you may know, one of my favorite bicycle routes in Colorado
includes riding up U.S. Route 36 to the cutoff at the Briarwood Restaurant in
Altona for a trip along the Left Hand Creek and James
Creek white water, through
steep-walled canyon terrain, sprinkled with fantastic aspen, cottonwood, pine
and colorful undergrowth to a pancake breakfast in Jamestown.
totaled, it's 32 miles.
been riding this delightful route since 1973 and it never ceases to astound
with its beauty in spring, summer and autumn. But this time, this ride
Dr. Joe Dispenza, from the movie "What the Bleep do we
the ride, we – Sandi, Mike, Melanie and I – attended a lecture by Dr. Joe
Dispenza from the movie "What the Bleep do we Know?" I
watched the movie four times when it came out three years ago!
my life, this lecture by Dispenza proved to be one of the top five in my
life. Breath-taking information on how to create your life the way you
choose! Dispenza said, "To change your life is to think ahead of
continued, "We perceive reality based on what we're chemically conditioned
to from past experiences. We can only change our responses by adding new
information. Learning means making new brain circuitry."
thought creates a chemical response in your body. If you entertain
negative thoughts, your body produces bile-type chemical responses. When
you enjoy positive thoughts, you create enhancing chemicals in your
body. Each of us chooses the thoughts that operate in our lives.
After the lecture, the bike ride – encephalon's and endorphins
locked the bikes onto the car top carrier. As we drove toward north Boulder, we noticed white capped mountain peaks including
the grand 14er Longs Peak in the distance as
it profiled into a beautiful blue sky. Temperature? About 75
and I parked the car at the intersection this time instead of at the
corral. We unpacked the bikes, locked
on the wheels, pulled on our riding shoes, pumped up the tires, filled our
water bottles and headed west into the canyon.
of us, we saw gray rock canyon walls sprinkled with golden aspen leaves,
cottonwood and red leaved sumac growing in the underbrush. We passed a
river that T'd into the road. The
sun shined upon it creating a silvery sheen that stood out against the green
grasses on both sides. Upon the water, gold, topaz, red, purple, brown
and burgundy leaves floated along the surface.
Soon, we pedaled into the depths of Left-Hand
did you think of Dispenza's statement – 'change is inconvenient'?" Sandi
"It's not only inconvenient," I
said, "it's arduous for most people.
We all like our comfort."
we change our minds with new information," Sandi said, "we allow
ourselves different outcomes instead of the same old things."
like what he said that the way to get rid of negative thoughts about the past
is to force yourself to think of new and more positive ideas," I
said. "Nerve cells that no longer fire together no longer wire
together. That proved a great comment. I'm going to take Dispenza up on that
practice. The way to get rid of old thoughts and negative connotations is
to bring new ideas into your mind."
Attitude Change is a process
create daily, rehearse daily, live with your new mindset daily," Sandi
said. "I like what he said to experience new feelings of joy further
conditions your mind for living as if it already happened which is a catalyst
that brings your intentions into focus and create your new reality for
crossed over the white water river under a canopy of golden trees. Up
ahead, a few houses stood in a wide meadow in the valley. Soon, we passed
through – along the banks of the river. Again, millions of leaves floated
downstream as if a Macy's Day parade. Sun shined from the south while a
brilliant azure sky dominated overhead. Several cyclists passed us while
a few raced back down the mountain at full speed.
is just gorgeous!" Sandi exclaimed.
Park with folks enjoying
a picnic while we began our more serious climb up the canyon road. Rock
walls closed in on us while the river's white water expressed itself more
violently with what I call 'white music', which is quite beautiful. The
road snaked and slithered along with gray, red and brown rock rising upward in
jagged formations. Evergreens grew out of solid rock which, to this day,
amazes me to no end.
The Dispenza experience
talked in front of a packed house of 1,000 people at Mile Hi Church. We
arrived 45 minutes early to find the place three quarters full. We lucked
out to get a seat up close – but off to the side. In this uncertain
world, it's nice to know 'intellectual seekers' continue toward a better
planet. Dispenza said that experience enriches the brain.
the TV deadened the brain. He showed
where people get a 'dopamine' hit from the cops and robbers shows and other
violent stuff that gives them a kick, but he said, going to class or reading a
book gives a more meaningful 'kick' because you remember it. As to the TV
program, you can't remember its content within a day of seeing it.
talked about why kids must keep shooting them up and kill more people in the
video games to get their 'hit' from the games. It's the same 'high' that
adults get from an NFL game to see someone get their head knocked off.
