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06-04-2006, 07:46 PM
Hmmm... what to call it:

West side story? Showdown at the Potato Ranch? Night of the blood curdling scream frogs? Saga of the little Nighthawk that could? Wonderbunny meets Mowhawk woman?

Seeing I had to bug out early, I guess I'm starting the post gathering thread. The SV sits contentedly back in her garage, bug splattered but happy. Its owner just completed a 6hr solo banzai run home from Durango...

Mmmm... pics, lots and lots of pics and stuff...
More to come, after I recover, eat, sleep.... you'll just have to wait.

ok, ok, here's a little peek.

Special advanced thanks to Jo and Gregg, Missy and Aaron! You rock!

06-04-2006, 07:53 PM
At least we got a teaser of the weekend!

06-04-2006, 11:09 PM
More please! I wanna hear about the cake-jumping-out-of...!!!!

06-05-2006, 07:47 AM
This is it? This is all that has been posted so far?
Come on people! I'm not exactly known for my patience!

06-05-2006, 10:15 AM
I'm so excited I could pee my pants!

06-05-2006, 11:37 AM
Hmmmm, I was thinking we'd title this thread "Brisket, Blinkers, and Blown Gaskets." (Now there's a teaser for ya!)

Nobody's home yet but me and Jeff..... The SLC contingent got a pretty early start this morning, along with the entire New Mexico contingent (Bob). Missy got a late start, and Aaron is still in Durango as I post this. I just got to work and of course the first thing I had to do was hop on here. :D

Since I am not nearly as eloquent a writer as most of the other rally participants, I'm not going into details just yet, but I will say it was great to ride with a bunch of like-minded folks, it was great to see old friends (Clair, Jeff, Aaron), and it was great to meet a bunch of new people that already seemed like old friends. But the greatest thing about the weekend was just hanging out with the whole bunch of BB'ers! I can't remember EVER having more fun than I had this weekend!

More later (after I actually get some work done!).....

06-05-2006, 11:55 AM
We're like little kids at Christmas, we can't wait anymore! Somebody hurry up and post some more pictures!

Thanks for the tidbit Jo! At least we got something to nibble on. (just like that dirty little mouse...)

06-05-2006, 12:27 PM
I have created a new category in the Gallery section: BBO 2006 West Side Rally in case anybody wants to upload their pics here.

meanwhile, the story continues....

06-05-2006, 12:29 PM
As the others are making their way home, right about now, I will start in with my recollections of this fantastic weekend. When I upload the pics to my website you'll get all the large format pics, the reduced size here just don't do the scenery justice.

Flash back to last Thursday. Had to work most of the day, and scheduled an appointment with a contractor about my basement so now it's close to supper time ... aww crap, still have to pack for the trip! Mad panic ensues, as I run about the house locating the various items: tire repair kit, earplugs, ok where are the zip ties, clothes: check the weather report, camera.. ok now where's the cell phone charger. Finally it's almost 11:30pm.. I'm all packed, but now I'm too excited to sleep. Arrghhh!

Friday morning arrives all too soon. Luckily maintenance is done on the bike and it's just a matter of throwing on the luggage and going. Traffic is light as I ride through town, a big grin crosses my face as I take the exit west, rather than towards the office. The ride out of Denver is on a secondary highway, I am avoiding the superslab because it's not only shorter this way, but much more scenic.

Map 1 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Denver+to+poncha+springs+colorado&om=1&ll=39.198205,-105.353394&spn=1.566562,2.817993)

06-05-2006, 12:57 PM
Thursday night we were picking up the hot rod - for various reasons we didn't end up back home and inside until after 9:00 - too late to do the last minute cleaning I needed to do. Aw screw it - I'm off on Friday; I've got plenty of time!

Friday morning I wake up early because I'm so jazzed about having everybody there. Better start washing sheets and blankets......hmmmm, this room doesn't look like it's ever been dusted.......damn, I meant to put all this stuff out of the way......oh, look at this floor - it definitely needs mopping.....how did all this crap get over here in ths corner?.....oops, better put another load of sheets in the washer.....oh yeah, gotta run into town and get some stuff......dammit, this room needs vacuuming again......time to put another load in the washer and start making up the two beds......damn, the light bulb in the kitchen light just blew out - gotta go back into town......

More later......

06-05-2006, 01:02 PM
Update - I just heard from Missy. She's in Shiprock and will be riding to Gallup (93 miles) over the next hour and a half. Probably stop for lunch in Gallup, and then on to Holbrook where she will check in with me again.

This is a big deal for her - a long solo ride like this. I told her before she left that I was almost jealous. I've never done a long solo ride and I really did have a moment of jealousy that she had this opportunity!

Why is she riding home alone? Didn't she ride up here with azpenguin (Aaron)? What happened to Aaron? Where is he now? You may be asking these questions, but you're not getting answers until we're good and ready to tell you! :lol2:

06-05-2006, 01:30 PM
I'm glad she's checking in, I'm sure with Karl as well. Group riding is fun fun fun, but solo riding has it's moments too. (well, maybe through the desert heat .. not as fun). Here's hoping to hear she's back home safely.

06-05-2006, 01:33 PM
Moved to below to make this more chronological....

06-05-2006, 01:56 PM
As Jo's busy preparing the Potato Ranch for our arrival...meanwhile back on the road...

Some places in Colorado ... unlike the mountains, is well.... just plain flat. How flat? How about 8+ miles of straight road, no turns .... oh the horror!
The upside.. tuck down and hmmm let's see how far this throttle goes. :) :)

With no turning involved, I got bored... hmm, what to do.... I know, a random picture

Some more boring miles later, I'm wondering about all the little tiny black specks on my visor. They turn out to be small gnats, or flys. Ironically I happen to be passing a small town called Mosca. Spanish: diminutive of mosca, "fly" or "little fly" from Latin musca, "fly") Gee... who knew?

Finally I reach a junction on the endless straight. In the town of Center, I stop off at a gas station. More like the only building at the crossroads, a place where all the local farmers and ranch hands meet. The noontime sun bakes overhead, washing out color and evaporating what little moisture there is in this area. I escape into the store for a sip of Gatorade. Inside the store, there was this collection of old oil containers, some looking like they dated back to the fifties.
Note the sign below... hmm..

I make the turn towards the west... where the mountains etch a jagged silhouette in the hazy afternoon horizon.

Map 2 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=poncha+springs+colorado&daddr=south+fork,+colorado&t=h&om=1&ll=38.09566,-106.171875&spn=1.45252,2.713623)
Zoom in and notice the neat circular patterns made by irrigation rigs in the satellite view.

06-05-2006, 02:41 PM

I need more time in my life. :) Dammit. Right after a big SCA thing AND when I was on call AND between trips to TX. Bad.

06-05-2006, 02:52 PM
Update re: Missy - she just called me from Gallup, since she was afraid that she might not have cell service in Holbrook. She's doing well, and sounded a bit surprised that she was actually having a good time! She's not quite one-third of the way home yet.

She also said Aaron had sent her a text message sometime in the last two hours that he was about to leave Durango.

06-05-2006, 03:34 PM
Beyond Poncha Springs and west of South Fork, the featureless plains slam head-on into the San Juan mountain range. The vertical relief is in stark contrast to the flatness of the valley floor. With the elevation change come roads with curves on them. :woot: Hwy 160 to Durango goes over Wolf Creek Pass. The scent of pine trees and the roar of streams swollen with spring snowmelt assault my senses. Here, the ancient ice age glaciers have gouged out the canyon, leaving steps in the wall like a staircase for giants.

As 160 increases in elevation, I begin to leave the heat of the valley floor. The darkening skies mean rain, with it the welcome relief of cooler temperatures. Even with perforated leathers it was a little warm with temperatures in the high 80s all day. Closer to the summit, light drizzle begins to spot the road. I would have to save any speed runs on the wide sweepers for another day.

This tunnel is an avalanche shed. In winter, exposed stretches of Hwy 160 are prone to snow slides. In certain areas, it's easier to build sheds so the avalanche simply flows over the highway.

Further over the summit, the rain lets up and the pavement dries. At least the downhill run I can pick up some speed again. In the distant light, a view of the U-shaped glacial valley. (altogether now... oooohhh, ahhhhh)

After the pass, 160 traverses rolling ranchland. There are some really expensive looking ranch mansions along this stretch. This is looking back east.

and in another hour or so, I am pulling into Durango....

Following Jo's directions I manage to find the Potato Ranch. (Though, Todd's directions were funnier: well you go past the old Johnson place, ....)

In my relief to finally arrive, I forget about the depth of their gravel driveway and turn onto it. Awful thoughts ensue as I try no to embarass myself by dumping the bike so close to the end.
I am repeating the mantra "Gravel bad, pavement good" over and over.

Map 3 (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=South+FOrk,+colorado&daddr=Durango,+colorado&ll=37.439974,-107.248535&spn=0.732733,1.356812&t=h&om=1)

06-05-2006, 03:45 PM

So before I knew it I heard a motorcyle buzzing out front. I fling open the door and the first arrival turns out to be Mr. "Boy do I look sexy in my color-coordinated riding leathers" Jeff. We've met before, so we exchange happy greetings and hugs and after unpacking his bike we go inside and hang out where it's a little cooler. An hour passes in no time and we figure the Salt Lake contingent should be arriving soon, since Clair had checked in about 1:00 from Moab, which is three hours away. So we go outside to sit on the front porch and watch them try to ride up the gravel driveway. Hubby arrives shortly after 4:00 and he joins us as we wait for everyone else to arrive. The three of us are talking like very old friends and having a good time. Finally, about 5:15, we see three bikes slowing down as they pass the front of the house - OOPS, they drive right by! But they stop about 50 feet beyond the driveway. A black Volusia with two riders is first in line, and proceeds to perform as sweet a U-turn as I've ever seen on a barge. I know this has gotta be RockyMtnRoadRash (Todd) and WonderBunny (RuthAnn), since they're two-up, and we're laughing to see if Todd will brave the evil gravel. Nope, he skirts the gravel and comes up the grass. Meanwhile, the other two riders have performed flawless U-turns and the second one pulls into the driveway. We know this one has to be Kevin, since he's on a red SV650. He follows Todd's path over the grass. The third rider we know has to be Clair, since the bike is clearly a Mini-Wing. We think surely Clair, being the infallible being that he is, will take the gravel driveway.....................but, NO, he surprises us and takes the grass! Good thing we weren't placing bets - I'd've lost that one. :D

06-05-2006, 04:05 PM
After I peel myself off the saddle, Jo greets me at the door. We've met before so it was like instant bonding. This would be repeated over and over again shortly, as we await the arrivals of the others. Every time we'd hear the sound of motorcycles, we'd both look up the road - eagerly anticipating the sight of friends old and new.

06-05-2006, 04:15 PM
Sounds like a great time! Hope Missy is doing well. I envy her too, having never been on a solo ride like that. Makes me want to go on one!

06-05-2006, 05:43 PM
Me too!

Let's see, Bob should be home by now - Bob, you out there????

The Salt Lake contingent should also be getting home soon - hope we hear from them shortly that everything went smoothly for their ride home!

06-05-2006, 05:48 PM
Just now got home, at 4:30.

Way to go Missy!! Riding solo ROCKS!


06-05-2006, 06:27 PM
About an hour later, the Utah crew shows up. They almost ride right past the driveway.

Todd and Ruthann (RMRR and Wonderbunny) on his barge. Followed by Kevin (Kflippo), on an SV (yay), and Clair acting as tail gunner. Jo and I have been wondering if any of them will brave the gravel, but none of them did.

I've met all of them before, but Jo and Gregg have only met Clair. Still, as Jo said, we've been emailing and on this board often enough that it seems we're already like family. That's one of the great things about BB, only more so when I get to describing about the rides.

Just chillin' , by now Bob (bobthearch) has rolled in from Raton, NM. He also turns onto the gravel like I did, and we yell in unison .. "take the grass!" :) Luckily Bob didn't tip over either.

06-05-2006, 06:37 PM
I'm home ... safe and sound. Todd and Ruthann should be home within the next half hour, ditto with Kevin, We're hot, tired, hot, sweaty, hot ... did I mention if was a friggin furnace riding through the desert??? Just wanted to check in, let y'all know I got home safely. Pics, story, all that after I shower, spend time with Deb, eat, sleep, all that.

1132 miles for me. Great time. EVERYBODY ROCKED!!!

Now, I need to go fix the broken garage door so we can get the cars out and my bike in ...

06-05-2006, 06:43 PM
Glad folks are getting in safely. Now what's the latest on Aaron and Missy. Please update if anybody hears from either of them.

06-05-2006, 07:47 PM
Just heard from Missy. She's in Globe, AZ - only about 100 miles from home! Says she's still having fun, but she's really got blisters on her hands now!

Gotta get offline - I'm on dialup and I hear thunder! Boy did we time this rally perfectly!

06-05-2006, 10:22 PM
Heard from Missy again - she's back in Tucson, but still had to ride across town. She said she'd post as soon as she got home, which should be any minute now.

Me - I'm going to bed! Had almost too much fun this weekend, and it just caught up with me - more tomorrow. Will try to get some pics uploaded, but I didn't take nearly as many as everyone else - BAD Jo!

06-05-2006, 10:23 PM
.... Around suppertime we start getting calls from Missy and Aaron. They had just crossed into Colorado and were going to stay in Mancos, 40 miles down the road from Durango. The rest of us decide to go into town for dinner, and have Missy and Aaron join us if they can.

We end up piling into Jo and Gregg's trucks, and going to Francisco's, one of many restaurants on the main drag. There were bikes everywhere, parked out front of many restaurants and bars. Inside they gave us the party room... we must've not looked like rough tough bikers, because we were sat next to a roomful of little league ball players. OK, don't get me wrong, I LIKE kids but.. did someone feed these guys a bucket of sugar before dinner?! "Who stole the chips? Stop touching me! Are we there yet?" (no wait, that's Clair's line).

Big plates of food arrived and the feeding frenzy took place. Here are the happy, and full, "bikers". C'mon, doesn't this table scream badass bikers? No?
Around the table from left: Jo, Gregg, Bob, Clair, Kevin, Jeff, Ruthann, and Todd

After dinner, we get one more call. It's Aaron and Missy, they are coming into town! So we decide to meet up at the Giant gas station. No, not for giant Escalades, that really was the name. So, picture a mob of BB riders, standing on the corner looking for two motorcyclists we've never seen in person before.. hoping at least we'd recongnize a Nighthawk.

Someone then calls out our names.. it's Missy and Aaron! Here we are looking for riders and they pull up in an SUV. They made it! We were all together! Handshakes and hugs and the group head back to the Ranch for chit chat and beer.

By now the front lawn is looking like the precursor to Woodstock. Several of the guys brought their tents, and staked out some prime lawn campsites.

