Colorado? (but not really): 2015 In 2015, for our annual 10-day group ride, we decided to go to Colorado. It was at my suggestion, since I'd never been there, but heard tons of great things about it. As luck would have it, as our trip approached, my younger daughter won the California State championships in her National History Day project (after already winning school and district). This meant that she and her two friends who competed with her, were invited to the Nationals, at the University of Maryland. We were thrilled for her, as she had competed against hundreds of students from throughout the state in order to win. Unfortunately, the history day competition landed exactly in the middle of our group Colorado ride. I decided to ride with my buddies as far as Alex's house in Tooele, UT. From there, they would continue on to explore Colorado, and I would fly out to DC. Following the competition, I would fly back to Utah, just in time to meet up with them there and ride the last two days home with them. We spent the first night at Route Boss's home on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Not a bad view from your backyard... This next photo was worthy of a title, so I dubbed it, "Niall Armchairstrong". One small step for man...on second thought, let's just sit here for a while... To put it in perspective, so you all don't think Niall is just nuts (at least for that reason), the backstory is that they were all working on syncing their helmet comms. Sadly, those first two days went by quick, and those were the only photos I got of my buddies on the Colorado ride. They had a great time, and took many phenomenal photos, which hopefully they will eventually add to this thread. This next shot is of Alex and his minions, in Tooele. Just how many people can you fit on a GSA? Ah, which reminds me...2015 was the year I finally got my dream bike, a 2015 watercooled GSA. If you look very closely, you can see that it has a Corbin seat. I am a huge fan of Corbin, and they are located very close to me. This seat for my GSA was completely free. The watercooled GSA's were a new thing, and Corbin had yet to make a template for one. I let them keep my bike for two weeks, and in exchange, they gave me the prototype seat for free, with my fabric and option choices. So if you have a GSAW with a Corbin, you can give a tiny bit of thanks to the bike in this next photo. Downtown Tooele... (wait, that can't be right) My flight home from DC was delayed for a day, so I missed the window to ride home with my buddies. We had already boarded the airplane in DC, and were taxiing, when lighting strikes started hitting the runway. We "drove" to and from the terminal twice. After a couple hours of sitting on the ramp, we were finally cleared for takeoff to SLC, but the pilots would have been put 1/2 hour past their allowable time on duty, so we had to pull back in to the terminal and unload. They put us up in a hotel for the night, and flew us out the next morning. Riding home solo from Alex's house, I decided to take the Alternate 93 from Wendover, to Ely, and back home on the 50. As I mentioned before, I love the "loneliest road in America". Whenever I'd passed the town of Eureka, NV, I had always looked longingly down Roberts Creek Rd., near Lone Mountain. It is a dirt road heading straight north that just seems to go forever into the distance. I have a bad case of wanderlust, and am constantly asking myself, "I wonder where that road goes?", or, "I wonder what's on the other side of that ridge?" So since I wasn't in a hurry I decided to ride a ways down Roberts Creek Rd. Evidently it ends up in some big open pit mines (silver, I think?). The rest of the ride home was uneventful. I don't recall where I stayed that evening, but believe it was near Truckee.