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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Brunch Stop


Iím in Hutchinson, KS at my usual Breakfast stop. A Sausage McMuffin and a Senior Coffee. It cost me $1.73. Itís funny; the only time I go out for breakfast is when Iím on the road, and even then, Iím a cheap SOB.

Most people think Kansas is boring to cross. Thatís true if you only cross it on the Interstate, but itís a lot more interesting if you take a US highway. Iíve crossed Kansas on US 36, and it wasnít the boring ride the Interstate is. It takes a little longer, but itís worth the extra time.

There was a detour on US 50 that added about 40 miles or so to my route. I had to go north for 10 miles, west for a while, then south for 20 miles and east for more miles before I was back on US 50. I went through a Mennonite community that had their own well attended church, and the area was very pretty in a heartlandish way.

I saw a couple of vultures sitting on top of a couple of utility poles Theyíre big birds. Iím also seeing dead Armadillos along the road. Not a lot of them, but theyíre very distinguishable. To me, they look like medieval war machines. Their armor must be pretty tough; itís usually intact, even though the animal is dead.

Gas prices have come down a bit as I travel west. Even here in rural Kansas, Premium was only $3.04/gallon at my last fill up. I hope that trend continues, but I donít expect it to.

When I looked out the window at the Motel 6 this morning, I saw that someone had planted a small garden. I recognized a squash plant, but there was a tall plant that I didnít recognize. When I looked closer, I realized that the buds on it were Okra! I took a couple of photos of it, and Iíll post them up when I get home. One of these days Iím going to have to try it. Itís such a controversial thing on Badweb, but Iíve never even tasted it.

Well; Iíve dallied long enough. I have to get back out there.
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

WHAAAATTT??? Never tried okra?! Then you never have had proper gumbo, jambalaya... good fried okra is hard to beat. We usually grow a plant or two every year, didn't plant any this year.

Okra is a relative to hibiscus, it will throw blooms that look just like hibiscus. Then, before you know it, you'll have an okra pod, yum! It grows SO fast though, you have to watch it every day or the pods will get too big to eat. We grow a crimson variety that some old timers from Madisonville TN gave me.
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Ourdee
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 03:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What squids said.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I love driving across Kansas, even if it is on the interstate. My favorite part is getting off I-70 at Oakley, follow route 40 out to Kit Carson, CO.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Stalling For Time


Iím sitting in a motel room in Pueblo, Colorado having a second cup of coffee and intentionally waiting before I head out for Montrose. I talked with Susan last night and she told me that she would be busy until early afternoon. If I get there too soon, Iíll have to wait until she gets home, so Iím having another cup of this delicious (urk) free motel coffee and Iíll head out in a little while.

Yesterday was another mid 90s day. Thatís two (maybe three) so far. Saturday was that hot and with the migraine, it made for a rough ride. Yesterday, once it hit 96 F, I was feeling it. Although I stopped and drank a lot of Gatorade often, I was sweating it out almost as fast as I was taking it in. On a good note, though, the humidity was down. My clothes didnít stay damp from sweat very long. At one stop, I took off my helmet, and it was soaking wet inside. 20 minutes later, it was bone dry. I do like low humidity.

I did a bit over 500 miles yesterday and it wore me out. By the time I reached La Junta, I had decided that a tent was just not going to cut it. So I stopped at a Maccaís and went online and found a cheap motel. The shower in the room was extremely welcome, as was the A/C.

I can see the Front Range outside my window, and itís a very welcome sight. I love Colorado. Every time I come back here, I wonder why I ever moved away. I donít regret living in Cheviot and the choices I made along the way, but I do miss living here. If youíve never ridden a motorcycle in the Rockies, youíre missing one of lifeís great pleasures. I could take you on a weekend ride that would have you completely overwhelmed. Spectacular is a word thatís inadequate to describe the experience. If youíve been here, you know what Iím saying.

Iíve stalled enough. Monarch Pass and a whole lot more are calling.
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If youíve been here, you know what Iím saying. True, It is amazing. Ride on brother.
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86129squids
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'd love to have the time and $$$ to ride cross-country with you, John. At least I've got the Beemer- I'll keep working on the first two.

Ride safe, Crusticle! Maybe I'll see you in Suches.
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Tootal
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Now comes the fun part! Weeee!

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Court
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

CrustyÖ Keep us up-to-date on your location. I left the East Coast, on a whim, and Iím headed west across the country. Iíll wave if I see you.
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Damnut
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm guessing you didn't take the camel back that I gave you.................


