missed his start time to appease his fans. What a great guy!
|The Jensie signing autographs|
|Jens, again, racing|
|Andy Schleck at the TT start getting his bike checked|
On the drive back, I was awake and able to enjoy the scenery. Wow, Vail was beautiful. I can't even begin to fathom how much it costs to live there, but it's a nice dream. I was exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel - after feeling sick in the morning and walking around all day in Vail, I was ready to relax. We just chilled out for the rest of the evening and got ready for our next adventure, hiking in Boulder, which I already wrote about. Since this post is long enough, the next post will recap Colorado Springs and Castle Rock.