Writing this 6/2/15.
I am going to partially retract my previous statement on living in Colorado. I can’t deal with the cold:
I pitched a tent by the Black Rock Canyon. My sleeping bag is rated to 32 degrees, but that’s definitively a lie. I despise the cold. I cannot sleep through it. I ended up in all of my clothes, including the leathers and riding mitts, just shivering in my tent. I got maybe two hours of sleep.
So I go back to my retraction: I could see myself a retired guy having a place up here, because Colorado really is beautiful, but I’d a snowbird and flee the winter.
I woke up early. I wanted to avoid the weather my Colorado Springs contact, hereafter ‘Skinny’, warned me about. As I was packing while still inside my tent, it started drizzling. I was in no mood for it and spent a good minute cussing the lack of cooperation from the weather. Once I finished packing I stepped outside and was treated to a beautiful morning rainbow.
And suddenly it was all worth it.
The rest of the ride along US50 towards Colorado Springs was beautiful as well. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to being indoors kept me on the bike (I made less rest stops). I made it to skinny’s fairly early, at 1:30 or so (6/1/15).
Skinny and his wife, Shari, have been wonderful, generous hosts. I was treated to hot food, cold beer, a hot shower, and a warm bed. After getting a good kick at how pathetic my sleeping bag was, they hooked me up with a new tent and a much warmer sleeping bag. Shari threw my things in the wash and made damn sure I wasn’t leaving with anything still wet or damp. Skinny hooked me up with a few tools. He’s also been helping me with the shadow and has been troubleshooting my carb issue, as well as taking me around town so I could get a compression bag to put the new (much larger) sleeping bag in, oil and a new filter.
We got the oil and filter changed out, but we haven’t quite figured out the carb issue.
I’ll be taking off tomorrow on a new route Skinny helped me map out, to do something I’m quite excited about. I’ll leave that ‘something’ as a surprise for ‘you’ to read about on the next episode.
I want to thank Skinny and Shari for all their generosity, hospitality, and genuinely making me feel at home. So much so that last night I dreamt I was home.