A Stellar place to camp in Colorado…Yerts, Conestoga Wagons and Airstreams, OH MY!!!!

When I think of Memorial Day Weekend beyond the parades I think…”Finally, LET’S GO CAMPING!!!!!!”

Since being here Visit Colorado doing Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Elephant Rock it was imperative to explore the camping in the Western Slope of Colorado. Back in the spring at Sedona MTB Festival I met Billy Beyhan, who invited me to come visit what he and his family have been doing the past 5 years at Dolores River Campground  and now I can sincerely testify that they KNOW what they are doing!!!

Billy, his wife Lainey (who deftly keeps all the logistics running smoothly while greeting guests) and their two kids Bridger and Heidi, who are out and about helping their parents on the property and are excelling at just “being kids”;) They have made heaps of improvements in their time at Dolores River Campground to make it truly a “TRAVEL DESTINATION!”

Dolores River Campground is in Dolores, Colorado (about an hour south of Telluride, Colorado and an hour west of Durango, Colorado). Camping wise you can set up your tent, roll in your RV or rent one of their cabins, Yerts or “hold your horses…renovated Conestoga Covered Wagons and vintage Airstreams (one of our loves besides bikes at Cyclelogical;)

Yes, you read correctly they have a sweet li’l “Flying Cloud” 1953 airstream and 1950 Spartanette that along with the LIFE magazines from those years…make you feel like you are Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the LONG, LONG Trailer here’s the movie clip:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qbm-T_OSa4

Then down along the tranquil and gorgeous river area they have clean, comfortable cabins as well as the Yerts and Conestoga Covered Wagons that are “Glamping” at it’s best! **check out the pics below I took while there;)

As far as amenities they are clean, well kept and modern: showers, bathrooms and launderette (which I needed to take advantage of traveling for more than a week out of our SprinterVan;) There is a playground for kids and a fun gift shop (where they sell our Cyclelogical Tshirts: BikeUSA, Fossil Fuel, and W’s Betty Bison;)

Activities-wise there are heaps and heaps of things to do hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing (saw a guest catch a nice trout while there), boating at McPhee Reservoir Colorado and touring the historical pueblo ancestral dwellings when you Visit Mesa Verde National Park.

If you need a new place to camp and Enjoy…ENJOY the outdoor beauty of Colorado then you NEED to Check them out at: http://doloresrivercampground.com/

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Discovering how to pedal through the “Sweet Life” (Adjusting to life as a new diabetic;)

So if I asked you, “what are some circumstances you fear most?” What would be your reply?  Loosing your job? Getting a letter from the IRS that you are being audited?

For me it was a fear to be diagnosed as a diabetic.  You have to realize I’ve watched the destructive nature of diabetes both type 1 and type 2 impact my entire family since I can remember.  Family reunion picnics were extravagant feasts of some of the most fattening “comfort foods and sweets”…all the while conversations comparing blood sugar and dosages of insulin were overheard at every table.  Aunts, uncles and cousins, who would give themselves an “extra shot of insulin” so they could indulge in those extra desserts was common place.  Family members who had lost toes, legs, even their eyesight just worshiped food and ignored exercise.  So that was my “genetic pool” which fostered my fear…”MAYBE ONE DAY THAT WILL BE YOU!!!”

Despite that lingering fear, as I stepped over the “40” year old mark and noticed the creeping number on the scale and expanding inches on my waist band I fooled myself into thinking “surely I would be okay.”  I mean after all  I was getting out there on my bike (yeah, maybe not EVERY DAY but I was still “active”) and that was enough right?!? Yes, my metabolism had changed drastically, but I was eating healthy enough…that is WHEN I would eat! I would usually get so engrossed in work projects, traveling and selling at cycling events that come 8pm I would realize, “I haven’t eaten anything since 7am!” So then I would voraciously eat too much at that late hour, along with drinking an “adult beverage” or two.  Essentially, despite my fear, I had allowed myself to stumble down a gradual, slippery slope that resulted in “hitting rock bottom.”

