Pass Baggin’ Colorado
By Franco Bertollini
“Whatsa behind me does not matter.”
Twenty seven hundred miles of wandering. No agenda. No particular place to be. Routes suggested by fellow riders. The perfect vacation.
In The Bag
Ride over treeline: Route 34 between Estes Park and Granby.
Ride thru canyons: Route 141 between Placerville and Whitewater…stop at Gateway for great food (and I mean great!) and the automobile museum (yes!).
Funky town: Leadville; also the coldest.
Hotel desk clerk: K-K-K-Katie, Comfort Inn, Carbondale…blonde, blue-eyed…bakes cookies!!!
Local event: The Gunnison Classic Car Show.
Weather: Winter Park…sun, rain, hail, rain, sun…all within 200 yards.
Traveling road: Route 14 east of Steamboat Springs to Fort Collins.
Electrical Accessory: The electric vest.
Electronic Accessory: The iPod.
Mechanical Accessory: Two big jugs sticking out in the wind…perfect leg pillows when the world turns straight, flat and boring.
Pass period: Independence, east of Aspen.
As they say, a return trip is in order!!
Yours in gasoline,