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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Are you “Team Burrito, Team Taco, Team #VanLife” or ALL THE ABOVE?

One of my greatest joys since joining our Cyclelogical team are the opportunities we get to create.  I can not articulate how REFRESHING it is to be in an atmosphere that encourages being “unique, different, sarcastic, giddy and just plain silly” when it comes to hatching ideas for our apparel designs.  Inspiration can come from conversations with others over coffee early in the morning or adult beverages late at night, doodles sketched on napkins, conversations with customers/new friends at events or my favourite ideas from things we experience and see while riding out in nature or around town. **See photos of some Tshirts that were “birthed” during rides in our national parks!!!

Collaborations are even MORE FUN…not only among our team at Cyclelogical headquarters but also with friends that are “all about what we do and join the process” of creating designs.  Two such people that are a delight to bounce ideas off of are Syd Schulz and Macky Franklin, who agreed to be our first “brand ambassadors” during our 10th Anniversary celebrating Cyclelogical’s existence.

If you are not familiar with these Awesome enduro athletes you NEED to check out their webpage: https://www.sydandmacky.com/about or even their youtube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3Wc2GlCpyxGmX7N0EO5NQ/featured

One such interchange happened on one of my “worst days” of traveling.  I had been in Tucson preparing to go to Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Unfortunately after filling up our Mercedes Benz SprinterVan (aka my “home away from home”;) with diesel that had been tainted with gasoline (how could I have known?!) causing the fuel system to fail I was stuck at the Tucson Mercedes dealership waiting anxiously to find out whether it could be repaired in time for 24Hrs and HOW MUCH would it cost as cold rain fell;(

In the midst of that dreary day…Syd and Macky just happened to be in town and came to visit me at the dealership (what a breathe of fresh air). While we sat their talking using the dealership business center as our own “mobile office” taking advantage of the amenities they offer;) we talked about plans for future rides, vlogs&blogs and looking through some new designs as well.  We had just turned our Taco Bike into a comfortable hoodie that given the cold, wet day Syd through on to keep warm.  The funny thing is not more than a minute I would say of putting on the Taco Bike she mentioned, “ughhh…so when are you coming out with a “Team Burrito” Tshirt…we eat those more often!!” LOL

SOOOO…as a direct result of that funny exchange on a miserable day in a Tucson dealership we just came out with a Tshirt as part of our “Syd&Macky collection” called Bike & Burrito Hauler that brings in tandem our mutual love for burritos and #vanlife (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/bike-burrito-hauler-ms-grey-syd-macky-collection/).  Then to further support our dedication to #vanlife we did one inspired by how they pack up their vans while traveling and competing called “Van Capacity” (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/van-capacity-ws-purple-syd-macky-collection/).

You need to check these exclusive designs and prints we offer online based on conversations with Syd&Macky and order them…fun Tshirts worth riding in. BE MORE AWESOME check them out and enjoy your weekend!!

-bs

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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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Nick Jr.’s Kai Lan supporting the commuting by bike movement!

My 2 year old son has an early love in his life, Kai Lan. She is this adorable little girl on the Nick Jr. channel with a cute but very large head. 🙂 Though, my baby has not become fluent in Chinese as of yet, he is learning some very good life lessons. A couple of days ago, Kai Lan was on entertaining Elias and it caught my ear. Kai Lan and her little ant friends were teaching the cartoon world and all of us how to ditch the cars and get around on bike!!

It was so appealing to see I had to sit down and watch!! I am now a loving follower of this little girl and an approving mom of my son’s relationship with this environmental, health conscious, and cultural little animated creature. Go Nick Jr. and Go Kai Lan!!!     ~SD