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The Long Way Around

Sometimes the wrong way is the right way to go.

On Saturday morning we were huffing and puffing up 6 miles of hills in the Colorado mountains on Peak to Peak Highway (sounds a little scary) towards Ward. There was hardly a car on the road and the morning was crisp. Perfect riding conditions.

We felt good, having gotten a great nights sleep and a good cup of coffee at the campsite before heading out. About three miles into our climb, we saw a man walking his dog. As we passed him, slowly, he asked where we were headed.

This is a tough question to answer in a short amount of time, so we gave the short answer. "Boulder!" I exclaimed, barely able to contain my excitement of seeing my dad once we made it to town.

"Well you're going to wrong way."

Deflated.

In fact, we were going exactly the way we wanted to go. We just weren't going the way one might drive a car to Boulder. Instead of taking busy highway 36, we did what we often do and find the quiet backroads to enjoy the scenery. This isn't the first time we've been told we were going the wrong way and it probably won't be the last.

But if you look at our destination as being Hawaii, well then we've been going the wrong way since we left San Diego seven months ago.

Our destination isn't Hawaii, it can't be.

My dad has this shirt saying, The Journey is the Destination and that is exactly how we've lived this year. When we made it to Ward, we met another cyclist enjoying a freshly baked cookie from the lonely corner store who told us we had 20 miles of purely downhill until the road dumped us into Boulder.

After enjoying our 8:30am chocolate chip cookies and getting back on the bikes, I thought to myself, this is exactly the way I want to go!

Christy and Adam are currently in Colorado. To find out more, check out their blog at http://giveabike.blogspot.com/ or their Facebook Page at https:/ /www.facebook.com/giveabike. To see where they are, you can check out this map at Track My Tour. Christy will be writing stories for Patch as she and her husband make their way through the U.S.

Madison Patch is proud to be the Connecticut sponsor for Adam and Christy's trip. If you'd like to sponsor their trip, visit this page on their website.

joe August 21, 2011 at 02:33 PM
You guys rock!
marie bossin August 21, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Excellent article. The message is simple and complete. Enjoy the journey!!

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