The ride to hell and back


Whoever said the road to hell is paved with good intentions was clearly a participant in Durango’s Quarter Horse bicycle race.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Durango hosts its annual series of cycling events, most notably the Iron Horse challenge, a 50 mile road race over two monstrous mountain passes pitting cyclists against a steam engine locomotive. The Quarter Horse is an “easier” challenge, taking riders halfway along the route for 25 miles to Durango Mountain Resort (also known as “Purgatory,” and for good reason).

The man-friend (who is a psycho cyclist) has been wanting to do the Iron Horse. I only recently got into cycling, having purchased a road bike for my birthday in November and maybe taking in a short ride every few weekends. But I like to challenge torment myself, so I signed up for the ride thinking it would be no big deal.

In hindsight, it wasn’t all that bad. Especially considering it was my first cycling event ever. But if you had asked me how I was feeling during the event, I would’ve probably given you a wicked side eye and maybe thrown my helmet at you.



Stairway to (almost) heaven


Pardon my American, but stairs are a bitch.

Comments like that might explain the troubling obesity rate in this country, but I dare anyone disagree with me. If you’re rolling your eyes and calling me a “lazy American,” get back to me after climbing 200 steps on a steep incline nearly a mile above sea level. I thought so.

Summiting Sneffels

Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but there’s no high that compares to standing 14,150 feet in the air.

Just west of the city of Ouray lies the picturesque Sneffels Range, its silhouette features jagged tips that stretch for miles in the San Juan Mountains. The most prominent peak of the range is Mt. Sneffels, Colorado’s 27th highest “14er” and the highest point in Ouray County.

After a year and a half of talking about it, and one failed attempt, I finally made it to the summit.