Just a ways up Boulder Canyon from Boulder is Magnolia Drive, or Road, that snakes around and comes out between Nederland and Rollinsville. The first seven or so miles are up to 14% grade with many ’10 mph’ corners. No letup – all uphill. My work took me to a house eight miles up the road.
Drove my old Mitsubishi Mighty Max and, for the first time, saw the temp gauge needle climb to 2/3rds. Never in regular driving does it go over 1/3rd. Seven miles, 1st gear mostly, with a high engine temperature must have blown out some carbon and cobwebs as it has noticeably quicker acceleration. Of course, with just 2.0 liters, it isn’t an accelerating monster, but I can tell the difference.
What, WSF, you were in Boulder? Alas, yes. In my defense I was being paid. Surely you don’t think I would drive through that freak show on my own volition?
My client/employer was in a bit of a bind and I had agreed to help them out. From trust fund central I then proceeded to Denver’s Westside barrio. Interesting how gentrification is nibbling around the fringe.
My last call was out East near DIA. Got to ‘enjoy’ both I-25 and I-70 mid afternoon. Once again, was reminded how dismal Colorado drivers are in heavy traffic. Give me LA anytime.
Later on wide open I-76 saw something bizarre. A F250 with some ranch name on the door and Texas plates going 15 mph under the speed limit. My guess is the driver stole it. Certainly not a native Texan. Weather was not a factor.
On a personal note, had my second VA visit. This doctor didn’t disappoint. He hit every checkmark on the dickhead list along with the personality of a wet diaper. Still, I’m getting an appointment in three weeks at the Cheyenne VA Hospital for tests. Baby steps.
There is a huge storm coming through but the worst is to the North. This one could be a real cattle killer. I have nowhere I need to be and a full refrigerator but I have vivid memories of surviving these storms in the past and feel great empathy for those in the path.
Many relatives and good friends are at risk.
There is a grim, but true saving: “This country can kill you”.