Sunday, July 26, 2009

I have been to the mountain top and I can see for miles

A friend and I rode our motorcycles up to the top of Mount Evans Colorado (14,270 ft) Friday morning (July 24, 2009.) After we conquered Mt Evans we decided to extend our excursion over Berthoud Pass to Granby, through Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road) and Fall River Pass to Estes Park, US36 to Boulder then back to Denver.

We left at 8AM and got back into Denver a little after 6PM. We ended our trip in Cheesman Park where we stopped to rest, drink some Pop and cool down.

I was disappointed to discover that the picture I asked someone to take of us in front of the Mt Evans summit sign didn't turn out - apparently he didn't push the button all the way down. Fortunately Todds pictures turn out.

Saturday we took our bikes up to the top of Pikes Peak. I thought the ride up Mt Evans was scary but the ride up Pikes Peak was terrifying. It wasn't the narrow gravel road and hair-pin curves that scared me; it was the cliff off the edge of the road that terrified me. I made it to the top and back down again and lived to tell about it. Unfortunately, I didn't take the helmet camera up to Pikes Peak.

I bought commemorative vest Pins and Patches at Mt Evans, Fall River Pass (Alpine Visitors Center) and Pikes Peak.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

6th Annual KSL Benefit Run 2009

I joined a group of riders at Charlie's of Denver early Saturday morning for the 6th Annual KSL Benefit Run to benefit the ALT Foundation. There were about 30 motorcycles.

The route took us through Cheesman Park for the "Fruit Loop", west on 6th Av to US 40, south to Morrison, highway 74 to Evergreen, highway 73 south to Conifer and highway 126 to Pine. There was a big cookout in Pine Colorado (don't tell my Doctor.)

I had a great time! I recorded the whole ride on my helmet camera.

Below is a synopsis video (9:12) that covers the whole ride. The audio of the first 1:30 is really low (I was too far away) and only in the left channel but audio of the rest of the video is good.

6th Annual KSL Benefit Run 2009

Below is a clip (4:13) of the twisty road up Bear Creek Canyon Road. That's Todd in the lead.

Motorcycle ride up Bear Creek Canyon Road

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

You can't take it back On-line

This is a draft of a newsletter article I was asked to write.

Back in the olden days, before televisions had remote controls, everyone was given a day where they were allowed to make a mistake or say something stupid or mean spirited and everyone would forget about it in a day or two, but that's not true in todays on-line world of Social Networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. In the modern world of on-line Social Networking sites if you make a mistake, say too much, or say something cruel or stupid, you can not take it back nor will it be forgotten in a few days. just ask the "Star Wars Kid" if you don't believe me.

When you post to your Facebook page or Tweet on Twitter the electrons streaming out of your computer (or cellphone) carry your words out to the internet; when they merge into the internet they begin to multiply, go in different directions, and spread around the world. Once you press the SEND key you no longer have any control over where those words go. You may be able to delete that last Tweet or blog post or video upload from your page but you can not delete it from that "anonymous" followers iPhone, or your friends InBox, or from your enemies hard drive. Remember the "Star Wars kid"?

Back in the olden days, before telephones had push buttons, our parents taught us axioms such as "Look both ways before crossing the street", "Don't take candy from a stranger", "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all", and "Discretion is the better part of valor". My Mom was really smart. She taught me to be careful how much personal information I put on my profile page, to only share my profile with friends, not to friend people I don't actually know, to turn off my iPod when crossing the street, and to think twice before pressing send - because once it's on-line I can't take it back.

Saturday, July 04, 2009