Day 2 at Dolores would be spent riding with the boys, and girl. I was really enjoying a couple days of riding with no trailer.
We had one big KTM and an SV1000 ridden by Ye Wilde Ryder, and His wife Lynn. This couple has been riding big bikes fast together for years. She hangs off his 6 about 20 feet and to the side. They've been doing this for the 10 years that I've known them. She is there like glue and he knows she's there. They are a great team.
Then there were the 4 boy down from the Denver area. One of those 4, Dave Ryder, was from Pittsburgh On a borrowed 1250 Bandit thanks to Matt Mcdonald. Matt rode his Long trusted 700 Magna for this week.
Actually Matt Mcdonald and DeWayne organized this little get-together. Don Goldston was along just for the joy of riding on his newish FJR.
First we tried out Karla's for breakfast. Turned out to be kinda self serve style. They had three topping that they put on everything. Sausage gravy, Green Mx Chilly sauce, and Mx red chilly sauce. It was great.
Ye Wilde Ryder and Lynn
After breakfast Ye attempts a parking lot wheelie to set the ride's tempo.
....and partner Lynn
DeWayne on his very nice Honda liter bike.
Dave Ryder on the Bandit
Don Goldston on the FJR...
Dave had his V1 radar detector with him. It seemed like a good Idea for him to ride point as we would be pressing the speed limit out there in the wide open spaces. The trouble with that was that Dave didn't know where he was going.
After some starting and farting, it became clear to me that I was the only one that had been to all the places that we were going to go today, so I took the lead and showed the way. Later I dropped back for a few pics.
...somewhere on 191 around Dove Creek on 491.
I love this shot with the crop duster...
We passed Church Rock signifying 6 miles to the Needles Overlook road. Someone hollowed out the rock for some reason and gave the rock a name. That's a great looking rock...nearly symmetric.
It was only another 25 miles to our destination. The red cliffs would soon begin.
Looking behind us across the plateau is the majestic La Sal Mtns boasting Mt Beale as it highest.
We arrived at the Overlook parking...
The first order of business was to pick up Don's FJR. His foot had slipped on the pea gravel and done a slow speed drop as he was backing in. Damage was a foot peg. Don easily replaced it with a passenger peg.
The Needles Overlook looked out at the Co River as it snaked past, and the Needles Outpost that I'd been to yesterday. Believe me, it was a completely different view from up here.
That's the Co River snaking along out there......
Ye, DeWayne, Lynn and Dave
We spent an hr out there walking all over the place....it was worth the visit.
Matt and Dave......
It wasn't easy to get the whole group together....and look at that sky, just f'n beautiful.
Then we move on to Monticello where we gassed up and had a bit of fast food for lunch.
......... next the Moki Dugway...