And I have never had jet-lag so bad in all my life. That's the thing about life, the ups are up and the downs are down. But I am home now and I seriously need to write something on this blog just to get the ball rolling again.
In the month of May I went to the Giro d'Italia, I saw my first Grand Tour team time trial, I visited Northern Ireland for the first time ever (and loved it!), I met all sorts of really cool people, I secured my taste for real draft Guinness beer, and then I came home to see Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish at the Tour of California. I really like Brad and Mark.
All this fun and I haven't written a word on my trusty blog. I could wax poetic and say some things are just too good to share or too hard to put to words, or I could be totally honest and explain - I'm just so tired. Yup, too tired from having so much fun. That's the truth!
Fun and darn jet-lag, which inhibited me from staying up until 2am (as I usually do at stage races) to write up posts, kept me from sharing my incredible journeys with you. I haven't even posted the amazing photos Willie Richenstein (my friend and co-photographer) took at the Amgen Tour of California! Gees.
I should note that I have also been 'speaking with' (via email) a number of individuals, helping them with vacation planning and other questions. I wouldn't trade these interactions for the world, meeting fellow cycling travelers brings me great joy but also takes away from my time posting out into the realms of the www.
I did post some photos on Twitter. Huge accomplishment on my part. Want to see those iphone photos of what I have been doing the past month? (All photos below by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®)
New York City - Colorado - Utah - California - Ireland - California - Utah - Colorado
I started out in Manhattan for 6 days
|Manhattan at night|
|The middle of nowhere Utah|
|Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland|
|Cushendall in pink|
|Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge|
|At Bushmills Distillery|
|Michael of The Hudson Bar, me and Gary of Belfast City Bike Tours|
|Team Garmin-Sharp enters|
|Cadel Evans arrives before the TTT|
|Team Garmin-Sharp when hopes were still high|
|Everything was pink for the Giro in Northern Ireland!|
|Stage 2 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia passes the Bla Hole.|
|St Patricks Cathedral in Armagh and the 2014 Giro d'Italia|
|Driving on the other side of the road was exciting|
|Gus O'Connors Pub in Doolin, County Clare|
|Daly House in Doolin Ireland|
|A peaceful start to the morning|
|Local guide and farmer Pat Sweeney|
|The beautiful beaches of Orange County California|
|Funny and honest|
|This was a tough Stage 6 for him, but he won Stage 8!|
|Brad and Mark at Tour of California 2014|
|Classification winners ATOC 2014|
|Newport Beach, CA|
|Salt Flats, Utah|
Home in Colorado
Last Sunday I went to a local bike race and took even more photographs which I have yet to edit and post, and this weekend is the Colorado Master Criterium Championships which I plan to attend. I think I will just carry my camera and not take any photos because god knows when I will get around to posting those as well.
This was my favorite photo from last week. A superman by Michael Gibson.
|Don't try this at home. Photo by Karen Rakestraw|
Don't we all.