Running –

I ran 1.53 miles last week.  Seemed a good distance for the condition my condition is in.  Little or no repercussion with the PF.

I ran a total of 6.1 miles for the month of June.  I will sure be happy when I can increase that amount comfortably.

The Plantar Fasciitis is still here with me, but getting better every week.

Bicycling –

Last week was a good week for the bicycle.  I logged 108.38 miles.  That does include 55.6 miles of Long Ride S(aturday or Sunday).  The Sunday before was a 25 mile ride and I rode 30.5 miles on Saturday morning.  I’m working the old bike for all that it is worth.

I rode a total of 255+ miles for the month of June.

We are so lucky to have nice trails on the South side of Denver.  They are always improving the trails, too!

Sami –

The dog is growing in leaps and bounds.  Sometimes, she looks at me and I am reminded of what a mature look she has.  Then she’ll run after something and fall over her own too long legs and large feet.

We’re learning.  All (everything) below waist level in the house is being packed away.  If Sami can reach it, she’ll chew it.  So, packing it away until she stops chewing everything was our solution.

In July, Sami will be spayed.  It will be around the middle of the month.

Sami is going to Obedience One, starting Monday, July 6th.  I just have to remember that the class is actually for me and not for Sami.  I do hope that I learn and that she will follow suit!


This is Sami after a day in the Jeep on the trail!

Jeeping –

Every year a group of us get together to honor a couple of friend’s birthdays!  This weekend was one of those runs.  We ended up with a group of 11 rigs.  We ran the Mount St. Vrain and the Coney Flats trails.

The trip took a little over 9 hours from meeting in Boulder, Colorado to when we aired our tires back up at Bear Reservoir (I think that might be as most of us like to jaw a bit too much).

We had a good time and it was a great group to roll with.  We took our time and just had a lot of fun.  The trail was challenging enough to keep things interesting and had a lot of water challenges and crossings.

The climb to the major stream crossing was the most challenging, but the water crossing had to be the most fun.  Here are some of the people crossing the river!




Yes! Everybody made it through!  No one stalled out.  As a matter of fact, many people tried it 2 or 3 times!

Finally, Tom posed the Mighty YJ so we could all see the underside of the rig!


We came off the trail tired , hungry and eager to set off for our individual’ Sunday evenings!

MountainsAnd, Mountains as seen from the major stream crossing…

Yes, birthday cake was served!  Brought one in with the face of a monkey just to prove that we can monkey around and still get a fun ride in, too!






The definition of CHANGES is To cause to be different: change the spelling of a word.’

That has happened a lot to me lately.  Some of it was not so good, some of it really was good!



I have run 2.75 miles in June.  That is a major change from what I have done in the past!  The Plantar Fasciitis is getting better all of the time.  I’m hoping when I see my Doctor in July that he’ll give me a green light for running again!



I have ridden my GT bike for 115.3 miles in June.  I’ve done that in 10 rides. With a 4:59 pace and an average of 12 MPH. 

I am riding the bike Geared UP!  That means it ride with the chain on the front largest sprocket AND the back sprocket.  It is tough, but it builds strong muscles and is a work out!

I have some regular rides that have a certain length.  Makes it easier for me to go out and ride while attempting to improve both my time and my endurance.

My last weekend long ride was 20 miles.  I’m planning a 25 mile ride for this weekend.



I miss Molly very much still.  We were so comfortable together.  Grief still affects me when I see a picture or think about her.  I often dream of her. It is still so hard to believe that she is gone from my life.

A puppy.  That is what Tom said.  Get a puppy!  So, we have a puppy.  There is a lot of difference between an older dog and a puppy!  I’d forgotten what I went through with Molly.  Now, it is coming back as this new life is a major part of my life now.

Sami on trail

Sami can be a cute little girl!  She can also be a terror!  I build Lego models and she has found AND chewed a lot of them.

But, you know, I’m learning.  Most of the house has been rendered “Puppy Safe” now.  There is a gate between the kitchen and the dining room.

She is registered for a beginning obedience class starting on Monday, July 6th.  Then, soon after, she will be visiting the veterinarian for her spaying.