About this time, the sun's gone down and we hear the first appearance of the dreaded blood curdling scream frogs.
Also at this time, we find out Missy and Aaron came bearing surprises for the rest of us!

... to be continued...

06-05-2006, 10:45 PM
Gosh, it's like I'm re-living the weekend in real time. Is this an episode of 24?
(who still uses real film and won't have pictures for a day or two)

06-05-2006, 10:58 PM
BTW any of the participants who wants a CD of my digital pics, email me your snail mail address. I should have them ready in a week or so. Film is totally cool, Bob, you and Wonderbunny ought to keep at it. I don't use my film cameras nearly enough!

OK, some random trivia - I got some rough (I mean rough) mileage from each of our home cities to Jo's place:

UT crew +- 800mi round trip *maybe 900 for Kevin
Jeff 724mi round trip
Bob 674mi round trip

and the winnnaahhh of the long distance award:
Missy & Aaron +- 1000mi round trip
Not exactly an iron butt.. how 'bout an aluminum butt?

06-05-2006, 11:23 PM
Some trip stats, since some of you may have noticed the notebook I scribbled in at each fill-up:

MPG range: lowest 31.48 MPG; highest 52.83 MPG
Averall MPG for all 4 days: 46.36 MPG

Volusia miles ridden:
Day 1, Raton - Durango
314 miles

Day 2, Durango - Telluride - Ouray - Durango
246 miles

Day 3, small rides around Durango
170 miles

Day 4, Durango - Raton
350 miles

TOTAL: 1080 miles!!

Some bike stats, 10 folks on 9 bikes:
Honda - 2 bikes, 2 people
Harley Davidson - 2 bikes, 2 people
Kawasaki - 1 bike, 1 person
Suzuki - 4 bikes, 5 people

Missy B
06-06-2006, 12:05 AM

I'm here, I'm here!! Safely and soundly, even!! :woot:

I had to read this thread first. It was an awesome read. Thanks for posting my check=ins Jo. I had to laugh when you said that I sounded surprised to be having a good time. I must say, I was surprised, and yes, I had a great time riding solo.

Throttle is my friend. :mrgreen:

I left Durango at 9:45 am CO time, which is 8:45 am Tucson time. I pulled the bike into the garage at 8:25 pm Tucson time..a little under 12 hours for 529 miles today.

Mileage counts for me:

Day 1 (Friday): 534
Day 2 (Saturday): our Durango Silverton kick a$$ loop ride: 218
Day 3 (yup, Sunday): 83 (we took it easy this day around town to rest up, but a nice ride and a great day in town and hanging out at the Potato Ranch :mrgreen: )
Day 4 : 529 miles back to Tucson

Total: 1364 (I think)..lol

My starting odometer: 3881.2
Ending odometer: 5244.3

It was cool to see the bike odometer turn over to 4000 on Friday and 5000 today. :mrgreen:

I need to go through all of my pics and will post a report soon.

Thanks again to Jo and Gregg for hosting this awesome event. We wouldnt have had such a good time without your hospitality. You rock!!!!

06-06-2006, 12:09 AM
Glad you made it home Missy! Now I hope Aaron checks in soon. I'll keep the suspense going and not say anything yet. Thanks you two for the great gifts - they kick ass!

06-06-2006, 12:29 AM
Thanks again to Jo and Gregg for hosting this awesome event. We wouldnt have had such a good time without your hospitality.
Absolutely! A huge gushing "Thanks" to Jo and Gregg, who allowed us to visit their home (spacious, spotless, and cozy - the lawn was soft and lush too, perfect for a sleeping bag).


06-06-2006, 12:36 AM

I've never met or ridden with any of you, but I do know some other bb'ers.
Sounds like you all had a similarly positive experience!



Missy B
06-06-2006, 12:38 AM
Glad you made it home Missy! Now I hope Aaron checks in soon. I'll keep the suspense going and not say anything yet. Thanks you two for the great gifts - they kick ass!

I spoke with Aaron a little over an hour ago and he was in Globe, so he should be in Tucson in about an hour or so, if not less.

You're welcome for the gift. We were glad and happy to do it. :mrgreen:

06-06-2006, 01:14 AM
Some trip stats...
Day 2, Durango - Telluride - Ouray - Durango
246 miles...

...Day 2 (Saturday): our Durango Silverton kick a$$ loop ride: 218...

"Detour" Bob?
"Shortcut" Missy?

Must hear more.

Souds/looks like an epic event, though brisket reviews are conspicuously absent, not to mention cake.


06-06-2006, 01:22 AM
Good eye, and there's a simple explanation. Missy and Aaron didn't start in Durango that day - we picked them up along the way near Aaron's sister's where they stayed the night before.

No cake. Brisket was excellent.


Missy B
06-06-2006, 01:36 AM
Day 3, small rides around Durango
170 miles

Crazy man Bob couldnt get enough riding, so he went on his own ride Sunday afternoon after we all went back to Jo's house to veg/relax. So while most of us had 80 or so that day with the lake/Durango downtown ride, Bob had his 170.

06-06-2006, 01:40 AM
I made it back at 5:45 MST Monday evening. I beleve Clair, Todd, Ruthann and I left out Christine's restarant at about 8:20 in the morning. I reset one my trip meters before we left out of Jo and Greg's home. I checked in at home with 508 miles. I think that qualifies for a Aluminum butt? With the 301 miles for Saturday and Sunday's rides(Missy's data) gives me 1317 miles total for the trip! What a trip! Thanks so much Jo and Greg for hosting us this weekend!

I will be uploading some of my pictures in the next day or so. I have to go to bed now and get up and go to work. Works Sucks! I am going riding!

Missy B
06-06-2006, 01:44 AM
I beleve Clair, Todd, Ruthann and I left out Christine's restarant at about 8:20 in the morning. /snip


Was Clair having a fit that you werent on the road at 8? :mrgreen:

06-06-2006, 05:16 AM
Sounds like you guys had a blast! Congrats to all of you for your personal milestones! Can't wait to hear more and see more pictures!

06-06-2006, 06:21 AM
Looking forward to the PICS and stories.......

06-06-2006, 07:34 AM
What a good looking crew we have here!!!! So happy you guys had a blast! Congratulations on that mileage! Happy to hear everyone made it safe and sound!

06-06-2006, 08:59 AM
Glad everyone made it home safely! Looking forward to all the tales and pics!! :thumbsup: Get crackin' yall!! :twisted:

06-06-2006, 09:21 AM
Glad everyone made it home safely! Looking forward to all the tales and pics!! :thumbsup: Get crackin' yall!! :twisted:

What she said. More, please. More!

06-06-2006, 09:59 AM
Got a call from Aaron this morning - he got into Tucson about midnight (MDT) last night.

After seeing that pic of us in Francisco's, now I remember why I hate having my picture taken - I look like a HAG in that snap! Think I'm gonna track down that waiter and kill him...... ;) :D

06-06-2006, 10:26 AM
OK, time for some awards:

Everyone who rode to Durango gets at least an "Aluminum Butt" award!
Missy gets the honorary "Iron Butt" award for riding the farthest overall (and the "You Go, Girl!" award for her first long solo ride).
Aaron gets the "You Gotta Be Shittin' Me!" award for doing the loop on a Nighthawk 250 that is jetted for near sea level.
Missy and Aaron get the "Best Surprise" award.
Jeff gets the "Superhero" award for being the only one to ride the gravel on the way in.
Bob gets the "Biggest Cojones" award for going out for a ride on his own in an unfamiliar place.
Clair gets the "I Can Handle Anything" award for unexpectedly having to carry a large extra load on his bike.
Kevin gets the "I Could Go a Helluva Lot Faster But I'll Give These Bozos on Cruisers a Break" award (he also gets the "Boy Scout Preparedness" award for best bike maintenance during the trip :lol:).
Todd gets the "How Did They Do That?" award for making it through the loop carrying two-up on a carbuerated Volusia (he also gets the "Class Clown" award for keeping us all very well entertained).
Ruthann gets the "Infinite Patience" award for putting up with Todd. ;)
Gregg gets the "Master Chef" award for making the best brisket during the rally (it really was NOT his best effort - he again sends his apologies to everyone for that).
I get the "Has a Pulse" award for just being there..... :D

Missy B
06-06-2006, 10:29 AM
LOL Jo...great awards! :mrgreen:

And I thought the brisket was yummy.

I have a riding hangover today. I should have left the house 1/2 hour ago for work...I'm just now out of the shower. Oops.

Who cares, anyway? Work sucks. I'm goin' riding.

Ok..maybe not today. :mrgreen:
PS I started resizing pics last night to post. I'll try to get report/pics up tonight.

Missy B
06-06-2006, 10:32 AM
By the way...note to self....

Charge ipod PRIOR to leaving for a long 550 mile trip home. Three notes of one song doesnt quite cut it for entertainment.

Although...the voices in my head were very entertaining. Who knew?? :mrgreen:

06-06-2006, 11:26 AM
LMAO! Missy, the voices are always entertaining unless they are arguing withyou!

06-06-2006, 11:42 AM
Love the awards!

Missy - you need my sticker 'Your jealous because the voices only talk to me'

06-06-2006, 11:43 AM
Here was my route home:
- Hwy 160 from Durango to Pagosa Springs (traffic not too bad once past Bayfield)
- Hwy 84 South to Chama, N.M. (some traffic, but not quite enough to spoil the ride)
- Hwy 17 to Antonito (beautiful mountain passes, very few vehicles)
- Hwy 285 N to Romeo (lots of traffic, wouldn't want to ride this road for very long)
- Hwy 142 to San Luis (a virtual ghost-highway, and riding in a straight line for a change felt good)
- Hwy 159 S to State line, Hwy 522 to Questa, N.M. (not much traffic today)
- side-trip at Costilla past Amalia until pavement ended
- side trip towards closed Ski Rio until I hit a gate. Nice pavement on abandoned highway, very twisty and steep but no one's cleaned off rock slides for some time...
- side trip at Questa to visit the fish hatchery.
- Hwy 38 from Questa to Eagle Nest. (a lot of traffic between Questa and Red River - Texans are in season! very little traffic past Red River)
- Hwy 64 from Eagle Nest to Raton (plenty of Texans in the Cimarron Canyon)

Had to stop almost imediately to install jacket liner and put on wind vest. Didn't take 'em off until Anonito. The only stretch that felt a little too warm was between Cimarron and Raton, 95d in Raton yesterday, a record high.

Glad everyone made it home safely,

06-06-2006, 11:51 AM
Had to stop almost imediately to install jacket liner and put on wind vest. Didn't take 'em off until Anonito. The only stretch that felt a little too warm was between Cimarron and Raton, 95d in Raton yesterday, a record high.
Did we mention yet that the Salt Lake and Tucson riders were intending their parting words to Bob to be "SCREW YOU, BOB!"? ;) :lol:

06-06-2006, 12:01 PM
Did we mention yet that the Salt Lake and Tucson riders were intending their parting words to Bob to be "SCREW YOU, BOB!"? ;) :lol:

Gee, good thing I didn't tell em about my route home. Too late, all they have to do is read about my inbound trip in reverse. It was comfy and cool in the passes.

06-06-2006, 12:21 PM
Did we mention yet that the Salt Lake and Tucson riders were intending their parting words to Bob to be "SCREW YOU, BOB!"?
I got the message loud and clear, telepathically. But I was so busy paying attention to the curves that I couldn't "tune in" until Antonito. :D

Hopefully Asp125 took some pics of his ride home. I tried to get a pic of my bike at every named mountain pass on the way home.


Missy B
06-06-2006, 12:24 PM
Did we mention yet that the Salt Lake and Tucson riders were intending their parting words to Bob to be "SCREW YOU, BOB!"? ;) :lol:

There were no intentions....we actually said it. :mrgreen: Bob didnt seem too care too much, tho. LOL :crackup:

06-06-2006, 12:31 PM
Clair, Todd, Kevin? We need some ride reports and pictures......get crackin'!!! ;)

06-06-2006, 12:46 PM
By the way...note to self....

Although...the voices in my head were very entertaining. Who knew?? :mrgreen:

Missy, remember to put ear-plugs in. They help you hear the voices in your head better. :thumbsup:

06-06-2006, 12:48 PM

Finally getting on here to read the report. Ruthann and I got home around 5 and crashed. Hello couch, we love you so.

The Volusia performed remarkably well for being a carbed 800 with two of us aboard. However, even with all the comfort mods, neither of us was totally comfortable. I theorize this is because we're both fidgiters, ill-equipped to sit in the same position for that long. Standard seating is imminant, I have clearance for a trade-in buy.

It was AWESOME seeing everybody. Jo's house was super nice despite the access troubles and the bumper crop of North American Spotted Blood-Curdling Scream Frogs (Ranidae Horriblus Rackitus Arrrrrrgh).

Ruthann had a great time which made me really happy. Riding by yourself is awesome but touring two-up is a really fun, oddly intimate experience, despite the fact that you can't really talk to each other, just squeeze and point, or bash your helmets together in morse code. Ruthann also gets the "best passenger" and "shutterbug" award. We have something like 6-8 rolls of film to develop, which we'll get digital prints of so I can get them online. More than a couple are taken from the back of the bike. She burned through an entire roll going over red mountain alone.

More later, must get back to playing catch up at work!

06-06-2006, 12:49 PM
You'll notice the lack of posts from me today. Two reasons, to give the others a chance to catch up. And that client I had to leave early for? ... well dang it if I don't actually have to do some work for Mr Big..... who knew? You'd think they'd leave me alone knowing I have to post here. Where's another one of those "Screw work, I'm going riding" shirts when you need one! :)

06-06-2006, 01:22 PM
I'm trying to upload and resize my pics now on Photobucket ... gonna post a ton so be patient ... I'm also at work so having to sneak this in ...

Looks like next to Jo I had the least miles at 1132 or so, give or take. GPS battery died for part of the trip so I'm guestimating.

The STeed ran beautifully all weekend, never had any issues with altitude, always had power, and my butt was also comfy. Legs on the other hand ... man I need to do some kind of hwy bars on that bike, but the butt was okay this time. LOL

I'd like to thank the group for, when I was leading the group on Saturday, not forming alliances behind me and ultimately voting me off the island. I was worried about that ... especially when I kept looking behind me and seeing the next group of riders WAY behind me ... I really wasn't going that fast through the turns, I swear ...

I've learned that I love my ST even more. I've learned that the ST blocks a lot of wind, thus affording a great ride ... except when it's friggin 95+ in the desert sun, then wind protection sucks. I was living for any kind of cross wind. Also, the ST has a really hard time doing 70mph in the desert ... it also wants to get the hell out of it in a hurry ...

