I’ve been out in Colorado since Friday teaching at this year’s Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics annual workshop for state regulators. Yesterday we had a free afternoon and today we wrap up and travel home, so my post for the day is this picture from yesterday’s free afternoon: three of us rode from Aspen up to the top of Independence Pass. 20.5 miles out and up, a 4000-foot elevation gain … and 2000 of those feet of elevation gain come in the last two miles before the summit. Ouch!
It was breathtaking in many ways — lack of oxygen at 12,000 feet, gorgeous scenery, riding on a road that’s little more than a paved mountain goat trail clinging to the side of a mountain in some places — and it was a good challenge and good fun. I wouldn’t have stuck with it without my riding buddies Ray and Brian, so thanks to them I got to have this spectacular experience!