First of all, Sami has been on 2 additional trips since her first memorable one.  We leave with more time to travel, take breaks more often, and she is traveling much better.  She is getting bigger (it seems by the day) and I leave her in the back seat now.  She is just too large to sit on my lap when I am not driving.

The Empire Hilton

As snow clears from the high country in our beautiful Rocky Mountains, jeeps find their way on to trails that have been closed through the Winter. 4 jeeps got together to ride the Empire Hilton (Mill Creek) trail.

We started by going up Red Elephant (on a mountain by the same name). Red elephant is a steep trail with loose dirt and some interesting obstacles.  The first major obstacle is a sudden down hill at a camber.  As you drive it, you think that you will tip over.  You don’t, but that is not the feeling that you get.

There are also areas with large rock outcroppings that you have to find the right line to go up them.

The Mill Creek trail goes off to the side of Red Elephant at the top.  It has 2 creek crossings and a bog area on it.  The most interesting thing on the trail is an aged cabin known as The Empire Hilton.  The National Forest Service maintains it in a living museum state. It has doors and windows and is fairly well sealed against the elements.  It is furnished and has a wood stove in it.  It has all of the elements of a place that you can stay at or live in.

There is a tradition to leave an item of yours on your first visit there.  There is also a register to record your visit in.

Empire Hilton

Air wheel

Pat Snow


Spring Creek

Spring Creek is a challenging trail near the Denver area.  It has rock faces, tight turns, rock obstacles and a “Rock Garden.”


9 rigs attended this “Trail” party.  This is one of the trails where testosterone can reign supreme.  Men (and women) drive their rigs to impress themselves (and hopefully others) with their abilities.  Sometimes after their attempt, they may need some help in getting over the obstacle.

Winching the rock face

Others can accomplish it with no trouble.

Climbing the Rock Face

We had a lot of fun and it took most of the day to run those 9.6 miles.  It also gave us a chance to relax, spend time with friends and take a lot of pictures!

Pat Jake

Finally…  Here is Tom in The Mighty YJ taking a difficult line in the “Rock Garden.”


 Almost Forgot!

I did finally get access to my old blog at I wouldn’t go there if I were you as I have transferred all of my data to this new blog already! (Thanks, Tim!)



I am actually on schedule! I ran 30.69 miles last week and included a 13.47 long run. I rode the bike along the Highline canal for 14.55 miles. Cross training on the bike is a nice change!

I can never get any of my runs to measure to exactly what the schedule calls for. I tend to run a little long.

I am now ingesting a CoQ10 supplement. I feel much better and my undefined aches and pains are going away. That is a good thing!

Bowie is an Explorer! (or he just got away!)

Bowie is the rescue cat that I have. He is a cute little guy that just does not realize that he has limitations. He thinks that he is just like every cat that is out there. The only problem is that most of the other cats do not have hip displascia or is blind.

We realized that Bowie had skipped out on us late Friday night. We still aren’t sure how it happened, but the little guy was left in the back yard as everyone went to work. Usually the back yard is a treasured sanctuary for this cat. He never leaves it. Of course, that is primarily due to the fact that every exit from the yard has been found and blocked.

Unfortunately, we had one of those summer thunderstorms over most of the South end of Denver. Bowie escaped the back yard. We had no idea how he got out or where he was!

Molly, the Australian Shepard, was no help. I repeatedly asked her to find him, but she seemed most happy to take on the responsibility of accepting all the love for her that was usually showered on him. Hmmm…

I started to wander down one block, then through the alley, then up another block, and down the alley on it, and on and on. I was on a fairly busy residential street near the house calling his name and slapping my hands together. I suddenly heard a Bowie sized squeak, and saw him running toward where my voice was. His head was moving from side to side as he tried to follow my voice. I called to him and he came right to me. I picked him up and took him back home.

Of course, now he believes himself to be a great explorer. Found him out of the back yard again this morning. I am sealing up all of the escape routes again!

It sure can worry you when a special friend gets lost like that!


We took the MightyYJ to Jenny Creek on Saturday. Jenny Creek is a trail near the east end of the Moffat Tunnel. The Moffat Tunnel is 6 miles long and runs freight and Amtrac trains under the continental divide to the western half of the state.

