Kings of the Hill
Around 10 AM that morning we went out to the soccer tournament that took place in the
outskirts of the town. A host of matches were already under way, both girl and boy teams
played. Dave went looking for Karla while the rest of us followed some of the games. Some
time passed. Finally Dave returned with Karla and we were all introduced. While Dave and
Karla talked of old times, Manuel and Niels went to buy brunch and supplies at a nearby
The climate in Colorado was comfortable. It wasn't as hot (or as dusty) as New Mexico or
Arizona. Although the sun felt less potent it soon proved necessary to turn to the old
trusted friend: the sun block. A few hours of exposure in the relatively thin air caused
sensitive places to sting. An ample amount of lotion, strategically placed on the hotspots
provided instant relief.
Just after noon it was time to get back on the road. As we pressed eastwards, the road
gradually rose ahead of us. Crossing the Rockies was quite easy due to the excellent I-70:
Four, six lanes of traffic and surprisingly few sharp bends brought us to altitudes of
The ascent took us way past the timberline and eventually we also encountered some snow by
the side of the road. We drove through Vail, the classy ski resort, its lower slopes were
grassy green. In due time the road started to slope downward. Just by putting the car in
neutral and let it roll freely, speeds in excess of 85 mph were easily attained.
Even though it was Sunday we encountered many heavy trucks, thundering down the steep
road. Sensible drivers geared down in order to spare the brakes any unnecessary
We turned north before reaching Denver, the Mile High City. In Boulder we had a hard time
finding a suitable motel, spending ages looking for one. Ultimately we found a suitable
place in Lafayette, just east of Boulder. It wasn't really a room - it was an entire
apartment with two rooms, a bath, kitchen, and 3 televisions (only 2 worked!). The price
was reasonable, not more than we usually paid for accommodations. We even had a porch with
lawn chairs! One of the working TVs showed the 7th and final play-off game between Utah
and Seattle. Manuel was certain that one of these teams would replace Chicago as World
Marco called David McCusker's sister, Nancy Benson, who lived in Boulder with her family.
She invited us over that evening. We spent a nice couple of hours talking about our trip
and our native countries. They urged us to visit downtown Boulder, which we did later that
evening. Finally we looked for a fast food place but everything was closed.
Visiting the Bensons'
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1996 NBA Playoff results.
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