Archive for July 30, 2013

US 191 Day 10-Ride to Albuquerque NM

Buena Vista – Alamosa – Santa Fe – Albuquerque

The ride was 300 miles with about 5 hours of ride time.

Saturday July 27, 2013

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We were up and packed and ready for the road by 6:30. This is our last leg and I’m ready to be back home. We took US 285 south and used the CO 17 short cut to save some miles.

Our last meal together on this trip is going to be at the Campus Cafe. The Campus Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat. The only problem is that it’s over 200 miles from my house.

We started off with their cinnamon roll as our breakfast appetizer.

We warned Chuck that three pieces of french toast was too much to eat at the Campus Cafe, but he wouldn’t listen. We got a good laugh watching him try to eat all his food.

We gassed up and started for home, these last 200 miles are mostly a blur. I’ve ridden this road many times and I may have gone into auto pilot. As we neared Albuquerque I started feeling nervous about getting a ticket or having an accident this close to home. At home the first thing we did was unpacked and dry our gear, then we repacked it for the next trip. Now it was time to start dealing with all the problems waiting for me at home. My adventure was over and real life was back in full force.

US 191 Day 09-Ride to Buena Vista, CO

Keystone – Custer – Fort Laramie – Cheyenne – Denver – Buena Vista

The ride was 515 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.

Friday July 26, 2013

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My day started with flashes of lighting and rumbling thunder, slapping me awake around 4:00, this was followed by the rain. I was hopping it would stop before it was time for us to leave, but it didn’t. Chuck’s tent leaked and he woke up soaking wet.

We packed wet and were on the road by 6:30, we left Keystone and drove into fog for a few miles, followed by rain. At the edge of the mountains the rain stopped and the wind started. The crosswind would stay with us for most of the day.

When we stopped for gas in Lusk WY and I was already beat. We bought some T-shirts at a local shop and got started for Cheyenne.

We ate lunch in Cheyenne at Poor Richards, it was a top ranked restaurant in Google. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our lunch. It was some of the best food we had on our trip.

The ride to Denver was very trying, it took us 3.5 hours to go 100 miles. We were driving in Friday afternoon rush hour stop and go traffic. The James Taylor song “Damn this Traffic Jam” kept repeating in my head. One guy in a white truck almost ran Chuck and I off the road. This ride really tested me. I made a huge mistake in planning the ride, I took us through Denver on a Friday afternoon. Lesson learned.

It was just after 6 when we got to Buena Vista. Chuck decided that his gear was too wet to use and got a hotel room. My daughter and I set up our camp and did laundry before going to dinner. After dinner we showered and used our computers in the rec room. We camped at the Snowy Peaks, it was very nice.

This ride was a hard one. But now that’s it’s over the one thing I will always remember about this day, will be the rainbow we saw at the edge of the Black Hills. It was better than Rushmore and it cost less.

US 191 Day 08-Ride to Keystone SD

Hardin – Buffalo – Gillette – Devil’s Tower – Spearfish – Deadwood – Mount Rushmore – Keystone

The ride was 383 miles with about 6.5 hours of ride time.

Thursday July 25, 2013

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At night the wind blew so hard it would collapse our tent, then it would spring back. One group of tent campers left in the middle of the night for a hotel because of the wind.

We got up, were dressed, packed and ate breakfast at McDonald’s all before 7:00. There was a full day of riding with sightseeing in front of us and we needed an early start.

On my last trip through¬†Gillette I ate breakfast at Lula Belle’s, it was a great meal, but because it was breakfast I did not try the pie ( it looked so good). So I promised myself the next time I got to Gillette I’d stop in and get some pie.

It was only around 9:30 when we got to Lula Belle’s but we all had pie. My pie was delicious, it was everything I’d hope it would be even after hours of anticipation.

Next we rode up to the Devil’s Tower after taking some pictures we took SD 24 and US 85 into Spearfish staying off the Interstate.

After filling our tanks in Spearfish we took SD 14 (the longer route) to get to Keystone. We made several quick stops for pictures on these roads.

After checking in and quickly set up our camp for the night we rode to Rushmore. We spent lots of time trying to make a picture with our heads the same size as the presidents. People were taking pictures of me laying on the ground trying to get the right shot.

On the way back to camp we stopped at Teddy’s Deli for dinner. I had the Reuben and some buffalo bites. The buffalo bites were buffalo jerky with raisins mixed in it.

After a long day we got back to the camp. Our camp site got a great WIFI signal but the internet was so slow it was not usable. But I was so tired I just fell asleep.