Adventures of the New England VRCC
2005 Trip Reports
Our everywhere but Sturges …Sturges trip.
by Dan A (Dan-bury)
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From Sturgis almost all the way home...
Posted By: Matt_D
Date: 8/19/2005 at 17:57:41
6:00 am Sat morning, 7/30/05 at Dunkin Donuts in Danbury CT were 3 tired
but excited couples and one friend to get a pic. and send us off.
After 733mi we stopped outside of Indianapolis Indiana for dinner and got a room.
Up and off again early we hoped to get in another 700mi day but traffic, heat, and way too much goofing off put us in LaCross Wisconcin for the night after about 575mi. (hey we were on VACATION) We decided to go around Iowa due to the rain.
Day three we were back to business and rolled in to Rapid City SD with enough energy to walk 1mi to a Red Lobster for a great meal and the start of some real funny stories. (sorry what happens on vacation stays on vacation)
We spent the next three days seeing the sights of SD. The faces at MT Rushmore were smaller than I thought they would be, but a have to see part of the trip. Crazy horse was seen from a distance and the Black hills were fun to ride through, but the Bad Lands turned out to be and adventure when a nasty storm popped up with some strong winds and heavy rain. On went the rain suits (almost had to tie Betsy down to the bike so she wouldn’t blow of the back) and off we went.
We rode into Sturges Wednesday evening as there were setting up, vendors and tractor trailers everywhere, but few people.
Our big trip to Sturges and we were leaving before it even started, which was OK with me seeing I am not big on crowds. I just want to ride!!!!
Thursday morning and we are off to Colorado. Northern Wyoming is nice but as you head south there just aint much, including fuel stops. I am lucky enough to have an I/S with 6.9 gals of fuel but the two RoadKings I was with only have 5 gals and with them both pushing 100hp they do like fuel, when they both hit reserve within a mi of each other I thought for the first time on the trip I thought I would be tapping into that big tank of mine to keep the HDs going but we did find fuel in time and they took 4.8 & 4.9 gals.
We stop at a Subway to grab a bite to eat in a little town in Wyoming and in walks a couple that is a neighbor to one of the couples we are traveling with. What a shock to see someone from home 2500mi away also on a trip.
Thurs eve we rolled into Loveland CO. and found a real nice place on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. We spent the next day in Estes park and Rocky Mountain national park where the only thing I heard coming from Betsy was awesome, just awesome, this is awesome, wow, awesome for 200mi. it was great to see her so happy and acting like a kid on her first ride. She loves Colorado and I am sure we will be back.
Saturday started out with a great ride down thru CO towards the four corners but turned bad when we ran into very heavy traffic in over 100 deg. Temps at around 7,000 ft and one of the air cooled bikes started smoking. We found this little hole in the wall biker bar and had a burger to let things cool down. The walls and ceiling in this place were completely covered in dollar bills. This place was in Idaho Springs CO but if you ask the waitress it was Udaho Springs, I guess she knew by looking at us not to say I da ho !!
Well things went from bad to worse and it turned into a sad day with the smoking HD in a U-Haul headed for home after 3,200 mi.
The next two days were spent on some of the best roads I have ever been on, such as the million dollar highway (rt 550) which we did end to end both directions with a stop in Silverton, a small mining town in a valley.
The Four Corners is another must do, but when you get there you will wonder why you rode out into the middle of nowhere to see a block of concrete with an X on it. But hey we were in Colorado-Utah-Arizona and New Mexico all at the same time.
What else can I say but ….how bout some oxygen…. about Pikes Peak. It is an 18mi ride to the top and it is only paved half the way up. I made the mistake of climbing down the rocks to get a look at a plaque on a stone and after I climbed back up had to sit for twenty minutes to catch what breath I could at 14,110 ft. What a view.
There are no guard rails and no shoulder so if you are not comfortable with heights Pikes Peak is no place for you. Betsy and I are not bothered by heights and I could tell from the way she was spinning around on the back of the bike to take pictures she liked the view, of course a down hill hairpin turn on a dirt road is no place for her to be jumping around, and she was calmly and lovingly explained that more than once.
Next time I kick her ass off….ooooopppss have to remember the inner voice and outer voice.
A word to the wise, if you take a liquid cooled bike up to the top, find car wash when you get down and hose the dirt out of the radiator.
Well Wednesday came fast and we headed east across 70 thru Kansas and Missouri, no one can ever say “ he just snuck up on me” in Kansas, if you have been there you know what I mean!
Friday night we pulled into the garage from a ride that saw temps from 45 to 106+, mountains to flat flat land, views that went from WOW f…ing awesome to damn more grass and where did all these people come from to where the hell is everybody.
After 6,000mi and 24 states (6 twice) and a hell of a great time I am
ready to do it all over again. Maybe even spend some time AT Sturges next
Looking back on the trip the only thing I would do differently would be BRING MORE FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!
Dan A (Dan-bury)
Visitors since July 27, 2004