Monday, June 18, 2018

5th annual Cache Rally. (14 - 17 June, 2018)

Time once again for the annual Cache rally, held this year in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Two days before I leave Bev and I celebrate 38 years of wedded bliss. I'm so glad she reminded me so I could get these roses!

I arrive at Buena Vista on Wednesday June 13th.

Thursday morning I rode over to the St. Elmo ghost town, said to be the best preserved ghost town in Colorado. They have several restoration projects going on and even though it's already a neat place it will be much nicer in a few years.

Hmmmm..... Bev works for a large mine, I wonder if...awwwww never mind.

After my visit to St. Elmo I return to the rally camp site, waiting for the others to arrive.

Most of the group did arrive Thursday afternoon.
Friday we did a group ride to Bishop's castle near Rye, Colorado.

Jim Bishop has been building this castle since 1969.  It is a one man job that is the result of genius, hard work, and vision.
I was amazed at what Mr. Bishop has accomplished.

The fire breathing dragon. And it actually does have fire shooting out sometimes, usually on weekends. Jim installed a hot air balloon burner in the dragon that he fires up on occasion.

Inside the main room.

Jim is pro God and anti government...I knew there was a reason I liked the guy!

The endless stone stairs made me think of the Lord of the Rings....

Paul, (wingstrom) and me.

I climbed across that catwalk.
You can see the action here:

The other side, looking down.

T.J. and I.

An important sign.......

What an amazing place! Well worth the visit.

Back at comp.
(Yes, it was very dusty!)

A few weeks ago fellow V-Strom enthusiast, Pat, aka Greywolf passed away. Pat had an incredible amount of knowledge about the Strom and willingly shared it with anyone who asked. Pat loved rootbeer so we toasted him with various iterations of that drink and then had a moment of silence in his Honor. 
Rest In Peace Pat. 
(thanks Paul - wingstrom, for the picture)

Part of what makes a rally fun is the good food.  We had two dinners at Jan's family restaurant.....

.....and one at Quincy's steakhouse. Both places were excellent!

Saturday a group went over Independence Pass and made a loop back to camp.
(I took a nap.)

The rally was FUN! I've enjoyed all 5 of the Cache rallies, but this one has to be the best yet!  We had riders from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and even Colorado....  Each one is good people who are enjoyable to hang out with.

And all of them are posers in this group.  Don, aka nvr2old rode 3000 miles just getting TO the rally. I don't know how many miles he put in going home. I only rode 1500 miles RT. Obviously others from the farther away states put in a bunch of miles as well.

A big thanks to Wally, aka SanJuanServant who on his own decided to have a huge urn of steaming  hot coffee (and sugar and creamer) sitting on a table for whoever wanted some each morning. Nice!!

I received several 'thanks for doing this' - both public and private...which partially answers the question of why I do this every year, the rest of the answer is in the paragraphs above.

So....where will next years Cache rally be held?
Most likely somewhere near the Bear Tooth, and Chief Joseph highways..........wanna ride?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

B.V. Quickie

For anyone going to the Cache rally... 
(Buena Vista, Colorado. June 15 - 17)
The sky's are clear!
No smoke, no nearby fires.

The Arrowhead grounds.

An old Pony express/Stagecoach structure on the Arrowhead campus.

On my way home via the incredible Independence Pass.

First day - 363 miles
Second day - 647 miles
1010 total
Nice ride!

Monday, May 28, 2018

"Some place we haven't been"

A few weeks ago Bev said, "A three day weekend is coming up, I'll take a day off to make it four days. Take me some place we haven't been".
"On the bike?" I asked...hopefully...
She gave me a patient look.
"Sweet!" I said and fired up google maps.

Annnnd....we didn't go to Yellowstone, but we were close.

On our way, we make a rest stop in Randolph, Ut. a town of about 430 nice people.

Then we overnight in Montpelier, Idaho....going to dinner that night Bev makes a new friend.

The next morning we leave our hotel at the crack of mid-morning and ride north. Jackson, Wyoming was crowded as usual. Check out the cowboy visiting with some tourists.

We're in no hurry so we stop at the visitor center. Some one should tell the bear and Elk that the area is CLOSED!

Leaving the visitor center we make an arduous 2 1/2 mile ride to the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Its all Greek to me but I think the clouds spelled out "Aries".
(click on the pic for a better view...)

The Moose is on the Loose!

Then on our way again, its getting colder as we gain elevation. We top out at 9850 feet at the Continental divide. (Not the picture).

And temps warm as we drop into Dubois, which is about 6900 feet elevation, and around 970 population.

I really enjoyed our stay in Dubois.  This was the 'some place we haven't been' destination. It is a beautiful town with nice folk.

 And Bev made another friend.

The high school had a fund raiser at the park. Bev got a welcome sign...

As we had dinner we chatted with some locals who told us of some pictographs in a nearby canyon. We rode about 26 miles of dirt road looking for the area and finally found a few faint ones. A storm was nearing and the 'dirt' road was clay so we cut our field trip short and headed for our hotel.

Unfortunately, some of the pictographs had been damaged when, as another local told me, 'we had an eclipse up here a while back and about 10,000 hippies showed up and someone (messed) them up'. 

On our way the next day, this time westbound on US 26 we go again over the 9800 foot pass.

And an overnight stop in tiny Grace, Idaho for the night, this is a crumbling structure on the edge of town.

And home, we dodge ominous clouds and get about 3 minutes of light sprinkles.
A 930 mile, first two up trip, on the new bike. Bev gives the Yamaha the seal of approval.
I just LOVE motorcycling!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Geezer breakfast and ride

I see a post on FB about the Geezer breakfast & ride on Tuesday in Las Vegas...and as luck would have it I have enough days off I can ride to Sin City and check it out! Plus I have a new bike that needs some breaking off I go. 

On the way down I stop in Panguitch, Utah for this picture

 Then a ride through Zion National Park.
 Zion NP

And the next morning I arrive at the McDonald's and meet these guys. LtR Lenny, Jeff, and Fred.  They gave me the grand tour of Mt. Charleston, and Red Rock Canyon conservation area, among other places..  

We had a very good breakfast at the Mt Charleston restaurant.

I had a great day, thanks Guys!! 

Some major traffic SNAFUS are scheduled for Vegas so I leave kind of early Wednesday morning to beat the mess. 
I ride south almost to Primm, California to the a pic of these rocks. I have no idea what their story is...

A dump truck in front for scale.

And a better pic.

Then I head for home via the Lake Mead Parkway...

A 500 mile day down and a 510 mile day back home....and a very relaxing, enjoyable day of site seeing while in Vegas.

I LOVE motorcycling!