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Colorado is on Fire, Literally.

June 27, 2010

Four Causes of Wildfires on the Colorado Prairie as explained by Cathy Anderson (resident of Arlington, CO and volunteer firefighter and member of the Prairie Horizons Trail Working Group AND a skilled snake killer):

1. Lightning
2. Argo-Pyros
Farmers that burn the stuble from their fields as a ceremony to celebrate a bountiful harvest
3. Buttheads
People throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and into fields
4. Cabezas de Caca, or in good ol’ country girl terms, an old “sheet towel and blanket” (or something like that)
A person who is just plain dumb.

All of this was explained to us by Cathy as we stood with a field of wheat blazing in the background. She informed us that a combine had sparked the fire and the Crowley County Fire Department was taking care of it.

Later, Trent (introduced on ‘Who’s Who. . .’ post) informed us that he had been accused of starting the fire and was questioned by the police in Sugar City. . . but we knew the truth thanks to Cathy.

As we began our ride into ‘Colorful Colorado’, we found ourselves excited and enchanted by the characters we met along Highway 96.

In Eads, we got to share a pitcher and stories from the road at a log cabin establishment, Jan’s Bar, with Daniel. A recent graduate from the University of Vermont, he was riding from the east coast to his home town of Denver, CO

On our way to Ordway, we met Blake, a confident nine-year-old who claimed to be strong and dangerous, chewed beef jerky like chewing tobacco, and helped Janelle open her string cheese with the large knife he kept on his belt loop.

At a pit stop in Sugar city, we chatted with resident, Harold, while he leaned on the handle bars of his bike with a cigarette in hand. An older gentleman, he claimed he could ride to Ordway (five miles away) in ten mintues and revealed he had been to all but two of the fifty states working for a carnival for twenty years.

That night in Ordway we ate our best meal out yet at Martin’s on Main! The pulled pork sandwiches on fresh baked bread were delicious, and we might have over-indulged in the free refill soda fountain (just three or four glasses each). The service was what really made the place shine. We could tell they people that ran the place took pride in the food they prepared and the atmosphere they created.

When we headed out of Ordway, we stopped at a JR’s Convienence Store for a quick breakfast. Waiting for our order, we struck up a conversation with Don Taylor, a resident of Ordway on his way to ‘rodeo’ some cattle on a friend’s ranch. We told him all about our trip, and he thought it sounded like something his own daughter would do. As he walked by our table to head out, he let us know that breakfast was on him and kindly said goodbye.

Tonight, we are in one of the biggest towns we have stayed in so far, Pueblo, CO. Population over 100,000! We are looking forward to a day of rest in this big city, but are excited for all the interesting people we will contiue to meet as our journey takes us up through the Rockies. . . we can see them waiting for us in the distance. Eek!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Jones permalink
    June 27, 2010 6:39 am

    I have some of my fondest summer vacation memories as a child in Pueblo, Colorado. When I was about 9 or 10 we loaded the family station wagon and drove to a YMCA camp in Pueblo. We stayed in cabins, rode horses, hiked, etc. I think that’s when I decided that someday I’d like to live in Colorado. Enjoooooy the climbing!!!!

  2. Joey's mommo permalink
    June 27, 2010 9:25 am

    Sounds like good folks out there in Co.

  3. biker pat permalink
    June 27, 2010 12:28 pm

    Phil’s GMA quote of day:

    “Its only a mountain, one of many you can see on this morning, but for 3 young women it would be a place where they would dare to ask themselves the questions of greatness”

  4. lindsey Jones permalink
    June 27, 2010 9:58 pm

    I have a picture with ‘Colorful Colorado’ too! love colorado! dont let the altitude get ya down . . .

  5. jenny's mama permalink
    June 28, 2010 6:48 am

    What great stories! I hope one of you is keeping a journal (besides the blog)good luck starting your climb, stay warm.

  6. Annemarie permalink
    June 28, 2010 5:00 pm

    Hey guys!!! Congrats on making it to Colorado! Reading all your posts makes me so nostalgic, and everything sounds like its going great.

    First of all, we got stuck in a storm and got stuck in Arlington and slept across the street from Cathy Anderson! She is part of She is quite a character… definitely a skilled snake killer, also a somewhat famous midwife in Jamaica (?!).

    Second, we found an absolutely incredible bakery in Pueblo. It´s called the Hopscotch Bakery, and the kitchen sink cookies are to die for. We brought a bunch with us to power up the mountains.

    Keep it up and I am thinking about you guys!

    Also. don´t buy into the Royal Gorge. You have to pay and it´s not that cool…

  7. bikerpat permalink
    June 29, 2010 8:42 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “The roads of the Rockies lay on the mountainside like discarded string…..each with stories to tell.”

  8. Jenny's mama's friend Ann permalink
    June 29, 2010 12:59 pm

    Go girls! I wish you superman strength for the mountains!

  9. bikerpat permalink
    June 30, 2010 10:25 am

    Phil’s GMA quote of the day:

    “The tour chooses its champions where the mountains bear the snows of winter.”

  10. Aunt Lynne permalink
    June 30, 2010 1:39 pm

    I’m out of breath trying to keep up with you!! What a great adventure – so very proud of you.

  11. JOE J. permalink
    July 3, 2010 3:24 pm

    Hey Joey – It’s your neighbor in 12-H. I like that shot you took of that NY pigeon waiting for a drink. I hope you obliged.
    What the hell’s a pigeon doing there anyway!?? Weird..


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