So first things first. I have fallen in love with praire dogs. I know that they are considered a menace, they dig holes everywhere in which people, vehicles and cattle stumble, but they also create eco systems that are really important for other animals, and they are just so darn cute! I think of them as a mix between a lemming and a reindeer. A lemming because they flock in open spaces and appear to think of themselves as much bigger than they really are, and a reindeer because they seem so utterly stupid. Well they do! Seeing that praire dog on the road between Telluride and Grand Junction just sitting in the middle of the road, not moving one inch for the cars that nearly ran it over, is very alike reindeers standing in the middle of the road in Västerbotten, only that running over a prairie dog is relatively less harmful to your car.. Im sure Im wrong about their stupidity, they are probably extremely intelligent. Nevermind, I have a very naive love for animals, so the most important thing is of course the cuteness and the fact that I can laugh at them.
And then the Wohoo! I had yet another great day out biking with Jenn and Natalie. This time in the Fort Collins area and with the additional company of Brian. I am soo happy I am still borrowing a light weight bike, because I was spitting my lungs out as we ascended Coyote Ridge. Today, I also had the privilige to experience cramp in both thighs at the same time for the first time in my life. It is a very interesting experience to fall over because you can’t stand on your legs. Fortunately, folding both legs underneath me and laying flat on the ground while eating banana did not only create a very striking pose, but also took care of the problem.
In spite of bloody lungs, it was a truly great day: the descents included flowy, curvy trails and some really nice rocky areas. The sun was shining and while it was hot, it wasn’t too hot. Of course, I was too busy keeping up to snap a lot of photos (again).. I’ll have to work on that. I really need some more aerobic training so that my lungs will stop dying on me.