On Saturday, May 27th, the Black Forest Riders embarked on the first group ride of the season. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go. The destination was Breckenridge, and the weather report was calling for 100% chance of rain and storms throughout the entire day.
That didn’t sound like fun. In fact, it had been a long week and I really wanted to sleep in on Saturday and do nothing. But that was because of the weather forecast. Inside, I wanted to ride! On Friday evening I made half-hearted plans to go and got the camera and gear ready. I was still skeptical of the weather, and anticipated waking up to nasty skies, and then going back to bed.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny with gorgeous blue skies! I texted Jeff (our group leader) and he said we were on for the ride, and if needed would adjust the route as we go. Less than an hour later I met up with him and his wife Carol, and another member of the group (Mike). Then we were off to meet up with another rider and his wife!
We met Kerry & Jenny over at Rudy’s on the south side of town. It’s a convenient place to get gas, but I was disappointed in their “Convenience Store” that only offered soda and candy (and extremely limited selections at that). Nothing even remotely healthy to snack on. Oh well, at least I had my water bottle!
The group smiles as Jeff announces his bid for Presidency in 2020!
Part of Garden of the Gods in view – looks like a great morning to take Stallion for a trip!
We headed up Hwy 24 through Woodland Park, and then made a stop at Wilkerson Pass!
The group was small in number, but high in spirit and having fun as always!
Jeff came to the rescue by offering me a snack to tide me over until lunch…very kind of him! 🙂
Wilkerson Pass is always a beautiful place to stop!
The VFW was up there offering free coffee and cookies, but they weren’t too friendly so I just walked away. I guess it’s the thought that counts.
While Jeff made a quick pit stop, Mike announced his intention to be the group leader through a hostile takeover. Carol wasn’t too happy…
From there we rode to Hartsel, CO – so named because it is at the geographic center of Colorado! The view towards Breckenridge was NASTY…it looked like lots of snow, ice, and rain in the radar. No fun. So, we headed south on CO-9 which was an AWESOME decision!
CO-9 is a fantastic road that leads down towards the Royal Gorge area, and it is a joy to ride that road through such a pretty area!
Looking in the mirror, you can see part of the nastiness behind us (north) that we rode away from!
We made it to Canon City and were loving this beautiful morning! All of us were hungry, so Bunkhouse Burgers was a great place to stop! They offer Colorado, grass-fed beef and even have gluten free buns! Good food and good service!
All too soon it was time to hit the road for home. However, storms were on the horizon. Jeff and Carol check the radar to calculate our odds of survival…
The Bird Millman sculpture is going to need a lot more than that little umbrella for the amount of rain that was on the way!
But, we couldn’t leave the area without taking a quick ride over Skyline Drive!
We headed for home, and finally, hit the rains that we been avoiding all day. It only rained for about the last 30 minutes of the ride, and although it wasn’t horrendous, it certainly wasn’t fun either (mainly due to all the other cars cashing wash back). We all made it home safe and sound, and it really was a great ride.
But, one thought stuck out in my mind…what if I hadn’t gone? What if I had just stayed home and let the weather forecast win? I would have missed out on a lot of fun with friends, and a beautiful time chasing roads through the mountains!
Choosing adventure in the face of uncertainty is a risk worth taking. I’m already looking forward to the next ride…and I may not even look at the forecast before hand!