Things to ask people about this trip:

Why did we dub Jo's place: Jo's Screaming Frog Farm

Why was Aaron riding 2-up with me on Sunday, and did I have to reach back there and smack him

Who is Wonder Bunny

How many men does it take to ......

Who snores louder ... Kevin or Gregg

Did Missy's kids tie her husband up for the weekend?

Man, I want to ride more with this group! Having to work really sucks.

06-06-2006, 01:53 PM
The trip begins.

Friday morning, 8:00 AM at McD's. I arrive a bit late ... I do so LOVE my wife :-) ... and Kevin and Todd and Ruthann are already there. We chat for a bit, talking excitedly about our ride to come, how we'll take the ride down, and so on. This is Kevin's first long ride with us, so we bring him up to speed. Off we go to get gas. Here's the SLC contingent ...

Me, looking spiffy

Todd and Ruthann, 2-up for the whole weekend

Kevin looking sharp

It's gonna be a hot ride. It's not bad leaving SLC, it's nice and cool going over Soldier summit, but then we hit the desert. AT Price it's time to start shedding any layers or liners we had on ... thus Ruthann doing her striptease act in the parking lot lol

We make it to Green River and now it's HOT! Time to get gas and some fluids. This would become our routine for the day .. stopping every hour for a butt break and to down some much needed fluids. HEre's the group about to hit the road again.

I'm leading the way down, Kevin behind me, T&R at the rear. I packed rather poorly, so says Todd, so I can't see much behind me. My ST's mirrors look up over the side bags, and my gear is hanging over both sides, so I have to do occassional weaves to see if anyone is back there. They are, but kinda WAY back there. Man, I'm not going that fast ... this would be an indication of how the weekend would go ... lol

Anyway, ride we do, stopping in Moab to get some food ... actually all we really wanted was some AC and water, everything else was secondary. Moab was HOT, and to make life worse, the main street of Moab was under construction. SO, in high 90's, on a friggin hot black top road, we're stop and go, melting, oh why is most MC gear black ... Then, they've dug up the road in front of where we're going, just lovely. The parking lot is basically also just entirely tar snakes, melting gooey tar snakes ... that was fun. So, we eat and leave. Remember that ditch where the old road used to be? Well, we have to go up that, so a 4" or 6" lip and immediately make a right turn into our lane. That was fun. NO room for error there, and we made it perfectly. Way to go guys!

Through Monticello ... another stop for ice cream, gatorade, and butt break ... then to Cortez Colorado we go. This used to be Hwy 666, but since some silly people get overly touchy about certain things the road had to get renumbered to be Hwy 491. Next Halloween will go, I'm sure, but back to the story. In Cortez, which was also under construction, we saw this GREAT sign ... :-)
Yep, Little Bear was with us, even if just in spirit.

06-06-2006, 02:06 PM
How convenient to stop in Green River for fluids with the Pepsi truck... I see that the door is open! ;)

06-06-2006, 02:08 PM
We make it to Durango about 5:15. Todd lead us the last little way since he studdied Google Maps more than I did. Jo's road isn't marked and if it wasn't for the White house with a Blue roof, it would be easy to miss. We first ride past Jo's place, do our U-turns (GO BRC) and have to make a decision ... ride the loose gravel driveway in, or ride the yard. Todd, being smart for a young kid, opts for the grass. Thus, Kevin and I follow him. Good choice. YAY, after 9 hours of riding, we're there! Let the party begin. Here is a pic of us chillin' ... Jeff by his bike, Todd showing off his legs ... why I have no idea ... LOL

Here is the infamous Driveway of Doom ...

Some of us chose to camp, so the tents belonged to (from L to R) Kevin, Me, Bob ...

We waited for everyone else to arrive ... Bob came in a bit later ... and tried out the gravel. Wobble, wobble, then we're all up, waving him to the grass ... "get on the grass Bob !!" ... we yell. I think Jo liked tortuing us this way. LOL Missy and Aaron will be much later, since they're going to take a break and visit his sister about an hour west. So, after chatting for a while, we head into Durango for Dinner. Good restaurant, good food, but the youth baseball team next to us was lucky to get out alive ... we were VERY close to killing all of them, and their parents for letting them goof off and be as loud as they were ... Then it was back to Jo's ... or was it?

We joke that as soon as we leave, Missy and Aaron will show up ... but oh well, can't get a hold of them so we leave. We get about two blocks away when they call ... they're at the restaurant wondering where we are. LOL So, we park and wait for them to find us. Our first meeting of the Famous Missy (she so totally rocks) and Aaron. NOW, we can go back to Jo's. We enjoy some beer, good talk, like we're family, have known each other for years. That's the beauty of this ... we don't "know" each other, yet we do. We also get to experience Jo's Screaming Frog Farm ... in a pond out back Jo has Frogs that sound like they're screaming in pain when they croak ... rather funny. Missy and Aaron head back to his sisters place where they had parked their bikes, we'll meet them tomorrow for the ride.

But, it was a long haul for most of us, and Jo busted her butt cleaning all day, so I crash. Kevin also crashes at some point ... and I now have screaming frogs to listen to and a snorer. LOL Thus, ear plugs back in and it's a great nights sleep.

Saturday Ride

WA HOO, it's Saturday, we're doing our first BB ride together! This is gonna be friggin GREAT!!! Gregg, Jo's hubby, joins us and will lead. Off to get food, we need food. HEre we are, preparing to head out. This is Gregg's Harley ...

We form up immediately, no discussion needed, no rules needed, we just "knew". We rode in formation wonderfully and smart. I was toward the rear then T&R and then Jo. We encoutered a VERY annoying and asshat pickup driver who wanted to merge into our formation ... and was going to, no matter that we were there! Idiot. Anyway, we eat and head out to meet Missy and Aaron ... we pull in ... who's that in the Mohawk??

Yep, Miss is Stylin!!! At least now we can always spot miss and Ruthann!! Off we go now, I'm toward the front now with Miss and Aaron toward the back. Aaron has a 250cc Nighthawk ... think about that folks ... he rode a 250cc bike 500+ miles to get here, who says you can't tour on a 250? Now the fun begins, riding great, the group is great, we automatically seperate into the faster and slower groups, and now Miss is with US, the Speedsters!!

06-06-2006, 02:12 PM
I really wasn't going that fast through the turns, I swear ...
Well, I think it's possible you were exceding the posted Caution speeds. :) I just couldn't work up to zipping the Volusia around those blind hairpins on a narrow highway hanging over a bottomless cliff. That stretch coming south out of Ouray was definitely a 10 on the pucker scale!

Here's a pic I found online:
Yes, we were on the outside lane headed up.

Man, I want to ride more with this group! Having to work really sucks.
Ditto. Maybe though after tomorrow's "meeting", I'll have a lot more time for riding. :D


06-06-2006, 02:18 PM
Todd, being smart for a young kid, opts for the grass.
That could be re-phrased:
"Todd, having been to Jo's previously, opts for the grass."

06-06-2006, 02:22 PM
Let's see, this is Aaron, Gregg, Kevin, and Jo by her bike ... the other Harley in the group.

We had Two HD's, Two Honda's, one Kawi, and 4 suzi's. We ride up into the mountains and the views are just wonderful. Great windy road, nothing technical but totally fun. We're constantly watching the road and the scenery ... along the way we had to pass through two sets of cattle on the road ... that was fun ... in the first group we have a Cowboy on his horse, totally decked out in the cowboy look ... and talking on his CELL PHONE!!! LOL The next group of cattle straddled the road and we had to ride between them. This was fun. At one point, we had to stop since one stopped, turned it's head and looked at Gregg as if to say ... "Like YOU are EVEN going to get me to move ... I'll move when I friggin feel like you and don't think I won't ... damn people ..." Meanwhile, Gregg is trying to get him to move, and the rest of us are nervously watching the other cattle just in case we need to skiddaddle!!

We finally make it through and we're back to riding ... WA HOO, this is a friggin blast! Here are some scenes from the ride ...


BB Bikers and Mountains, can it get any better?

06-06-2006, 02:26 PM
That could be re-phrased:
"Todd, having been to Jo's previously, opts for the grass."

Nah, never been there before. I'm just naturally SMRT.

06-06-2006, 02:38 PM
My bike, with the mountains in the back ground .. the STeed ... often referred to as the mini-wing. LOL

Another Mountain pic ... let's see if you East Coast riders have THIS on your trips! :-)

After a while, Gregg informs us he has to break off. He needs to get back to the house to finish cooking the Briskette. Yep, we get to "eat at Jo's" !!! LOL It was yummy, but more of that later ... So, since I was at the front I became the defacto leader. This is where I began to fear that perhaps the group would form alliances and vote me off the island ... Off we go, the "fast" group now being me, Jeff, Kevin, and Missy. The "slower" group being Aaron, Bob, T&R, and Jo. Down we go, winding curves, slow, look, lean, ROLL ... wee this is fun. Shift the weight, look THROUGH the turn ... look in the rear view mirror ... uh ... hello? Is anyone there??? ... Oh, ok, there's Jeff, but he's WAY back there ... Jeff is faster than me, I know that ... uh oh, they're voting, I know it ... damn. LOL Anyway, off toward Telluride we go, winding up, fun roads, friggin FUN roads. Lean, roll, left, right, ZIP, Fly, ZOOM! ... okay, where's the slower group? ... The views were amazing, a VERY beautiful part of the country.

I see a great pull off parking spot that will afford us plenty of pics ... as I get near it though I see one minor ... well major ... pitfall ... it's all GRAVEL! I can hear Todd now, bitching me out ... gravel BAD, pavement GOOD! ... ugh, oh well ... off we go. We all did fine, nobody got bit by the gravel beast. Todd opted to park on the side of the road, good thing. The view

Who is this Mystery BB Rider?

Look, it's the Wonder Bunny !!!!

More riding now, more of me losing the group ... come on people, I'm not riding THAT fast! LOL My STeed must be too much for these other riders, that and my stunning good looks. Yes, that must be it! Eventually we enter the town of Oaray where we grab a bite to eat. Here we are ... from L to R ... Jeff, Ruthann (Wonder Bunny), Bob, Todd, Aaron, Kevin, Missy, Jo ... and me taking the pic ... I need to take more pics of ME, don't you think?

06-06-2006, 02:40 PM
Nah, never been there before. I'm just naturally SMRTASS.

Fixed that one for ya. :mrgreen:

06-06-2006, 02:45 PM
Just to clarify, I was not part of the "slow" group. I was the TAILGUNNER and I take my responsibilities very seriously!!! :nofinger: :lol:

06-06-2006, 02:57 PM
One of my favorite non-riding moments of the weekend: Friday night when we were driving around town, I kept asking "how many points?" for tourists, old ladies, babies in strollers, etc. That made Todd decide he liked me. :lol2:

06-06-2006, 03:02 PM
Saturday dawns nice and cool... but within an hour of sunrise the temperature rockets from the mid 40's to 60. I was glad we'd be headed for elevation that day. For reference, we start at 7000ft and will climb past 11000ft that day. The "Loop" consists of Durango to Mancos, to .. well .. here.. a picture is worth a huge number of keystrokes:
The loop would route us first down valley to the sage brush covered west, then swing back northwards through rolling hills along the Dolores River. After following the river a while, it climbs up past some of Colorado's Forteeners, winding through passes to get to Telluride. Then more twisty bits over to Ouray (pronounced you're-A). After Ouray, it quickly gets narrow and corkscrews up Red Mountain Pass and drops into Silverton. From Silverton it's over Molas Pass and back along some gorgeous ranchland before ending in Durango once again.

06-06-2006, 03:02 PM
We finish eating, now comes the challenging fun part of the ride, but first ... the town ...

We begin to leave town .. this is on Hwy 550, one of the most scenic and friggin scary roads around. At the last point where we can safely stop to take pics, we do ...

Then, it's up, up, winding, up ... and just off the side of the road, to our right ... the ground goes down, down, down. A nice steep drop off ... oh, and no guardrail. Look ahead, follow that car, don't look to your right, it's only straight down from there ... stay to the inside of the lane ... don't let the vertigo take hold ... it's a beautiful and fun road, lots of UP, lots of steep drop off ... eventually the cliff side gives way to the valley ... wow it's beautiful ... FUN switchbacks ... slow, look, lean, roll, look Through the turn ... we're FLYING !!! It was so fantastic to make the turn and look over my shoulder, watching this parade of motorcycles doing the turns ... if only I could have taken a pic of it, video'd it. But it was so kewl to see all of us coming into and through the turns ... "wow, we look great ... Whoa, rock, pay attention to the road" ... Our two groups would seperate a bit here, the faster group pulling away ... and me pulling away from them ... I wsn't going that fast ... must be Red, it's the Fastest color ...

We make it to the top, Red Mountain Pass!! YAY US!

11,000 feet and we're all doing great, even Aaron's 250 is breathing great. For a "little 250" his bike did great!

here's Missy and Jeff ...

Yep, we came up that way! Great looking BB bikes if I do say so!

06-06-2006, 03:05 PM
I am loving this! I wish I were closer to ride with all of you! Next time I am trailering to Phoenix and riding it with Missy and Aaron!

Ok, so why was Todd riding with you and why did you have to smack him? (I think it was Todd?)

06-06-2006, 03:11 PM
Then we go down, fast, down, weave, down, swoop, leaning, rolling, losing everybody ... okay, slow down some ... there's Kevin ... then Jeff ... uh anyone else? ... okay, there's Missy ... that's enough, the rest will find us ... ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!! ......... Next pass, another stop for pics ...

Jeff STylin' ..

Wonder Bunny dwarfed by the mountains ...

more riding ... Up, down, twisties, switchbacks ... man I love this road! Then we start the long downhill stretch heading home ... down, down we go, long sweepers ... I pull ahead ... want to let it out a bit, enjoy my ride ... lean, roll ... Man the ST loves this kind of thing ... so smooth, so soft ... not a care in the world! Eventually we enter Durango ... and the "fast" group finally catches up to me ... then the "slower" group finds us ... home, to Jo's ... Briskette ... beer ... good friends ... ah yes. What a great ride this has been! I want to do it again! yes, we must, we must ride it again! but for now, need a break, need food, need a BATHROOM more than anything! LOL

Here we are, all parked at Jo's house

Gregg is unhappy ... the Briskette isn't turning out how he wants it. Hmm, tastes yummy to us! THANKS GREGG!!!!! And Thanks to Jo for all she's done for us! Good food, good beer, good laughs! It's like we've been friends forever! So sleepy ... yes, let them all talk ... I need to call my Deb, talk to her, then sleep ... yes, sleep good ...

