Harley fans, it’s Four Corners Rally time again. Our group is leaving for the trip across the Navajo Reservation early Friday morning and ending up in Durango, Colorado, sometime late afternoon.
I want to commend the three newbies who are making this trip for the first time. Kudos go to Hoppy (far left),
Mark (I'm sorry to say I don't have a picture)and Mark's wife Julie, and especially Julie (far right).
The last newbie gal that made her first and last trip to Colorado dislocated her shoulder in Cortez during a horrible thunderstorm by cranking down on her front brake at a stoplight. I have mentioned this story to Julie many times hoping she will not have the same fate on wet roads, and there will be wet roads!
Some may ask why do we take on the challenge of crossing the Res and riding the high country of Colorado knowing we could and probably will face rain, sleet, snow, high winds and blowing sand. Why do people skydive or do all the high intensity, adrenaline pumping crazy things in life? We do it because we can and it makes us feel alive!
Personally, I don’t think there is anything more inspiring than riding a motorcycle through the Colorado Rockies. You breathe in pure, cold air and your eyes are treated to majestic mountain peaks with endless valleys of green, luscious pine trees. The scent is like fine wine and you become intoxicated from the experience.
After a long, exhilarating ride there is nothing like a wonderful meal, hot tub and incredibly sound sleep. You wake up in the morning to the sounds of song birds, crisp air and the urge to saddle up and ride some more. Breakfast tastes divine and hot coffee becomes the nectar of the Gods.
Even the ride home after two days in the high country is OK because everyone will be mentally planning next year’s ride to the most beautiful mountains in the world. Sure, we will be tired, sunburned, wind burned and butt sore,
but who cares. It will be a fantastic adventure and life is way short on this kind of thrill.