21.07.2010 - 21.07.2010 27 °C
The first job this morning was a visit to another car rental location at another airport, this time at Denver. I made the hour and a half trip early as to avoid traffic and late fees. I returned by white Hyundai Accent and traded it over for a blue Colorado plated Hyundai Accent, which would be my company for the next three weeks as I explore the Rocky Mountains.
Once back in Boulder I drove up to the frontal range and planned to hike one three flat iron granite peaks that tower over the university city. Unfortunatey the afternoon thunder rolled in and scuppered my plans so I was left to do some shopping for my three week trip, on Boulder's open air Pearl Street market instead.
That evening, once the weather had calmed, I drove up the mountain to a point that would allow me to hike up to the continental divide. This was the first time I've driven on mountain roads and it is an experience that requires every measure of concentration - cruise control is no use there! The continental divide hiked I was back down, as similarly alert as on the way up if not more so, and treated myself to an early night.