OK, WHERE IS SUMMER?

5/23/19 Last day of school and STILL snowing!

The non stop awful weather continued all the way through to the last day of school (5/23/19) and we even had yet another heavy snowstorm for the morning run and rain showers to complete the day with an overnight freeze warning!

All the trees are weighed down with it

Now while all this has been depressingly bad I have to be thankful we are not in the middle or east side of the country enduring Tornadoes and constant flooding from the nonstop storms.

On the cycling front there just has not been many acceptable days to go for a ride and this month in 24 days I’ve only achieved 200 miles! Must be the worst cycling winter on record, well my record, anyhoo. So today despite everything I’ll get out there later after repairing all our “Hot Showers” and “RV Dump” signs which were destroyed by the town snow plow.

Signs done

Remember this ?

Up with the NEW

With the sign job complete I’m on the road around 1600 and the wind is dropping off and the temp is up close to 60F. Two miles out of town and its non stop emergency vehicles, fire engines, several ambulances, heavy equipment and local police and state troopers. The plan is out to the 3 mile point and turn round there and then knock up 19.5 miles for the day stopping at the Brewery for some pizza and beers.

Later on I see the reason for the emergency! It appears there has been a massive rock slide 10 miles out of town which doesn’t really surprise me as with all my activity drives up and down the Telluride road I had a feeling that it was only a question of “when” with all the wet snow and constant rains of the last month. The road is now completely closed as amid all the dirt, trees, and debris two giant boulders, literally, the size of HOUSES came crashing down removing power poles and the “road” leaving an eight foot trench! One of these boulders is still there and will need to be broken up with explosives before it can be moved and the road repaired. There is no forecast as to when the road will reopen.

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These mega boulders are “Two Storey” and will require drilling and the liquid expansion work to crack them into smaller pieces before removal.

Saturday and lawn mowing and putting up the hanging basket hangers on the new balcony. A trip into Walmart for some roses before they kill them, plants for the whisky barrels, and 10 bags of Miracle Grow soil.

Replacement roses

Whisky Barrel center pieces

Fresh growing medium for the barrels

The late snowstorms of last week destroyed the gazebo, despite all our storage efforts of the winter, but we were NOT expecting another fierce blanket of wet snow in the middle of May!!!! The gazebo is dismantled and irrigation begins along the balcony.

Balcony irrigation begins

Harleys go by the house with their constant rumble only to return when they either see the “Sign” or make it 10 miles up the road. New pictures of the disaster are now on Facebook from somebody’s drone and show the magnitude of the repair task.

They must have been traveling when they hit the roadway……. thankfully nobody was involved

2 days you say ?

Good luck

I think the initial estimate of 2 days was ambitious and 2 weeks is perhaps closer.

Sunday and warm but windy and then another colder snap with yet more bad weather before finally warming up for next weekend …….. about time as we will be in June by then!

TONY DOWN

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