Sunday, October 25, 2015

October Catch-up

I was home last week and no travel again this week! Now that I'm caught up on life, I can get caught up on blogs. After my Baltimore trip, I had two quick days at home that we filled with rides and laundry. I also try to do as much rehab and recovery as possible on my back and hip when I'm not in a plane, train, or automobile. While on the road, I travel with a special bag of goodies to keep my body happy.

My Travel Kit

Monday morning, I boarded a flight to Minneapolis and a real taste of Fall. The winds were howling making the landing worthy of a strong armrest hold. I bundled up for a walk from the hotel but otherwise stayed put, eating four meals at the hotel pub between work meetings. Tuesday evening, I flew to Dallas and back to Summer. Our pilot made life very interesting and precious when he dipped the wings back and forth in a rolling fashion. There was screaming and swearing but no explanation and no bad weather.

Minneapolis Little Library - love finding these on my travels

My colleague and I took a taxi to the conference hotel and immediately saw why the rate was so low. We were staying in a 1980s "Dallas" themed relic. I found out Friday morning (yes, 3 nights at this place) that the hotel had changed ownership and no effort had been put toward renovations. I asked if this happened back in the 80s, but didn't get a response. The 2nd night, my AC died and I had to change rooms. The exercise room was scary, there was no place to walk, we were next to the freeway, I could go on. On the bright side, the conference was a success, I had dinner with a former colleague, and there was a channel dedicated to Dallas reruns.

Hotel Lobby
I found one machine that worked... barely.
Seriously - plus when you turned on the TV, this is the default channel.

Friday morning, I was back at the airport for an early flight and looking forward to getting home and no more planned trips. I breezed thru security and found a Mongolian Grill open at 7a willing to make me a veggie breakfast, then got the dreaded text. Our pilot called in sick and we were delayed 90 minutes. I ate, then found a decent spot near the gate and slept. We eventually made it home with no pilot or weather issues. I haven't had many successful Texas work trips, at least I didn't have to stay another night this time. (Don't Mess with Texas & Ground Stop blogs)

My Travel Kit Bag - watched the sunrise, just waiting for a pilot

We had a fun weekend with a ride, the SLC Real game, and a hike; then dove back into a work week at home. I had catch-up plans every night since I hadn't been home for weeks. After a dentist and eye appointment, plus a night of cycling camp planning, I was finally able to get out Thursday and Friday nights for more hiking.

How I took my Saturday ride after 5 days of travel
SLC Real Game with Nelson

Dallas FC scored, Mother Nature really scored, but SLC Real couldn't score

Sunday Morning Hike at Deer Valley

Fall is here with cold mornings and short dark days, but the temps are still climbing during the day and the ski resorts haven't been able to make snow yet. We are only a month away, so hopefully we see a change this week. We did our part and watched the Warren Miller ski movie this weekend to appease the snow gods. We also went on two rides with only arm and knee warmers, so that might reverse our luck. We've had plenty of moose activity, so hopefully that is also a sign that Winter is just around the corner.

Suns Out, Guns Out at Deer Valley - Ski Season is almost here!
Lots of eating and drinking from our neighborhood moose

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Back from Baltimore and Back on the Bike

After 5 days at home, I was back on the road Wednesday morning bound for the Washington DC area. I flew into Baltimore, flights were 50% cheaper plus I was able to go direct. The 4hr flight was uneventful, but the 45mile 2hr taxi was brutal. I couldn't believe the amount of traffic from Baltimore to Alexandria on a Wednesday afternoon. If there is a next time, I'll rethink the logistics.

Thursday morning, I got in a walk and some local history before my meetings. That afternoon, I was back in a taxi to a hotel near the airport to ease the pain of Friday's 7am flight. We got there a little faster, but still sat in bumper to bumper most the way. I thought traffic in LA last week was bad.

Alexandria National Cemetery (1862)

I got through a few emails then decided to go out and explore. Going by car/bus during rush hour was not an option, so I researched mass transit options to both Washington DC and Baltimore. Although DC has all the famous sites, Baltimore won based on time. I took the light rail into Baltimore and walked around Inner Harbor, Fells Point, and Little Italy for several hours. There were too many Italian restaurants to choose from and I didn't choose the best, but still had a nice funghi pasta.

USS Constellation (1797)
St. Leo Catholic Church (1881) - Little Italy
Little Italy Street Art
9/11 Memorial of Maryland at Baltimore's World Trade Center
Friday was a tough day with little sleep, an uncomfortable flight, and a long afternoon of work. At least the cookies from the Italian bakery made it home safely. Unfortunately I'm back at the airport Monday morning for a full week of travel. I'm trying to take advantage of the weekend even though I really just want to nap. We went for a nice ride making the most of the warm weather and the fall colors. Looks like we'll have more of the same for the next week and weekend before the weather changes again. We are dangerously close to ski season, so hopefully it's a good one and we can go right from bikes to powder skis.

Buffalo Loop
Terry aka "The Lean Mean Green Machine"
Almost 80F on 10/10 in Uintas - crazy to think we'll be skiing in a little over 30 days!?

Monday, October 5, 2015

No UCI Worlds Hangover for Me

I still can't believe it's only been a week since we flew home from UCI Worlds in Richmond. I needed a little break from blogging after our amazing trip, but now I'm back. I appreciate all the feedback and I'm glad they brought some insight into women's cycling and what it was like to be on the ground as a spectator and supporter. What an incredible experience!

Even as we left on Monday, the excitement continued. I was asked for an autograph at Delta check-in and the airport was full of cycling celebrities. We made it home without extra baggage fees or delays and even got in a ride before dark. Pretty crazy to think about our daily cycling loop being training ground for Peter Sagan, Linda Villumsen, the BMC Racing Team, and others that won in Richmond. We might as well start calling Park City a ski and cycling training center.

Jesse at Delta was buzzing with Worlds excitement at 7a
Always asked how we travel with the bikes. So much easier with the Ritchey Break-aways!

Some people take vacation days and feel rested when they return to work. Not us. It didn't help that I committed to some onsite visits before we left. Although several more were added to my plate causing a last minute airline shuffle, and a night of laundry. I was back at the airport Tuesday for a 7am flight. The next 3 days were a blur of flights, driving in LA traffic, and work meetings. I was back at the airport Thursday night deprived of sleep and energy. I had a major project due Friday at 5p and then I used the weekend to try and recover. 

This lady was one of my highlights from my work travel
Landing in LA Tuesday night after 4 flights that day in order to do an hour meeting in Albuquerque 
Marriott - my home away from home for 12 nights in 13 days.
The weekend was rainy and cold, so I didn't ride, or at least used the weather as my excuse. I slept a lot, read, worked on cycling side projects, swam, and hiked. After being gone for a few weeks, it's so nice to be home and we are grateful to live in such a beautiful place. Unfortunately, I'm headed back to the airport this week for a return visit to the east coast, just without my bike and cowbell.

Prospector Trail Hike overlooking Park City - Saturday afternoon
Iconic White Barn on Sunday morning - during our Scarecrow Hike
Favorite Scarecrow - Transylvania Airlines