Back to Reality
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (2876)
Welcome back to my reality.
No sooner had I fled to the wilds of Colorado so that I could strap two boards to my feet and fly down multiple mountains in the below-zero cold did I find myself saved by technology once again.
If you didn't hear, there was a very cold snap and blizzard-like conditions in the Vail-to-Denver corridor earlier this week, which ultimately led to the closing of two highways (40 and I-70) and to displacing over 2,000 people on the roads to Red Cross Shelters.
Fortunately, I had my trusty Crackberry Pearl on my person (which performed beautifully at minus 15 degrees Farenheit), by which I was able to receive timely road closing updates from my girlfriend, another good friend, and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
On the mountain itself, trusted information was at something of a deficit. Several people thought they heard that 40 was now opened on the eastbound lane, but 70 was still closed in both directions. Yadda yadda yadda.
I just needed to know whether or not my friend and I could get back to Denver via the two highways, plain and simple, and preferably we wanted to find out before we hit the roads.
With the help of my trusted information brokers (said girlfriend and friend and the CO DOT), we were able to get enough information via my mobile device that indicated that the roads were reopened (in the direction we needed them to be) and that we were safe to set out on our journey.
We arrived in Denver safe, sound and warm, and I was able to share a few pics and even provide some Twitter updates along the way (when the ATT Edge data network was available).
Now if they could only build some kind of skiing anti-collision avoidance system. : )