Getting My Priorities Right

Today I was supposed to ride Pikes Peak. I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. In fact, I’ve been thinking of going up to the summit ever since I got my V-Strom, and had planned this specific day well over a month ago.

The weather couldn’t have been better. It was about 78F with the bluest skies we have had since before these nasty Colorado storms started a couple of weeks ago. Leah and I both commented that the skies above the mountains were exceptionally clear and stayed that way until mid-afternoon. It was beautiful!

But I didn’t ride.

Instead, I chose last night that I would spend today with my family. Life has gotten so crazy as I try to finish up my degree in Project Management, and my work schedule has been pretty hectic as well. However, I can handle all of that. The people who suffer for it is my wife and three kids. To them, all they know is that Dad isn’t around…again.

So I traded this beautiful day to ride, for an even more beautiful day with family. And I don’t regret it one bit. We had a blast just hanging out together and doing nothing extraordinary whatsoever. But it was special because I was with them, and they are my #1 priority, not riding.

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Because a post is always more fun with pictures, here is one from a ride that I got to spend with my son a couple of weeks ago!
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Helmet Camera Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the awesome ride that I enjoyed last month. Click on any of them for a larger view!

What a BEAUTIFUL ride!
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It really is amazing how diverse Colorado is…
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Just a few of the MANY bikers at Evergreen Station!
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Look closely – he played nice and waved 🙂
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Not only was this barn HUGE, it was nice looking too. The red and white stood out nicely!
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The whole drive was so green!
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