06-06-2006, 03:19 PM
Sunday ride

Ah, another day at Jo's Screamin Frog Farm! LOL Time to ride, so we all manage to get up, have some OJ or coffee, bs a bit, wake up, gear up ... time to get something to eat. Sadly, Jeff has to leave us this day, he must get home. Bummer, We all like Jeff, want him to stay, but work needs him. So, the plan is to do Breakfast with Jeff and ride part of the way with him, then return. Here's some pics of us navigating jo's yard ...

Todd and Ruthann




I take the Tailgunner slot. It's so cool to see us, what a great formation, tight, fluid, perfect. It's fun to watch teh group round the turns, man I love this group. Aaron is in front of me, it's fun to watch his 250 fly! I can hear Missy's bike go too, cool sound! Up a hill we go and then ...

OH NO ...

Uh oh ...

POOF! Smoke comes from Aaron's bike! he's burning oil!!!!! Hmm, maybe he always does going up a hill?? ... No, this isn't good, it's really belging smoke and he has no idea!!! Aw Crap! Quickly, catch him, yell at him ... "you're burning oil, all smoky!" ... Now he knows, he's riding, checking it out, this is NOT good ... Luckily we get to the parking lot very soon and we all take a look. A gasket or something is blown, oil seeping out. the smoke I saw was from the oil hitting his exhaust. Crap, this bike is out of commission. Jo calls Gregg, bring the ramp and truck, Aaron's bike is dead. Luckily, My STeed and I can take Aaron back ... tho I must admit Aaron weighs more than My lovely Deb so this ought to be interesting. Greg comes we put the bike up on the truck, and We all head back to jo's. Greg is now my "bitch" ... LOL ... but I opt not to make any jokes about it. :-)

Jeff heads home ... Good luck Jeff! Good riding with you! Safe journey to you! Call us when you're home.

Back at Jo's we rest for a bit. Jo gets out her Sportster, let's those who are interested ride it ... I think she's trying to get Aaron to buy it ... he needs a new bike now anyway ... LOL

Oh, and here's a shirt Jo got Aaron and Missy ... Looks good don't you think?

06-06-2006, 03:36 PM
We go to breakfast in Durango, and chow down on absolutely huge plates of good artery hardening cholesterol ..mmmm bacon, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. Then we waddled out of the restaurant and down to Mancos to meet Aaron and Missy. Missy with her Mowhawk was hard to miss!

On our way out of Mancos, we come across some real live cattle drives. Twice as a matter of fact. Clair already mentioned the cowboy talking on his cell, I'll spare you the smell... ahh the real smells you encounter on a motorcycle ride. Funny, we didn't have to dodge any steaming obstacles. The MSF swerve would've come in handy, practice practice practice.

The road climbs up towards Rico, Here Gregg is leading the pack on his HD Police Special, too bad it didn't still have the police gear, that would've been nice get-out-of-jail-free pass. Nonetheless Kevin is following him and I'm in the No3 position.

Long sweeping curves with good sight lines allow us to look at the scenery, and take action pics like this.

06-06-2006, 03:42 PM
We opt to do a short ride, negating our longer one since Aaron is out of commission. So, we're gonna go visit the nearby lake and go into town for some shopping. Given that we all have long rides tomorrow, this sounds good. Aaron will ride 2-up with me and if he says "are we there yet" one more time I'm "bitch" slappin' him! LOL

Nice mellow ride to the lake. Here's a pic of Jo stylin'

Missy and Kevin doing the tourist thing

Then it's off to Durango ...

This pretty much ended our riding day. Most of the guys chose to take rides in Greg's hot rod that he's fixing up. Bob opted for more MC riding so he took off on his own. the rest of us just chatted and rested, enjoying the day.

The Ride Home

Sadly, we must leave. It's Monday, we need to go. It is with Sadness that we say our goodby's. We're a family now, but it'll be a while before we can see each other. Missy and Aaron, 550 miles away. Me, T&R, Kevin, over 400 miles away. Bob, about 320 miles ... so far yet we're family. Bob reminds us that his ride is mostly in the mountains and will be cool. Whereas the SLC contingent has the desert to go through and it'll be hot as HELL doing that. Missy has even further to go and even more of a furnace! UGH. So with the best and warmest of thoughts we tell Bob to ... well ... this is a family site and I cant repeat what we said. :-) Aaron is at his sisters, Jo will take his bike in to the Honda dealer, hopefully they can fix it. Missy will wait a bit, and then head out on her own if need be. So sad, we have to leave.

The SLC brigade heads out, time to eat. We ahve a rotten hot as hell ride ahead of us ... The ride to and through Cortez is fine, scenic, fun. Then we head back to Monticello, as we get to Utah, the temps go up a good 5-10 degrees and we hit construction ... $$##%%$$!!!!! From Monticello we ehad toward Moab. I love thi part of the country, but right now it's too friggin hot and I don['t care. Just get us to Moab! In town we get stuck in the construction again. UGh. Luckily we make it past the torn up road for Eddie McStiff's where I plan for us to eat ... except that they're closed! UGH! Anyway, we find an open place with AC, down about a gallon of water, and head out. Next stop Green River ... with 50+ miles of HOT desert riding to do. We find MORe friggin construction on the desert road, having to stop and wait. Great, baking in the sun ... Todd and I had soaked our shirts, but they had dried out long ago ...

Green River, more gatorade, more soaking of the shirts. Rest in the AC. Another 60+ miles to Price, more desert riding ... ugh. We fly passing traffic as often as possible. This is no time to be stuck behind a slow friggin camper! Price ... more gatorade, more soaking, but it does feel a bit cooler. Yay. from here we have a nice climb for Soldier's Summit which makes the ride nice and tolerable ... except for the two friggin slow campers we got stuck behind. Ugh.

Spanish Fork ... back into the heat but we don't care now, home is in site. Another 45 or so miles for me, 55 or so for T&R, and 90 or so for Kevin, we need to GO! T&R break off for gas ans a break, but kevin and I opt for just a Bathroom break then we're back on the road. We want to get home NOW! Speed is our friend, HOV lanes our friend. ZOOM ... and Im being passed by traffic. I'm doing 75 in a 65 zone and being passed ... LOL

Home, I'm HOME! YAY! My swamp cooler feels SOOOOOO GOOD! I get the garage door to work (one of the springs broke) and wash the bike. Deb comes home, my WIFE is home! I missed her! MMMmmmmmmmmmm..... Deb :-) I'm home. By 9:30 I'm sound asleep. A great ride!

06-06-2006, 03:57 PM
Aaron looks good on that Sportster... nudge... it's for sale y'know.

06-06-2006, 04:10 PM
Dang, I'm sorry I missed out (again).... sounds like it was a lot of fun (with the exception of Aaron's bike blowing up, sadly I know how that feels).

That's it, I'm going to tell my wife I'm going out to buy a brand new BMW F650GS, ordering all of the goodies I want for it and that's the end of that. I'm not missing another one due to vehicle changes (last year I was in the process of switching from the GS to the VN750), mechanical failures or home improvement projects and that's that. I'm putting my foot down.

*sigh* guess I should probably wait until she can fully use the bathroom again, Sun finishes layoffs, hope I'm still employed and then just ask nicely :)

I can talk a good game but whatever momma wants, momma gets.


06-06-2006, 04:16 PM
Very beautiful scenery out there! WOW! Those mountains are gorgeous! Looked like alot of fun! Glad everyone had a good time! Did Aaron get his bike fixed?

06-06-2006, 04:19 PM
At one viewpoint we stop and like a busload of Japanese tourists, we all pull out our cameras and start clicking away. No wonder, with a wide valley and mountains like these:

Despite Clair's claim to the the fast bike, here are the two speedsters of the group. ;)
Two of a kind

After the picture taking frenzy, we roll out. Even though I haven't rode with anyone else except for Clair and Todd, the group organized themselves into staggered formation, keeping good distances and generally pacing themselves without bunching up or falling too far behind. I knew that us speedsters will have the edge in the corners, and since Todd and Ruthann were riding 2-up they'd opt to take it slow. But everyone kept up pretty good; I'd ride with any of you in a heartbeat.

Here's the view from the back.

The road starts to get turny, things start to get fun! It was really kickass to exit the turn and look back at the others winding their way around. Eat your heart out!

The way to Ouray was paved with yummy corners like these. Single file, roll off and ease towards the outside of the lane. Set your turn in, hang off, look ahead for the apex, chin to the mirror... leeeeean... crack the throttle to maintain angle. Apex and roll on the throttle ... slingshot to the next corner. Repeat as necessary for maximum fun!

06-06-2006, 04:30 PM
Notice the wonderful long left turn up ahead, the road almost comes full circle!!! WEEEEE

06-06-2006, 04:34 PM
Jeff takes pics with his left hand ... I'm not skilled enough to do that. I'm jealous but glad he did. it's ncie to get rolling pics like these. Thanks Jeff!

Big Daddy C
06-06-2006, 04:36 PM
What was the final diagnosis on the poor little CB250 that could?

06-06-2006, 05:00 PM
A blown crankshaft seal? Aaron, am I remembering that right? Unfortunately, the Durango Honda dealer did not have the parts ("Nah, we don't sell many ah them too-fiddys up at this altitude" he's telling us as they're wheeling by a new Rebel with a "sold" sign and setting up a new Virago 250 right behind us.....). GAH!

In any case, he was able to get his sister to give him and his bike a ride back to Tucson and was getting it into the shop today for fixing.

06-06-2006, 05:06 PM
Wonderful pics and posts! It's so cool that you all got together and had a good time.

06-06-2006, 05:18 PM
Wonderful pics and posts! It's so cool that you all got together and had a good time.

Gosh, and I'm only halfway through Saturday! Did you also know this was Bobthearch's first group ride? Despite a little apprehension he rode within his limits and actually did quite nicely.

06-06-2006, 05:21 PM
That corner looks FUN!!!!!!!!!

06-06-2006, 05:29 PM

The way to Ouray was paved with yummy corners like these. Single file, roll off and ease towards the outside of the lane. Set your turn in, hang off, look ahead for the apex, chin to the mirror... leeeeean... crack the throttle to maintain angle. Apex and roll on the throttle ... slingshot to the next corner. Repeat as necessary for maximum fun!

Yep, that is a yummy one......but you can't fool me - that particular corner is coming down from Silverton to Durango and is one of my all time favorites! :D Posted at 20 mph I believe, I've managed it smoothly at 45. I like it because you can see all the way through it and there's rarely gravel on it, so you can really sail!

06-06-2006, 05:34 PM
Oops!! My bad, how'd that happen... Jo's right... I got my pics mixed up. Forget you ever saw that corner. No wonder Clair's in the lead here. Nuthin to see here... show's over, move along.

Just a teaser for things to come I guess.. yeah, that's the ticket.

Back to the story. Anyhow, we're still going to Telluride.

06-06-2006, 05:35 PM
Gosh, and I'm only halfway through Saturday! Did you also know this was Bobthearch's first group ride? Despite a little apprehension he rode within his limits and actually did quite nicely.
And I definitely had limits. Those long full-circle corners were especially tough - I'd lose confidence before the corner was even halfway through. Still not as bad as the completely blind edge-of-the-cliff curves though.

And I should mention that on the last stretch from Silverton to Durango I wasn't really in the slow group, I was the slow group. It seems that as I grew tired and slowed down, everyone else was getting hungry and sped up. :D


06-06-2006, 05:42 PM
Bob told me ahead of time he was really freaked out by Red Mountain and all these other cliffhanger roads. Nonetheless, he rode a beautiful ride. Held his line, nice and steady the whole time, accelerated through the curves, did a great job! He chose to follow the speed limits and suggested speeds in curves, which is exactly what I would have done my first time riding a stretch of road or a particular corner that made me nervous.

06-06-2006, 05:47 PM
He chose to follow the speed limits and suggested speeds in curves, which is exactly what I would have done my first time riding a stretch of road or a particular corner that made me nervous.
Yeah, next year I'm pre-riding the route solo a few times, to practice. :D

06-06-2006, 05:58 PM
We hit Telluride (legend has it it's so remote, the first settlers were nicknaming the place "to-hell-you-ride"), it's at the end of the box canyon. In the right of the picture is Black Bear Pass, an extreme 4x4 trail that shortcuts the loop to Silverton. Now, while Christhisguy might choose to ride this, we go the long way round on pavement.

Here, Gregg had to split and get home to tend to the brisket. I might add the brisket has been marinated and slow cooked all day long.. in preparation for the feasting. For the rest of us, we still had over half the ride to complete. Ruthann looks fashionably attired as her biker alter ego, Wonderbunny!

We ride through Ridgway and on into Ouray. The group executes a formation U-turn and park across from the restaurant.

Inside we take over a big table and order our food. Somehow they mess up the orders and we all get our food.... except for Clair, they keep skipping over his number till last!

After eating, we mount up and ride out of town. This is Ouray from the overlook.

06-06-2006, 06:13 PM
Nice pics and story...keep them coming!!

06-06-2006, 06:37 PM
More views from the "Switzerland" overlook. The sign describes the surroundings, but there are no lederhosen and yodeling and faux barvarian facades to hint at anything but the San Juans.

The climb up Red Mountain Pass is technical for some, fun for others. The road is carved out of the mountain, vertical cliffs on one side, sheer drops into space on the other. I keep peering over the edge out of the corner of my eye, looking at the view but telling myself the bike goes where you look! Look at the curve, not the view, follow Clair.

On the way up I wave at several riders coming down. One rider almost caused my to snap my neck back, as I recognized the little yellow bike as a Ninja 250! :woot: Who says you can't ride a 250 at elevation, look at this rider, look at Aaron!

We finally reach the summit of the pass. As is tradition (from my last ride over Independence Pass), we stop for the required group shot in front of the sign.

OK, we've seen this before... it's now in the correct place

06-06-2006, 07:18 PM
The descent into Silverton brings us to town at just about 4pm.

The streets are pretty quiet, until that idyllic calm is shattered by a thundering (Jo), rumbling (the v-twins), revving (the i-4), and buzzing (the 250) herd of bikers. The cacaphony of sound reveberates off the centuries old buildings. The locals must wonder what the curious mix of motorcycles and strangely attired riders are up to.

Well, to be honest, at this time of day we're just here to cause trouble, and terrorize the local ........ ice cream store.
Ahhh.. what it's all about, a long ride followed by face stuffing! Still others raid the souvenier shop for trinkets and baubles.

Their lust for something sweet and cold satisfied, the bikers leave Silverton back to the locals and head out of town.

We go over Molas Pass, stopping for one more photo op. Why are these folks so enchanted by the mountains?

Here is the little Nighthawk that could.

Finally the road levels off as we head into Durango. Clair picks up speed, and the group starts to string out. By now we're thinking about that juicy, tender, brisket and beans that has been cooking all day long. We roll back to the Ranch and the feasting ensues. Even though Gregg says it isn't his best cooking... it's completely awesome to us! Thanks Gregg!!!

