Just got back from Spearfish SD for Inzane 15. Thought I’d jot down a few notes and share some photos with anyone who couldn’t make the trip. Attendance was good with 340 plus people!
Ron and I left Mesa AZ at 7:00am and made Durango around 6:30p. 450 miles most of that in rain. Weather in 50 -60’s. Great to be on the bike, seeing different things. Went thru Lukachukai to a red rock canyon. Lovely water carved walls with caves large enough to have trees growing in their mouths.
Up a twisty road to a sky island at 8452 feet. View was spectacular. From desert to Ponderosas.
Made it to Durango that night, 11 1/2 hour day from Mesa.
Saturday rain, again. We go over the Million Dollar highway from Silverton, Ouray to Montrose. Next follows the Monarch Pass thru Denver to Westminster for the night. Ron cracked his front fender on a Denver open pit mine (pot hole). Photos of the mountains:
Third day had to divert through Wyoming because of flooding. Did like the 80 mph speed limit. Finally got to Ground Zero Hotel and what an uplifting sight to see hundreds of Valkyries parked around it! For a bike that went out of production in 2003, that’s really amazing! Bike photos from the peoples choice show:
only two or three of the newer Valks were there.
A very sano jade and black tourer and even an Indian with passenger!
Dragon themed bumble bee
Thursday update. Have had sunny skies since the first of the week. While cleaning my bike, found a hitch hiker in the rear tire. Mystery thing was about 1 1/8″ long. Scott and Damon produced a mushroom plug kit and promptly fixed it.
Got a chance to ride to Deadwood and saw the Seth Bullock Hotel, Charley Utter store and wild Bill Hickock Saloon were he was shot. Gunfight in the street and all that good tourist stuff.
Location where Wild Bill was shot showing mourners (?).
Yesterday we rode to the Rushmore monument. No matter how many pictures you’ve seen it is so much more impressive to see it in person
More shots of Valks:
And of course the Harley:
The road back went thru Colorado again and we hit three high mountain passes. Monarch, Skumgullion, crossed the Continental Divide and then Wolf Creek pass. Left at 8:00a, got to Durango at 7:00p. Long day, tired but happy – superb riding!
A shout out to all the folks that bought Motowings, and those who already have them, we appreciate you guys! We are busy working on them now. Always glad to see old friends, and to make new ones.