Last week I went to Denver, CO to offer a Church on the Move workshop for the Evergreen Association of the American Baptist Churches, USA. My options to get there were:
1. Rent a car and drive: 13 hours and 13 minutes.
2. Take a bus to Kansas City then another bus to Denver: 23 hours and 40 minutes.
3. Fly via Delta: 2 hours (organization paid for travel).
I opted for the third choice.
When I arrived in Denver I purchased a RTD day pass: $10.50. The ticket took me to Union Station in downtown Denver. Union Station is a gem of a building. I was most impressed with the train and bus connections available at the station. I walked to my hotel, checked in, then rented a Lime bike and biked the Cherry Creek trail and the South Platte River trail. After dinner I got back on the bus (remember, I had a day pass) and took it to REI to rent a bike for 24 hours (cost was $32).
I don't know why I never thought of renting a bike from REI before. The next morning I rode the bike back to Union Station and hopped on the Flatiron Flyer to Boulder, CO (another RTD day pass). My bike fit on the front of the bus (they have space for an additional seven bikes on the bus, where luggage goes on other passenger buses).