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Bike Ride To Downtown Denver

We found a new trail that follows the Platte River and goes all the way to downtown Denver. I believe that you can stay on the trail past Denver and go all the way to Cherry Creek State Park.

The ride from our house is ten miles (one way) but with all of the f’ing around that we do, we usually make about a 30 mile ride.

There was a wreck on the trail last weekend….more on that in a minute. Let’s get through the good stuff first.

Here a are a few pix from the trail:

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The thistles are in bloom

 

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Cool church that we spotted from the trail. About a mile round trip off of the beaten path

 

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We have done the Denver trail ride three times now. We usually leave in the morning and have lunch downtown. Best to go early since the afternoons have been hot. We also get a lot of thunderstorms around 3:00pm

Now the bad news….

On the way back to our car last Sunday we came across a guy sitting on the side of the path. From what we could tell, he went of the trail (not sure if on purpose) and took a header into a bunch of boulders. Lucky he had a helmet. Judging by the damage to the helmet, it most likely saved his life.

I immediately called 911 (the lady was extremely professional) and gave her the details and our location. The problem is that you really can’t get a car let alone an ambulance on the trail. I was on the phone for twenty minutes trying to guide the paramedics to our location. We finally got the paramedics to the injured guy (Kyle) and since the paramedics didm’t have a gurney (WTF??) and only brought a back board we ended up carrying him about a 1/4 mile to the waiting ambulance.

We took the guys bike with us and stuffed a note in Kyle’s pocket explaining that we have his bike.

After we got home, we decided to bring Kyle his bike and check on his progress.

When we got to the hospital, he was still in the emergency ward. Needless to say, he was pretty much swollen from the head down. He was coherent and expressed his sincere gratitude for all of the help we provided.

We can’t take all of the credit. Another couple also stopped and helped. Steve and Betsy we really helpful. They walked Kyle’s bike to a parking place off of the trail so we could peddle our asses off back to the Wrangler, load up our bikes and drive back to their location.

After is was all said and done, we ended getting home around 8pm. Mind you, this incident started around 1pm.

We were glad to help out and we are happy to see that Kyle will be okay. We should see him on the trail in a few weeks.

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