Jenny Creek is a challenging trail that actually follows the creek bed at 2 or 3 places. At the end there is a 10- foot long snow drift that you have to winch over to finish the trail. Always a lot of fun.

We winched up the snow, then drove back down and back out along the trail! And… No, I did not run the trail!

This is a short video of my friend, Tom, driving the MightyYJ through the creek.

Remember that this is a National Forest Service sanctioned trail!

Had a little trouble getting out, though…


Nah! It was a staged shot. The train was sitting there waiting its turn at passing through the tunnel!


I am automating the telescopes for astrophotography. It is an involved process that computers really help with. We do not have all of the parts yet, but we have started some trial runs at it.

Outside set up with the computer running the rig.

Just the telescopes setup (with a view of Bowie’s backyard). Notice the extreme weight set up used to counterbalance the telescope rig!

That’s it!

I thought that I might catch up on some things.

First of all, Running – I ran 38 miles last week. Mostly sweet, comfortable, junk miles. It is ever so nice to finish a competition and then go into a rest mode. Nothing is quite as nice as a rest mode. I even ran 28.2 miles the week after my last competition.

So far this week, I have run 20 1/2 miles. As with all things, even a rest mode needs to stop so that you can train for the next competition. That being, The Phedippidations Worldwide Half-Marathon!

Personal Medical –
Other things can happen to a person in the meantime. My Doctor prescribed for me a colonoscopy. It is a preventative measure due to my being older than 50. It happens on the 11th @ 11:30 AM. The day before is a clear liquid diet day with a prescription laxative at 5:00 PM on the 10th and then again at 5:00 AM on the morning of the 11th. Now that you’re all grossed out, let’s move on!

Trail Shuttle Vehicle –
On Saturday August 18th, there was a problem with my trail shuttle vehicle. My good friend left the Mighty YJ running, in neutral, and he thought he set the e-brake. As it ended up, he didn’t.

Here is what happened. We were taking a new trail – The Hidden Valley Road. With recent rains, the trail had been washing out. The road surface was gravel – soft and loose. The one main obstacle on the trail had to be taken. Although there was a go-around for the obstacle, it was blocked by a large pine tree that had fallen over. So, everyone had to take the main path and go over the obstacle.

The Mighty YJ has ARB lockers on the front and back axles. That means that the axles lock and both tires on the axle can spin at the same time and together (essentially “locking” them together). There were three vehicles on the trail that day. As we were locked, we drove it first. Then we turned around and faced the obstacle. This would allow us to winch the others up should they need it. As you can see above, our friend Ben did need to be winched over the obstacle. We pulled him up and over. We took the Mighty YJ back up to the top of the hill. My friend left it running, in neutral and thought that he set e-brake at that point.

I was still at the obstacle when I heard a rushing engine noise and a wooden sounding sudden stop. I thought to myself that someone on the trail today was in an awful hurry…

Then I realized that it was my ride home! I ran over to see what had happened. The Mighty YJ had rolled down the go-around and hit the tree blocking it. The Mighty YJ was buried deep in that tree. The Mighty YJ had moved that tree so that the go-around is no longer blocked. The 3rd vehicle in the group did drive the go-around!

Fortunately, all of the damage was done at hood height and above. It did take out the windshield and damaged the frame. There was some other damage but it was minor. No person was in the vehicle when it happened. Molly, my Australian Sheperd, was in the back. She got right out, seemed to be fine, and hopped right back in when it was time to go. This picture shows me cleaning up after the altercation.

We did drive it home. It took two weeks to repair the damage. We took it to the windshield shop yesterday and picked it up today.

Now it is ready for more trails. We are planning on taking it up to the mountains for a weekend of camping and trail running this weekend. Well, OK, not trail running for everyone but definitely for me. One trail that I want to run is Mount Antero. It becomes a single lane shelf road that climbs to 14,269 feet in elevation. The trail ends in a parking area at 13,800′ and you get to walk the rest of the way. Look forward to pictures next week!

You can learn about it here – Mount Antero.

What is everyone else planning on doing this weekend?