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Brunch Stop


Iím in Hutchinson, KS at my usual Breakfast stop. A Sausage McMuffin and a Senior Coffee. It cost me $1.73. Itís funny; the only time I go out for breakfast is when Iím on the road, and even then, Iím a cheap SOB.

Most people think Kansas is boring to cross. Thatís true if you only cross it on the Interstate, but itís a lot more interesting if you take a US highway. Iíve crossed Kansas on US 36, and it wasnít the boring ride the Interstate is. It takes a little longer, but itís worth the extra time.

There was a detour on US 50 that added about 40 miles or so to my route. I had to go north for 10 miles, west for a while, then south for 20 miles and east for more miles before I was back on US 50. I went through a Mennonite community that had their own well attended church, and the area was very pretty in a heartlandish way.

I saw a couple of vultures sitting on top of a couple of utility poles Theyíre big birds. Iím also seeing dead Armadillos along the road. Not a lot of them, but theyíre very distinguishable. To me, they look like medieval war machines. Their armor must be pretty tough; itís usually intact, even though the animal is dead.

Gas prices have come down a bit as I travel west. Even here in rural Kansas, Premium was only $3.04/gallon at my last fill up. I hope that trend continues, but I donít expect it to.

When I looked out the window at the Motel 6 this morning, I saw that someone had planted a small garden. I recognized a squash plant, but there was a tall plant that I didnít recognize. When I looked closer, I realized that the buds on it were Okra! I took a couple of photos of it, and Iíll post them up when I get home. One of these days Iím going to have to try it. Itís such a controversial thing on Badweb, but Iíve never even tasted it.

Well; Iíve dallied long enough. I have to get back out there.
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Damn John, was stationed in Topeka many years ago never saw any armadillos, surprised to hear you mention them, will have to investigate further, enjoy your trip.

Got my answer, f.w.i.w. They were relatively rare in Kansas until about 25 years ago and are proliferating at an increasing rate. My time in Topeka predates that by several decades. Oh, don’t handle them as they are known to carry leprosy.
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Vultures are the largest birds.

Armdilos often carry leprosy.

Okra taste okay when it is properly cooked.

Enjoy the trip!
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Iím sitting in a motel room in Pueblo, Colorado having a second cup of coffee and intentionally waiting before I head out for Montrose. I talked with Susan last night and she told me that she would be busy until early afternoon. If I get there too soon, Iíll have to wait until she gets home, so Iím having another cup of this delicious (urk) free motel coffee and Iíll head out in a little while.

Yesterday was another mid 90s day. Thatís two (maybe three) so far. Saturday was that hot and with the migraine, it made for a rough ride. Yesterday, once it hit 96 F, I was feeling it. Although I stopped and drank a lot of Gatorade often, I was sweating it out almost as fast as I was taking it in. On a good note, though, the humidity was down. My clothes didnít stay damp from sweat very long. At one stop, I took off my helmet, and it was soaking wet inside. 20 minutes later, it was bone dry. I do like low humidity.

I did a bit over 500 miles yesterday and it wore me out. By the time I reached La Junta, I had decided that a tent was just not going to cut it. So I stopped at a Maccaís and went online and found a cheap motel. The shower in the room was extremely welcome, as was the A/C.

I can see the Front Range outside my window, and itís a very welcome sight. I love Colorado. Every time I come back here, I wonder why I ever moved away. I donít regret living in Cheviot and the choices I made along the way, but I do miss living here. If youíve never ridden a motorcycle in the Rockies, youíre missing one of lifeís great pleasures. I could take you on a weekend ride that would have you completely overwhelmed. Spectacular is a word thatís inadequate to describe the experience. If youíve been here, you know what Iím saying.

Iíve stalled enough. Monarch Pass and a whole lot more are calling.
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Only been to Colorado once but it was amazing! Monarch Pass (12,000ft) was quite a ride but the air is mighty thin up there! I couldn't believe all the folks doing it on bicycles!!!

There was one guy who didn't find the road challenging enough as he was riding OFF the road in the rough!
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OK Kids; I haven had Internet access until this morning, so here are a couple of Snippets that I wrote:

Montrose 9/18


I hung out at the motel in Pueblo until 9:30 or so, then headed out. I was really amazed at how different the area is. Itís completely changed from what I remember. Granted, itís been 40 years, but I didnít recognize anything. Itís easily five times larger than it was, and probably even bigger. Iím kind of glad that I passed on camping there; the city extends past the area where the campground is.
Once I was out of the city, the ride got better until I rode into Canyon City. I think I caught every red light. And it wasnít just me, it was a pack of traffic. It seemed like the lights were timed to impede the flow of traffic. A light would turn green and everybody would go forward at a reasonable pace; then the next light would turn red as we all approached. I toyed with the idea of getting up to the front of the pack of traffic, then booting it to see if I could beat the next light. Then I figured that if I did, Iíd probably get nabbed for Speeding or Driving to Endanger or some equally heinous crime that would have a very large fine attached to it. So I worked on developing Patience and Acceptance and just stayed in the middle of the pack.

