I want to thank the cyclists of Ride the Rockies for the memories.
I can understand when you're out riding your bicycle in the woods and nature calls - you answer. But when you are on the highway and nature calls - you hold it. The property between the highway and people's property is not your litter box.
Now I grew up here on a ranch and I am a butcher, so I have seen birth, death, blood, guts, animal waste, slobber; what I am saying is gross does not bother me. In all the time I have grown up here, I thought I had experienced and seen it all, but a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, my wife and I decided to go to Durango for dinner. Not a mile from our driveway, out in the open for the entire world to see was a squatting bicyclist from the Ride the Rockies group with his shorts around his ankles relieving himself in front of our property. There are no bushes for coverage, and he wasn't trying to be discreet. The mess he left is not one that anyone would want left in front of their property.
My wife and I did not enjoy our meal after we were subjected to the nasty scene not far from our house.
A few days ago while irrigating, I found another spot favored by bicyclists as a rest stop on our property that borders the highway where there was a large amount of discarded and used toilet paper along with several empty water bottles. After witnessing another bicyclist not far from that spot in full squat, I have little doubt as to what is going on.
The side of the highway is not a litter box. All I am really saying is thanks. Thanks for the littering and leaving us a mess to clean up.
Next time they come through this part of the Rockies, I would appreciate if they would in the very least bring a Pooper Scooper.
R.D. Kinney, Ignacio