How I wound up in Lake City Colorado

Saturday a friend and I rode our motorcycles from Denver to Alamosa. We left Denver about 10 AM and arrived in Alamosa about 3 PM.

We took I-25 south through Colorado Springs and Pueblo. It wasn't as warm as had been forecasted and was rather cold; it started warming up when we got to Colorado Springs. I nearly had an accident just north of the Springs; I didn't see a car next to me as I started to pass and almost got hit.

We turned west onto US-160 at Walsenburg south of Pueblo. I took a picture of the Spanish Peaks just west of Walsenburg. We ran into a little bit of rain before dropping down into the San Luis Valley. It was very windy in the valley.

We checked into inexpensive motel in Alamosa. A friend of ours who lives in Alamosa had just graduated college and he invited us over for dinner to celebrate.

Sunday we took a longer more scenic route back to Denver. We left Alamosa at 9 AM and continued west on US-160 to South Fork where we turned onto CO-149. Colorado 149 passes through the Rio Grand National forest west of the San Luis Valley. This is some of the most beautiful country I've seen.

It's an easy ride until the road climes over Spring Creek Pass and Slumgullion Pass north west of Creede . Here the road has a few blind curves, and we encountered fallen rock on the road in a few places. We stopped for a break in the small town of Lake City before continuing on to Gunnison.

We ate lunch and got gas in Gunnison then headed east on US-50 and over Monarch Pass. There was snow on the side of the road at Monarch and there was loose gravel in some of the curves.

We turned north onto US-285 at Poncha Springs and stopped for gas in Johnson Village outside of Buena Vista. Continuing north on US-285 we passed through the South Park mountain basin and into the Pike National Forest.

We had good weather all day but ran into fog at Bailey. We couldn't see a hundred yards in front of us by the time we got to Aspen Park, and the fog was mixed with snow. I fixed my eyes on some tail lights ahead of me and hoped they stayed on the road. We got out of the fog as soon as we started down the mountain east of Aspen Park - from there it was an easy ride into Denver. Fog is only fun when you're in London.

I arrived back at the apartment at 5:30 PM. Round trip Denver to Denver was 602 miles.

Clyde has left the building

I've been telling people for two years that I would probably take early retirement when I became eligible. I didn't quite make it that far. Last week I accelerated my retirement for medical reasons. I will use up all of my vacation and sick leave then I will officially be retired. April 29 was my last day with the college.

Listen! I've had a growing dissatisfaction with my life and my work for several years. Without question the protracted chaos in the office has contributed to my increasing malaise. For many months I have been suffering from anxiety, an inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, loss of motivation, and depression. Last week I had serious "panic attack". It wasn't the first panic attack I've had, only this one didn't go away. The following morning I decided it was in my best interest, and in the best interest of the college, that I move on sooner than planned. While my departure is amicable, after 4 years as a work study and 24 years as an FTE, it is still a little bitter sweet. During my time there I've: pulled cable, wired jacks, spun tape, done cold starts of mainframes and minis, written code in Z80, PDP11 and 370 assembler, JCL, BASIC, FORTRAN, Pascal, COBOL, Natural, SQL, C/C++, JAVA, UNIX shell, and HTML. My code has run scanners, built and manipulated image files, and created over 150,000 user accounts. I've managed firewalls, routers, IDS, network scanners, and written dozens of policies. I've accomplished a lot professionally but I'm used up and burned out. It's time for a new direction. This may not have been the most practical decision, but it is the best decision for me. I have not had as much successes in the personal and social realms of my life. This is an opportunity for me to do some serious soul searching. I have to save my soul and re-invent myself. I want to invent someone who is mindful and compassionate at his very core and build a future from that. I'm not looking for another "job", I'm looking for meaning, passion and soul. Now, to create that future.