Just as I was getting to the west side of the city and almost away from the red lights, a club biker on a dresser pulled up beside me. I didnít recognize his patch and couldnít read the club name; but he pulled ahead of me when the light changed. He was running at a brisk pace and as we rode into the twisties, we were mostly alone. It was a wonderful ride. He was running at a pace that was fast enough to feed my itch to enjoy the turns. Anyone who thinks Dressers donít handle has never ridden with one that had a good rider. We werenít racing, but we were hauling the mail. The Roadster was more nimble into the turns, but he had a sh*tload more torque and could pull me out of the turns. While we occasionally came up on slower traffic, we were able to pass without doing anything stupid. Between the ride and the very scenic canyon, it was a joy to be alive and experiencing it. We rode together until we got to Salida, then he turned off.

The rest of the ride was pretty nice. I went over Monarch Pass and got stuck behind a jackass pulling a three axle R/V trailer. I managed to finally get by all the cars stuck behind him, and then I got by him. After that, the ride was smooth sailing right into Gunnison.

Itís funny how memory plays tricks on you. I had remembered CO Rt. 92 breaking off of Rt. 50 right outside of Gunnison, but It was a few miles further west. Rt. 92 runs alongside the Black Canyon and is another Bikerís Dream road with lots of turns and spectacular scenery. I was tempted to turn up it, but I stayed on 50 towards Montrose.

A short while later, I stopped in Blue Mesa and took a couple of pictures of the roadster with the reservoir in the background. It was really noticeable how low the reservoir was. They havenít gotten much rain here over the summer, and there wasnít much snow last winter, either; so theyíre having to deal with drought conditions. Hopefully, the rain will start soon.

After Blue Mesa, I was just cruising along at about 10 over the limit and a guy on a FJ1300 blew past me. When he did, I audibly asked myself, ďDo I really want to chase him? Ė Yes.Ē So I picked up the pace a bit. I was hanging with and closing on him through the turns, but heíd run it up to 100 or so on the straights. I decided that getting popped for 80 would be bad enough so thatís all I would do. Heíd put distance on me on the straights, then Iíd close it up through the turns. When we got into Montrose, I was right on his ass.

Chasing him wasnít fun like it had been with the Club Biker. This yahoo wasnít as good a rider and was just using his bikeís horsepower in a straight line. The fact that I could close back up in the turns was proof of that. I was thinking that if Iíd ever gotten to build my Red Lightning, I could have easily run away from him. Still, it was rewarding to be able to reel him in through the turns.

I found my way to Susanís house and pulled the bike into the garage. In a short while, weíre going out and sheís going to give me a ďTourĒ of the area what will include, among other things, a stop to buy some Olathe Sweet Corn at a farm stand and also a meal at a local BBQ joint.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I hope to get to the library and internet access, and the car wash to remove all the dead bugs and road phlegm from the Roadster.
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An Incredible Tour (9/19)


Today, I went on a remarkable tour. Sue took me to Gateway, Colorado, and I was on the edge of sensory burn out the whole time. We took US rt. 50 north from Montrose to Colorado State Rt. 141 west. On a map, it doesnít look like anything special, but I canít even begin to describe how incredible it is. Itís easy to run out of superlatives when describing Colorado. I saw monuments every bit as strikingly impressive as those in Monument Valley. Mountains, mesas, cliffs, canyons, valleys, boulders bigger than houses; the list goes on and my mind felt completely shell shocked. We basically did a circle of roughly 300 miles in length. It took all day, but it was especially worth it. One added bonus was that we saw very few vehicles going in either direction though, like on the Going-To-The-Sun road in Glacier National Park, it would have been worth the trip if it had been in slow moving bumper to bumper traffic. It was just In-freakiní-credible. The only down side (and it really isnít a downside) was that we did it in Sueís car. The next time I come out this way, I want to do it on a bike. And I want to bring my camera with me. I went and left it in the jacket and didnít think of it until we were well into our trip.