Listen you old fart, once you use it on a long ride you will wonder how you haven't use one yet. There is nothing better than reaching back and having a nice ICE COLD drink while riding on a very hot day.
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You mean I should actually carry mine with me on the bike? With water in it?
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty, I don't know if you are interested. My next door neighbor has a black shiny 2010 Fatboy with 11,636 on the clock. He's asking $10,000 as a starting point. He takes real good care of his stuff. I figured I'd mention it, so I don't get one of those you should have told me talks. Keep on riding!
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 01:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wrong number of cams!
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

OK Kids; I haven had Internet access until this morning, so here are a couple of Snippets that I wrote:

Montrose 9/17


I hung out at the motel in Pueblo until 9:30 or so, then headed out. I was really amazed at how different the area is. Itís completely changed from what I remember. Granted, itís been 40 years, but I didnít recognize anything. Itís easily five times larger than it was, and probably even bigger. Iím kind of glad that I passed on camping there; the city extends past the area where the campground is.
Once I was out of the city, the ride got better until I rode into Canyon City. I think I caught every red light. And it wasnít just me, it was a pack of traffic. It seemed like the lights were timed to impede the flow of traffic. A light would turn green and everybody would go forward at a reasonable pace; then the next light would turn red as we all approached. I toyed with the idea of getting up to the front of the pack of traffic, then booting it to see if I could beat the next light. Then I figured that if I did, Iíd probably get nabbed for Speeding or Driving to Endanger or some equally heinous crime that would have a very large fine attached to it. So I worked on developing Patience and Acceptance and just stayed in the middle of the pack.

Just as I was getting to the west side of the city and almost away from the red lights, a club biker on a dresser pulled up beside me. I didnít recognize his patch and couldnít read the club name; but he pulled ahead of me when the light changed. He was running at a brisk pace and as we rode into the twisties, we were mostly alone. It was a wonderful ride. He was running at a pace that was fast enough to feed my itch to enjoy the turns. Anyone who thinks Dressers donít handle has never ridden with one that had a good rider. We werenít racing, but we were hauling the mail. The Roadster was more nimble into the turns, but he had a sh*tload more torque and could pull me out of the turns. While we occasionally came up on slower traffic, we were able to pass without doing anything stupid. Between the ride and the very scenic canyon, it was a joy to be alive and experiencing it. We rode together until we got to Salida, then he turned off.

The rest of the ride was pretty nice. I went over Monarch Pass and got stuck behind a jackass pulling a three axle R/V trailer. I managed to finally get by all the cars stuck behind him, and then I got by him. After that, the ride was smooth sailing right into Gunnison.

Itís funny how memory plays tricks on you. I had remembered CO Rt. 92 breaking off of Rt. 50 right outside of Gunnison, but It was a few miles further west. Rt. 92 runs alongside the Black Canyon and is another Bikerís Dream road with lots of turns and spectacular scenery. I was tempted to turn up it, but I stayed on 50 towards Montrose.

A short while later, I stopped in Blue Mesa and took a couple of pictures of the roadster with the reservoir in the background. It was really noticeable how low the reservoir was. They havenít gotten much rain here over the summer, and there wasnít much snow last winter, either; so theyíre having to deal with drought conditions. Hopefully, the rain will start soon.

After Blue Mesa, I was just cruising along at about 10 over the limit and a guy on a FJ1300 blew past me. When he did, I audibly asked myself, ďDo I really want to chase him? Ė Yes.Ē So I picked up the pace a bit. I was hanging with and closing on him through the turns, but heíd run it up to 100 or so on the straights. I decided that getting popped for 80 would be bad enough so thatís all I would do. Heíd put distance on me on the straights, then Iíd close it up through the turns. When we got into Montrose, I was right on his ass.

Chasing him wasnít fun like it had been with the Club Biker. This yahoo wasnít as good a rider and was just using his bikeís horsepower in a straight line. The fact that I could close back up in the turns was proof of that. I was thinking that if Iíd ever gotten to build my Red Lightning, I could have easily run away from him. Still, it was rewarding to be able to reel him in through the turns.

