Father/Son Top of the Rockies riding

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by wswartzwel, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,052
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    My son is a reasonably good kid. Makes decent grades, Will mow the yard on a semi annual basis... And will come work at my shop to help out when i get too busy if i pay him more than I make in a week... However a few years ago he seemed to become distant, answering questions about what his day at school was like with "ok"... Communication was always as few syllables as possible.. I know this is normal, but I began to worry. Ever seen the Walt Disney's "A Goofy Movie" with Goofy and his son Max????

    One day last year I asked my son.. "you know, you will be moving out for College soon. Anything you would like to do with your old man before you are on your own?" His reply was music to my ears. "Yeah, when you go to Colorado in July for the Top of the Rockies Rally, I want to go too."

    Every July I make the journey on my R1100S from Arkansas to Colorado to attend one of the most enjoyable BMW rally's around. Great venders, Rocking live music, fantastic scenery, and wide open spaces with room to play on twisty roads. My son however has much more experience off road riding on enduro trails than highway miles. And currently was between bikes. We talked about what bike to buy whether to replace his street bike with a larger one, or to get a dual sport. Since I hadn't done dual sport yet in CO. and he had more interest in that type of riding we found him a KLX250.
    We did some local riding with some of my friends to help him understand how to ride in groups and so he would know what to expect. The rougher trails were more to his liking than gravel roads.


    A couple pics from local rides...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    He saved his money, and instead of buying more amplifiers and guitars... He actually spent money on new riding gear... So I knew he was actually interested in going. So now I realized I would have to uphold my end of the deal and actually take him, :)

    July finally arrived, Oklahoma is flat and hot... Since i only had a week to vacation, we decided to trailer the bikes to Colorado, rather than trying to TAT them. And that gave us lots of time to interact, being cooped up in the jeep, even if conversation was just a one or two word response on his end.

    My brother in AZ recently got a G650X challenge and his riding friend picked up a KTM enduro, another buddy from Moab would be breaking in his 800GS, and some other friends would be arriving at the rally too. I was really looking forward to the weekend, and was expecting my 17 year old kid to experience a rite of passage so to speak. We stopped the first night in Cimarron Canyon State Park, to camp. A huge storm came through that night, and my North Face Nebula leaked, dripping water on me all night... He however was nice and dry. The next day we made for Paonia, for the rally...

    A few pics from along the way.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    We arrived at the rally around noon and got set up. My brother showed up pretty soon after...

    From the left.. son's KLX250, My Dakar, Brother "AZtwin" and his X challenge, and his friend "Lightfighter"'s KTM.. My kid up by the fence.

    [​IMG]

    Friday we got out fairly early and made a loop from Paonia, across Kebler Pass to Crested Butte for lunch, then over Cumberland Pass through Tincup, and then back via kebler again.

    Some pics of Fridays ride..

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    We had a great lunch in Crested Butte.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    After lunch over Cumberland Pass and through Tincup.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    Got to hang around with many of my online friends Friday evening... He took some jabs during the BS sessions and handled himself quite well and even exchanged a few jabs with wit that took me a few seconds to get the punchline... Sat morning we headed out again with fewer numbers, and some new faces.. We took 133 up toward McClure Pass, then turned on a forest road that went to Colbran, then we took the highway to Mesa and over grand mesa.

    [​IMG]

    Gas stop in Colbran

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    Back at the Rally I had hoped he would hang with us, and enjoy the band, since he is a musician, and has his own band... However unlike motorcycle riding that is cross generational.... Music is not. He likes some screaming stuff called Hardcore.... and the Strolling Scones just didn't do it for him. :D

    He seemed to have a great time... and on the way home I kept feeling like I was talking to my brother, rather than my son... Not sure who changed this weekend, Me or Him.... But I see him in a much different way.
    #1
  2. ckcarr

    ckcarr Desert Dweller

    Joined:
    May 18, 2003
    Oddometer:
    49
    Location:
    Southeast Utah Desert
    Super report! Nothing like father son bonding, reminds me of fishing in Wisconsin with my dad...

    Hope Bill had a good time out here!

    See you next year!
    #2
  3. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,648
    Location:
    East End, Arkansas
    Nice report, Mr. Bill, thanks for sharing. Good to see that the trip helped y'all get closer.
    #3
  4. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,971
    Location:
    30120
    As both a father and a son, I can only applaud you guys and can't wait for the opportunity to do the same with my little ones.
    #4
  5. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,326
    Location:
    Sierra Vista, AZ
    Nice report Bill. Here are a couple pics I took of you and the boy.

    You

    [​IMG]

    The boy.

    [​IMG]


    Good seeing both of you in CO.
    #5
  6. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,096
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    looks like a lot of fun.... Glad it worked out....
    #6
  7. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,511
    Location:
    northern Arkansas
    Was nice seeing you & your son there BIll, not sure how I missed Rob, were you keeping him hidden ? I ended up on the routes you took (obviously at different times, went over Cumberland Sunday). You could have taken your S over them, wouldn't have been as much fun though.
    Jim
    #7
  8. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    828
    Location:
    Young Harris, GA
    Lovely story there Bill. Glad you two got to go to include meeting Uncle Rob. With a ckcarr sighting to boot!

    Reference the teen chat...or lack thereof....one thing I've learned, is if you want someone else to speak, you (I) must provide the verbal vacuum and be willing to wait it out. What with CNN and MSNBC and Fox talking heads shouting over one another, we get accustomed to competitive conversation....not a good thing, imho.
    #8
  9. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,052
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Point taken Bob. FWIW, I am working on that.

    Thanks for your wisdom, I am learning to listen. I even stopped, asked directions friday when were were not sure of our route. Should have seen the look on Brian and Rob's face. :)
    #9
  10. radtrinidad

    radtrinidad girlz rule!

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    41
    Wow. What a great story. That goes to tell that there is nothing like doing activities with your kids to keep them close. Awesome pics too. That rally looks like it's uber fun.
    #10
  11. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Oddometer:
    828
    Location:
    Young Harris, GA
    I recently read a speech by an old fighter pilot who flew the F-105G Wild Weasel in Vietnam. He was shot down in Rolling Thunder and spent 6 years in the Hilton....time to reflect. One of the main points he made was that, when allowed to talk, none of his fellow prisoners discussed work. It was mostly faith and family that kept their hearts energized and brought them out. I consider this a point taken and why I believe Bill's ride report so important. Time well spent.
    #11
  12. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,687
    Location:
    NW Arkansas
    Always enjoy the Father Son reports! Great that you both connected and now have some common interest you can build on too! Super pictures, looks like you had a great time. Thanks for taking us along!
    #12
  13. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,110
    Location:
    Right where I need to be
    Thank for the rr, I never tire of seeing pictures of Colorado; I can't wait to get back out there and explore more of the state. That and being on the other end of a recent father/son ride, I know exactly how meaningful these trips are.

    Nice job! :thumb
    #13
  14. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    865
    Location:
    Northwet
    Hey that was great. Sounds like you have a great kid on yer hands.

    Now I know I have to get out to CO.
    #14
  15. arkridergc

    arkridergc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    295
    Location:
    Pottsville, AR
    I stumbled on this at work the other day and didn't have time to read it through so I've just hunted it up and read all of it. Glad to see that you've made good memories with your son. Great pictures and that Dakar was sweet. Having never ridden either, I'll assume the KTM is really something to displace a Dakar. BTW my brother rides A KLX250 and he loves it.Gary
    #15
  16. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    99
    :clap
    #16
  17. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,715
    Location:
    Utah
    Excellent, a connection :nod - congrats
    #17