Lots to do, cccccc’old, and windy but bright and sunny. Monday and in to Durango and return the left over packs from the flooring project which is 10 times better than the previous attempt from 4 years ago.

Tuesday and time for the first load of wood and a quick ride but I’m not enjoying it and finish at 12.26 and I’m VERY cold! However, the total is now at 4634.10 and I feel the weather is closing in on me!

Load 1 home and stacked ($5.00)

Yes, all that for $5.00

Wednesday and I’m trying for 2 loads today and then I can assess where I need to be on the firewood pile.

Load 2 home and stacked

Seems everyone wants firewood this morning but the dozer driver up’s his game and digs in deep to uncover some older dry wood. When I get back I can hear the loader but I can’t see him and there is nobody here?

Stand clear!

Here it comes

Very soon all is revealed and he is shoving everything over the cliff! I find some nice dry white, barkless aspen and some big chunks of fir for load 3. Too late and too tired to unload tonight so leave it for Thanksgiving morning.

Impressive stack for $15.00 when you think what you get at the local gas station!

All unloaded and up to the window line so I think 2 more loads will do it for this year’s winter heating …….. total cost will be $25.00 !!

Upstairs the cooking ritual begins, but we are not feeding a “caravan” unlike the arrival of the “Mayflower” all those years ago when undocumented pilgrims arrived, found ears of corn, in what English farmers call a Clamp, and then proceeded to kill off a load of the local Indian’s turkeys! Being religious people they never even thought this was STEALING, but PROVIDENCE, provided by the LORD. Then to add insult to injury invited all the same Indians to a “Harvest Supper” which eventually became “THANKSGIVING”

That about sums that up!

Today my contribution is “swede” and “parsnips” while Brenda will deal with all the traditional fare. This year the dangerous  cocktails will be banned and we will be on a “Champers Day” as lunch will be late, very late!

My swede at the “rolling boil”

Parsnips at the ready

Just remember you could have been eating some of this!

….. and so it is, nearly 5 pm  and getting dark but , ohhhh   so worth it plates are loaded, let the Thanks begin.

What a gorgeous moist bird!

The ALL day drink

Worth the wait as always……… Yummeeeeee

plenty more of this

With our late Thanksgiving lunch complete, time to light the fire, walk the dogs, recharge the glass and plunge into the first of the Hallmark Christmas movies. Oh, by the way its snowing.

First dusting of the season

An overnight dusting and a bit chilly at 16F this morning but now for some holiday jokes, especially the wine drinkers

and now for dog lovers

loved them!










November 15th  2018, and winter is closing in on the older cyclist. Only a matter of time before it becomes too unpleasant or too dangerous and the season will be closed.

However “I think I can, I think I can” said Thomas but it is becoming a struggle to get out there and click over those last miles of the year. With 46 days left to year’s end, and assuming I could struggle through 10 miles a day I could add another 460 miles onto the total of 4544 and just crack the mighty 5000 ??? Well, better get out there and see what can be achieved !

Of course there are plenty of other tasks that will need my full time attention in the coming weeks. Not least, Christmas Decorations and some late trips to Aspen Wall Wood for a few loads of firewood which I normally get in October but couldn’t this year as the work on the balcony took priority.

C’mon Thomas …… you can do it!

All the fun of checking the Christmas decs next week and the mind is thinking 4 good loads of firewood unless Thomas can haul some in. The riding task and goals are getting harder and harder to achieve with every passing day as the wind seems ever colder and sunset gets earlier and earlier. The mind over matter motivation is not fully functional and a roaring fire and hot chocolate seem preferable to the mind numbing cold. By Friday night the yearly total crested 4574.08 and hopefully I’ll be through the 4600 mark by Sunday. If not I’ll take up drinking  “I drink a can,  I drink a can”

Pool day again and I did a bit better at 9 ball this week with another 3rd place against some stiff opposition. 8 Ball started well with two good wins and then with a 5 ball advantage I watched my opposition clean up the table! Oh well, there’s always next week.

Cold again at 34F and 1030, better try for 5 miles then take a break before the last push. Yes it was horrid cold but I made 12.64 before a hot chocolate stop was needed. Out again and finished on 20.35 for the day. With 4607.58 I’m 1005 miles more than last year. How much longer?  ……. snow can only be just around the corner?

Today marks the start of Thanksgiving Week and for mileage freaks 43 days to the end of the year. Bright, sunny and cold but I could still get a few miles this week. Seems I’m slightly ahead of the target but that could change as the pressure builds up on getting Christmas bits out and in place and then all the household decorations down from the loft on Friday.

