Avoiding Texas Heat and a Different Type of Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by old1959, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    In Gunnison I stopped at the local park as you enter town and made lunch. Also, the visitor center was located there which enticed me to walk around the town a bit. I’ve been through here before but always with a schedule so never really visited the place. In retirement I’m correcting this issue:lol3.
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    And, once more, I read another sign that we are a nation of immigrants. Truly a melting pot of different talents and cultures. A good thing in my opinion.
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    Eventually I made it to the Airbnb; an approximately 150 mile drive took all day:hmmmmm. Yes, I’m slow. My hosts insisted I put the bike and trailer in their carport to be better protected so I got everything unloaded and then relaxed in their backyard area. A good deal.
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    Did you happen to see a cool-looking Chinook helicopter at the Gunnison airport?
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  3. LandofEnchantment

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    Very nice. I like the setup! And I like your bike BTW. That gold is nice.

    I intend to pick up a bike trailer and haul my bike around for some trips as well.
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  4. old1959

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    No. I noticed airport was nearby as I saw a small aircraft land.
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    Thank you. I’m partial to the color too:-).

    Regarding the trailer, I can’t believe I paid what I paid for the trailer but do feel the trailer is well designed and crafted. My other thought was to buy something such as a Honda Monkey or maybe a Honda 300 that I could put on a hitch carrier. SubieDo has a 350 pound tongue weight limit so not a lot of capacity.
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    This day I went east out of Montrose on hwy 50 and then north on 92 to Hotchkiss. I have fond memories of getting lunch in Hotchkiss on my first long motorcycle tour in the early 90’s and wanted to check it out. Below is a lunch stop looking west over the Black Canyon.
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    Later I rode hwy 133 north and took county rd 12 to Crested Butte. A first for me.
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    A hard packed road with minimal dust so a nice ride.
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    Eventually 135 to Gunnison and then back to Montrose. A good day.
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    And then , I had a problem:fpalm
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    Remember earlier I mentioned a stent? Turns out I developed a reaction to one of the meds. My cardiologist back home told me to go see a doctor and get checked out. Turned out to be nothing serious, the bill will probably be serious, but doctor recommended I take it easy on a particular part of the body that can get enlarged and give us guys a problem with releasing liquid. So in the interest of caution I stopped riding not only my motorcycle but bicycle too. Bummer.:dunno
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    I could still walk and hike so I went to visit a free National Park
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    Beautiful area and I hiked approximately five miles, which isn’t much, but the elevation changes were brutal. Steep hiking. I got whooped.
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    A good day. I gave the legs a good workout.
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    While I really enjoyed my time in Montrose, decided to return home see the cardiologist about the meds I’m on and if some changes can be be made. In between doctor visits and tests I did a couple of car/walking activities so my time was enjoyable. Even found another True Grit themed mural.
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    Loaded up.
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    @old1959 I've been using these for at least ten years now. One every day. Have missed some days and within an hour after taking one, I'm pissing like an 18 year old again. The urologist is ok with me taking these.

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    Motocopter, thank you for the suggestion. I do take a supplement for the prostate but right now the issue is thin blood which is showing up where it shouldn’t be. Not much mind you but enough that my cardiologist wanted it checked immediately.

    Hey, maybe this will turn into a prostate or medical thread. We have plenty of oil and tire threads but haven’t seen a prostate thread:kat
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    Sorry your trip got cut short.

    Hope everything checks out well for you so you can get back on the road soon!
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    Ten years ago I had a couple of incidents of pissing blood. First was after a four mile run and so I dismissed it as maybe the bladder walls were rubbing. Then it happened again after riding the mower. Lab work caught it at the next occurrence. Ended up with basil cell carcinoma for which was immediately removed. The tumor was only in the inner liner so the bladder is still with me today. It took an MRI(?) and a cysto to confirm what the radiologist saw. I'm still having annual checks for recurrance.

    Maybe my experience will help for awareness for you and others.

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    Lovely RR. Bummer about your medical issue, I know the feeling, I hit the six oh in May.
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    Thank all of you for the well wishes. I'm back home and have started down the medical path and have already started to see an improvement. Definitely some truth to comments about you better be tough if you're going to get old. However, sure beats the alternative...

    I forgot to mentioned one day I visited Ridgeway and did some walking. This is where most of the movie True Grit was filmed.
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    Looks like a good trip but sucks you had to stop riding. I have minor prostate issues so can almost relate.
    How's that trailer at highways speeds? Bouncy at all?
    Enjoying the locations. I need to get back out there now that I'm retired and have more time.
    Is that bike electric assist?
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    No trailer bounce or any other issues. Towed well. And, yes, bicycle is an ebike; RAD mini which folds up in the back of the car.
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