Thereís a resort in Gateway that has an auto museum. We stopped there and had lunch and then went through the museum. They have a lot of immaculately restored cars that are worth checking out. I saw a 1938 Cord that alone was worth the admission price to me. But there were a lot of really interesting cars from the turn of the 20th century right on up to the present. The centerpiece car of the museum is the 1953 Oldsmobile 88 concept car. It was bought at auction by the owner of the Discovery Channel for 3.24 million dollars. Personally, I found it interesting, but there were several other cars that I found more interesting. The Museum had a few bikes, as well; three to be exact. An Indian 4 valve board track racer from the teens, a 1941 Indian four and a 1947 Indian Chief. The Chief was actually in the restaurant, and not in the museum. The place needs more motorcycles and a greater variety, in my opinion.
After lunch and the museum, we continued on rt. 141 winding through and up the sides of canyons mainly following the Dolores River. Along the side of the canyon wall, we could see the remains of a hanging Flume that was used to bring water to gold miners. It was very impressive and engineers of the day marveled at its ingenuity, but it was a wasted effort. The gold miners didnít find any more gold with the extra water.

We eventually found our way to Naturita and Norwood and we drove down the Norwood Hill which is a road that agoraphobics should definitely avoid, to the town of Ridgeway, and then north on US 550 back to Montrose.

As I said earlier, Next time, on the bike and I will bring a camera.
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Why Is It ThatÖ


Why is it that whenever I put a spit shine on the Roadster, itís probably going to rain?

Yesterday morning, I went to the car wash and put a good cleaning on the bike. I even bought a microfiber cleaning towel to make all the bright work look spot free. I had checked the weather and while they were predicting showers, the possibility wasnít supposed to be until 2:00 PM.

I was supposed to meet Joe from Houston for lunch, so I arrived at the agreed on restaurant (Applebeeís) a little bit early, found a parking spot that was fairly conspicuous and waited. I could see that it was raining to the north of me and I hoped that Joe, who was riding down to Montrose from Grand Junction didnít get too wet.

I guess I should talk about Joe a little bit. Heís one of those folks that seldom post on a forum. However, heís really taken a shine to my Snippets. He had sent me a PM saying that he was going to be in Colorado around the same time as me, and he really wanted to meet me for lunch and conversation. A few text messages and e-mails later and we had a time and location set.

So, I stood there looking visible and watched for a Suzuki Burgman. Sure enough, he rode up wearing his wet weather gear, parked with the Roadster and we went in to eat. We were there for almost 2 hours. The burgers were decent (at least, mine was and Iím pretty sure his was, too) and we talked about all kinds of different things. It was one of those good conversations that make lunch meetings worthwhile. I had noticed that it was raining outside while we were eating, then it looked like it had stopped. When we finally got up to leave, it was raining again, but lightly. Once again, the forecast was a little bit off.

We took photos of each other and our rides and went our separate ways. Iíd never met him before, but now I have a new friend. Thatís one of those bright parts of life that gets overlooked way too often.

I write these Snippets because I enjoy writing them. It surprises me when somebody tells me how much they enjoy reading them. It seems that every time I start thinking that I should quit wasting space on a forum, somebody tells me to keep it up. I guess that as long as people enjoy them, I can keep hacking them out. They really help me to keep my head straight.

Anyhow, I rode back to Sueís house in the rain. I had planned to go to the Library to get internet access, but I didnít want to get caught if the rain got heavy. I waited, but the rain continued, so I spent the afternoon kicking back. I donít begrudge the rain; thereís a serious drought happening here and they need the water. Also, while we were touring around on Tuesday, we could see the smoke from a wildfire thatís been burning since July 29th. I hope the rain helped the efforts to contain it.

Last night, I sat and listened to the band practice. There are two new members, Bob and Zack, who I got to meet. Steve (the Bass player) has been getting Chemotherapy and isnít up for playing. Iím hoping Iíll get to see him while Iím here, but I guess the whole cancer ordeal is kicking his ass. I wonít push it; if he wants to see me, great; but if heís not feeling too good, Iíll let him be.

In the meantime, Iím looking forward to Saturdayís show. The band is sounding better than ever and I get a real kick out of being an honorary Roadie for them.

Now, I have to start plotting my ride back towards Cheviot. From what Joe told me, the Million Dollar Highway is looking really spectacular. That will be a good way to start the trip home.
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I enjoy your writings also. When I get a forum notice for Crusty's Travels it is the first thing I go to. I find your travel descriptions entertaining and very well written.

Gives me the itch to hit the road!

Ride on!
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