Dusk settles in on the hungry (again) bunch. Beers pop open and stories about the day's ride abound. The chatter of good friends is soon muted by the falling night and the song of the blood curdling scream frogs. A few of us sack out in the living room and drift off to sleep.

06-06-2006, 07:31 PM
Thanx so much for sharing the wonderful photos...glad someone is getting to ride...my day off and it rained all day here...looking at the photos made me feel better...:thumbsup:

06-06-2006, 08:43 PM
Poor Aaron and his "Mighty Nighthawk 250" made it to Durango and a trip around the state of Colorado. But the trip to breakfast on Sunday morning was the straw that broke its hearty little back.


Well, there's your problem!

Greg sets up the ramp to load the the "Mighty Nighthawk"

With Bob acting as the catcher, Clair, Jeff, Todd, Aaron and Greg start the run up the ramps. I stayed back to document this operation(where is was safe!). :-D

Push Boys!

Almost in!

The boys were able to get the "Mighty Nighthawk" loaded where it would go back to Jo & Greg's home and wait to be taken to the Durango Honda dealer for repairs.

06-06-2006, 10:45 PM
Well, I've made it back to Tucson. While the breakdown wasn't a twist that I really terribly wanted thrown in, this was still one hell of a great trip. Bike is at the shop right now and I'm waiting to hear what they found on it. If it's just a crank seal, then it's about a $100 fix including parts and labor. The promising bits about it are that the bike was still running fine even after the oil started coming out, and also when they started it at the dealership the next morning. (Despite the mess that thing made, the oil dipstick still showed nearly full.) The mechanics both in Durango both asked me if it was making any funny noises and if it had started runnning different - no on both counts. It was as smooth, quiet, and peppy as usual.
I do want to say this right now - THANK YOU to everyone on the ride, and especially Jo and Gregg. When you've had this kind of a breakdown and you're over 500 miles from home, it's nothing short of downright scary. Gregg didn't hesitiate to get over to Bayfield with the truck, ramps and straps, and Jo had the bike at the dealer first thing in the morning. Everyone was very good to me, made sure I was set up and OK, and made everything a lot easier. And a big thanks to Clair for taking me around on the back of the ST. (Oh, and he started all the fights! He was picking on me! :) ) I'll tell ya this much - that bike is smoooooooth. 70 mph felt like nothing. Again, everybody, thanks for everything. BB'ers really do look out for each other!
OK, enough of the breakdown business! Before I start posting details, let me give you things in a nutshell - this was a freakin' hell of a great time! I was expecting a group of good people, but what I got was far beyond any expectations I could have had. I've met Jo and Gregg, and I've been riding with Missy, but I'd never met any of the others. However, it wasn't long before it felt like I'd known these guys for ages. I am so looking forward to the next time we can do this.
One thing that I really got a kick out of was the group riding aspect. We pulled out of Mancos on Saturday morning, and the bikes immediately snapped into formation like we'd been doing this forever. Jo has got a pretty freaking huge bike, and she handles that thing very well. Clair, Jeff, Kevin, and Missy were picking lines and flicking the bikes through them cleanly and crisply. Todd and Ruthann on the Road Barge (tm) were just cruising along happily, with the rabbit ears going back and forth depending on where the best scenery was. Bob was simply the Happy Rider, first dreading Red Mountain Pass then wanting to do it again, then taking in a 90 mile ride just for the heck of it the next day.
And Jo and Gregg were simply great hosts. Without them providing us a great place to stay, this rally doesn't happen. Jo kept saying how much of a blast she had, which is great to hear because we all feel we came out on the good end of the deal! Gregg made a great brisket, and was a great ride leader before he had to scamper back to Durango to finish making dinner for us.
Oh, and as for the Saturday ride - any of you that have never done this route, you have got to. You'll see some mind-blowing scenery on the trip. Climbing higher and higher into the Rockies on a bike is just an unbelievable experience.
More later...

Missy B
06-06-2006, 11:40 PM
I took Thursday off and prepared for the big departure Friday. The anticipation for this trip grew at an almost unbearable rate with each passing day....starting in March or so when we decided to go. ("We" turned into "me", but...that's a different story. LOL) The end result of my puttering on Thursday:


My alarm went off at 4:00 am. I jumped up, got ready, and headed for the 5:30 am meet up time with Aaron about 9 miles away. I arrived a tad earlier so ate a quick multigrain bar with some water.

As we were getting ready to head out, I noticed the sunrise. The day started off incredibly....


We headed out toward Mammoth and made a quick stop in Winkelman. After Winkelman, we headed for Globe. I think it was on the way to Globe that we both noticed a cow around the same moment heading over the guardrail onto the road - the road where we were supposed to be. :mrgreen: Sure enough, it hopped the guardrail, then proceeded to slip down the pavement. I felt kinda bad for the poor thing...I can only imagine what it was thinking. Two helmeted creatures on two-wheeled machines, watching as it danced around the pavement. It did eventually get enough footing, so Aaron went past it and I quickly scooted around it...as it decided to come toward me. :shock: Yikes. An interesting little escapade, tho. LOL

We finally reached our first goal spot - the Salt River Canyon. :woot: 5 miles down and 5 miles up of nice curvy roads. We rode the 5 miles down then stopped at the bottom.

The canyon floor:

The road we were about to embark on:

We rolled on some more...on a lonely 180-mile reservation road. We did see a puppy on the road. One can only wonder where a puppy comes from in those parts - there's literally nothing for miles and miles and miles. He was happy to see us, tho. After Aaron scooted past him, he started running toward me, tongue hanging out and tail wagging, as if I was coming home to feed him. Poor lil guy. :(

We eventually hit our destination state. My first state line on the bike!! :woot:

We eventually made it to Aaron's sister and met up with the gang. You already know that story, so I"ll fast foward to next morning. Some nice green, water pics from near Aaron's sister's place:



We met up with the rest of the group around 10:30 am in Mancos (where Aaron and I stayed). Glad the rest of the group stopped for us - would have been a shame to miss Saturday's ride. LOL

Here's a pic of the bikes from somewhere on the loop. (LOL-I thought I'd remember the pass names, etc, but...uhh...no.)

At one of our stops, we ran into a guy on a KLR who had ridden it from Kansas, if I remember correctly. We talked for a short time, but he had the true motorcycling spirit. It was cool.

The mighty ZR at one of the (gravel) stops. LOL


06-06-2006, 11:48 PM
Missy: What a great job you did of documenting the beginning of your ride...the pictures are fantastic...you are making me feel as if I was on the ride with you and right now I really need that...thank you...bk

Missy B
06-07-2006, 12:03 AM
The ride that day was incredible. As soon as we exited one twisty, we entered another. It was really cool, as Clair mentioned, to exit a twisty, look back and see the rest of our group going through it. I had many goosebump moments. Of course, there were a lot of "Oh shoot, messed that line up" moments, too. LOL But...ya had to let it go, because another line was needing concentration.

We went back to the house and awaited the famous brisket, which yes, was yummy! While we waited for its arrival, this pic says it all. Jo considering moving from the Dark Side? LOL :crackup:

The next morning we took a lil jaunt to Vallecito Lake after the big Nighthawk incident. LOL The lake was beautiful and we all enjoyed the breeze...after we had fun parking on the gravel. LOL


The ZR lakeside:

As already said, after the lake and an enjoyable day in the city, we all vegged at Jo's house..except crazy man Bob. LOL He was there to ride, darn it, so ride he did.

After realizing that Aaron was set with the Nighthawk situation, I headed out from Jo's house at around 9:45 am CO time. I was really apprehensive about making the 525 mile trip by myself, but I was also excited. I needed to do it to show myself I could do it. After all, I'm an independent woman of the 2000's. *gulp*

So..no better way to start it then riding...er..wobbling down the gravel Potato Ranch driveway. But..I made it..upright. LOL I took a straight trip (about 83 miles, I think) to Shiprock and stopped there to scarf a quick brunch. When I came out of McDonalds, my butt demanded I take a picture..and demanded to know why we couldnt have the plush accomodations. I covered the ZR's ears and eyes...


I made a few calls, and hopped back on the ZR toward Gallup. That was a 90-mile ride, so I stopped at about 70 miles to hydrate. The ZR and I were making good time, tho. Riding solo has its advantages. :mrgreen:

I cant remember the place off the reservation road where I stopped, but here's some pics of what the previous 80 miles looked like..LOL.



I had a really uneventful trip most of the way. Somewhere along the way, I received a text from Aaron that he was leaving Durango and would follow same route. I texted him back and let him know I changed the route a little bit because I-40 was kicking me and the ZR around too much. Doing 90 miles on I-40 was NOT in my future. Holy moleys. So I headed down 191 toward St John's instead. Later received a text from him that he got it and would follow same route. It was nice to know someone would eventually find me if something should happen. LOL And it was great to have Aaron's texts and checking in with Jo. It was nice to feel loved. :mrgreen:

After making lots of passes and screaming along, I was about to reach Salt River Canyon again. First, tho, I had to approach the pickup truck riding his brakes the whole way...and this was BEFORE hitting the SRC. AAAGHH! I passed him the first moment I could.

Then....I finally reached the top of the SRC. Wheeee!
Some views from the top fer ya:



As I put my camera away, the pickup truck came by again. I quickly jetted from the lookout spot and was able to pass him again. The older couple waved as I passed. LOL I then found them again in Globe when I stopped for a burger and was heading out and they were arriving. It was an entertaining game of catch up. LOL

Thankfully, the rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. The last 100 miles or so took F O R E V E R. And unfortunately, I had forgot to charge my ipod before I left, so it was just me and the ZR to entertain eachother. I hafta say...the ZR held up his end of the deal. I'm hoping the leaning and finding the power band kept him entertained too. :thumbsup:

An awesome, awesome trip that I will not forget. Hubby told me today that many of his friends asked him if it's something I would do again. Of course, he said, and I say....HELL YEAH! :mrgreen:

Thanks again to Jo and Gregg for making it possible, and to everyone for being who they are. We had a great group of people.

06-07-2006, 12:04 AM
Hi Missy. I think the stop where we met the KLR rider was at Lizard Head Pass. Don't know about the photo of the bikes and guardrail though. Maybe it looks familiar to Jo?

The gravel parking area was along Hwy 62, east of Placerville. That location, or somewhere nearby, is labeled "Dallas Divide" on the map.

I don't know what you Tucson people were complaining about, the scenery looks great! Somewhere there's a "lonely 180-mile reservation road" that's calling my name.

Best Wishes,

06-07-2006, 12:10 AM
You, Missy B, are one impressive lady!!! What a great job you just did of telling the story and supplying the pics. More impressive is that you made the ride home alone and even changed your route along the way. That "Hell YEAH" at the end covers the whole story.

I take it Aaron got his bike repaired since you mentioned that he was behind you...I hope all worked out for him as well.

Thank you again for the story and the photos...

Missy B
06-07-2006, 12:24 AM
You, Missy B, are one impressive lady!!! What a great job you just did of telling the story and supplying the pics. More impressive is that you made the ride home alone and even changed your route along the way. That "Hell YEAH" at the end covers the whole story.

I take it Aaron got his bike repaired since you mentioned that he was behind you...I hope all worked out for him as well.

Thank you again for the story and the photos...

Thanks divecop! I will say, tho, that while I may seem impressive, if something had happened with the bike, I would have turned into the wimpy, crying female. LOL :mrgreen:

Aaron rode back to Tucson with his sister in a pickup truck...with the Nighthawk on the back. I think Aaron has posted that its in the shop as we ummm....speak/type. :mrgreen:

Thanks for the compliments.

Missy B
06-07-2006, 12:26 AM
PS..In my riding preparation, it was suggested that you pack with your riding buddies in mind - IE: dont pack too much stuff and each of you coordinate so you arent doubling up on stuff.

Thankfully, I packed my own maps. I would have been screwed. I will always pack with this trip in mind...if I need to make a trip on my own, what will I need? For example, if I was the mechanical kind, I wouldnt have wanted to rely on my riding buddy's tools...since they were in the back of a truck on the way home. LOL :mrgreen:

Something for everyone to think about..maybe. :mrgreen:

Missy B
06-07-2006, 12:30 AM
I don't know what you Tucson people were complaining about, the scenery looks great! Somewhere there's a "lonely 180-mile reservation road" that's calling my name.

Actually, I took a different res road home and it was a pretty route. The original planned route was interstate for 90 miles, but I was feeling confident enough (and blown around enough) to take the res road instead. It was a quick 90 miles - I counted about 10 cars in the 90 miles. :mrgreen:

I think you would love the res roads, Bob.

06-07-2006, 12:51 AM
This is our first fuel and fluid exchange stop in Price, UT since meeting up at the McDonalds in Sandy, UT. We met up with some other riders that were on thier way back home in Salt Lake. We were all happy that we had survived the ride through the "Utah Triangle". That is know as Hwy 6 that runs from Spanish Fork, UT to Green River, UT. Highway 6 is one of the most dangerous roads in the US. Trucks mysteriously explode on this road. No joke, two trucks exploded within the past year on this road and there have been several fatel accidents on this road. We wished the other travelers a safe ride and we saddled up and headed for Green River.

Here we stopped in Green River to rest and to down some Gatorade before heading to Moab, UT.

The SLC crew had made it to Jo's where Jeff was waiting for us and later Bob made it in. Since Clair has a "Baby Wing" he was able to bring his own lawn chair. Everyone took turns trying Clair's chair out.

Jeff poses at the top of Red Mountain Pass.

Ouray is such a cute town being nestled in the Rockies and the start of Red Mountain Pass with its narrow road with no guard rails and 500 ft drop offs! Cool!

We all took turns taking group pictures at Red Mountain Pass. Nice pose "Wonderbunny"!

And here is our wonderful hosts, Greg and Jo who made this rally happen by letting us into thier home and were our guilds through beautiful Colorado. Thank you very much Jo and Greg!!!

06-07-2006, 07:23 AM
Very beautiful, and congrats on a first rally.

But, it was a bit hard to identify folks til the end. Most of the pics show you folks either wearing helmets, or you all have food in front of your faces! LOL, was that merely for camoflauge? :D I guess it really was fun.


06-07-2006, 10:24 AM
Well I loaded all the pictures off my camera, and I really was bad! But I'll post what I've got:

Here we are in Mancos meeting up with Aaron and Missy....taking a little break while they finish fueling up:


All the bikes parked at the rest area at Lizard Head Pass (between Rico and Telluride):


RMRR and Wonderbunny at Lizard Head:


Missy and the Blurple Bike:


Jeff finding a good spot to exercise his photog skills:


Todd, Bob and Gregg - happy to be riding and enjoying the scenery!


Kevin, Missy, and OOPS, what happened to the other half of Aaron??


