|Smoky haze from the Royal Gorge Fire on Tuesday evening.|
|Fire damages the park at the Royal Gorge Bridge in June 2013|
|Even at over 50 miles away, the smoke from the Black Forest Fire can easily be spotted during an evening ride.|
This blog is supposed to be about the things that I do for fun. Mostly it's about my adventures as a very amateur endurance athlete. In this sense, and on a much smaller and insignificant scale, the fires impact these adventures. I am lucky in that they are only inconveniences, and not something more devastating to me personally. For example, the smoke from the fires, along with the prevailing winds, can determine where and whether or not I'm able to train outside. This weekend, I decided not to go to Colorado Springs for a bike ride up Pikes Peak, because I was concerned that there might be too much smoke in the vicinity. Even at that, it was difficult figuring out a place to go riding with the fire to the west and some of the road closures (including the highway I rode from Pueblo to Cotopaxi a couple of weeks back) in place. I finally settled on a familiar route up towards Westcliffe, but as I rode, the fires stayed in my mind. Along the way, I kept an eye out for any smoke plumes that might be developing. I wondered what I'd do if a fire were to develop suddenly in the canyon in which I was riding.
|Smoke Free: The Rockies as viewed near the top of the pass on the way to Westcliffe|