We're not much further along than our Neanderthal forefathers that 'fought' to
survive every second of their lives.
Expect good things in your life.
said to let go of grievances because they will kill you. Forgive everyone
who you think ever hurt you or betrayed you or lied to you or did you no
good. Expect good things in your life.
I pedaled behind Sandi, I smiled at her revolving freewheel. She said,
"I'm sorry – I'm going so slow."
would you apologize for going the perfect speed for you?" I grinned.
slowing you down," she said.
assume that?" I asked. "I think you're traveling at your
perfect speed for you."
right," she said. "I'm riding at my perfect speed."
Memories of South America – come and go
recalled my own pace on trip from the top to the bottom of South
America. Because my two friends pedaled faster than I did,
they left me behind most of the time. I pedaled by myself except for lunch and
camping. I never once thought about apologizing. My cadence worked
for me. When I traveled from Norway
with my friend Gary, we shared a similar cadence so we stayed together.
travels at their own perfect speed.
Here and Now in Left-Hand Canyon – then James Canyon
wound our way along the road with the river splashing through sparkling leaves
that hid houses along the river. More cyclists passed us. Many
raced back down the 12 mile downhill.
enjoyed a good feeling watching riders pass us and see more riders coasting
down hill with that look of sheer 'thrill' in their faces.
enough, our pedaling brought us through Springdale
and past Elysian Park to the 100 year old Jamestown Mercantile Café – featuring
fresh blueberry pancakes. "Yahoo!"
I cried out, jumping off my bike.
Jamestown Mercantile Café
sat in the warm sunshine on the deck under an umbrella – ordered our pancakes,
home fries, water and brownies. Wow, after pedaling for 12 miles up hill,
we gobbled our pancakes with rich maple syrup dripping off the sides. The
onions and potatoes tasted the best ever. We munched our brownies for
cyclists told stories about meeting people carrying pets on their rides. I jumped in and told them about meeting Stan
the Romantic Road Warrior, and his cat Little Chum – on one of my cross
continent rides. I told them about
meeting the man who walked across America on his hands. Fun to
share those stories! Adventure
Cyclist will publish three of those tales next year.
Thoreau said, "If you will endeavor to live the life you have imagined,
you will meet with success unexpected in common hours."
A downhill glide
on the bikes, we coasted downhill. Our tummies full, our hearts light,
our minds clear— we rolled through that canyon. Within a few miles, Sandi
said, "Let's dip our feet into the river."
stopped to sit by the river and dangle our feet into the cold water. We
talked about Joe Dispenza and his amazing research on how to make your life,
your dreams, your world— become what you choose. All it takes is a shift
in perception – beyond ME.
memories – come and go
remember once on a trip to Alaska,
one of my friends had gone out into the woods to pick up more firewood.
When he got back near the campfire that curled gray smoke into the cloudless
sky, he said, "Hey guys! I can see my buddies sitting next to a
campfire under a starlit sky, eating dinner, sipping hot chocolate, telling
stories and laughing their heads off. It looks like a dream. Looks
like something out of a fantasy. But, no, I'm going to walk right into
the dream and become a part of it."
that, Al threw down his pile of wood, tossed a few sticks onto the fire, picked
up his drink and said, "Here's to you guys… thanks for making my dream
Simple awareness, optimum Joy
the end, the joy of life, the dream of life means sharing good moments around a
campfire with your friends. It doesn't get any better than that.
our feet turned pink in the cold water, we slipped back into our socks and
shoes. We hopped back onto the bikes for a gravity-powered ride all the
way back to the car. A sense of freedom, life and love coursed through
our minds and bodies.
John Muir said,
"Camp out among the grass and
gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature's
darlings. Climb the mountains and get
their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as
sunshine flows into trees. The winds
will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares
will drop off like autumn leaves."
we flew down the canyon, autumn leaves fell like golden flurries all around us
– sweeping us up into their magic.
Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South
Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to
border. In 2005, he bicycled from the
Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece.
He presents “The Coming Population
Crisis in America:
and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and
colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at
his website www.frostywooldridge.com