I don't know how many of you remember the movie "Ground Hog Day" but the premise is the person wakes up and does the dame thing every single day. I could really go for that. Waking up in cool temps in the beautiful state of Colorado with plans to ride all day with my soul mate sounds like a great way to spend the rest of my life.
We enjoyed a slow paced morning again starting out at our favorite place in Gunnison. The Bean is a fantastic place to start the day and the staff and coffee are very good. We spoke about the day and how this evening we would be spending some time with our friends Leonard and Liz. They have been on a 50+ day adventure on their Goldwing. We were excited to see them and hear about their journey.
Jamie and I headed out after breakfast to ride over Monarch Pass and make our way to Leadville Colorado. We left Gunnison with the temps in the mid 50's. By the time we reached the summit at MP we were a chilly 41. It was overcast and looking like rain, but we knew once we were off the top it would be back to sunshine and warmer temps. This is one of my favorite passes. The road is good and the views are remarkable. We pulled in and there were a few bikes in the lot. We spoke to a couple of guys who was traveling from NY and Arizona. We talked about the C-14 as one of them was riding a red one. Motorcycle people for the most part are so friendly and of course we all love talking about our bikes. Jamie and I did the picture thing and just enjoyed the cool mountain air.
This time of year is road construction time in Colorado. We would get stopped from time to time all week. It really was no big deal as the views are breath taking. If you have to be stopped this is the canvas I love looking at.
We made our way over to Leadville Colorado. We stopped and had a bite to eat at Doc's Tavern. The food was decent and there were a lot of motorcycle enthusiast in the place. We spoke to some guys from Houston that were all riding Ducati's. They were nice and were amazed that I would ride from Texas. I think they all loaded the bikes on a trailer. Hell if I were on that type of bike (all were on Motards or sport bikes) I might trailer as well. We took our time and enjoyed lunch and conversation.
We then headed up to I-70 to do the Interstate shuffle. We heard there was lots of traffic on our planned route due to construction. I decided to slab to Georgetown and then head up to Winter Park. It was a good choice. I-70 is a very different highway. the views are amazing, the speeds are crazy, as traffic flies on this stretch. It is still in my humble opinion the best highway to slab on if the need calls.
We made our way to Granby Colorado by 4:40pm. The route was good and the day was very easy. Leonard and Liz were renting a condo at the Inn at silver creek lodge for the month. They extended an invitation to stay with them for the evening. It was a very charming and warm place with great sunset views. We had a great evening with our friends. They spoke of journeys that Jamie and I can only dream of at this time in our lives, but someday, we will be able to do these types of trips. We had a great dinner and just enjoyed the company.... oh yeah and the nice bed and warm shower. I love camping but its nice to have a break. Tomorrow we will ride the Rocky Mountain Rim road.. Can't wait.