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The Radons Ride to Colorado
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:44:29 PM »
Every year a group of my wife's former co-workers from her days as a Fed meet up for a week of motorcycling riding and reminiscing somewhere in the country.   There chosen meet up destination was Pueblo, CO.   Knowing it would be long trip for us coming from the east coast, we bandied about all the for getting out there.  Fly/Rent,  ship our bikes, Rent/buy a trailer... or what we ended up doing...riding out there back.

The planned the trip for 11 days departing on a Thursday morning and hoping to return on Sunday a week later.   I left a couple extra buffers open with my employer in case of things like..well ya know Hurricanes or some stupid shit like that.

The Ride Out:
Given the distance out there, ~1,800 miles one-way we knew the only way to do it would be by hot-footing it. In other words, I-64 & I-70 the whole way there. We were up and rolling out of Virginia Beach by 0500 Thursday with a planned destination of Louisville, KY.  Well technically, New Albany Indiana which is just across the river from Louisville (~670miles).   Cindy's oldest son happened to be doing some training in the Louisville area and were able to meet up with him for dinner.

He recommended a place called Hammerheads .  Its a funky little BBQ joint located in the basement of "house" in the middle of a residential area.  But the food was damn good.

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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 06:57:39 PM »
Prior to leaving my wife and I discussed a tentative plan to check off sort of a bucket list item, and reduce the total time to head west.  We didn't want to commit and left it open to how we felt after the first day, weather forecasts, etc.   But it just so happens that the distance from the Holiday Inn Express in New Albany, IN to the Holiday Inn Express in Limon, CO was 1,015 miles.

Armed with Witness signatures from the Hotel Clerk and Gas Station attendant in Albany, plus starting gas receipts, we headed west again with another starting time 0530 EDT.   Stopping every 200 miles for fuel, food, stretching etc.  We made it Limon, CO by 19:30 MDT.  Completing our first ever SaddleSore 1000 in 16 hours.    ;D

I had it easy compared to my wife,  she was on a stock BMW saddle, while I had the luxury of a Russel Day Long.   (Now before you call me a cheapskate for not getting her an RDL... she tried a used one off of ADV a few years ago, but it made the bike too tall for her, so she flipped it.)

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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 07:26:32 PM »
So here it is Friday evening and we're in the state if Colorado, but we aren't scheduled to be in Pueblo to meet our friends until Monday.  So what ever are we going to do for the weekend?   :headscratch:

Well it just so happens that we have some old riding friends from Maryland who moved out to Loveland, CO a couple years ago.   Oh yea,  some of you might know them as well.

Who can name this fellow?
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Yup none other than fellow STO'Nr Scratch.
 
He, Tam (RedFox) and Rue graciously invited Cindy and to spend the weekend with them in their new digs in the foothills. A short ride to and Denver got us up to the foothills.

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After Cindy and I  pulled up and got the bikes un-packed.

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We got to see the scooter collection:
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Were greeted by the neighbors:
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And then got a guided tour of the neighborhood:
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Let's just say they've got much better views than they had in Annapolis:
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 08:15:43 AM »
Riding as the main activity of the day-check
Great views-check
Good roads-check
Me jealous-check
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2017, 08:52:49 AM »
What a trip! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 09:13:29 AM »
Saturday night we went to a Martini Bar and had a lovely dinner in downtown Loveland and headed home.

Sunday morning we woke to mule deer invasion of the back yard  :o

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  And the five of us mounted up and Scratch lead us through the pass on Rte 34 along the Big Thompson River heading towards Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park:

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Cindy & I in our geared up best:

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Above the treeline:

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And finally to the summit at 11,796'

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Scratch wanted to take me up this goat path (aka Old River Road) with the GS...but my wife would not have been a happy camper  ;D

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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 09:19:09 AM »
After coming down of the mountain, we headed back to Estes Park to have lunch at the Stanley Hotel:

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The Stanely Hotel was named for the inventor of the Stanely Steamer.  The car, not the cleaning service.   But it's most notoriety has come from being the inspiration for the Steven King Novel/movie The Shining  as well as being featured in the Jim Carey movie Dumb and Dumber

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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 10:13:21 AM »
Loving it, but sad you did not take the GS goatin'. Would like to have seen those pics.
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2017, 10:47:15 AM »
Loving this. 

Where's the rest of Scratch?  I guess you really do have to get all healthy to live in CO.  :)
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2017, 10:50:08 AM »
:popcorn:
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Re: The Radons Ride to Colorado
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 05:58:14 PM »
It was great seeing you two.  Come back & stay a little longer - lotsa roads out here.