After that stop, I was having so much fun (and gee, I'd been there before!) that I forgot to take any more pictures. So yeah, Jeff, I'm gonna need that CD (I think you already have my address - LOL).

06-07-2006, 10:29 AM
Ok, few questions here again.....

Potato Ranch? I thought it was Screaming Frog Ranch? ;)

And Missy, you know I love you but black AND red luggage on a blurple Bike with a pink mohawk and Neon Yellow vest? Oh yeah, people saw you comin'! LMAO!

Missy B
06-07-2006, 10:44 AM
Ok, few questions here again.....

Potato Ranch? I thought it was Screaming Frog Ranch? ;)

And Missy, you know I love you but black AND red luggage on a blurple Bike with a pink mohawk and Neon Yellow vest? Oh yeah, people saw you comin'! LMAO!

It's..the Potato Ranch with the Screaming Frogs. :mrgreen:

:rockon: re: my visibility. :mrgreen:

I liked Clair's camera the best. I dont look so football-player like. LOL

06-07-2006, 10:48 AM
Someone (I forget which smartass....er, I mean, BB'er, did that) dubbed it "The Potato Ranch" back when we were first planning this get-together. The "Tortured Scream Frog Ranch" is its newer name......LOL

So......who DID win the snoring contest, anyway??? :lol:

06-07-2006, 10:54 AM
Oh yeah, Missy's photo of the bikes with the guardrail behind them was where we stopped overlooking Ouray.

06-07-2006, 11:25 AM
Friday morning and it's time to head on out. I've got the bike packed, tank full, and I'm ready for a full day of riding. I meet Missy at the Arco station nearby, and we chat for a minute before we both decide to get this thing going!
We wind our way out of town, which is one of the toughest parts of the trip. It's gotten harder to get out of Tucson lately on this route, with all the development. Fortunately the lights are mostly cooperating with us as we head up Oracle Rd. Then we finally break free, and we're cruising. Since Missy hasn't done this before, I give her first call on the stops. She declines one in Mammoth, which is a good sign since it means she's doing OK. We stop for a minute and a cold drink in Winkelman 20 minutes later, and we're back on the way.
After the cow incident (hope it didn't get grilled by that Pepsi semi that we saw soon after coming the other way) and about 40 minutes, we stop in Globe for fuel. That's when I drop my helmet. Oops. When it hits the ground, the visor comes flying off. I try and try to reattach it, but something just ain't right. And then the visor retaining mechanism just crumbles into parts. Aw, crud. Well, it's been over 2 and a half years, and this thing has been used and used and used. Maybe I'm due for another helmet anyway. Fortunately, there's a cycle shop two doors down. I find another CL-14 in the right size, with some snazzy graphics. I guess no more plain, safe white for me!
We head on out on AZ77/US 60 towards Show Low. This is a beautiful stretch - you climb out of scrub desert into pinon pine and juniper, and views are great. Then it's time for the Salt River Canyon - wheeeee! We stop there for the pic taking and a short stretch.


Then it's back up the other side for more twisties, and then into pine forest. Ahhh. After about 50 miles, we end up in Show Low. I ask her if she wants to stop, and she says she's OK. Another couple of stoplights later, she says that the Arby's back there looked really good. I told her we should keep going, since there's another one about 20 mins up the road. We stop in Taylor for some well-deserved lunch. And I had to get a picture - fear the mohawk rider...


After that it's out towards Holbrook. This is a long, lonely stretch. We finally buzz in there, and I have to take a pic of a Route 66 landmark - the Wigwam Motel.


We get fuel and also get hydrated, since we have the longest blank stretch coming up - Holbrook to Ganado. 75 miles with nothing at all, no stores, no fuel, no cell service. There are stretches where it's a blank slate...


However, it does have its pretty spots. After you crest some short hills, you drop in a valley with some actual greenery, and some mesa views. It's still long, however. We pull into Ganado for some water and a nice stretch break. This is where the ride starts to just get long. You're 330 miles in, and you've still got almost 200 to go. It's getting hot out and you're worried about daylight. Not to say we're not enjoying the ride, but you've gotta keep your wits around you so you don't make dumb mistakes while riding. We head out of Ganado and 30 lonely miles alter, we're in Chinle. This is a fuel stop - even if every other stop along the way is closed (and it's entirely possible that the rest of the gas stations could be closed, since they keep some strange hours on the res, so you've gotta plan for this) we will have enough to get to Mancos and Durango. We stopped at a Mustang gas station, and had to laugh as six horses walked right through the parking lot, and then the intersection. (We couldn't get the camera out quick enough.) Reservation traffic jam.
Now a really long stretch is coming up. We head out on 191 north. 3:30, so we should have enough daylight to make Mancos, but not sure about Durango. The res gets prettier out here...


Soon after this, you're riding through some awesome red hills, with a big blue mountain range framing the background, and a great sky. Wow. After about an hour, we meet up with US160, our turnoff point, at the little village of Mexican Water. Time to stop and stretch again. 420 miles in and about 100 to go.
East on US160 to Teec Nos Pos, and then a left turn to continue on 160. A few minutes later, I see the flags aren't flying at the Four Corners Monument, so it's closed for the say. We stop and get a state line pic - Missy's first! :woot:


Arizona is indeed a big place - 466 miles before we got a state line. Back on the bikes and 35 miles later, we're in Cortez. We stop to stretch and also to make some calls, since we finally have reliable cell service again. Then another 17 miles, which just gets pretty in a hurry, and we're in Mancos. It's too late to continue to Durango, since the sun is getting lower and the deer and elk will be coming out in force. We get a bite to eat at my sister's place, then take one of her cages and head to Durango to meet up with everyone. After a couple of hours of chitchatting and having a great time, as well as learning where the Potato Ranch is, we head back to Mancos for the night.

06-07-2006, 11:26 AM
Oh man! The Salt River Canyon would make for one nice trip!

06-07-2006, 11:39 AM
Saturday morning and time to meet up for a ride! Missy and I head for the gas station where the rest of the group will get us, and fill up. A few minutes later, everyone is there, and we are ready to move out! It is simply freaking gorgeous out here, and it'll get far prettier the further we go. Oops - cattle drive!


After Dolores and one more cattle drive, we spin up and follow the Dolores River along CO145.


A while later, we pull into Rico for a break. After everyone is refreshed and ready, we head on out. Next stop - Lizard Head Pass, 10,222 feet up.


I'm surrounded by snowcapped peaks, green meadows - and most importantly, a lot of very happy riders! We continue towards Telluride. That's where Gregg has to split off so that we can eat brisket later. We stop there for a bit, then head off to Ridgway. This whole trip is long sweeping curves, and this is no exception. Man oh man, this is FUN! Before too long we're near Ridgeway.


We putter past the town, and then 10 miles later we're in Ouray. We stop, shoot some pics, and eat lunch. Time to leave...


Another photo opp above the town, then it's up to Red Mountain Pass. This stretch of road is beautiful - and scary. One mistake and you'll have a coulpe of thousand feet to think about it before you land. I adhere to the 25mph limit and remember not to target fixate. Then the road gets away from the cliffs. And this pic pretty much sums up what it's all about:


06-07-2006, 11:40 AM
I am always reminded of my childhood summers(spent all over AZ with my grandparents) when you and Missy talk about your rides. We used to stop at the Wigwam every year!

06-07-2006, 11:48 AM
Red Mountain Pass, 11,018 feet.



And a great group...


Jo's bike... oooh, shiny!


And just for the record...


When we leave, we start winding down towards Silverton. The curves are great, and the views even better! Soon after, it's stop time again. We stuff our faces in Silverton, fill up bikes, and get going towards some brisket! 7 miles alter, another high point - Molas Pass, 10,910 feet. Then the road drops for a bit - and starts climbing again! A little while later, we cruise past Coal Bank Pass, 10,610 feet. That's our last high pass. We make tracks and get into Durango for dinner. Here's Camp Potato Ranch:


My riding was cut short the next morning, but all I can think is that we have gotta do this again! (Maybe even with an extra day... hmmm.. OK, maybe I'm pushing my luck. :mrgreen: )

06-07-2006, 11:50 AM
Hubby and I really want to do a cross country trip someday. Seeing these pictures makes me want to do it sooner!

06-07-2006, 12:03 PM
I'm glad everything went so well for Missy on the return trip home. She had shown me enough in the past on rides to convince me that she was up for something like this, but I hated to leave her in unfamiliar country. She made great time (prob becasue she wasn't keeping pace with a Nighthawk that liked to cruise at 65) and simply did great on this. Seeing her text message updates was a great relief. You rock, girl!

06-07-2006, 12:14 PM
Tis a wonderful part of the country to visit ... CO and UT. CO is just beautiful once you hit the rockies ... kinda wickedly boring east of them.

The Screamin Frogs ... ah how I (don't!!) miss them. LOL At night, they'd croak and it would sound like some junior high boys were torturing them. Kind of a screaming croak.

So, those of you who slept inside ... who was louder, Greg or Kevin for the snoring? I just know Jeff had his ear plugs in ...

Missy and Aaron get awards for the Iron Butt aspect of the weekend, with Missy taking the GOLD for doing the return Iron Butt Solo.

Todd and Ruthann ... ah what a cute couple! I'm not sure what Todd enjoyed more, riding the Sportster or going for a drive in the Hot Rod.

Bob ... slow and cautious and the perfect BB rider. Never done, he does his own ride on Sunday, exploring the surrounding area. Thanks to your wife for letting you come after just having a baby!

Jeff, always good to see you and ride with you. I kept waiting for you to pass me and show me how it really is supposed to be done!

kevin ... gonna ever ride with Me and Todd again? Snow, blistering heat ... really, we are nice guys. LOL

Jo and Greg, THANKS SO MUCH for all you two did!

Shame we're all so far apart. I'd love to get together again soon!

06-07-2006, 12:40 PM
OK Jo, what was the real name for the dreaded scream frogs again? I know you told us.

Clair.. pass you? You have to slow down first! Or maybe I need to speed up - on my return to Denver I made it in 6.5 hrs, including gas stops - of course a high average speed and not too many cops helped!

Sorry Bob, didn't get too many pics on the way home, I'll post the couple that I have.

06-07-2006, 12:45 PM
I have to confess, I had some nearly teary moments when everyone was leaving on Monday morning (and when Jeff left on Sunday a.m.). I wanted everyone to stay at least another week.....two would have been better!

The most awesome thing about the weekend was how everyone just automatically felt comfortable with each other, and it was more like a family reunion (without the fighting!) than a meeting of 10 people, most of whom had never met before! Wonder how Gregg felt, since he'd only met Clair and Aaron and had never "talked" to any of the rest of you online.....he said that everyone was really nice (boy did y'all have HIM fooled! ;)), and that he had a great time too.

I just have to say again how awesome this group was to ride with. Everyone rode their own ride but still managed to keep the group together.......well, except Clair...... ;)

Just a fantastic weekend! I think even the house (and the cats) enjoyed having all the extra people! Even the hot rod got some much-needed attention. LOL

06-07-2006, 12:52 PM
Jeff, the "dreaded scream frogs" are commonly known as "Toads". :D They just hang out at the pond, hollering at the girls until one of them is stupid enough to succumb. Then they fill the pond with eggs, which become tadpoles within a few days. Can't wait to hear what they'll sound like next year......... :shock: Of course if there's no water on the property, they all go away, so you can start praying now for a drought. But I'd really rather not go through another drought, so just bring plenty of earplugs!

06-07-2006, 01:06 PM
... and in case nobody's noticed yet. Thanks to Missy and Aaron for the totally kickass T-shirts!!

06-07-2006, 01:17 PM
Oh yeah, Jeff posted that as the first picture, and someone mentioned Aaron and Missy arriving with a surprise, but we forgot to mention what it was!

Yes, Missy and Aaron are awesome for dreaming up these shirts and having them made for all of us!

And before I forget this, too, the final key in the puzzle of "Brisket, Blinkers and Blown Gaskets" - one of our bikers made sure that everyone else knew that a turn had occurred....for several miles......several times. We'll see if the miscreant steps up and confesses first before we reveal the identity...... :lol2:

06-07-2006, 01:19 PM
They just hang out at the pond, hollering at the girls until one of them is stupid enough to succumb. Then they fill the pond with eggs, which become tadpoles within a few days.

So I guess really my place should be the "Horny Toad Ranch" ...... :mrgreen:

06-07-2006, 01:41 PM
One night I woke up and ... snuck up to the pond.. and managed to catch one of these singing toads in action.


06-07-2006, 02:04 PM

I know who it is, and it isn't ME! :-)

I've been trying to scout another rally, but dammit, Aaron and Missy are so friggin far from everything! LOL Moab is so far for them, so is Cedar City, which of course is also a haul for Jo ... We may just have to make Durango our Rally spot!

Oh, and the Sushi place is totally off limits from now on. Good thing Missy and I were smart enough to go off on our own and have some good food.

Hmm ... Mid September ... hmm ... I wonder ... ;-)

06-07-2006, 02:11 PM
Oh, and the Sushi place is totally off limits from now on. Good thing Missy and I were smart enough to go off on our own and have some good food.

Well, the food was still good, but the service SUCKED! Next time I go in during the day, I fully intend to register a complaint with the owner.....

Yeah, another rally in September sounds good! Anytime y'all want to come is okay with me. And this time the brisket will be the way it's supposed to be!!

06-07-2006, 02:20 PM
Either that or we're all gonna have to get trailers. I have to think that Flagstaff, Sedona, Salt Creek Cyn area would make a great loop.

Missy B
06-07-2006, 02:29 PM
And before I forget this, too, the final key in the puzzle of "Brisket, Blinkers and Blown Gaskets" - one of our bikers made sure that everyone else knew that a turn had occurred....for several miles......several times. We'll see if the miscreant steps up and confesses first before we reveal the identity...... :lol2:

Ummmm..yeah...I think that was me. But only once...but for a really long time. I thought.


06-07-2006, 02:34 PM
North American Blood-curdling Scream Frog. See my previous post for latin name.

06-07-2006, 02:38 PM
LOL, four posts?

blink ... blink ... blink ...

Missy B
06-07-2006, 02:43 PM
*crosses arms, wiggles nose, and nods head up and down three times*

4 posts...where?


06-07-2006, 03:05 PM
Looks like everybody had a great time. Thanks for taking the time to post and sharing your fun with the rest of us! The scenery is totally awesome. I've never seen anything like it in my life.

06-07-2006, 03:44 PM
And before I forget this, too, the final key in the puzzle of "Brisket, Blinkers and Blown Gaskets" - one of our bikers made sure that everyone else knew that a turn had occurred....for several miles......several times. We'll see if the miscreant steps up and confesses first before we reveal the identity......
Uh yeah, I did that once at least. But I don't think I was the worst. Could be though...