I found my way to Susanís house and pulled the bike into the garage. In a short while, weíre going out and sheís going to give me a ďTourĒ of the area what will include, among other things, a stop to buy some Olathe Sweet Corn at a farm stand and also a meal at a local BBQ joint.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I hope to get to the library and internet access, and the car wash to remove all the dead bugs and road phlegm from the Roadster.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

An Incredible Tour (9/19)


Today, I went on a remarkable tour. Sue took me to Gateway, Colorado, and I was on the edge of sensory burn out the whole time. We took US rt. 50 north from Montrose to Colorado State Rt. 141 west. On a map, it doesnít look like anything special, but I canít even begin to describe how incredible it is. Itís easy to run out of superlatives when describing Colorado. I saw monuments every bit as strikingly impressive as those in Monument Valley. Mountains, mesas, cliffs, canyons, valleys, boulders bigger than houses; the list goes on and my mind felt completely shell shocked. We basically did a circle of roughly 300 miles in length. It took all day, but it was especially worth it. One added bonus was that we saw very few vehicles going in either direction though, like on the Going-To-The-Sun road in Glacier National Park, it would have been worth the trip if it had been in slow moving bumper to bumper traffic. It was just In-freakiní-credible. The only down side (and it really isnít a downside) was that we did it in Sueís car. The next time I come out this way, I want to do it on a bike. And I want to bring my camera with me. I went and left it in the jacket and didnít think of it until we were well into our trip.

Thereís a resort in Gateway that has an auto museum. We stopped there and had lunch and then went through the museum. They have a lot of immaculately restored cars that are worth checking out. I saw a 1938 Cord that alone was worth the admission price to me. But there were a lot of really interesting cars from the turn of the 20th century right on up to the present. The centerpiece car of the museum is the 1953 Oldsmobile 88 concept car. It was bought at auction by the owner of the Discovery Channel for 3.24 million dollars. Personally, I found it interesting, but there were several other cars that I found more interesting. The Museum had a few bikes, as well; three to be exact. An Indian 4 valve board track racer from the teens, a 1941 Indian four and a 1947 Indian Chief. The Chief was actually in the restaurant, and not in the museum. The place needs more motorcycles and a greater variety, in my opinion.
After lunch and the museum, we continued on Rt. 141 winding through and up the sides of canyons mainly following the Dolores River. Along the side of the canyon wall, we could see the remains of a hanging Flume that was used to bring water to gold miners. It was very impressive and engineers of the day marveled at its ingenuity, but it was a wasted effort. The gold miners didnít find any more gold with the extra water.

We eventually found our way to Naturita and Norwood and we drove down the Norwood Hill which is a road that agoraphobics should definitely avoid, to the town of Ridgeway, and then north on US 550 back to Montrose.

As I said earlier, Next time, on the bike and I will bring a camera.
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Ourdee
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

These two posts make me happy. I had forgot how magnificent Colorado was.
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

...

Years ago I was running Deal's Gap, ended up following an old timer with his old lady on an older model FLHTC... I was thoroughly impressed, watching him just flow through those turns. He knew the road well, and although you shouldn't do it in general, he knew how to use both lanes every now and then to just straighten a few turns gracefully. I just hung back and enjoyed watching him.

Nothing like riding along with other skilled riders, no? ; )
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 01:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Why Is It ThatÖ


Why is it that whenever I put a spit shine on the Roadster, itís probably going to rain?

Yesterday morning, I went to the car wash and put a good cleaning on the bike. I even bought a microfiber cleaning towel to make all the bright work look spot free. I had checked the weather and while they were predicting showers, the possibility wasnít supposed to be until 2:00 PM.

I was supposed to meet Joe from Houston for lunch, so I arrived at the agreed on restaurant (Applebeeís) a little bit early, found a parking spot that was fairly conspicuous and waited. I could see that it was raining to the north of me and I hoped that Joe, who was riding down to Montrose from Grand Junction didnít get too wet.

I guess I should talk about Joe a little bit. Heís one of those folks that seldom post on a forum. However, heís really taken a shine to my Snippets. He had sent me a PM saying that he was going to be in Colorado around the same time as me, and he really wanted to meet me for lunch and conversation. A few text messages and e-mails later and we had a time and location set.

So, I stood there looking visible and watched for a Suzuki Burgman. Sure enough, he rode up wearing his wet weather gear, parked with the Roadster and we went in to eat. We were there for almost 2 hours. The burgers were decent (at least, mine was and Iím pretty sure his was, too) and we talked about all kinds of different things. It was one of those good conversations that make lunch meetings worthwhile. I had noticed that it was raining outside while we were eating, then it looked like it had stopped. When we finally got up to leave, it was raining again, but lightly. Once again, the forecast was a little bit off.

We took photos of each other and our rides and went our separate ways. Iíd never met him before, but now I have a new friend. Thatís one of those bright parts of life that gets overlooked way too often.

