BJ and JoLynn Ondo and MIDNIGHT our H-D 883 Sportster

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Our thoughts on motorcycling: "It's enough to be on your way, it's enough just to be moving on, it's enough just to cover ground"! Ride to LIVE-Live to RIDE! See YOU out on the ROAD!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's "battery charge run" time again, LOL! ;)

Well it's December so it's mostly rides around the area to "charge the battery"! We don't have a garage so we keep our motorcycle in a 5x10 storage unit, close by. Of course that means we don't have anyway to plug in a "battery maintainer" so being "retired", I pick the WARMEST day of the week and put on 100 miles at speeds enough to charge the battery a bit!! Don't have heated clothing so I bundle up like the Michelin Man and RIDE! ;)

Been lucky lately as the "weekend" have been the warmer days so my wife, JoLynn can ride along, last Saturday we did what we call the "extended loop ride", heading south on I-25 to Pueblo, then west to pick up CO. Hwy. 96 heading to Wetmore, then CO. Hwy. 67 S. into Florence, CO., then CO. 115 N. back to Colorado Springs! It's just over 100 miles with lots of 60+ mph riding. :)  Stopped and took a photo of the big curve on CO. 96, just before you get to the hamlet of Wetmore.  60+ degrees and SUNNY, not bad for a December day in So, Colorado! :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 High Country Toy Run

We've been riding in the area Poker Runs for a long time now, the Toy Runs used to be several are now down to just two a year. We were at the BIG one on Sunday, The High Country Toy Run! About 1000 bikes and riders brought our toys to the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum at Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson at 11 AM. and headed out with a full Police escort to downtown Colorado Springs, CO. It was finally a Sunny, warmish day on the 1st. of October, 2017 and we arrived, parked and dropped off our toys to the Marine Corps Toys For Tots trailer and headed into Cowboys Night Club for a Steak Dinner, where all the proceeds go to buy, what else, MORE TOYS!  :)  They have an auction, raffle, etc. but we are "too Poor" for those so we headed out for a short, battery charge run, heading south, then back home! A great day for a good cause! :)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Our favorite Poker Run

Come Sept. we usually get in a couple of the area's Poker/Charity Runs, our favorite it the Annual Suicide Prevention Poker Run, put on by American Legion Riders of Post #38 in Fountain CO. This run is FREE, that's right free, it starts at Fort Carson's main gate (#1) in the parking lot for the Post Museum and goes different routes around Southern CO. This year we road up to Divide, CO. for the first stop, then to down town Cripple Creek, CO. Had a bit of "adventure" riding as some of CO. 67 was kind wet dirt for a couple of miles, (our Sporty HATES dirt)!

From Evergreen Station on Teller Co. 1 we picked up Teller Co. 11 heading west, it's a beautiful twisty backroad, with great views of the lower area mountains and hills. The CO. Hwy. 9S. to CO. 50 E. to Canon City, CO. and a stop in Veterans Park. Back on 50 to 115N. back into Co. Springs and then Hwy. 85/87 into northern Fountain and the ALR Post for free food, cake and raffle and 50/50 drawings, LOL as usual our Poker Hands, SUCKED! Didn't win anything but we had a great days ride, though it was a bit CHILLY heading up to Cripple Creek, filled up the tank and headed for the barn, got home about 6PM. Hope to see you there next year!! :)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

End of the summer season riding

Well we decided to head up to one of our favorite close rides as the summer is pretty much over here in So. Colorado. We headed up to Westcliffe, CO. for our favorite "Chili-Cheese fries" and a Rootbeer! It's about 180 mile RT with some great riding thru Big Horn Sheep Canyon on CO. Hwy. 50, then north on CO. Hwy. 96, with it's awesome view of the Wet Mountains. On 96 we had the highway all to ourselves, what I call, "owning the road"!  We've had a LOT of HAZE from out of state fires so the view wasn't as grand as usual, that and it's been warm enough to melt the snow off the peaks, still is a great motorcycle road in Westcliffe! Headed back home the same way, just so we can re-ride Big Horn Sheep Canyon, as it flows right along the Arkansas River. Got to the barn and cleaned the bike a bit, we got a LOT of BUGS on this ride! We will be staying closer to home the next few months but we can dream of the Chili-Cheese Fries and the warmer days of next summer! :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Million Dollar Hwy. Ride

We finally got in a decent "Road Trip", as of August 21 thru 24th. We rode from Colorado Springs to Montrose, CO. spent the night, the rode CO. Hwy. 550, known as the Million Dollar Highway, 1/2 of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, thru Ouray, Silverton and down into Durango. Over Red Mountain, Molas and Coal Bank Passes. It's one very beautiful road, with hundreds of curves, lot's of spectacular mountain views!   We stopped in Silverton, CO. " as it has the "highest altitude" Harley-Davidson Store (over 9,000 ft.). We were amazed as this tiny mountain hamlet was filled with "motorcycles" of all brands and styles of street machines and lot's of adventure tourers and dual-purpose bikes. We didn't a have a real sunny/clear day but we never got rained on so that's ok with us! :)

Into Durango to spend the night, on a search for food, close to our motel, we found a River Walk Trail and walked it's length, found a great little Chinese Place with a patio by the river, ate and watched the rafters, waders, tubers, etc. in summer sun and heat! We got up the next morning and rode Hwy. 160E, thru Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Pass. Saw a Semi that went off the side of the pass being pulled back up, what mess!!! Rode thru South Park and into Monte Vista for gas and lunch. Ate at a little diner called, BOOGERS, LOL, they made a great club sandwich with onion rings! We headed up CO. 285 N. which is a open hwy. surrounded by vast farming lands over Poncha Pass into Salida, CO. for our final nights stay. Found a quaint little, old style motor lodge, Silver Saddle Motel and walked the town, ate and then watched The Godfather I & II before hitting the sack! Headed home via CO. 50E. thru Big Horn Sheep Canyon to Canon City, CO. 115 N. home to Colorado Springs. Lot's of miles and smiles, just wish it didn't have to end so soon. :)