Coming very soon

Monday post lunch in Durango, returning left over planking from the new floor, a quick ride in the morning while Brenda was busy shopping for all the Thanksgiving food and goodies.

Tuesday the first load of wood from Aspen, which took some time to find the nice dry stuff without too much of the recently cut “green” which takes a month or two to dry out.

Wood stacked under the new balcony and out for a quick ride but I got so cold I had to give it best …… it might look OK but I’m nearly done as despite all the winter clothing I was dam nearly hypothermic by the time I was finished!







A cold and windy week made even worse with my own personal cold so another non riding week. First of the activity trips to Nucla for boy’s Middle School basketball, nothing on Friday but 4 days of route driving next week as one of the lady drivers is away on a hunt for the mighty elk.

Friday at home with complete chaos caused by hunters blocking up all the sewers and even breaking a toilet seat!!! How do they do it?

Sunday and snow in the forecast, need to put the Beemer to bed in the trailer and connect the battery minder. Job done, all tucked up and connected to the power.

Monday and after the morning drive force myself to get out there despite the nasty cold and windy conditions with the 25 mph gusts. Another 16.23 goes in the books before I’m cold and getting wimpy but with only a few miles left I should be through the 4500 marker tomorrow morning.

Rides on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the cold is still with me and although I’m on some fast acting antibiotics nothing seems to be getting better? Thursday and just too cold and windy. Friday is a day off and also very cold with a bitter wind,  and then Basketball again up at Norwood on Saturday.

More Basketball again on Tuesday at Telluride. Sunday and Monday off but the weather is awful! Bitter cold with gusty strong winds and definitely not in my cycling wheelhouse …… I DO like it to be at least pleasant, cold I can handle, but cold winds NO, NO a thousand times NO!

This morning (Monday) only 13F and the forecast high for the day only makes 31F !!!!   I’ll cut some firewood first then see how it is, only 20F at 1030 and that wind is gusting 19 !!!

For the last two years my cycling has come to an end in November and usually this same time of the month as the really cold weather along with the winter winds makes everything truly unpleasant.

I pushed on a little further and scraped another 10.38 to add to the total but despite my efforts I’m ALMOST there!

Tuesday and the Telluride trip is at the wrong time for riding, but again its bitter cold with a strong wind. Wednesday and still very cold but the wind is not such a factor and its ALMOST calm! The wimp is chastised once more and the cold is braved and the final 10.15 goes in the books making the, ALMOST 4544 miles, of the Florence Hurricane track a REALITY !



Some of you may remember the Greek mythology, Helen of Troy, Hector V Achilles, Trojan Horse, Trojan Wars etc, etc. All very much like our renovation work being done here at the Cozy.

The Greeks (Ted’s army of workers) arrived, tore down the old balcony, and precision built a new wider replacement. However, the dammed cat has discovered a way to climb up from outside and appear without notice on the upper portion of said construction!

Ready for the rebuild

The Greeks are hard at it

The task is done

That was easy!

Meanwhile outside the gates of Troy epic battles take place. Achilles is hopping mad as his relative had borrowed his armor and was killed by Hector. Achilles arrives at the front gate of Troy and challenges Hector.

The duel takes place and Hector suffers a mortal thrust from a broken spear before suffering the final death blow of the single sword lunge.

The end for Hector

Achilles shows his displeasure of the death of his relative by tying Hectors lifeless corpse to his chariot and parading him around the outside of Troy.

As Troy mourned its most famous warrior the Greeks departed over the horizon leaving an amazing wooden horse at the gates made from the old balcony.

Full of flooring materials!

The “Horse” is stuffed with all new flooring and will replace everything upstairs and the one last carpeted room and entrance staircase.

The Greeks set to and have furniture moved and the “rip up” of the old sub standard flooring begins ……. dust and debris everywhere as the “new” goes in section by section.

“Not here”

Don’t see it either     ( “look in the white bucket”)

Some say they are looking for Achilles “Immortal Sandal” hidden somewhere under the old floor.

Work continues all week and mega moving in every direction as more and more new planks are laid. By Thursday we are ripping out staircase carpet and smoothing down areas to accept the new step coverings.

Friday and its all done and looking good save for the ever falling  dust which is to be expected in an operation this size.

Floors and staircase complete

More work outside as Brenda builds new rocking chairs and a full day on the new upstairs grill.

New grill

Rocking chairs in the sun

While “Troy” rejoices in the new balcony and flooring things are not looking quite so good for “Demi God Achilles” as they never found the sandal and in the aftermath Achilles was shot in the heel, and alas and alack, he perished from his near Godlike state.

It would seem that Achilles Mum did NOT follow the Baptism Instructions completely  as he needed a “double dipping” !