Made it back to Colorado for a bit then off to see what the Overland expo is all about. Anyone heading that way?
I left Joes place in San Diego early last week, headed through Arizona and into New Mexico stopping a couple nights for some boondocking in the desert. I did the “old 666” (US 191 ) from Clifton to Alpine in the van but will go back on the bike enroute to the Overland in Flagstaff. It’s an amazing road! Also picked up my 4th Airmail Arrow😁
Now I’m cabin sitting for a friend just outside Estes Park. It’s looking into the RMNP with Elk, deer and the occasional wild turkey walking through the yard almost daily. Rough life 😉☺️ The riding up there is pretty good too!
I’m getting to hang out with all the friends I made last summer. Tana& Brady (Tana is training for the GS Giants women’s team) Pete with his “Blinkys mountain riders” ,Tirza and Stacey with her new husband Michael and family. It’s so good to stay in touch with friends!🤘🤘
Blinkys Mt Riders
If you haven’t got your tickets for the Overland expo yet, they are going fast and always sell out before the event. You can look for my big blue van or if yo see a gnome in a kilt😊Stop by to say hi. Here is the link https://www.overlandexpo.com/tickets-west
Oh yeh, the map is my route from June 2018 to Easter Sunday , over 20,000 on the van and about 8000 on the bike.
My plans took a turn this past week, but it’s all good.
I got a call from Sherry that she was broke down in eastern Arizona while on an Ironbutt practice ride. I had been staying with old Air Force friends in El Paso so I headed north to help out my former host.( last June Sherry hosted me as I passed through SoCal) We got her bike towed to her mechanic outside of Laughlin Nv. where they fixed the bike (it was bad gas) and welded on a trailer hitch to “Belle”
On the way back to Sherry’s house we met up with Shawn and Adele from shawncowles.com as they made their way from Key West to Ushuaia Argentina on DRZ 400’s. All packed up with Mosko Moto luggage. It’s great to see travelers doing what they love!
Yesterday we loaded up her pup Blondie for a day ride through the mountains and desert. It turned out to be a 200+ mile day because of washed out roads up in Idlewild. We made our way through the crowds in Joshua Tree NM for a late lunch in 29 Palms and a very windy ride back down the hill to Sherry’s house in Banning.
It’s very freeing to change plans on the fly. Something I’ve had trouble with in the past being in logistics where you had to be at a certain place and a set time. Meeting up with friends and making new ones is a great thing if you can give up a bit of control sometimes and just let it happen ❤️