Day 35 – City Shopping – Boulder CO

miles biked – 11

10/4/2009 Staying with the caterer definitely has its perks.  After a much needed nights rest following the Avery party, we played a board game with Bob’s daughter while he made us a tasty breakfast.  Then we went out to explore one of the many cities Tracy is vetting for her home after our travels – Boulder, CO.

There are definitely many selling points for Boulder – the view, the bike paths, the general active lifestyle of everyone that lives there (and of course, the beer).  We pretty much fell in love.  And the city just kept getting better…  After hanging out on Pearl Street, checking out the shops and having some tasty coffees, we got a call from our new friend Orli, who offered to give our bikes a quick tune up.  Well, if you insist!  After greasing some chains, changing a chain and tightening some handle bars (guess we didn’t put our bikes together after the bus trip quite as well as we thought…) Orli, Tracy, and Sara grabbed some monster calzones and drove up Flagstaff to see the view of the city.  Spectacular!  On the drive we saw many cyclists pushing it up the hill with impressive speed- not because they were commuting to somewhere (the road sort of ends at the top)- but just to get some good climbing in. Without all our baggage I’m pretty sure we coulda taken them. :)  Meanwhile, Caroline did a three mile run and then swam laps in a beautiful outdoor pool.

After our sight seeing, we hit up another brewery, Twisted Pine, famous for their Hoppy Boy IPA (or at least that’s what pretty much everyone in there was drinking!)  We got a quick tour and found out that they have just expanded distribution from CO to two more states.  It was pretty neat to try a beer that isn’t available in New York yet, and like everywhere in Boulder, they were extraordinarily nice.

Later, we swung by the home of our host for the night, a triathlete named Lynn who we met at the Avery party, picked up her and her three mountain biking boys and walked down to Southern Sun (another Mountain Sun affiliate) for dinner.  Quite impressively, she is training for her first ironman. We were also psyched to be joined by another new friend – Allison from the Brewers Association. You don’t get more badass than being a woman in the beer industry and hardcore mountain biker!

Orli of Blue Cycles

Orli of Blue Cycles

Boulderific

Boulderific

Dinner at Southern Sun

Dinner at Southern Sun


 
 
 

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