well this past AUG I had a ride of a lifetime with 2 Great Friends and Lots of Miles!! We headed out on the 2nd of Aug from Ohio on 2 connies and a GoldWing...(we all own 9's as well) John (aka John....just John on here) on his Goldwing, Chip (aka 08-109LE) on his Connie and me on a Connie as well.. Or plan was to get as close to Colorado as we could the first day so the second day isn't so long into Denver. Our first stop to stay a couple days with Chips Daughter and Ride a couple rides then continue.. ME HEADING OUT!
Our first stop was ST. Louis for Lunch with Lucas (AKA .... can't remember...lol)
Lucas paid for lunch and took a pic for us... Great guy and great friend of ours !!! Thanks buddy!
ME, JOHN and CHIP leaving STL
We got as far as Topeka, KS the first day.. 720 miles... Rested for the night. Hit it early to get across Kanas and into Denver and a decent time. 542 miles to Chips Daughters Place.. Not too many pictures across Kanas.. FLAT AND STRAIGHT.. Chip and I had a contest to see who could get the highest speed on our GPS (goldwing isn't fast enough lol ) ... we swapped the top spot back and forth... Chip won.. 136 mph I think..
First Ride out of Denver was up Rocky Mountain National Park.. With Chips Daughter and we picked up Chips brother in law who rode up from AZ..
Chips Brother in law... Chip and his Daughter.. John staring at the mountains..
Pulled over too try to get a better look...
there's 2 of them up there, right on the edge eating grass...
it started to rain.... then snow a little so it was pretty cold up there....
The Next day we headed down towards Colorado Springs to run to the top of Pikes Peak.. pic below was half way up.
Headed back to hotel after Pikes Peak...
Got up the next morning to head out to ride Colorado and end up at a friend of Chips he worked for in the Air Force.. NOT A Ugly Road in Colorado..
So we ended up at Hartsel, CO, and Chip said we need to head south on hi way 9... till we hit a certain road.. WE didn't take any pictures going in but this is the pictures going out.. ON A DIRT ROAD FOR AT LEAST 3 miles.. Chips buddy lives OFF THE GRID, has well, and septic with all in house plumbing ... NICE HOUSE, beautiful view and GREAT PEOPLE! Views and sunset view from his cabin and then the road out to the black top..
Next few are the road out.... quite peaceful and not a soul around for miles!
Place we stayed... UP there..lol
Headed out... to hit 550 (million dollar hi way) into durango, co where we would stay for the night and arrive in the dark... Saw the car in front of us hit a deer so we were all puckered up for about 50 to 60 miles watching for deer..
new few pictures are a stop along the million dollar hi way ...
We left Durango to head to Bryce Canyon, Utah..
an guy and his family pulled over in the middle of no where and asked us if we wanted a picture of all three of us... nice and crazy at the same time.... LOL
On the way to Bryce
Bryce Canyon National Park...
you can Hike down in there...
so we spend the night there.... Then Off to Salt Lake City... spend the night there (with a bout of food sickness ) Thank you olive garden.. then from there, after recouping a bit.. Off to Cody, WY to spend the night and then hit yellowstone the next morning...
left Cody the next morning and headed north... Cant remember the hi way but it was the best road so far this trip it went thru the Bighorn National Forest..
So we rolled into SD a day after Sturgis 2014... to avoid the mess .. and get cheaper tshirts!!
Stayed in Hill City, SD..
went to crazy horse and mt rushmore
Met up with a fellow 9'er the next day to show us around.. Ted's (can't find his screen name..sorry bro) a cool guy and showed us sturgis ..
Spend the night and hit the road the next morning across SD ... chip picked up a girl in Wall, SD in the wall drug ..
Hit Sioux Falls, SD ... My home town..
the falls of Sioux Falls...
Saw some family and friends for a day and then hit the road back to Ohio.. With one more stop on the way ..
It was 14 days and almost 6000 miles for me.. Chips was a little farther cause he had to go North of Detroit and little less for John..
For sure a ride of a life time with some great friends!! Thanks for going Chip and John!! AWESOME AWESOME RIDE!!