I’d like to say I spent Feb 28th reflecting on Axel’s life and remembering all the good times we had with him but the fact is I don’t need to set one day aside for that, I spend everyday thinking about Axel and how he made our life a little crazier and a whole lot better.
I woke up on the 28th a bit apprehensive as to how the day would go. Would my day be consumed with thoughts of Axel’s last day? Would I just be in a ‘lazy funk?’
Well, my decision was made for me well in advance. The day started off with a conference call with all the players involved in our Axel Project Bicycle Classic (CDOT, State Patrol, Town of Ridgway, etc..). It turns out the rock slide that happened earlier this winter has created a long term mess and CDOT has big plans for work on Red Mountain Pass during the time we planned to run our bike tour over it. The Governor of Colorado even declared a disaster emergency this week on the pass. So after much discussion we have decided to reroute the ride and make it a round trip to Telluride with a shorter option to Placerville. Not a bad alternative, right? There are still amazing climbs and views of the entire San Juan Skyway while riding up and over the Dallas Divide. We will work over the next week to get the website updated with the new route. All registration information and pricing is the same.
While dealing with the ride reroute we also launched the Kickstarter for our amazing new childrens book ZOOM! We are so excited to finally have this book moving forward. Zoom! is a book about a little boy discovering the world around him on his balance bike. He has a big brother and a dog that join in and he is based on Axel. Axel loved to rip around on his Strider and I think this book is going to be a wonderful tribute to him. Currently we are over half way to meeting our kickstarter funding goal of $8000. If you have not seen our video yet click here and please support this project.