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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.

Ride to Logan NM for the 13th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off

Albuquerque –Moritarty –  Santa Rosa – Tuccumcari – Logan – Ute Lake State Park – Las Vegas – Stanley

Ride to Ute Lake State Park to see the 13th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off with dinner at Annex, Tour of Tuccumcari musuem, Ride on NM 104 —Took I 40 east to Tuccumcair, then US 54 to Logan, then east on NM 540 to Ute Lake. We returned taking NM 104 to Las Vegas, then I 25 south to US 285 south to NM 41 to I 40, then west to Albuquerque

This was an overnight ride.

The ride was 524 miles with about 9 hours of ride time.

Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2013

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Ride to Silver City and Catwalk Trail

Albuquerque – Socorro  – Williamsburg – NM 152 –  Hillsboro – Santa Clara – Sliver City – Cliff – Catwalk Trail – Reserve – Datil – Magdalena – Socorro – Albuquerque

Day 1 – Ride from Albuquerque to Silver City with a ride on US 152 through the Black Hills–Took I 25 for 152 miles south to Williamsburg, exited to NM 187, then south on NM 187 and west on NM 152 for 65 miles, then west on US 180 into Silver City. Day 2 – Ride from Silver City to Albuquerque with a stop for lunch in Magdalena–Took US 180 north to Glenwood, then right onto NM 174 (Catwalk Road)about 5 miles to the Catwalk Trail, then back north US 180 to NM 12 and Reserve, staying on NM 12 north to US 60, then east to I 25 and north to Albuquerque.

This was a two day trip.

The ride was 545 miles with 9 1/2 hours ride time.

Saturday April 20, 2013 and Sunday April 21 2013

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