BFR Group Ride – St. Elmo – Part 1

Last weekend I had the opportunity to hang out with the Black Forest Riders and take a group ride up to the St. Elmo Ghost Town! Well, half the group stayed at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs but two of us needed our RDA of dirt, so we headed up the mountain while the others boiled soaked their worries away!

I headed out to my bike to find a note from my lovely wife – I love little surprises like this!

The day was absolutely gorgeous, and once again, Rudy’s provided a good logistical spot for the group to meet up.

Jeff has mastered the art of fill ups – no need to get off the bike even!

After a few minutes of chatting, Scott was anxious to get the road on the show (or is it show on the road?)!

We had the opportunity to pick up another rider at the light, but Jenny did a quick background check on her phone and realized that may not be a good idea…

We rode straight through to Hartsel, Colorado and then enjoyed a little break

Colorful buildings!

Thankfully the Sheriff wasn’t around to take any of us into custody…

This old building was kind of interesting

I found a great vacation home with a wrap-around porch, but it’s a bit of a fixer-upper…

Take MY bike? “From my cold, dead, hands….”

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Everyone enjoyed a great break and was loving the nice weather!

But then it was time for a racing showdown at the Hartsel Corral…

Such a beautiful day!

We made it to Buena Vista with a pressing need…a pair of shorts for one certain rider to be able to get in the hot springs (no skinny dipping allowed or recommended or desired or…..)

Fortunately, Scott won these in a quick poker match…

From this point, Ken and I split up from the group and went in to downtown Buena Vista to look for some food. I love the colors!

Ken introduced me to the fabulous, Eddyline Restaurant – it was AMAZING! I should have taken a picture of the incredible food, but instead, here was the view we enjoyed while eating…

After that, we enjoyed a quick walk to the river!

It had a been a great day already, but there was lots more adventure still to come!

(Part 2 coming soon…)

MV

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6 thoughts on “BFR Group Ride – St. Elmo – Part 1

  1. Ry Austin says:

    That old, interesting building has architectural elements characteristic of former railroad depots that I’ve seen in ghost towns throughout Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. If it was a depot, it might have been more for freight exchange–it’s got that sort of look. Cool stuff, man, cool stuff…

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