06-07-2006, 04:02 PM
Tjay ... come west. Visit us ... Ride at Elevation ... Ride with the WEST SIDE RIDERS ... we ROCK!

06-07-2006, 04:09 PM
You guys certainly do!

06-07-2006, 04:12 PM
Yes, we WILL be doing this again, so we expect to see more BB'ers next time! Start planning now for next year..... :D

06-07-2006, 04:19 PM
I have a trailer! I am going next time I swear even if I have to do it myself! LOL

06-07-2006, 04:29 PM
One other moment I wish to report on.....

When we were at breakfast Sunday morning, Gregg showed up with the truck and came inside the restaurant. I had kinda been thinking that we would finish breakfast, then Aaron could ride back in the truck with Gregg. But since Aaron volunteered to be Clair's bitch....er, pillion rider, the guys decided to go out and load the bike in the truck before our orders arrived and so Gregg could go back home, since he wasn't having breakfast. So three or four of the guys get up to go help Aaron and Gregg with the bike. The rest of us decided there was plenty of help and any more people would just interfere with the process so there was really nothing we could be doing to help........

except take pictures! :lol2:

Everyone else at the table leapt up as one and ran outside to start shooting pics of the loading process. Just shows you how our minds work.....:crazy:

Missy B
06-07-2006, 04:32 PM
except take pictures! Everyone else at the table leapt up as one and ran outside to start shooting pics of the loading process. Just shows you how our minds work.....:crazy:

:crackup: :crackup: That was a great moment...and the look on Gregg's face when we all yelled "GGREEEEGGGG" in Norm-fashion when he walked into the restaurant.


Missy B
06-07-2006, 04:33 PM
I cant wait to see RuthAnn's pics......shouldnt she have 'em back today????

06-07-2006, 04:37 PM
:crackup: :crackup: That was a great moment...and the look on Gregg's face when we all yelled "GGREEEEGGGG" in Norm-fashion when he walked into the restaurant.


Quote of the day! You shoulda seen the other customers swivel around to check out who this Gregg is. Priceless!

Missy B
06-07-2006, 04:37 PM
I was just sitting here thinking about some great moments of the trip, and I have neglected to mention hanging out with Jo when we brought the NIghthawk to the shop Monday morning. Jo is a cool lady to hang out with and yap with. We also had fun checking out the showroom at the dealer after Aaron showed up. :woot:

I also enjoyed the look Jo gave the mechanic at the dealership when he said, "We dont carry parts for those small bore engines at this altitude." And the look again when they rolled a sold Rebel into the garage for prep. :crackup:

Missy B
06-07-2006, 04:39 PM
Quote of the day! You shoulda seen the other customers swivel around to check out who this Gregg is. Priceless!

ONly topped by the look of mortified embarrassment, as he probably thought, "OK, where's the bike and get me out of here from these wackos." LOL

06-07-2006, 04:58 PM
I was just sitting here thinking about some great moments of the trip, and I have neglected to mention hanging out with Jo when we brought the NIghthawk to the shop Monday morning. Jo is a cool lady to hang out with and yap with. We also had fun checking out the showroom at the dealer after Aaron showed up. :woot:

I also enjoyed the look Jo gave the mechanic at the dealership when he said, "We dont carry parts for those small bore engines at this altitude." And the look again when they rolled a sold Rebel into the garage for prep. :crackup:

Yep, that was a real bonus - the first other BB woman I've met, and we got to spend some real quality time together Monday morning! Thanks for arranging that, Aaron! LOL The rest of the weekend we were both so tired by the end of the day that we mostly sat quietly and let the guys do all the lying......umm, bragging.....er, I mean, swapping stories. Hanging out with Missy on Monday was definitely a high point for me - Missy is a very warm and companionable person, and this rally would have been incomplete without her.

I also really enjoyed getting to know Ruthann, mostly during our truck trips into town and back and at dinners, and early mornings before everyone else was up. Todd's got himself one sharp cookie in that one.....she's smart, and funny, and really, really nice. We'll see how long it takes before Todd totally corrupts her..... ;)

Also nice to know I've got "the look" to use when I need it..... :mrgreen:

06-07-2006, 04:59 PM
I guess everyone's realized there are no pics of either me or Missy jumping out of a cake.. alas, there was no cake. *phew* close one!

One parting shot. On the ride home I went through the town of Del Norte. It is your typical one street town at the crossroads of two highways. Just a sleepy hamlet where the local ranchers and truckers stop over for grub and gas.
Why is it worth mentioning? Bobthearch was born here, but has never seen it. So here it is, Bob.

06-07-2006, 05:05 PM
Ah yes, but I am about to reveal the biggest dirty secret of the rally: Jeff and Missy shared a bedroom!!!!

It's absolutely true - Jeff slept in Chuck's room Friday night, and Missy slept in it Saturday and Sunday nights! :lol:

06-07-2006, 05:12 PM
well... you didn't really have to reveal the second part, Jo...... ;)

06-07-2006, 05:15 PM
Wait!!! all these pictures and NOBODY got a picture of Jo and Gregg's new Hot Rod!!????

06-07-2006, 05:19 PM
I know, I can't believe that! I was thinking about that when I was looking at some of the first pictures you posted and saw it peeking out of the garage. The one taken of Gregg and me in front of the garage shows it best, but now I've got to get some better pics and post them up here.

06-07-2006, 05:40 PM
Why is it worth mentioning? Bobthearch was born here, but has never seen it. So here it is, Bob.
Huh?? I was born in Indiana...

06-07-2006, 07:49 PM
I know, I can't believe that! I was thinking about that when I was looking at some of the first pictures you posted and saw it peeking out of the garage. The one taken of Gregg and me in front of the garage shows it best, but now I've got to get some better pics and post them up here.

It was always covered up. It only came out when we took it to town. Tell Greg if he gets tired of it I can always make space for it in my garage. :-D

06-07-2006, 10:12 PM
Huh?? I was born in Indiana...
akk.. old-timer's disease...
Who was it then? Oh.. was it Aaron?

06-07-2006, 11:10 PM
I just want to say how much I've thoroughly enjoyed this thread.
It's great to see you folks getting together and enjoying each other's company!

BBers are a special breed of people!

I've had the honor and pleasure of meeting and hanging out with a fair sized bunch of them. I've never been disappointed. I hope some day I can make the time to get out your way, and do so with you folks too.

It has been, and is, an honor and a priveledge to be a part of this community!

Ride On!


06-08-2006, 01:33 AM
+1000, Tom, the riding was epic, but it wouldn't be nearly half the fun without this great bunch offriends! Granted this group all had to ride over 300mi just to get to the starting point, it was well worth the journey.

I would encourage BBers in all regions to get together and arrange trips like this. You may not have majestic mountains in your area, but I am sure many of you have favorite rides that you would love to share.

06-08-2006, 11:13 AM
Yup, it's Aaron who was born in Del Norte but has never seen it.

Agree with Tom and Jeff that BB'ers are special people, and anytime any of you get a chance to meet other members, DO IT! Just meeting them is a great experience. And if you're like me and used to riding with a bunch of yahoos, riding with other BB'ers is FANTASTIC! It's so nice to be in a group where the whole group is concerned about safety, not just one or two riders. Not sure I want to go back to riding with some of the bozos we normally ride with...... ;) :D

And just a reminder that one BB'er from our get-together is still noticeably lacking in posts in this thread.......TODD, we're waiting!!!! We know Ruthann took more pictures than anyone else, and we're dying to see them! :lol2:

06-08-2006, 11:25 AM
I agree ... BB get togethers ROCK! Granted, the others won't our scenery or even US ... or more importantly ME :-) ... but still, it is so worth it. Yes, it would have been so great to do that ride solo, it's a fun and scenic road, but doing it with this group, these people, this is what made it special. Knowing Jeff, Kevin, and Missy were right behind me ... watching the entire group of riders round the bends ... stopping to discuss the ride and views ... that is what makes it all worth the hellishly hot drive there and back.

We must aim to do it again next year! Given our locales ... Durango is a "good central" meeting point. Otehr points in UT are just too far away ... over 550 miles for the Tucson crowd again ... over 400 for Jo and Jeff ...

I wanna ride this weekend with y'all again ... I miss everyone ..

06-08-2006, 11:40 AM
Let me add my own +1000 to Tom! Whether on the bike or off, everyone was fantastic. It was well worth the ride to get there. Those of you anywhere near the upcoming Bug Bash - DON'T MISS IT!!!! It'll be a time you'll never forget.

Bike update - apparently there is a seal on the starter clutch that failed. The part is listed at $4.71 on BikeBandit.com (great place to look at bike schematics, BTW) and it's on order. With any luck, I'll have the bike back by Saturday, but most likely early next week. That's often how these things go - a lot of fuss over a $5 part. Parts & labor is gonna be about $90, which means I definitely could have come out of this a lot worse. (Jo mentioned that the Durango dealer was saying "we don't sell a lot of 250's," while they were rolling in a sold Rebel for prep, and they were putting together a new Virago 250... I also saw a bunch of Rebels riding around town over the few days we were there.) Since I ride the bike and my wife has the car, I'm pretty well stuck to the bus for a few days. At least I have a short week at work.

06-08-2006, 12:03 PM
Glad it turned out to be so minor, Aaron! And we know the bike was still running fine when the seal failed (and afterwards), so you'll be back in the saddle in no time! Hurray!!

We will definitely be doing it again next year - all of you who are further away, start making plans now! The Potato Ranch has room for plenty more tents, and even with us having unseasonably warm temperatures over the weekend (roughly 10 degrees above average), it was still a pleasant temp for sleeping in a tent.....and no bugs this time of year! Just toads.....bring earplugs! :lol:

I'm thinking we should aim for the first weekend in June again.......any thoughts on that?

06-08-2006, 12:09 PM
I'm going through post ride withdrawl soooooo bad right now. Everytime I read this thread or start burning my pics to those CDs, I find myself wanting to pack up and head on out again. Hey you locals... let's ride!!

06-08-2006, 12:49 PM
Tjay ... come west. Visit us ... Ride at Elevation ... Ride with the WEST SIDE RIDERS ... we ROCK!

Hey you just never know. According to Yahoo maps, it's only 1,865 miles from my house to Durango. A measily 28 hours and 14 minutes. :-D

That would be one way to rack up some miles on the Savage.

06-08-2006, 12:57 PM

Missy B
06-08-2006, 01:49 PM
That's cool, Clair. I"m saving and printing. :mrgreen:

And Jeff, I can totally relate to your post-ride withdrawal. I have no focus. LOL

06-08-2006, 01:56 PM
That is fabulous!!!! I could cry!

06-08-2006, 02:08 PM
Hey Clair, too cool! My new desktop!

06-08-2006, 02:36 PM
Sent the original pic to all of y'all

yeah, riding withdrawals ... i felt that on the commute in today in the cage ... i wanted to be on the STeed, with a group of riders ...

Works sucks ...

06-08-2006, 02:43 PM
The poster ROCKS, Clair!

Imagine how bad the withdrawal is for me - I'm in the same place, but everybody else is gone! I feel like I'm just waiting for everyone to come back......meanwhile, I'm useless at work (I got more work done the day before the rally than I have all this week!).


06-08-2006, 02:56 PM
Oh hell, I could do it with enough notice. LOL Only 1085mi(roughly) for me. Although, like I said earlier, I could trailer to Missy and Aaron and go from there too....

Big Daddy C
06-08-2006, 04:14 PM

We're in the same boat...

Total Est. Time: 16 hours, 49 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 1085.98 miles

That's 2 to get there, 2 to come home......

Look at the route a good first day stopping point will be in La$ Vega$, Mandy can definately go for that.... or maybe as far as St. George... We should pick up the SHACK and force him to come. Damn, I would be so close to Lake Powell.... *sigh* there's another vacation I've been meaning to plan. Maybe I'll see if the PC can tow the ski boat.... :lol:

I better start working on Mandy now....

I'm been dying to get the Mrs. to submit to a Yellowstone/Grand Teton's run for about 2 years.

Do we need to organize a California contingent??? Or maybe have someone hold a REAL WEST COAST RALLY??

06-08-2006, 04:19 PM
Figure it takes us SLC'ers 7 hours to get to Vegas (6 if we don't stop much). Then however long from Vegas to where you want us to meet ya! ;-)

Big Daddy C
06-08-2006, 04:27 PM

Which route did you guy take to get there? Mapquest is telling be to take 40 through Flag, but I know from all my years heading out to Lake Powell as a youth we would usually go through St. George & Hurricane upt to Page.

I'm assuming you guys would have done something similiar rather than head all the way down to 70. Too many good rides through the canyon country....

Big Daddy C
06-08-2006, 04:30 PM
Hmmm looking at it it maybe faster to shoot to SLC first, that's a good day's ride then just hook up with you guys the rest of the way.....

Ooops.. take that back....

No-Cal to SLC.....

Total Est. Time: 9 hours, 58 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 701.32 miles

That's too far for 1 day..... We might make it to Elko or West Wendover on day 1...

06-08-2006, 04:51 PM
Nobody will care if anyone trailers the bikes, no matter how near or how far you have to travel to get here. Plenty of room at The Ranch to park trucks and trailers. I also think we should aim for three days IN Durango next year, instead of just two.

Start planning NOW, dammit!

06-08-2006, 05:17 PM
Figure it takes us SLC'ers 7 hours to get to Vegas (6 if we don't stop much). Then however long from Vegas to where you want us to meet ya! ;-)

Takes 6 hours on the freeway. If you take the freeway from SLC to Vegas on a bike, you are relieved of any sport touring cred you've built with your Durango trip. :)

It takes two days to get to Vegas!

06-08-2006, 05:18 PM
Hey look, I found this guy on the ADVrider forum that beat us to the top by two days.

Here's the link to his adventure on a KLR through NM, CO, UT last week.

He did some of the same roads we did last week.

06-08-2006, 05:27 PM
Hey look, I found this guy on the ADVrider forum that beat us to the top by two days.

Well, if you've been to any place on a bike, there's a damn good chance that someone from ADVRider beat you there :).

Seriously though, sounds like you guys had a great time...sorry I couldn't make it to follow you fast guys through the curves on my big dirt bike :). Next time....well done all.

Big Daddy C
06-08-2006, 05:42 PM
Hell Jo...

If we can tailer them, then heck, I'll fly into SLC or Denver or Albequerque and rent a HOG for the weekend..... Yeah, that's the ticket, yeah!!!!!

06-08-2006, 05:48 PM
Hell Jo...

If we can tailer them, then heck, I'll fly into SLC or Denver or Albequerque and rent a HOG for the weekend..... Yeah, that's the ticket, yeah!!!!!