I write these Snippets because I enjoy writing them. It surprises me when somebody tells me how much they enjoy reading them. It seems that every time I start thinking that I should quit wasting space on a forum, somebody tells me to keep it up. I guess that as long as people enjoy them, I can keep hacking them out. They really help me to keep my head straight.

Anyhow, I rode back to Sueís house in the rain. I had planned to go to the Library to get internet access, but I didnít want to get caught if the rain got heavy. I waited, but the rain continued, so I spent the afternoon kicking back. I donít begrudge the rain; thereís a serious drought happening here and they need the water. Also, while we were touring around on Tuesday, we could see the smoke from a wildfire thatís been burning since July 29th. I hope the rain helped the efforts to contain it.

Last night, I sat and listened to the band practice. There are two new members, Bob and Zack, who I got to meet. Steve (the Bass player) has been getting Chemotherapy and isnít up for playing. Iím hoping Iíll get to see him while Iím here, but I guess the whole cancer ordeal is kicking his ass. I wonít push it; if he wants to see me, great; but if heís not feeling too good, Iíll let him be.

In the meantime, Iím looking forward to Saturdayís show. The band is sounding better than ever and I get a real kick out of being an honorary Roadie for them.

Now, I have to start plotting my ride back towards Cheviot. From what Joe told me, the Million Dollar Highway is looking really spectacular. That will be a good way to start the trip home.
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Oldfartnbuell
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 01:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty, the million dollar hiway is a whoo Hoo! road on a cycle in the summer. Not so much fun in a fully loaded semi in the WINTER! It was part of my route for several years.
Still loved it anyway.
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Ourdee
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 03:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ride, Write, Right On.
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Tootal
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the Million Dollar Highway is looking really spectacular.

A really great ride. I've done it on four wheels in the snow and two wheels both wet and dry. Great views and great twisty's! Stop in Silverton for a refreshment and/or lunch. Then enjoy the ride to Durango.

I noticed that if you ride East from Durango, once you're back out on the range, you can go South a little and catch 60. I think that's what you mentioned before. It will take you all the way to Frankfort Kentucky where you can head up 127 to home.

Whatever you decide enjoy the ride!
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John.

I look forward to your snippets in a way that a starving man in the desert would look forward to a steaming pile of Jim's Smokin' BBQ ribs.

These last few posts temporarily transported me away from the stresses of my daily life, and I thank you for taking the time and effort to make my day better than it was.

Really, thank you very much.

See you in October. I'm telling you right now - your camping and all the firewood you can Jenga are compliments of me and Mrs. Anthony.

You just get yourself here.

(Message edited by pwnzor on September 20, 2018)
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86129squids
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

, +1000.

Given that I can't ride all over creation like I'd want to, it's a vicarious treat for me as well. For those of us tethered to a regular life, it's certainly a treat. Thanks, RoadCrust! I will say it'd be nice to see SnippetPics if you can manage though... ; )

I had a very nice day yesterday, we hosted a BBQ cookout here at my house. Smoked 3 full racks of baby back ribs with peach wood and a coffee rub, several chicken quarters with Cavender's seasoning, garlic and spices. Sides were my honey's legendary potato salad, I grilled some zucchini and squash, our guests brought green bean casserole, shoepeg corn casserole with jalapeno, and a spinach & artichoke dip. Oh, and my honey made tostones for the dip. I even made sure both my dawgies had Tomahawk ribeye bones for the party. Had some great friends and fellowship, lots of laughs, and overly full bellies. Then we stayed up too late with a bestie couple playing Rummikub.

That said, I'm ready for a good MC ride. Weather's getting primo, and the itch is BAD lately. Hoping to make BTF, watching my moolah closely.
Ride safe, John, hope to see you soon.
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Perfect Weather


I woke up at my usual time this morning. The sun wasnít up yet, but it was light. I didnít get up, however; I just laid there in bed and loved the feeling of warm covers with cool air. I had the windows open and the temp was right around the 50 degree mark. Cool, dry air; perfect for sleeping. Montrose is borderline High Desert and I love the climate. When I started thinking about buying a house somewhere, the Western Slope was at the top of my list of places. However, houses are a lot more affordable in Ohio. Plus, my brother lives there. The climate might be nicer here, but there are many other reasons why Cheviot is preferable.

