BFR Group Ride – St. Elmo – Part 2

(Read Part 1 here!)

After eating in Buena Vista, Ken and I twisted the throttle and headed for St. Elmo Ghost Town!

About 30 minutes later we pulled in to the ghost town…

Stallion enjoyed the companionship of Ken’s new BMW F800!

We noticed this Harley with an interesting sticker on the dash – I definitely give him props for taking that huge beast up the road to St. Elmo

This is the first time that I have been inside the General Store – it was filled with neat relics from the past! Unfortunately, I truly did not see the multiple signs that said no pictures allowed until I prepared these pictures for this post!

After that we spent time walking around the main street looking at the buildings…

It was a beautiful day to walk around and enjoy being off the bikes!

Also for the first time, I was able to go inside the restored building which was also neat to see

It’s a little difficult to see, but this is a historic picture of what St. Elmo used to look like…

I really liked these B&W ones I captured

After that we walked down the old row of cabins away from the main street

This was an ultra-modern his and her outhouse! šŸ™‚

I guess red means Stop/Occupied! (Or bio-hazard?)

After that, Ken and I walked down to the river…it was absolutely stunning!

All too soon it was time to mount our trusty steeds and head down the mountain…

Jeff was all bathed up and waiting for us!

The road away from the Hot Springs offered beautiful vistas for us to take in as we turned for home

WARNING: Taking pictures of yourself while riding is dangerous and stupid. Don’t do it! šŸ™‚

After a couple hours of riding, we stopped in Woodland Park for a Bucky’s butt break

While I napped, Scott stole the camera for blackmail purposes!

Clearly I needed some sugar – then I could be as happy as Kerry & Jenny!

Once again, our fearless leader guided us on another great adventure! Thanks Jeff!

It was a fun trip and I already look forward to our next time together!

MV

BFR Group Ride – St. Elmo – Part 1

Last weekend I had the opportunity to hang out with theĀ Black Forest RidersĀ and take a group ride up to theĀ 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

Errands With Stallion

I recently enjoyed an awesome evening of doing errands with Stallion.

The cool evening air coming in off the mountains combined with the sweet smell of freshly cut fields. Ahhhhh…perfect!

MV

Choosing Adventure in the Face of Uncertainty

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 snackĀ to tide me over until lunch…very kind of him! šŸ™‚

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…

TheĀ Bird MillmanĀ 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 rainsĀ that we been avoidingĀ 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 uncertaintyĀ is a risk worth taking. I’m already looking forward to the next ride…andĀ I may not even look at the forecast before hand!

MV