Leaving CO, and thanks ADV

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Boulder Ed, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Well, after 12 years of home ownership at the base of the Switzerland Trail above Boulder, we have sold our home and are moving into a toy hauler which will of course be equipped with my GSA and my wife's R1200R. It's not been easy saying goodbye to CO even if it's only for the winter, as we may head back in the spring, should work lead us back.

    Yesterday as the movers emptied our 3750' home and we looked at the 190' we were moving into, we kind of panicked. Hearing the occasional thumper slow down then go up the hill to the Switz made me glance at my WR parked in the garage every time. I am quite thankful I did not sell it and will store it locally over the winter.

    You guys have made my riding life fulfilled with new friends, new rides, new places explored. We are heading south soon and will ride some areas we have not frequented. We won't miss the wind and snow. Nor repairing the ATV snowplow on my back in the 15 degree garage while the snow piled up outside. Life on the mountain is both blessed and hard at times. The net is this has been a fantastic ride the last 12 years, and we will miss the smell of the pines on the first warm spring days cruising along the Switz, dodging potholes of melted snow. I will miss Penn gulch, and the physical workout it gave me every time, either going up or down.

    ADV conversations encouraged us to make the ride of a lifetime this summer to D2D/AK. Not many of us are so blessed as to have wives that will hop on their own bike and rough it for 47 days. We met so many nice people up there I cannot begin to tell you how emancipating the ride was. One friend from Glennallen AK, Alcan Rider, met on ADV 8 months prior to our adventure, encouraged me to make an official Iron Butt qualifier this fall and I added that to my list. The guy make even those of us that do a lot of riding look like mere beginners, and he is 70+ years old.

    Well thank you guys for everything and I hope to see and /or communicate with you as we travel through NM, AZ and maybe CA/OR over the next few months. If any of you have friends with RV spots out there, where we might hole up for a few days a t a time, drop me a PM as I hate RV parks in their current impacted configurations and would love to trade some parking time for some help on home projects over the winter.
    Kindest Regards,
    Boulder Ed
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  2. duct tape

    duct tape Lost

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    Congrats on your new freedom! Wish I had the means and guts to do it. Keep the rubber side down.
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  3. Graniteone

    Graniteone 3,2,1...Beer me!

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    Congrats on both the sale of your home and your new found freedom. Hit me up this spring and let's go riding. I am thinking of heading to Austin for Motogp this Spring.

    Cheers!

    Steve
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  4. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Ok we will try and hook up some gravel together again. If nothing else, I'd give my, well never mind that, to do fall colors again. That was a great ride!

    Ed
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  5. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Good luck Ed!
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  6. orbiker

    orbiker Been here awhile

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    I'm jealous.
    I tryed to talk my wife into moving into a toyhauler 4 or 5 years ago. We could have sold the house for good money and be living the retired life RVing. I wanted to be a camp host in the state parks. work 40 hours between the 2 of us and have a free site. Mow a lawn or other easy chores. Be a guide at a lighthouse or some other historic structure. EASY

    Maybe someday

    Look here for a start.
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  7. beernutt

    beernutt This space for rent

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    Happy Trails, Ed! Anytime you need to pull bikes through the snow on the Switzerland Trail, you know who to call...

    Call Saul, Ray, or somebody else because I'm too tired to do it now!

    Alan
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  8. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Wish you guys the best, Ed!

    I'll see you on the road.

    Take care!
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  9. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Slip Steppenwolf into your eight track as you head down the road.
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  10. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Ed that was a great post and speaks to the characters of ADV. Good luck on your adventures.:freaky
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  11. BuilderScott

    BuilderScott Been here awhile

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    Have fun Ed. Let me know if you need to store your guitar collection at my house. That's what friends are for!
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  12. modette

    modette TrailTaker.com

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    Well that is why I had not heard from you Ed ;-) Enjoy your travels, and have lots of fun.
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  13. blues bob

    blues bob Been here awhile

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    Thanks Brother Ed, for guiding me on my first ride on my Wr250r from your house to your backyard trails. Thanks also for giving me confidence to make my first Dual Sport ride to Moab. Oh, and that sweet guitar playing of yours. Yep, you will be missed.
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  14. ironbrewer

    ironbrewer Hopefully Riding

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    Have a great adventure Ed.
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  15. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    I sure hope we find our way back at some point. I have a feeling Stepphenwolf and "Born to Be Wild" ain't me anymore :-) Have been listening to a lot of Grateful dead though recently, somehow I missed it the last 30 years. And dang Scott, 3 guitars went off to storage Friday, that I could have loaned ya. A few more are heading for the toy hauler though, and picking tunes under the stars wherever we end up stopping.
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  16. Chobro

    Chobro spinning the wheel

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    I can highly recommend this park just north of Deming.
    http://temperatezonervresort.com/
    Very cool GSPD riding couple who sold me a Cagiva last spring. It's roomy and they seem to have your type of place, low key. Shoot me a pm if I can be of more help, I'm still in touch with them.
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  17. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Thanks for the info , will check it out! Heading south either Wed or Thursday. We're either plum mad or just tired of cold winters. Well maybe both :-)


    Very cool GSPD riding couple who sold me a Cagiva last spring. It's roomy and they seem to have your type of place, low key. Shoot me a pm if I can be of more help, I'm still in touch with them.[/QUOTE]
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  18. whitewater18

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    10 years ago, some friends of mine sold everything and moved into a 36' 5th wheel pulled with a new Dodge p/u. They figured they would spend 3-5 years traveling around before having to go back to the "real world". Well its been 10 years now of discovering work-camping and the many freedoms of the gypsy lifestyle. They have changed rigs, (36' diesel pusher) gone to 1 motorcycle and travel from the east coast to the desert southwest, to the black hills, and inter-mountain region and have no intention of going back to the "real world". Met lots of cool people (and Canucks) along the way that live this lifestyle.
    Did you know that you can boondock in the desert on BLM land with access to a dump station & water for $180 for 6 months? Our friends have done that several winters and have a whole group they see each year. There are several areas in sw Arizona that allow this.
    Workcamper magazine can help you find jobs along the way. Our friends are currently working at a Amazon distribution center in Kentucky over the xmas season returning from an east coast tour visiting family. They can't seem to decide yet if they are going to Florida, Texas, or back to the desert sw after the Amazon stint is over. The Black Hills and the pacific nw are slated for next summer.
    If the wife & I could get around to selling the house & business, we would soon join this lifestyle...

    Have fun Ed!!

    If you would like to get ahold of our friends, PM me. They are a wealth of information on what you're moving to, and darn nice people as well. You'll cross paths with them soon enough anyway. :deal

    Joe
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  19. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    Hello Joe,
    I just found out about the BLM long term camping deal you described yesterday! I think we are headed to one of their locations to sort out the rig and see what it takes to do this longer term. Bought the toy hauler a few weeks ago winterized and am hoping the guy was up front on the water system working and being tight. So against all recommended RV logic we are taking the plunge without a test run first to make sure it all works fine.

    I'm not sure I'll make the transition long term as I spent 30 years as a type A executive, and my wife is used to a certain level of amenities, but we shall give it a go and see how my wife likes it. Hope to see you guys on the Fall COlors run next year if not sooner somehow!
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  20. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Good luck. What a chapter in life your turning now.
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