Colorado Road Trippin’
Words and photos by Jeff Frane
Hello, it’s me Jeffrey Gene Frane of Bike Jerks and All-City. This is the first time John’s let me infiltrate the Radavist with my ramblings and photos, although he insisted that I let him edit the photos, something about dropping out the cyan or some such. It stung at first, but I can see how my iPhoto skillz may not be up to par for such a fine site as this…
Anyhoo, I’ve got a dog whom you may recognize. Not just any dog, but the #1 Brown Dog in America (so official). His name is Baroo, and he is my buddy. I’ve been long wanting to see how he would do on an extended road trip, so this June we loaded up the van and headed out to visit our Colorado homies Tyler of Pearl Velo, and Josh from Avery County Cycles. Two of my favorite people in the bike game.
The trip took us 2500 miles through the Midwest and Colorado over some of the most beautiful terrain this country has to offer. Baroo didn’t pee in anyone’s house, kept up on the trails, and never slept once while the van was moving. We made some new friends, deeper connections with those we already knew (or thought we knew), and at every turn pursued the secret knowledge of back-roads which has long been my obsession.
It’s already snowed here in Minneapolis this fall, so I’m pretty nostalgic for the lazy summer days captured here…
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