|This year I
(COG#3465) was bestowed with a mighty big luck - during a business trip
to US for a week - I had the opportunity to take two days off. Thursday
June 30th and Saturday July 2nd and guess what - I succeeded to make a
mini OTP with the help off:
Rick Hall (COG#1914) in Co and Linda Swart (COG#2503) in Ca - 2004 OTP travellers to The Netherlands - what a blast!
I was picked up at Denver airport - late Wednesday evening - by Rick and his pickup truck and went into Boulder for a beer. There I meet Rick´s neighbours – that I befriended when they visited Sweden – what a start! While driving we talked a lot about the 2004 trip and all the fun we have had.
At 1000hrs -ish all four set out in the sunshine towards Estes Park
town. Suddenly Rick wanted to have ad hoc tech session - water had
filled one plughole and caused a short - and that fixed Rick within 15
minutes....We drove through the nice Estes Park town - and passed the
Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, famous, as it was the home to the movie
"The Shining" with Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duval – shortly
after, we arrived at the park entrance.
After having paid the fee we went upwards, upwards and upwards on a twisty road together with holiday travellers....sigh....so slow, nevertheless such nice scenery and I had time to take it all in. Just great. We made a short pause at the Alpine Visitor center and after hitting the shop (where I bought a nice Indian silver ware to my wife) we just enjoyed the nice weather. After passing the pass we continued with the twisties on a slightly higher speed - whooooaaaaa - what a ride.
We had some traditional lunch at 1500hrs at a local restaurant in Granby – the town is famous ´cause some years ago a guy stole a tank and rode it into town! The restaurant served German food, but the waitress couldn´t speak anything even if Rick tried some;-( We continued south on rte 40 and headed for the twisties on higher speed - whooooaaaaa – this was the first time for me to ride at such a speed (safe) - what a ride!!!!!
We passed Berthoud pass on high speed…….and suddenly the fun ended when we arrived into Empire town.
After a short ride on the hwy 70 we hit the
gravel road in Idaho Springs and we went upwards and upwards towards
Central city. Central city looks nice with it´s old brick houses but they
are now turning the city into a huge casino place. We continued north on
rte 119 and rte 72 – and we had a very nice ride back - whooooaaaaa - to
Ricks place in Lyons.
|Ricks neighbour had prepared a very nice dinner for us when we arrived back – I got hold of a gin&tonic (which is a favourite of mine) - as entrée we had the Swedish delicacy – sour pickled heering with hardbread and vodka;-) – see the photo!|
The dinner ended late and Phil Tarman rode back to his home in the dark.
Friday morning - Rick sent me off at Denver airport - thanks Rick, friends and neighbour, what a day – Rick; You are da man;-)))))
|Friday evening – stayed in
Long Beach, quick shower after work - had the rent-a-car.....brand new
chicken yellow Ford MUSTANG conv (I just said I was a lucky guy - usually
I´ll get a small Ford, Hyundai yada, yada) - and drove to Thousand Oaks,
close to Los Angeles to team up with Linda and Lisa Stephens. In the
evening we got hold of Harry Martin by phone – he wanted to join the
Saturday, July 2nd
After awhile we turned right – into the Ventura – towards hwy 5 – same nice roads, desolated and warm - suddenly, somewhere in the middle of nowhere we had a ad hoc tech session for an hour at 1200hrs - full sunshine, no shadows - main fuse blown on my bike. With Harrys help we opened the J-box, followed the W/BK wire - located a short close to the dashboard - we isolated it and voila, the bike fired up again - damn, that was a hot place - thanks Harry, You da man! (We do understand the importance to bring the circuit scheme - next ride;-)))
|Ah, well - we went
straight to the gas stop close to the hwy 5 – rested a bit (soft drinks
and shadow). From the Tejon pass we had a speed run on the hwy – took to
the left at Wheeler Ridge and rte 223 towards route 58 on real good speed
- whooooaaaaa – such flat and dry place - what a sweaty ride with all
Uneventful ride to Tehachapi and we stopped to watch a looooong freight train passing the Tehachapi loop (railway nerds dream) - what a spectacular sight!
|After some rest and
a lot of cold root beer at Linda´s place we decided to take the fast run
back to Simi Valley. Riding south on hwy 58 we could see the big windmill
farm at the Tehachapi Mountains – what a sight – passed over the
Tehachapi pass and headed down hwy 14. The sun was setting, traffic was
picking up - the highway is also a great experience>LOL<
We headed into hwy 118 and finished with some twisties – Santa Susana Pass road - just before Simi Valley - awesome!
Saturday evening - had the rent-a-car.....brand new chicken yellow Ford MUSTANG conv - and together with Linda and Peter we drove - open - to a nice restaurant for a late supper - great steaks! - then I went to my hotel (54 minutes.....) in Long Beach.
Thanks Linda, what a day. You da man!....??????Woman!;-)