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Cognoscenti Postscript

Cognoscenti Day 6 View 2

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

I had one more night in Boulder before my mid day Thursday flight from Denver to Tokyo.  Scott and Steve were also staying an extra night.  Both had Thursday morning bike fits with the renowned Dr. Andy Pruitt at the Colorado University Sports Medicine and Performance Center.

The brothers had a relative in Estes Park whom they visited many years ago.   They kindly invited me to go with them on a drive to Estes Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Estes Park sits on Lake Estes, and is a gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.  As you drive into Estes Park, you can’t help but notice the Stanley Hotel, sitting as it does above Lake Estes.

Stephen King was a guest in Room 217 when he conceived the idea for “The Shining,” and he used the Stanley as his inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his horror novel.  The 1997 TV miniseries of the same name was filmed at the Stanley.  Fans of the film version of “The Shining” may already know that Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, not the Stanley, was used for the movie’s exterior shots.

Cognoscenti Day 6 Stanley Hotel Estes Park Wikipedia

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

We wandered along the Riverwalk for a while.

Cognoscenti Day 6 Estes Park Riverwalk warmheartcold on flickr

Photograph courtesy of warmheartcold on flickr

It had been a while since those breakfast burritos.  We needed nibbles. So we sat on the waterside back patio of Ed’s Cantina & Grill, eating chips and salsa, and nachos.  And chatting about the previous six days.

Cognoscenti Day 6 Ed's Cantina and Grill Glass Chiles

Photograph courtesy of Ed’s Cantina & Grill

On the way out of Ed’s I spotted this t-shirt.  We rode hard at times during our time in Boulder, but with all the wonderful food we had, we were never at risk of being reduced to this.

Cognoscenti Day 6 Skeleton T-shirt

The visit to Estes Park with Scott and Steve was a very pleasant way to end Day 6.  We drove back through some of the spectacular countryside that attracts so many to Boulder.

Cognoscenti Day 6 View 1

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

Cognoscenti Day 6 View 4

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

On Thursday morning Patrick delivered my bike to the hotel.  Boxed up and ready for the flights with me to Kuala Lumpur.  I was leaving Boulder with more stuff than I had arrived with.  Two of these bottles for a start.

Cognoscenti Day 6 Bottles

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

The Cognoscenti, Alchemy and Rol bottles I was given, and the Camelbak Podium Ice bottles I brought with me, went into the box with my bike.  All stuffed with socks, base layers, arm sleeves, bandanas etc.  My cycling shoes went in the bike box too.

There was time for a coffee with Patrick and Karl in Jill’s Restaurant, and one last look at the Flatirons from the back patio of the hotel.

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

Photograph courtesy of Cognoscenti

Karl drove me to Denver airport, and my Cognoscenti adventure was over, bar the many wonderful memories.

About alchemyrider

I left Malaysia in 2008 as a non-cyclist. I am back home now with three road bikes and all the paraphernalia that goes with being addicted to cycling.

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