Anyhow; Iím sitting in a Starbucks drinking a four dollar Flat White coffee and trying to bang this Snippet out. For Lunch today, weíre going to Jimmerís BBQ. Itís supposed to be the best around. The band members gave it a resoundingly positive endorsement last night when we were talking after Practice. As people who know me will attest, I do have an interest in good BBQ. If I can get to Internet access, Iíll report on my opinion, once Iíve eaten my fill.

Well, I have to keep this short. I have to do an errand before lunch and Iím running short on time.
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Ourdee
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I loved waking up in Colorado with a breeze coming through the windows. I'd make coffee every morning sit on the porch sipping it and drinking in the view. Color me green.
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

BBQ


Just a quick note; If you like good BBQ and youíre passing through Montrose, CO on US Rt 50, then you should stop at Jimmerís BBQ. The Baked Beans were some of the best Iíve ever eaten, and the Brisket was superb. I wish I could have tried the ribs, but it was only lunch time and I couldnít have eaten Ĺ a rack. But the Brisket was among the best Iíve ever had. They have three sauces and all three are good. I liked the Original better than the Hickory, but the Hot & Spicy was the tastiest of the three for my tastes.

Jimmerís gets a hearty thumbs up from me.



A Slight Change in Plans

I was talking with Sue this morning and she asked me if I had any ďNicerĒ shirts with me. Since all I have with me are T-shirts and one sweatshirt, my answer was, ďNo.Ē

I guess that tomorrow nightís concert is at a Country Club and my choice of clothing would be inappropriate, so I shouldnít go. So, that leaves me thinking that maybe I should head out tomorrow. Iíve been getting itchy to do a little more real riding and not just this around town stuff, plus itíll give me one more day to make Chez Crusty a bit more presentable for October 1st when Iím going to have house guests. To be honest, even though I love Colorado, Cheviot is home. I donít have to go to Starbucks and spend four bucks plus for a decent cup of coffee and internet access.

Thereís an old proverb, After three days house guests and fish both begin to stink. The corollary is that after three days, being a house guest also begins to stink. This proverb doesnít apply to people like Ron & Melia, who are more like family, but there really is more than a little truth in that little Ben Franklinism.

Considering all the above, I think it would be best if Iím on the road tomorrow morning.

Right now, my route will be US 550 south to US 64 east. Iíll refine or reroute it as I go. Iím rapidly falling back into my Tramping mode and I donít want to over plan it. So long as Iím home by next Saturday, Iíll be OK.

As usual, all this is subject to change. Thatís one of the joys of just being a Tramp.
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Ourdee
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 02:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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Crusty
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 05:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mountains and Valleys


I left Montrose this morning about 9:30 and headed south on Rt.550. I think I stopped to take pictures half a dozen times. The problem with riding in this part of the country is that there are so many insanely beautiful things that just call for a photo. The beauty also distracting from a riderís perspective. Itís hard to keep watching the road when there are so many magnificent things that want to draw your eyes away.

In any event, I rode the Million Dollar Highway over Red Mountain Pass into Silverton. Then it was up and over Molas Pass and eventually down to Durango. I continued going south until I reached US Rt.64; then I turned east. I thought that US 64 was going to be boring, but it was far from that. The views of crumbled mountains, arroyos, canyons and such were mesmerizing. I stayed on US 64 until the town of Chama, New Mexico, they turned north on state Rt. 17. That took me back up into Colorado and I eventually made it to a small town called Antonito, where I got a motel room right by the Narrow Gauge Railroad. They run old steam locomotives on it pulling a few passenger cars for tourists. I saw a train on my way up the road, and it really is impressive watching the locomotive belching black smoke and steam as it moved along.

The weather was perfect all day long. It was cold going over the two high passes, but with all the vents closed on my jacket, I had no problem and once I got down into the more desert areas, the temp only went up to about 85. I opened the vents and the air flow was sufficient. I never was too hot or too cold all day long. I could have easily made much less distance if Iíd stopped for every spectacular scenic view, but Iíve only got a crappy little Point&Shoot camera that doesnít take very good scenic photos. I wish Court or Mike R were with me to take photos that do the views justice.

Anyway, to back track a little bit; the show last night was very enjoyable. The band has a following who are quite vocal in their enthusiasm. The band was playing outdoors behind the restaurant/bar and I wound up sitting at a table with six women who were all friends and who know Sue or the other members of the band. They were all around my (and the band members) age and they were pretty friendly. I saw one of them checking me out a couple of times from the corner of my eye, but when I turned to look at her, sheíd look away. Maybe I should have pursued her, but Iím not really up for a long distance relationship. I really enjoyed the show. The band will never become famous, but they all are having enormous amounts of fun and their music has a very loyal following.

