Happy New Year Everyone! 🙂
Where in the world did time go? Apparently, the last time I posted anything here at MotoVentures was on December 17th. I knew it had been a while, but not this long!
Without further delay, let’s talk about another group ride from last fall. On Sunday, September 23rd, I led a group of friends from Black Forest Chapel on a ride that involved beautiful weather, Lebanese food, and two accidents.
Leaving from Black Forest, the weather was slightly cool, but nice…
We headed up Hwy 105 through Sedalia and made it to Golden, Colorado in just under an hour and a half. Not bad for Sunday afternoon traffic! If you’re in Golden, I highly recommend the Ali Baba Grill – the food is excellent, the portions are generous, and the staff are friendly!
After filling our stomachs with some amazing gyros and hummus, we got back on the road. By this time, the temperature was perfect!
On our way up Lookout Mountain, we encountered our first accident of the day. We were never able to find out exactly what happened, but it appeared to involve a hang glider as the rescue teams were hauling equipment into the hillside.
An officer flagged us through after waiting about 15 minutes and we continued up to the summit. The views at the top are always spectacular!
We enjoyed a 15 minute break at the summit – the views and amazing weather made for an awesome time!
From Golden we headed down through Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Buffalo Creek, and Deckers. We took a quick stretch break in Deckers, and then continued south on CO-67. Within a few minutes of leaving Deckers, traffic was at a standstill.
We couldn’t see anything at this point. All we could do was sit and wait.
Unfortunately, as we got closer, we realized it was a terrible motorcycle accident. I honestly couldn’t recognize what type of bike it was as it was so badly mangled and burned from a direct impact into the rocks on the hillside. Crews were picking up pieces from all over the road. Although we never saw an ambulance, I fear the rider may not have survived such an impact.
The weather was beautiful and cool for the remainder of the ride home., but seeing the accident was a sobering reminder that not all who ride come home safely. Slow down, stay alert, and stay alive!