I’ve decided that job hunting process is like life – some days you’re great, on top of the world and nothing can stop you. Other days you wonder how you’ll pull out of the slump that you’re in and where it all went wrong. I was expecting some amazing news yesterday and when the call came, it was not what I’d been hoping for. I knew that I needed some two wheeled therapy to clear my head and rebalance; since there was nothing else on my calendar for the day, off I went!
The day was overcast and cloudy, but warm enough for comfortable riding, so I made my first visit to one of the memorials on the Tour of Honor. Since it’s so close to my house, I felt pretty confident in finding it and navigating my way there on the bike. It was accessible via backroads which I love riding. The interstate is obviously much faster, but the county roads provide a glimpse into rural life and a slower pace that I appreciate.
The memorial in Dacono, Colorado honors veterans from all branches of the military who have been honorably discharged after serving our country. This beautiful memorial was dedicated less than a year ago. The backdrop of the Rocky Mountains lends a beautiful serentity to this location as well.
I anticipated that visiting these memorials would a positive experience not just in the ride, but in experiencing each one. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emotions that washed over me as I stood reading each name. Having so many veterans in my own family, I know and appreciate the sacrifice these veterans and their families have made to keep us safe.
When I signed up for the Tour, I had already decided that I was going to take the time to learn why each memorial was built and spend some time there. This is more than just an exercise to locate the memorial, stop the bike, take the photo and ride away for me. It seems that most of the participants feel the same way; we want to honor those who have so selflessly served our country.
I have a couple of sites in mind for my next memorial stop. The timing will depend on the job interview schedule and the weather. While yesterday was nice and warm, today we have snow falling. Welcome to spring in Colorado! 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to read and stay tuned for my next adventure!