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We just got back from a quick weekend trip to Logan, Utah…Lance got to meet the Garmin Cannondale cycling team! I was putting up pictures on our Facebook, so this isn’t news for some of you. (If you haven’t yet, I sure hope you’ll “like” our FB page, gang!)
Both Garmin Cannondale and Trek Factory Racing teams are in town since the Tour of Utah starts tomorrow. They showed up for a group ride at Al’s Cyclery in Logan, and of course we dropped everything when we heard about the event, pointed Lance north, and partook.
As we headed out in our peloton of about 70 excited riders, the running joke was, “just don’t take out any of the pros!” Ha, ha. I wasn’t too worried about being anywhere near the pros. I was going to hang back and stay safe.
It was a 40 mile ride through a beautiful mountain pass…an out & back course. I’ve never ridden with such a huge group before, and definitely not with 2 pro teams; with their support cars leap-frogging us, honking as they go…we just needed drunken people on the roadsides, pushing us along, giving us beer, and running naked in flags.
Even though I intended to stay in the back, at one point I found myself in the middle of the pack. Directly in front of me were 2 Garmin/Cannondale pros. To my left were 2 Trek pros. And behind me were guys speaking in French accents, so I assume there were more pros on my back wheel, too, but there was no way I was turning my head to find out. There were some crazy canyon winds blowing from unpredictable directions and we were on a downhill going way too fast for my comfort zone in such a tight group. I kept a death grip on my handlebars and couldn’t stop thinking about our joke… “don’t take out any of the pros!” I was all the way on the right side, with nowhere to go but off the road if I didn’t hold my line. Those Trek boys beside me were WAY TOO trusting. They were chatting up a storm about a recent race without a care in the world, even though our handlebars were about ½ inch away from colliding. And I could only imagine the pros right behind me were probably right on my wheel. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. I was sandwiched in by pros. Please, God, don’t let me take them out!!!
Luckily, they all survived, though if they had any clue what a crappy biker they were riding mere centimeters away from, they might have spread out a bit.
Switching Gears: About Lance…
I’ve been pretty quiet about Lance, letting James do all the talking about our super cool new customized Winnebago Travato, but since I get asked so much about the bed, I thought I’d give you my impressions.
I have to admit, I was worried about the bed. I saw two potential disasters.
- We had it mounted so high to accommodate our bike garage below, I wondered if I’d have problems sleeping up there. I’m not claustrophobic normally, but fretted that the high bed might feel a little, well, MRI tunnel-ish, perhaps?
- The bed in the Travato 59G model (the model we have) is plenty long, but also pretty narrow. Would we have problems sleeping so cramped? I know a lot of other Travato owners are opting for the 59K model (twin beds in the middle of the coach) for this exact same concern.
Turns out my worries were unfounded. The high bed (we call it our “penthouse”) doesn’t feel claustrophobic at all. There are two reasons for that. One, WGO installed a cute little Seitz window up in the penthouse…it was one of the custom mods they did for us.
We like to sleep with it open and the fan in the middle of the coach turned on, so we get a nice, gentle cross breeze. I find it incredibly peaceful and cozy. And the second reason, the mattress is so freaking comfortable, I can’t wait to climb into it each night. Not sure if it’s that Froli sleep system or the mattress itself, but, oh my. I’d be okay with sleeping up there even when we’re home. Sleeping out in the driveway. Would that be weird?
As for the narrow bed, I was pleasantly surprised. There hasn’t been one instance of a bed-related marriage spat… “move over, I’m squished,” “no, YOU move over, you’re crossing the line!” I was sure that’d happen. But we’ve had 15 nights in the penthouse already, and I’m happy to report, we’re still married and no plans for divorce due to bed hogging. I’ve talked to other G-owning couples who concur. The bed size isn’t a problem, even though they all had concerns it would be.
But it’s not all puppy dogs and daisies up there in the penthouse. There’s one little snafu. The Coleman air conditioner is about 2 feet from my face. Running it while sleeping that close to it is noisier than I’d prefer. James doesn’t mind, but that’s because he just LOOKS at a bed and he’s instantly asleep. I’m not kidding you, it’s freaky. He can be in the middle of a sentence as he’s lying down, and BAM! He’s asleep before he finishes his sentence. We’re going to try a few things to see if we can get it quieter, but since it’s rare we need to run the air conditioner at night, I don’t see this as a huge issue. Just something we didn’t foresee.
So, yeah, that’s the deal with the bed. We’re both really happy with how it turned out.
Next week is the super cool Outdoor Retailer show here in Salt Lake City, and we’re excited we get to attend as members of the press. Lots of products will be displayed for outdoor enthusiasts, and James and I love seeing all the latest innovations. Winnebago is coming with the Travato AND a little surprise…a 4×4 ERA! We’ll be hanging out in the Winnebago booth talking about the Travato and our experiences as new owners. Plus! We’ll be scouting out cool products that you all might be interested in. Stay tuned…can’t wait to see what we’ll find this time!