Our good friend Dan Armbruster and his friends were some of the lucky individuals who participated in the 22nd annual Colorado Road Trip. Despite all of the difficulties with the still lingering pandemic, the crew set out to roll at some of Colorado’s best parks while enjoying the sites and sounds as well as the company of good friends. Dan gives us a brief rundown of how this year’s road trip differs from years past. Here is what Dan had to say.
The Colorado Road Trip has changed a lot over the years. In recent years the annual gathering of rollerbladers from all over the U.S. and occasionally the world has become more of a campout than a road-trip. In years past our motley crew of bladers would adventure all over the western reaches of Colorado, skating at least 2 skateparks each day, and camping somewhere new each night. I believe 4 of the last 5 years have been a different situation, usually setting up a single camp outside Leadville, and venturing to nearby parks each day, then backtracking to the same camp each night. This more tame trip allows for more leisure activities, more driving, and seems to encourage less rollerblading. Personally I prefer the traveling route, as this trip is, was, and has always been very much about rollerblading for myself. Getting to skate as many unique parks with people I haven’t seen or have looked up to for years is always my goal. Anyways, here is some of the minimal blading that occurred on this years CORT.