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Published: August 12th 2007
I participated in the Ridin’ the Rockies HOG Touring Rally that was held June 25-28, 2007. The plan for the week was to spend some time with my cousins before the rally started then take the long way home after the rally. I rode my 2005 833 Sportster from KC to the rally and back home. The following is a ride report of the ride. It is divided in to parts because of the pictures.
Didn’t sleep well last night. My neighbor, which I think is one of the asphalt paving guys that are living in the hotel, has his music loud and I couldn’t get to sleep, then I wake up at midnight and I am burning up hot. I wake up again at 3AM I am freezing. I have a headache and can not shake it. Normally I can snooze a couple minutes and it will be gone when I awake, but this mother is hanging on. Alarm goes off at 7:30AM, but I don’t get up, I keep laying around trying to kill this thing. Its 9AM by the time I get up, 10 by the time I am on the road and I still have a
headache. An asprin purchase at my 1st gas stop helps a lot. Today is the Aspen Loop. It takes us through the San Isabel Park. When I looked on a CO map the area is called the Gunnison National Forest. The roads here were my favorite. They were great swooping roads. Every time I get on the route, I am in a group of bikes, it was so much fun. Today there appears to be 2 thousand of us and we are all having a great time. I love aspen trees. Independence Pass outlook was really busy, hard to find a parking spot.
I pulled over to take a picture of the Eagle County sign for my daily Road Kill Safari picture and a young biker stopped to see if I needed help. As I proceeded into Glenwood Springs, a bagger was pulled off to the side. I pulled up to see if there was anything I could do, he was just taking a pic of the red hills. I had not noticed, but he was right they were a bright red. I also took a picture. The picture though doesn’t do it justice, it was a bright blood
The route took us through Aspen, but I didn’t stop. I was not interested in shopping. I did stop at the Glenwood Springs Harley Davidson dealer. He was right on the route and the shop was pretty busy with other RTR riders. I had a conversation with a young woman who was riding a Sportster. She kept saying I was an inspiration for other women riders and sportster owners. Its weird, ya know.
From Glenwood Springs I just took the interstate back to the hotel. It was looking to start raining and I didn’t want to put on rain gear. 299 miles for the days ride, I didn’t pass 80K on the odometer, but I will tomorrow on the way home.
I went to the farewell reception, isn’t that an oxymoron?. The food was better there than the opening night banquet. It was late starting. According to the schedule it was supposed to start at 7PM when you got there they said it had moved to 7:30PM it was after that before the doors opened. The band was so loud in those tight quarters that I like many others bailed within an hour of the start.
At the table of 9 that I sat at, I was the 4th to leave. Why do bands always have to blast their music? I stayed as long as I could stand it, then left. Beside the band, I did not want to travel the 21 miles to the hotel in the dark, it was already cold when I came. I stayed until 8:45PM then headed back to my hotel, they did not have any drawings or announcements before I left.
Part #1 of the trip can be found here: 07 Ridin' The Rockies HOG Tour - #1
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