I genuinely appreciate all the PMs I've been receiving about this thread
Please don't be shy though and feel free to post your questions in this thread... even the "non-colorado specific" questions. There is a good chance someone else is wondering the same thing so then I can post the reply publicly.
One question I keep getting is about the mad-max looking bike you see in some of the pictures. It is a 1984 Honda VT500 Ascot.
It is lovingly known as The Loser
It is a bit of a legend of a bike around here.
(Dave Kilkenny) from Milwaukee gave it to me when I moved to Colorado (yes GAVE a motorcycle - to a complete stranger with only the request "have fun and write some cool ride reports about it") because I couldn't afford a bike at that time. That bike has been to many places it had no business going and it always did admirably in the process. I've since paid forward the bike to Spooph and he is in the process of preparing the thing for its next chapter of epic adventure
If you want to learn more about it.. paste the following string into google:
site:advrider.com "The Loser" geek
...and you'll find some of the old ride reports and tales of the great people that helped keep that bike going (and going.. and going)