Tomorrow, I donít know which way Iím going to go. I could go south into Taos, New Mexico and then turn east on US 64, or I could go north to Alamosa, Colorado and go east on US 160. Iíve never been on either road, so they have equal appeal. I guess Iíll just see how I feel in the morning.

Boy; I sure do love being a Tramp again; even if itís only for a few more days.
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Etennuly
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 08:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nothing better than a road yet travelled!
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Tootal
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Take 64 through Taos. Then stay on it, it's a beautiful ride.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 07:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What Greg said.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Take 64 through Taos. Then stay on it, it's a beautiful ride.


Too late. I took US 160 from Alamosa to Dodge City, Kansas. Quite an interesting ride.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 09:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Who Could ImagineÖ


Iím sitting in Dodge City. I have a tentative route planned out for tomorrow. For some reason, I just donít feel like camping. Thatís unusual for me, but Iím just going with it for this trip. At least Iím using cheaper motels. When I total up the expenses for this trip, I wonít be real happy, but Iíll be happier than if I was spending more. One other thing Iím doing is not eating expensively. That also helps to minimize the damage.

I left the Narrow Gauge Railroad Inn this morning and headed up to Alamosa. I stopped and took a couple of pictures of the steam locomotives of the narrow gauge railroad. The engineers and other crew were checking out the Roadster while I was trying to get a good angle without the sun ruining the shot. Then I rode up and got on Rt. 160. Basically, I took it all the way here. That sounds pretty simple and thatís how I thought it would be, but it certainly wasnít boring. Mountains, valleys, arroyos, buttes and canyons make for interesting rides.

A word of warning; if you are traveling east on US Rt. 160 from Trinidad, Colorado, make sure you have a full tank of gas. In the first 100 miles, there were no towns and almost no traffic. I counted a grand total of two semis, four pickups and two cars going the other way. I got lucky in the town of Kim and talked to an old guy who directed me to an automated gas pump. It was a few blocks from the main highway and if I hadnít asked, I never would have found it.

Iíve traveled US Rt. 50 across Utah and Nevada and itís known as the loneliest highway in America. Rt. 160 through eastern Colorado could give it a serious run for that title. I saw an occasional ranch name over a dirt road leading off into the distance, but no people and very few buildings; and most of those were abandoned.

While riding, Iím constantly looking all around; both to scope out the area and also to pick up on telltale signs of potential danger. Sometimes, I see some very unusual things. In the past two days, I saw a group of vultures; they had black bodies and red heads and necks and there were at least six of them, all on the ground. I saw an eagle. It wasnít a bald eagle, but is sure was unmistakable. It flew over my head at about 20 feet up, and its wingspan had to be five or six feet. Today I saw a group of elk in the prairie just off the highway, then, a short while later there were a series of hawks. Each one was standing on the top of a utility pole and they were obviously looking for prey. After that, I saw a small herd of buffalo; maybe a dozen or so.
The most striking thing I saw was near the town of Montezuma, Kansas there was an enormous wind farm. I counted over 250 mills on one side of the road, and there were easily that many on the other side. I wonder how much it costs to erect and maintain that many windmills?

Anyhow, when I set out this morning, the temperature was 54* F. it eventually warmed up to around 80. There were a number of clouds in the mountains, but as I got further east, they all disappeared.

Tomorrow, Iíll be switching my route a bit. Iím planning to ride as far as Springfield, Missouri. Google says it a little over 7 hours travel time. That sounds like a nice dayís worth of travel.

I wonder what the new day will bring?
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Court
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)


quote:

Iíve traveled US Rt. 50 across Utah and Nevada and itís known as the loneliest highway in America. Rt. 160 through eastern Colorado could give it a serious run for that title. I saw an occasional ranch name over a dirt road leading off into the distance, but no people and very few buildings; and most of those were abandoned.




Love it.

I drove 2,850 miles last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday . . . and love that sort of thing. !,425, with a total of 58 stopped minutes, from NYC to Kansas City and the same back with 2 hours a12 minutes of stops.

Same drill next week to Maine to climb vertical faces for one day and jet back.

I'm loving your travelog and you're kindling lots of great memories from when I ushered the first Buell ever to many of those places.

My motel room in Dodge City had a bullet hole in the door.

While you're there . . . .might as well slip over to Greensburg and check out the deepest hand dug well.
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