Wednesday, May 31, 2006

So... What do you do when....
You have a beautiful day and a 200-something ft high mountain ...
(Note: If you click on the picture and look hard you can see people, left middle, just above the tree line. This give you an idea of the size of this rock.)
Climbing gear and three friends?...

A friend ...
My husband and...
and me!!!
Why... you go climbing, of course. I realize this isn't a motorcycle story. There will not be a motorcycle mentioned, except for right now. The only motorcycling I accomplished this weekend was the errands around town. A friend called, who had just got back into town, and asked my husband and me if we wanted to climb Grey Rock in Garden of the Gods, Colorado. Unbelievably, this park is in town!!! We decided we just couldn't pass up this opportunity. We hadn't been climbing in a couple of years due to a rock climbing accident I had. I am finally better, after surgery on the ankle and much healing. Luckily this ankle problem, while preventing me from climbing at the time, didn't prevent me from motorcycling.
So anyway, here is my husband and friend climbing the first pitch of the climb.
For the first hour, we just did some warm ups at the bottom of Grey Rock. Here I am warming up. Note: after posting this I realized something. This route I am doing is top roped. You can't see it ver well, but I am on a rope. Just wanted to let you know, as this isn't safe without one. There have actually been visitors to the Garden who see climbers and try it without the equipment and then rescuers have to help them out.

4 comments:

Mr. Althouse said...

Looks like fun. I've been on my bike a lot lately... Just zipping around town, no big rides or anything. The pollen has finally leveled off so that I can have the wind in my face again.

Nice pics!

~Mike

Biker Betty said...

Hi Michael,

Rock climbing is a blast and talk about a natural rush!! Anytime on a bike is a great time, as far as I'm concern. No one needs to make excuses for not taking the "long ride." Zipping around sounds like fun to me and I love to zip around my city. I'm glad the pollen has leveled off for you. I know how that effects you so. My eldest son has that problems to a certain degree. Hopefully it doesn't get worse as he gets older.

You take care and have fun zipping,

Betty :)

whispers of the morning said...

Hi Betty thanks for visiting me. I hope you will come back :) What a view you have to ride with. I love the mountains and acutally was in your town I believe oh some 15-16 years ago for Christmas vacation. My husband has never been to the mountains and I would love for him to see the real thing!

I'll be back to read more and check out your pictures. I know we ride different bikes but it's the love of riding that we all have in common. If you come back I have link to my husbands page, Patt's page and our groups page, No Affiliation. Thanks again!

Dawn

Biker Betty said...

Hi Dawn,

Thanks for visiting and glad you like it. I like your cyberspace too and I did go and check out Patt's. Even though they are different styles of bikes, it's all about the ride and journey we each have. Patt looks like he has loads of fun with his fellow biker friends.

Betty :)