100,000 Foot Ride
by Daniel Neal
read the news letter and couldn't agree more with your Blatherings. Your article
came just a little late. I have been having the 'itch all summer and in reading
the list of rides and rallies I couldn't take it any more!
Well, last month I hit the website for the Colorado Beemers and their 100,000 foot ride........out came the Vise and I put my name on the ride list. I loaded up Eleanor to the gills with everything I could strap on and headed out on the 1st of Aug.
I rode to Springerville then on to NM 60 and into Albq the first day. I visited with relatives there and on Thursday headed to Denver via the slab. I wasn't really feeling too swift so I figured the most direct route was most prudent. Spent Friday as a kick around day and doing some minor things to the bike. I was able to visit with a number of friends that day and checked in at Foothills BMW. Nice shop and great people.
Saturday the ride registration was supposed to open at 6:45am, but there were so many people there that they opened at 6am. I had heard the number of + 400 bikes!! There was a constant stream of bikes going out until about 8:30 am.
ride went west to the Leadville exit and then went off of the beaten path over
some of the most beautiful areas I have ridden in the US. I saw plates from at
least 15 states. The route took us to Monarch Pass for a catered lunch and a
well needed break. Then it was on to near Gunnison where we turned onto Colorado
114. About 20 miles up 114, I was riding alone and as I came around a corner,
there were 2 Harleys on the side with people waving me down. As I pulled up
these folks were in a panic. There was a 3rd bike that I had not seen. He had
been whistling down the mountain and hit a blue sky corner and shot off of a
30ft cliff. We spent the next 2 hrs trying to keep him together while the UH OH
squad was dispatched from Gunnison. That kind of put a damper on the rest of the
days ride. As he was being loaded into the rescue squad, the skies
Sunday was a rest and wrench day.
Monday was looking rather dark and overcast and I headed off to the Leadville exit again on 70 West. Leadville, Gunnison and on to Montrose for a bite to eat and more Red Bull. Then I decided to go for Durango in the afternoon . What a ride...I felt like I was in the Alps again!! In the early 70's I spent 2 years in the Eifel Mountains in Germany and toured all over that area , Switzerland, Austria and the Northern Italian Alps. This was Deja Vu all over again.
Tuesday was still rather damp, but as I headed into New Mexico, the sun came out and life was getting better. South to Farmington, then on to the reservation to I 40 to Holbrook, Show Low, down the Salt river Canyon home!!! It sure was good to see the backside of the Lemon!!
As I rolled Eleanor into my shop, the clock said 2,450.3 miles.......not bad for 5 days actual ride. I was still buzzing from the Red Bull the next day but falling asleep on a bike is indeed a no no. I didn't think you COULD doze of on a bike but I soon put that in the 'false' column.
all don't know what these rides with you have meant to me. In March of last
year, I had to undergo open heart surgery. Two weeks after I was allowed to go
home, I developed a clot that blocked the new bypass......another week in TMC.
Back home again I guess I was feeling like a lump on the couch, and the couch
was going to be my ride from here on out. I was offered the bike in late August
and jumped on it. I was just
Beemer 'family' here and those that I have met on the road have all been part of
my recovery. I am ever thankful for each and everyone. As the saying goes" I
choose to burn out rather than rust out". Thanks to you guys for all that you do
to keep this 'family' running smooth.