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Top o' the Rockies Rally, Paonia, Colorado - 18 - 21 July, 2024 Red-ba10
I'm heading out on the 16th of July for this one, riding with a mate who enjoys the twisty roads as much as I do. The basic route is Washington state, dipping into either eastern Oregon or eastward to Idaho, then Montana, Utah, the corner of Wyoming then Colorado. I'll leave with NEW tyres this time. 
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Top o' the Rockies Rally, Paonia, Colorado - 18 - 21 July, 2024 Paonia10
I am taking at least eight days on this ride, mainly camping, with the occasional motel room if the pong gets too stanky for even me to stand. This one is a fun one, with camping right in the middle of town, beneath towering cottonwoods and aspen trees. In the 'old days' a 90+ year old local woman would climb onto the back of a large touring Beemer and sit proudly in an informal parade of some of the bikes through town. She did it into her 100s, last I knew. The local fire department played the rally-goers in a friendly game of softball, and the ladies' auxiliary cooked brekky for everyone. It's also one the least expensive rallies around, at just $55 for three nights' camping and Friday/Saturday dinner, with live bands and a beer tent. The altitude is about 5,700' (1730m), and the town has a sparse population of about 1,500 souls. The nearby Rockies sit at over 11,000' (3,500m) and the region is often referred to as the 'banana belt' because the growing season is better than most areas of Colorado due to its proximity to the west of the main stretch of the Rocky Mountains. Until his untimely death, rocker Joe Cocker had his Mad Dog ranch and a successful restaurant called the Fountain Cafe, in nearby Crawford, with his American wife.
Top o' the Rockies Rally, Paonia, Colorado - 18 - 21 July, 2024 Paonia11
I remember riding up to Crested Butte with a group of other riders, fifty miles away via gravel roads, back in about '99. I had my tiny Italian girlfriend Maria on the back of my Airhead RS. We all enjoyed a mug of cold beer and a game of pool at a crustic miners' bar, at 10,000' of altitude where the air is thin and the alcohol goes to your head quicker, then fired up our bikes to head back to the rally site. My old Airhead would start but only fire on one cylinder. it felt like a carb diaphragm had split. I swapped plug leads (dual spark heads) one side to the other, no change, but I never swapped plugs. I rode that one-cylindered beast all the way down the mountain. At the rally site, after tearing into the most complicated part of the systems first, I discovered a new set of NGK plugs beneath the seat in the rear tool tray. In they went. Boy, didn't that simple fix become the definitive one?! One bad plug, it had failed-dead-flat-defunct-kaput, on the spot, way up there. Always go for the basics first.
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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

Two Wheels Better

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Top o' the Rockies Rally, Paonia, Colorado - 18 - 21 July, 2024 K1300g10
The 2009 K1300GT on a 20 mile test ride through Lakewood, Steilacoom & Dupont, Washington today.

The K13 is ready for the approximately 3,000 mile (4,800km) return trip to Colorado & back. On this ride, the bike has new tyres, a fresh set of Pirellis. I recently serviced it, also replacing the air filter which had insects smashed into it from the ride to Mexico back in February, as well as cleaning the radiator fins and changing the oil filter, and engine/final drive oils, lubing linkages, and checking/re-torquing every major fastener and screw on the bike.

The sting of the recent "heat dome" where the daytime temps got near 100f/38c for three days - much greater than that south into Oregon, California & Nevada - has diminished a bit. We are seeing very dry temps of 82/28 lately. I expect to head in to Idaho & Utah close to the "hundy" mark again, however. The soakable cool-vest, mesh jacket and mesh gloves are ready to go.

If I get any good photos I'll be sure to post 'em. Tho' I do prefer to ride distance alone, I'm heading out with a local riding buddy, early on Monday next, or Tuesday if my pal Mark isn't ready. He's on a sweet, very low mileage 2007 K1200GT which he bought a year ago from an estate. The bike has now had a major service, new tyres and outstanding factory recalls done, as it was in storage for a decade, and has a whopping 6,000 miles (9,700 km) on the odometer. My red GT isn't so young, having rolled over 98,000 miles (158,000 km) on my last ride to central Washington a week ago. It will easily break the 100K mark (161,000 km) on this next ride.

I'm ready for some more horizon chasing. Good riding to everyone.


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History is a vast early warning system ~Norman Cousins - Political Journo, Editor, Author & World Peace Advocate, 1915 - 1990 - Wikipedia
1977 R75/7-100, '93 K11/K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100 Mystic, '96 K1100RS, 2 x '98 K1200RS, '06 K1200R & '09 K1300GT. Projects: 1993 & '96 K1100RS, & the 2nd '98 K1200RS
    

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