last of the preps, first of the sponsors

My last few weeks in Boulder were a whirlwind of chaos.  Hikes, bike rides, a going away party, tearful goodbyes, packing my house, evenings with friends, dinners with family, paperwork, insurance, banking.  Mostly I was too busy to get excited.  When I thought about everything I needed to do before I left, I’d get nervous and think it was impossible so I tried to stick to a one-day-at-a-time outlook.  Often I was scared and questioned whether I was doing the right thing.

Different friends had different words of encouragement and with everyone’s support here I am, happy and excited to be on one the longest bus rides of my life.  (I’m taking the bus from Denver to Miami where I’ll get on an airplane to cross the ocean to Berlin.  And guess what?  Wifi on Greyhound!)

My parents showed up for the last week.  Once I saw all the work that they did to help me move out of my apartment I really wonder if I could have been ready on time without them.  Knowing they were coming, however, allowed me to procrastinate a bit and get out for more fun than I would have had time for otherwise!

The unusually large snowpack in the Front Range made for a couple beautiful hikes:

DSCN4192 by bryandkeith on flickr

DSCN4220 by bryandkeith on flickr

I said goodbye to a bunch of friends over a 13 hour margarita party at my house on the summer solstice.  Friends like Barbara:

Barbara by bryandkeith on flickr

Kurt and Scott:

Kurt, Bryan, Scott by bryandkeith on flickr

and people with funny socks:

DSCN4136 by bryandkeith on flickr

At one point in the evening Mandy and Scott showed up, and Scott who works for Pearl Izumi had a large box under his arm.  Wow, bike shorts, fancy biking shirts, shoe covers, and long finger cycling gloves.  Snežana and I will be decked out in some Pearl Izumi style for the start of our adventure!  Thanks, Scott.

DSCN4155 by bryandkeith on flickr

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3 Responses to last of the preps, first of the sponsors

  1. Ramone says:

    How cool that you are on an amazing adventure. How was the trip over and the beginning of the ride. Just hanging in Boulder waiting for your updates. How is not working treating you? We have been having some crazy rain almost everyday. Life is good.
    Rock on.
    Ramone

    • Bryan Keith says:

      Crazy rain?! Haha! You must have sent it here because I’ve had rain for the last six days. In Bratislava today it was 15°C. I was worried it’d be too hot once I got here because it was 35°C about 10 days ago! The adventure into the wilds of the Carpathians starts soon… Can’t wait to hear updates from the playa.

    • Bryan Keith says:

      It’s pretty easy to get into the routine of not working. I must say that this week I’m missing the playa and all my Burning Man friends. Can’t wait to hear about the week.

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