Hello! I am just back from a quick trip to Denver this weekend to visit Melissa. Yesterday she and I grabbed bikes out of the garage (I rode her husband Chanh’s Huffy and she rode her Raleigh “Black Beauty”) for a relaxing ride around the neighborhood.
So, yeah, in Denver a ride around “the neighborhood” can be pretty darn amazing.
This beautiful scenery is in the city. After leaving Melissa’s house and crossing a calm and well-marked street or two…
…Melissa led me down a lovely trail through a huge park.
As you can see, winter bicycling in Denver is not like winter bicycling in Chicago. The bright sun and extremely clear sky were super bright, especially coming as I was from the dark and grey world of Chicago. Good thing I had my big sunglasses.
A couple of details: the cool bell on my bike and Melissa’s cute biking shoes.
The park area where we were biking actually used to be an air force base, which this huge plane commemorates.
Some areas built up in place of the old base look a bit too suburban pre-fab for my taste, but overall it is a beautiful environment.
We took a break from our ride to enjoy a refreshment at a beer garden. I love the beer culture in Denver!
Finally, we got a quick picture together before heading home.
The day before our bike adventure, we explored the town of Golden, Colorado on foot.
Where I guess they appreciate bicyclists!
This town is where Coors is brewed, but we chose to visit a couple of smaller breweries instead. First, Golden City. Their sign cracks me up.
Then an ice cream intermission for this little guy (his first!).
(He’s like – “Why are you poking me in the head, Auntie Dottie?” Because I can, baby!)
And then a walk in the fresh air to the second brewery, Mountain Toad.
Good times! We make a good bike-riding, beer-drinking, baby-playing team. :)
As I write this, I am back in Chicago: snowy, freezing, and Melissa-less. So sad! I’m sure I’ll be back in beautiful Denver again in the next year.
For previous Colorado adventures, see Brewery Bike Tour in Fort Collins and B-Cycling in Denver.