I've been trying for several years to get in a motorcycle ride out west to Colorado where my mothers side of the family has ranched and called home for multiple generations. I got to visit once as a teenager many many moons ago. The years went by and life got in the way of me making a return trip, but this would be the year to change that and I blocked out 21 days to make the ride from here in VA and make it happen! Having not been out west since I was a young teen and not knowing much about riding out in Colorado I made some inquires here on ADV. Matt McCabe from RMAR http://www.rmariders.org/ posted a response that they were hosting the Silverton Rendezvous ride during the timeframe I planned to be in Co. Seeing as how I would be a noob to the area and a large chunk of the entry fee would go to TPA http://www.coloradotpa.org/ it was a no-brainer to sign up. It also gave me a reason to not let anything get in the way of making the trip happen since I had now invested cash into the trip before even leaving. I spent a few weeks getting myself and my Triumph Tiger 800XC prepped for the long ride out and back. Now there was nothing left to do but throw a leg over and get to riding. Life would take several twists and turns on this ride, but telling it now would be getting ahead of myself... I'll just say that events would do their best to see this ride cut short.