This past month I found myself feeling absolutely horrible and after “dragging my feet” since I could not be bothered to stop working and pay attention to the progressing signs of diabetes (fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, dry mouth, frequent urination, etc…) I FINALLY went to the hospital.  After more than a week of excellent care and education on my situation, I was released and started my new “adventure” of pedaling through the “sweet life” as a newly diagnosed diabetic.

What does life look like now?!  For me it’s absolutely NOT sleeping in. I get to bed at a decent hour and get up early to make SURE I have time to meditate and exercise first thing. I make NO MORE EXCUSES about riding or at least walking a couple times a day.  I eat regularly throughout the day, concentrating on a plate that’s 2/3rds raw veggies, fresh fruit along with lean protein & healthy fats.  I always have little bags of nuts somewhere nearby in the Sprintervan or in my bike’s transformer frame bag to snack on in case grabbing a meal is not an option.  I have cut back HUGE on my drinking (my only temptation since I have never had a “sweet tooth”) and refuse to eat past 6pm…ice water helps take away those “late night cravings” that are pretty much just pangs of “boredom” and a bad habit that will hopefully disappear eventually.

Diabetes is so prevalent in our culture now. It is definitely easy to stumble into, especially as the cost of eating healthy increases and our pace of life interferes with getting our bodies moving. Don’t neglect the steps you need to take today to protect yourself from diabetes.  My doctor affirms, what I read online, that if I am persistent, dedicated and careful my body may be able to “correct” itself and regain a healthy balance once again.  That hope is renewed in my mind & soul every morning as I ride around the flourishing, beautiful green hills here in Ojai, CA that just 6 months ago were burnt ashen grey from the Thomas fire.  I am discovering now that diabetes, is something that can be victoriously managed day by day, as long as we choose every day to simply MOVE and fuel our body with GOOD things…that is the “sweet life!”

Okay, time to throw on one of our organic cotton Tshirts and get in some pedaling…Go Big or Go Home?!  Kind of feeling like a Bear today though?! http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com

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Clearing out the Cobwebs in my Airstream

Traveling for Cyclelogical to all our events all over California and the southwest means living hardcore #vanlife in our Sprintervan.  Admittedly it’s pretty cramped yet cozy but when I get home to my restored 1976 Ambassador Airstream…WOW, I feel like I’m living in a palace after existing in the Sprinter;)

However, the most ANNOYING thing about getting home to the Airstream are my “li’l spider friends” who use my absence as an opportunity to “expand their kingdoms” throughout.  Around the window on my plants, especially in the kitchenette area and in the bathroom (like in photos).  The worst is going for a shower or sitting down on “the throne” and getting wrapped up in cobwebs…YUCK!!!

As Spring is now here that got me thinking about “spring cleaning” and the need to clear out the cobwebs and junk in my own life.  Here’s what I like to take time to do…not just every Spring but at least monthly, if not weekly!

First, I tackle the “clutter” in my living/working spaces.  Life keeps happening at a whirlwind pace at times and it’s easy not to take time to put everything back where it should be. It’s so important to do that though. Get clean and folded clothes back in your drawers, receipts from traveling entered into spreadsheets and filed away and collect all the recyclables and actually RECYCLE them. Living in an Airstream doesn’t afford much space…so “as a rule” when I come back from an event with a new Tshirt I usually pick out an old one “to go” so that my closets aren’t overflowing with clothes I no longer wear (or fit into;)

Second, I figure out new ways to GET ACTIVE.  This can mean engaging in some physical activity, like jumping on my bike for a morning ride or even just taking more time to go to the post office on my bike and giving the Jeep a day off. It also can mean activating a project you were once passionate about that’s been on the shelf (like me and blogging;)

Last, I encourage you to take time to “share your story” with someone.  Like the cobwebs in my Airstream, as annoying as they are…they remind me that we are all interconnected.  We all are apart of a bigger web…a larger story from those who have gone behind us to those who come after us, it’s healthy to share that story.  Just this weekend at San Diego’s GranFondo, I had an amazing opportunity to get to know a young cyclist and photographer to hear his story and share mine.  There is something healthy and spring-like in doing that…helps clear out the clutter of bad things I need to “let go of” and actively practice gratefulness for the joys, experiences and lessons learned.

Enough with writing this…time to get active and clear some clutter in my office, peace!!! bs

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