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Old 09-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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It was supposed to be "The Great West Virginia Raid of 2013", in which several of my buddies and I spent a week or so exploring the mountain state. Wives were to be included. That's probably where we messed up. No one could commit to anything, and as the departure date drew near, people started dropping out. Myself included. Unexpected family matters. Sigh.

The ride turned out to be a bust, anyway. Those who did go and take their wives, ended up trapped in the outlet malls of Pigeon Forge for most of the week. The two guys who didn't take the wimmins was all over WV and VA and NC and KY... in other words, they had a good time.

I decided I wanted to go to Colorado, and I wanted Mrs. B to go with me. She HATES Colorado. She wanted to go to the beach. I HATE the beach. Finally she said she would go, if we could take her Mom with us.

And that's how Maw-Maw got to go...

Now there is no way that Mrs. B would even dream of riding her pristine 450 Rebel across the Great Plains, and MM is one of those prim and proper septegenarians that thinks motorcycles are sinful.

So we ended up with this setup...

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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Day 1 was the Friday before Labor Day. I got off work early, and by the time the ladies got there, I had the truck loaded (every one takes a crock pot with them when they go on vacation, right?) and the trailer hooked up. The DL650 was strapped down, and I was in the process of tying down the Rebel.

Once all that was done, i needed a few minutes under the AC and drinking water before I could go anywhere.

We travelled late into the night Friday. Saturday we crossed Missouri and about half of Kansas. We spent Saturday night in Salina.

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #3
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By mid afternoon on Sunday, we had made it to our cabin in Estes Park, and we were delighted to find this:



That's the Big Thompson River right off the back deck. The sound was mesmerizing. The cabin was built in the '30's and had a very relaxing quality to it.

Monday (Labor Day) we went into Rock Mtn National Park. The bikes stayed at the cabin.

V-Strom under cover


The line to get into the park
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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some of our neighbors were kinda rowdy




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Old 09-11-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Rocky Mountain High





it was crowded...


We met this guy in Grand Lake
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We had a late lunch (because we got a late start) in Grand Lake. We drove by "EG's Garden", and the smell was delicious!

We parked and went in. All the seating was outside for lunch, and so they put us at a picnic table in the back. We ordered our food, and then a couple of guys show up with an electric guitar and a wash tub base. They were covering the old 70's hits, and it didn't take long until there was a crowd of obviously overly lubricated fans gyrating around to those groovy tunes, MAN!



The place was a honky tonk! Maw-Maw doesn't like honky tonks.

The food was delicious. We escaped with our lives, and the girls went and browsed the stores whilst I held down a bench and people watched.

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Funny story so far, I/m in.
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Monday night I told the ladies that I was going to get up early in the morning, and I would be gone on the bike all day.


Atokad over in the Rockies forum suggested Guanella pass, so I headed south out of Estes Park. Found this jewel just south of town.
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I'm sure there is a Mom in Law joke in here somewhere...



I did a lot of shooting while riding....
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this is on Guanella Pass Road, just south of Georgetown


just a little further on, I came around a 10mph curve and suddenly a rock about the side of a loaf of bread came rolling down the cliff face and onto the road in front of me. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some movement up above. I barely had time to get this shot...


one of a series of lakes. the water was so clear you could see the bottom
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lots of this


made it to the top. so far it's been smooth pavement the whole way...


I took a dirty little side trip


I found a nice, remote campground. This was as far as I could go with an internal combustion engine.
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Your pics got better once you got on the bike.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:50 AM   #15
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Your pics got better once you got on the bike.
you must have missed the girl in the striped tank top.
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