Colorado 2018

Watch the short teaser video of Colorado and the Southwest 2018. Click on the video below and be sure to watch for the full version video coming soon.

 

This year I’m going to keep my wheels in Colorado. But Kevin is going to hop on a plane and fly into Colorado and Jim is going to hop onto his brand new Harley and ride in from Pennsylvania.

The last time the three of us rode together, is when I met Kevin and Jim in Yukon Territory, Canada, when Kevin ran out of gas. Then just by chance, I ran into Kevin and Jim the following day in Tok, Alaska, where we spent the whole day riding to Fairbanks together. At the end of that day, Kevin made the mistake of inviting me to Ireland. I took him up on that offer and the following year we were touring Ireland. (Click on the Ireland tab to read about that beautiful ride)

While Kevin and I were sightseeing in Ireland, Jim was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident with a semi truck back in the states. He spent many months recovering from his injuries. He’s one tough guy.

The following year, I found myself back in Ireland at Kevin’s house and we were back on the road riding to the North Cape in Norway. (Click on the Norway tab to read about that amazing trip)

This year the three of us are hooked back up and I get to host Kevin and Jim with nine days of as much of the Colorado Rockies as we can possibly absorb. We’ll be visiting some places even I’ve never seen before in Colorado. After that, Jim has to head back to Pennsylvania and Kevin and I will get back on the road and tour more of Colorado and Utah.  In preparation for this and future trips, Kevin purchased a bike for U.S. touring, which is now happily residing in my garage.

We’ll start our Colorado tour on June 7th, 2018. I hope you enjoy following along!

Tuesday June 5th, 2018

Jim arrived at my house in Westminster, Colorado on his Screamin Eagle Harley about 10 am from Pennsylvania. Kevin arrived at DIA from Ireland about 2:13 pm and the three of us were once again back together after three years.

Jim cooked up some steaks on the grill (he likes to cook) and we shot the breeze all evening.

Wednesday June 6th, 2018

We spent the day preparing our bikes for tomorrow’s departure, which didn’t take too long and then we all decided to go shopping….Colorado Style….

Performance Motorcycle accessories store

BMW Motorcycles of Denver

Thursday June 7th, 2018

We hit the road to my cabin near Westcliffe, Colorado, about three hours from Denver and stopped near Pikes Peak for a few photos…

then NORAD (Cheyenne Mountain)…

and a short time later, we were viewing the Sangre de Cristo mountains from Westcliffe, Colorado…

Friday June 8th, 2018

We left Westcliffe and headed northwest to Glenwood Springs, over Independence Pass, a beautiful ride….

Saturday June 9th, 2018

Today was a great ride over the Grand Mesa near Grand Junction, then south to The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, then into Ouray, Colorado, where we were greeted by smoke from a huge forest fire near Durango.

Sunday June 10th, 2018

Our planned route from Ouray to Durango was not going to happen today because of the fires burning just north of the town. So we found a detour which turned out to be a beautiful ride and we made our way to Mancos, Colorado via Mesa Verde National Park.

The fires burning near Durango taken from Mesa Verde National Park…

Monday June 11th, 2018

From Mancos, we rode back to the cabin in Westcliffe, stopping off at The Great Sand Dunes National Park, which seems so out of place for Colorado….

Back in Westcliffe….

Tuesday June 12th, 2018

We rode to Bishops Castle, not far from Westcliffe, which was built by one man over several years. Look it up on Google, it’s an amazing story. Kevin called it “the best tourist attraction I’ve ever visited”…

Kevin, 160 feet, at the top of the tower…

“Hey Terry…come on up”…”no way!”

Kevin on the bridge…

Then we took some photos in Westcliffe…

Wednesday June 13th, 2018

We rode back to Denver and took the rest of the evening off. A well deserved break!

Thursday June 14th, 2018

We hopped on the bikes and took a breathtaking ride up to the summit of Mount Evans…the highest paved road in North America. It was quite a thrill!

Friday June 15th, 2018

Another day off as Jim preps to head back east tomorrow and Kevin and I prepare for Part two of the trip tomorrow…Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and more of Colorado.

Saturday June 16th, 2018

Jim left early this morning to head back east and Kevin and I hopped onto I-70 and headed west to Arches National Park in Utah.

We rode onto Green River, Utah (not far away from Arches) and stayed there for the night.

Sunday June 17th, 2018

Our next stop from Green River, was the childhood home of Butch Cassidy…

Then it was onto Zion National Park which was spectacular!

When we arrived at the visitor center at Zion, I was walking through the parking lot on the way to the restrooms. As I came around the corner of  the back of an SUV, I must have surprised a big dog and he latched onto my arm and didn’t let go for several seconds. So….our next stop….the hospital emergency room in Kanab, Utah!! Kevin explained to Jim on the phone, that the dog bite was my fault because I didn’t take the route to the restrooms that Kevin suggested.

Monday June 18th, 2018

Our original plan was to ride down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this morning, but I needed to pick up a prescription of anti biotics and the Pharmacy in Kanab didn’t open until 9am, which would have set us back on our schedule for the day. So, Kevin left early in the morning for the Grand Canyon and I hung back in Kanab and we met back up in Jacob Lake Arizona at noon.

Kevin enjoying his solo visit to the Grand Canyon!

We met in Jacob Lake at noon as planned and continued onto Kayenta, Arizona, stopping along the way a few times to see the sites.

Tuesday June 19th, 2018

We rode from Kayenta, Arizona to Chama, New Mexico via Monument Valley and Four Corners, popping in and out of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico throughout the day.

In Montezuma, New Mexico, on the Navajo reservation, after fueling up, we met Eddie Whitehorse and his friend and had a long 20 – 30 minute conversation about the Navajo Nation.

Four Corners. We rode around it, covering four states in less than a minute…just because!

Wednesday June 20th, 2018

Today we rode from Chama, New Mexico to South Fork Colorado via the old gold mining ghost town of Summitville, Colorado. It was about 100 miles of forest roads with some great scenery and some rough and rocky roads…in other words…lots of fun!

Thursday June 21st, 2018

Today’s ride was from South Fork, Colorado to my cabin, just north of Westcliffe, Colorado, passing by the Taos Trail.

At the beginning of the trip, Kevin brought an Ireland sticker to put on his U.S. bike that he keeps stored in my garage.

We affectionately named his bike…”Earl” or…”IRL”.

Friday June 22nd, 2018

On the last day of the trip we rode from the cabin near Westcliffe, back to Denver, taking Oak Creek Grade (the old wagon road between Westcliffe and Canon City). Then riding through Phantom Canyon (the old narrow gauge railroad path from Florence to Cripple Creek and Victor) and then onto Denver to close out another amazing Journey to put in the books!

 

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