SPECIAL REPORT: Colorado College Students Consider Majoring in Ark Building!

Sep 14, 2013 View Comments by

SPECIAL REPORT: Colorado College Students Consider Majoring in Ark Building!Every adventure rider knows there is nothing better than a great water crossing. I know I love a good one. You can ride miles of slab and your frown is instantly turned upside down the moment you roll through a solid (or more accurately, liquid) water crossing.

I admit big water crossings were my biggest concern when starting the Trans-America Trail solo. Water can be tricky. It can look completely innocent and yet it can be very deadly; like those children who reside in cornfields. As a resident of Colorado this has never been truer than today. As I write this blog, portions of the state are experiencing what is being referred to as a 500-year flood.

Entire towns are currently under water. Jamestown, one of my favorite riding destinations, was the first to report a death caused by massive rains and mudslides. Towns with little to no cell service are relying on radio communication and are reporting using their water heaters for drinking water. Just outside of Jamestown, the National Guard is hoping to evacuate the entire town of Lyons this morning; which has been unreachable and cutoff from the rest of Colorado by collapsed roads that now look more like raging rivers.

This is not the type of adventure anyone was planning for when they started their workweek. The solemn thoughts of 9/11 were soon replaced with scattered rescue missions for many Coloradans. My daughter Sophia defines it as, “God has cried a lot this week.” It is hard to deny. With Colorado experiencing biblical floods and the Jersey Shore simultaneously being devastated by fire, after just being rebuilt, it is hard not to draw such visual conclusions.

It puts a ride like the Trans-America Trail into perspective. It is an amazing adventure, but one attempted by choice, not thrust upon on me by nature. It may have been expedited with the unexpected death of my dad, but it is still a choice.

The water crossings in Tennessee have turned out to be manageable. I did ride around the more dangerous ones, and the cornfields yielded no scary children, just the occasional barking farm dog.

In all seriousness, water can never be underestimated and it should never be tackled alone. I know my own confidence in my riding ability makes it hard to turn around sometimes, but in the end, there is adventure and there is unnecessary risk. It is always better to return to such places with a team of good friends or wait for other riders to come along before attempting big crossings.

My heart and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and the brave men and women that are helping the stranded. This too shall pass, and everyone will come out stronger, but in the moment it is hard not to cry at the devastation. Yes, Sophia, I agree, God has cried enough. Take care everyone and be safe!

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I am an introvert posing as an extrovert. I love travel in all forms, but prefer 2-wheels. I created AdventureHermit as a way to share my adventures and inspire others to find joy through discovery; writing for RoadRUNNER is a dream come true!