Fly into Denver or 'burque - those are much nicer rides to here than from SLC! :lol:

Seriously, do it! Bring Mandy, rent a big fat HOG and enjoy yourselves!

06-08-2006, 06:26 PM
Whenever we went to AZ, we never went through Vegas. I can't stay over night in Vegas with my bikes(on a trailer or alone) because my bikes would rebel and fall down at the NV state line. If you were here last October, you would know why. LOL However I am always up for a CA get together! We got Alice's, Berryessa(my backyard!), Napa, Skaggs Rd., Mendocino...... HELL! When are we getting together? I would love to meet the woman that has tamed you and Bill is always up for a ride! LOL

Big Daddy C
06-08-2006, 07:04 PM
Consider it done...

I have to figure out the weekend when we can ride around here. The ol' lady and I were in Napa/Calistoga about 3 week ago, and one of my bestus friends lives around the corner in Vacaville. I know we have the next few weekends booked and a bathroom remodel in August but there should be sometime in there we can finger it out.

The big talk is me getting the Missus out right now, she's getting blasted with all the work with her business by August after I finish the bathroom should be good for both of us...

IM me and we'll have to work on the details as we get closer. Maybe we can work on getting the LA-LA contingent coming up.

That has me thinking isn't Seca around the 3rd week in July? Let's get a real West COAST rally working.... Of course, last year with so many bike in town it might be hard to find each other.

I used to work in Salinas and can think of a few good places to go....

06-08-2006, 08:02 PM
Great poster, Clair...

...but what were these moments of silence you speak of? ;)

06-08-2006, 10:03 PM
I will be at Laguna and surprisingly I managed to meet up with Spotbeagle and AReeves from the board. Will you be attending the GP?

Missy B
06-09-2006, 06:00 AM
Hey you threadjackers..... :heyyou:

Get your own darn thread. :mrgreen: :crackup:

06-09-2006, 11:04 AM
LOL, I agree Missy ... but ...

[begin threadjack]

Mike is right ... we can get to Vegas in 6 hours by slabbing it the whole way, doing 80, and being bored out of our minds. The more scenic rides would require us to do two days to Vegas.

To get to Durango, we took a semi direct route that was not as fun or scenic as we might have wanted. We did SLC to Provo to Price to Green River to Moab to Monticello to Cortez to Durango. Given our druthers and without worrying so much about time, we could have avoided the yucky slab ride to Provo and the dangerous points of Hwy 6 on the way to Price by taking some mountain passes and alt routes (wolf creek pass to Duchesne, down to Helper from there). But, given that we were opting for Time we did this direct route.

Trailoring is totally fine for any ride. We'll do Durango again, that is for sure. Ya CA people can do it, trailor if you need to.

[/end threadjack]

Sorry you missed riding with us Mike, would have loved your company ... and with you there I wouldn't have been the "fast" rider ... they really could have seen what "fast" is! :-) Mike = Blur as he goes by! LOL

Aaron, any news on your bike?

Man, I miss y'all already ...

06-09-2006, 11:51 AM
Okay, not to add to the threadjack but imagine if you could fly on a plane with your bike?????? That's what I wanna do, load my bike and fat butt on a plane and get there in a few hours.

I'm done dreaming now.

06-09-2006, 11:51 AM
I rode the SV today... boy it feels so light without all that luggage! CDs burned, just gotta get mailers to stick em in!

06-09-2006, 12:54 PM
The bike is waiting on a part - the oil seal on the starter clutch failed. A $5 part caused that big mess. Grrr. Just please don't show up next year with a "If you can read this, the b*tch fell off" t-shirt...

06-09-2006, 01:28 PM
What, you dont want to start your own collection of shirts? LOL

"When I'm not riding my own bike, I'm Clair's Bitch" ... LOL

Tho, Deb says I'm only hers, she is only mine so ...

06-09-2006, 01:40 PM
Okay, ... I'm having WAY too much fun procrastinating on this site ... my newest creation ...


06-09-2006, 02:21 PM
:blah: :blah: :blah: :blah: :blah: :blah:


06-09-2006, 02:29 PM
Hee hee ... it's better than WORK ... particularly since I keep coming back to this thread and our fun ride!

Big Daddy C
06-09-2006, 04:05 PM

Yes Darlene, I was planning on going to the GP here. I was thinking about only going Sunday but if we wanted to organize a California meet and greet then I could try to get a room and bring the wife. We should post in another thread as suggested and see if we can't drum up a group....

End threadjack...


Does Sport touring have to be done a a Sportster??? Whaddya say Jo???

That looks like land yatching or something with all that wind protection and luggage at everything... Sheesh1 :lol: (Yes, this coming from a PC 800 owner, the STs No so Big Daddy or at least Uncle in some way....)

06-09-2006, 04:21 PM
Okay, ... I'm having WAY too much fun procrastinating on this site ... my newest creation ...


Should read:

Baby Wing

Altitude, Scenery, A bike I only dream of flat-footing, and the blender is almost finished, this is what sport touring is all about.

Missy B
06-09-2006, 06:29 PM
Should read:

Baby Wing

Altitude, Scenery, A bike I only dream of flat-footing, and the blender is almost finished, this is what sport touring is all about.

Sorry Clair, but.... :crackup: :crackup:


06-09-2006, 07:42 PM
This thread was great fun reading and the pix were fantastic!. I'm taking the MSF in two weeks and live near Castle Rock CO. I hope to have my new ride within a couple weeks of the class (Vulcan 900). If you do this ride again next year (or any time) I'd love to join you.

06-09-2006, 07:58 PM
Buzzman! Welcome to the West Side Riders (tm) !!!

VN900, GREAT bike, you'll love it. Practice a lot, all the time. Stay in touch here and with us and for sure when we do this ride next year you'll be part of it.

Todd ... BITE ME

But yeah, it was funny and I was laughing pretty good ... Todd is just jealous that I can have a blender ...

06-09-2006, 08:46 PM
Hopefully by next year we'll have the bikes/trailer/suv all sorted out and working as a package. [Currently looking to replace my wife's dirtbike with something more ready-to-go... and you don't wanna hear about the trailer. :redangry: ]

Jo: any good jeep trails or popular dirtbike areas around Durango? I know there must be, but I'm only familiar with the spots from Rampart Range (N of the Springs) up to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park or so. If we're gonna go, gotta make sure we'll have something to do while the rest of ya's hit the twisties.

Since they're made to take a beating (not that I'm sayin' anything about anyone's skills :heyyou:), I'd also offer to take curious folks out for a "get dirty" spin on our rides. In the right place, you can "base camp" a truck/trailer and take turns on small loops and such. Just need to scope a spot first. I'll see what I can find on my offroad forum.

Let's see, with this year's projects behind me... and what I did last year... yup, pretty sure I won't have as much to worry about next summer. Here's hoping! <marks calendar for 2007>

06-09-2006, 10:35 PM
Should read:

Baby Wing

Altitude, Scenery, A bike I only dream of flat-footing, and the blender is almost finished, this is what sport touring is all about.

:crackup: ROFL!
How 'bout...
Baby Wing... when I grow up I wanna be a full wing, with a blender, gps, porta pottie, and a trunk bigger than Todd's. ;)

Chris, oh man.. you'd love going over Engineers Pass and Cinnamon Pass from Silverton, there are some great Jeep trails up past Animas Forks.

Buzzman, welcome.. sounds like a South Denver / CO Springs BB get together should be in the works this summer. Palmer Lake sounds like a good middle ground. Oh sorry... that's another threadjack isn't it. ;)

06-09-2006, 10:54 PM
Porta-pottie? Don't have one of those, darned cheap-o Interstate model Wing! Knew we should have kicked in the extra bucks for an SE. LOL!

06-09-2006, 11:12 PM
OK Clair, I fixed it for ya. ;)

06-10-2006, 08:59 AM
Thanks for the invite...I'll keep you posted on my progress.

06-10-2006, 11:30 PM

Fracking A Right Man! That's the only way to do it! No Pain No Gain! :thumbsup:

I was looking at a Honda 600 4Fi today. I actually set more upright on it than the SV. Going back Monday go give it a test ride.

06-11-2006, 11:02 AM
I sat on one of them there Honda 600s at a dealership yesterday. All I could think of as I was on it was "ouch, this seat freakin' hurts and I'm not even moving!" Then that SV650 Sport Touring poster above came to mind....

06-11-2006, 11:17 AM
I sat on one of them there Honda 600s at a dealership yesterday. All I could think of as I was on it was "ouch, this seat freakin' hurts and I'm not even moving!" Then that SV650 Sport Touring poster above came to mind....

You need to look at the SV as you next bike. Fast, lightwieght, manuverable and better than 50 mpg. Also remember which bikes led the pack on our ride last week. :lol2:

Also it is cheap on insurance, since it is a 650cc motor and considered a "Standard" bike. Jeff and I swear by it. I do suggest upgrading the seat. By the time we got back to SLC my Corbin was starting to break in. The Corbin also lowers the seat height by about an inch. But Missy will still be faster. :thumbsup:

06-11-2006, 08:41 PM
It's too much of a sport riding position for me, though. I've got a couple of bad discs in my back, so I can't be leaned over that far. It's too bad, since the SV is a really good bike. But... I remember which bikes were leading the ride. Does this mean I need to get myself an ST1100? :mrgreen:

06-11-2006, 09:22 PM
But... I remember which bikes were leading the ride. Does this mean I need to get myself an ST1100? :mrgreen:

Maybe you can buy Clair's ST1100 when he upgrades to a full-sized "Gold Wing". :mrgreen:

06-12-2006, 01:20 AM
Yep... as soon as they make one he can flat-foot :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

06-12-2006, 09:24 AM
Well, I'm too lazy (not to mention unskilled at PhotoShop) to make my own picture, but it would have to say: "CRUISING. It ain't the chrome that gets you there, but it sure makes you look good while you're doing it..." OK, one of you more talented people step up to the plate here and make me a poster with a pic of my bike! :lol2:

Missy B
06-12-2006, 09:34 AM
And while they're at it, a certain rider who was 2-up should get their pics posted.....

**taps foot impatiently**

Dont make me show you the crooked luggage.

06-12-2006, 10:15 AM
Yep... as soon as they make one he can flat-foot :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Those Gold Wings have a adjustable-on-the-fly suspension that allow you to raise and lower the bike. :thumbsup:

06-12-2006, 10:55 AM
And while they're at it, a certain rider who was 2-up should get their pics posted.....

**taps foot impatiently**

Dont make me show you the crooked luggage.

Yeah, maybe I'll just UPS that slacker a bushel of Rocky Mountain Spotted Tortured Scream Frogs.... :mrgreen:

06-12-2006, 11:07 AM

06-12-2006, 11:22 AM
Beautiful, Aaron! I love it!!!

06-12-2006, 11:34 AM
Hey, these posters are kind of fun...


/ducks and runs away

06-12-2006, 11:40 AM
Keep in mind that *ahem* the only bike that leaked any oil during the rally was a Honda!

You should do one of your bike in front of the Red Mountain Pass sign: "Small Bikes - it's not what you ride, it's where you ride it that counts!"

06-12-2006, 12:30 PM
lol. too funny Aaron!

Jo ... ask Todd about the Harley parts on his bike that have broken ... LOL Maybe Harley parts only work and stay together on Harleys?

Yes, the STeed was the lead bike after Greg left us. The Might STeed ... refers to ME and the Bike! :-)

06-12-2006, 01:23 PM
Harley floorboard: Self-destructed, no apparent reason
Harley lock: Self-destructed, no apparent reason
Harley trunk: Bolts coming out all over the place, despite being on an engine smoother than anything Harley's ever dreamed of.

Suzuki Choke: Jammed, no apparent reason.

Therefore we can conclude that Harley parts are three times as likely to self-destruct as suzuki parts.

06-12-2006, 02:55 PM
It was just the indignity of being bolted onto a riceburner that caused the parts to self-destruct, I am positive. Akin to committing suicide, if you will..... ;)

Missy B
06-12-2006, 02:59 PM

06-12-2006, 03:24 PM
In case nobody has found the site to create these fun posters:


06-12-2006, 03:44 PM
You're right! It's easy and fun!!!


06-12-2006, 04:13 PM
It was just the indignity of being bolted onto a riceburner that caused the parts to self-destruct, I am positive. Akin to committing suicide, if you will..... ;)

Slam and Dunk! That was just too good Jo! :notworthy :crackup: :notworthy :crackup:

Big Daddy C
06-12-2006, 04:38 PM
That poster is better.......

06-12-2006, 05:30 PM
ROFL.... oh the fun we can have.

06-12-2006, 05:53 PM
ah, how can you not love this place!

06-13-2006, 01:45 PM
Yeah, I love this bar......errr, ummm, forum!

06-13-2006, 02:05 PM
Same atmosphere, no?

06-13-2006, 02:09 PM
Where else can you hang out with your friends, have a good laugh and waste company time and not worry about who's the designated driver?

06-13-2006, 02:28 PM
Oh crap! You're NOT the designated driver? I have to drive myself home?

06-13-2006, 02:57 PM
Oh crap! You're NOT the designated driver? I have to drive myself home?

What's wrong with Durango public transit?

06-13-2006, 03:04 PM
What's wrong with Durango public transit?
Oh! You mean, riding beeotch on the back of a certain red ST?! :crackup:

06-13-2006, 03:27 PM
Hey, Aaron, what's the latest on your bike?

06-13-2006, 03:40 PM
Best damn transport around! :-)

06-13-2006, 03:45 PM
No way can riding on the back compare with riding your own!

06-13-2006, 03:52 PM
No way can riding on the back compare with riding your own!
Well, there are some advantages you don't get with riding your own. Like a studmuffin to hang on to! :mrgreen: A married studmuffin, but still......

edit to add, yeah Aaron, how's the bike coming?

Big Daddy C
06-13-2006, 06:27 PM
Do you think if we could ride our own we would ever leave the house? :mrgreen:

Riding on back, riding on front, it's all good... as long a you ride..... :lol:

Yeah, Aaron, how's the bike?

06-14-2006, 12:23 AM
They called while I was at work today. Finally done! Now I just have to go get it tomorrow. Good thing, since I haven't ridden in over a week!

06-14-2006, 10:05 AM
Yaaaayyyyy! Glad you're getting the wee beastie back - that's one fine motorcycle you've got there, and I'm glad it's healthy again!

06-14-2006, 04:36 PM
Annnd - it's done! It is nice to be back on two wheels - now I just gotta acclimate to this @#$#! heat!

06-14-2006, 04:49 PM
Sheez - we've been frakkin baking here - can't imagine what it's like in Tucson.....

06-14-2006, 04:51 PM
101 today in Denver. It's only June!

06-14-2006, 05:28 PM
67 degrees right now in SLC ...