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Old 07-18-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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Riding in Colorado - Thinking About John Saurer

John Saurer was one of my favorite people. We were the same age, both of us were Mamma's boys, and we really liked to ride. John and I were part of a group of guys that met a couple of times a year in various parts of the country to ride back country roads. John died unexpectedly (age=61) after a minor traffic accident. Our group felt a need to do some things in remembrance of John. We decided to meet in Colorado in July to ride, eat, enjoy fellowship, and tell a few John Saurer stories. I'll start the report by using a few pics from previous rides to introduce the players. Youse other guys that were buddies of John feel free to contribute.

Big Bend - 2009 John, Jeff, Don, Beth, and Dan


Same Big Bend trip


Colorado 2010 - Andy, Jeff, Don, Gene, Beth, John, Dan


John riding down Schofield Pass


Smokey Mountain Memories


You get the idea. John was a good guy to have for a friend.

More to come....
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:31 AM   #2
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John would want to see some ride pics! I took the one below yesterday. Some of the guys said this section of Colorado (South Park) reminded them of a part of the Forever West Tour called the "Big Empty". The Forever West Tour was John's favorite ride. I'll call this one the "Little Empty".

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Well done, Hope there is more.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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We should all be so lucky to have such great friends
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:13 PM   #5
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Here is a group of Flatlanders on the Ruby Mountain ORV trail. They were whining about the sand and whoops, They need to be thinking about the hillclimbs that are ahead.

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Here is a group of rough road riders at the Pisgah Inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were camping and riding. John is in the center.

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One of the guys - not naming names - had a little trouble right at the top of the Ruby Mountain ORV trail.

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After John's death, we made a John sticker for our group of riders. It was a couple of weeks after the stickers were sent out that someone noticed that I had left out an "R" in John's last name. I felt bad about the error for a few minutes. Then I thought: John wouldn't be concerned about a misspelling. He was such an easy going guy.

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This is our buddy Don. He has written several ADVrider ride reports. His reports usually have "Hot Chicks" in the title. He seldom delivers on the promise. Whenever I am with Don, I try to help him. I was able to pay this young lady to stand by Don for a picture.


Ridng near Aspen Ridge Rd, south of Buena Vista.




Cruising through the 4 mile ORV area.


More "Little Empty".


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Here is a picture of John in 2010 on the way to the "Devil's Punchbowl".
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:43 AM   #12
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The ride is over but there is a lot of sharing still to be done. Several of the guys are headed home while I am stuck here in Colorado. Yesterday, we had a very nice ceremony on top of Tin Cup Pass in remembrance of John. Here is a panorama of the spot were we met:


And here is a ride pic teaser:
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Super nice fellas !!
And nice memorial mention to John
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Well done...everyone should have freinds like you guys. I rode some of the same trails last year , what a blast.
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Our ride was scheduled for July 17-20. A few of us got an early start.

Gene, on the left, lives in Buena Vista and was our resource for putting together good routes. Don, on the right, is from Texas. This picture was taken while the 3 of us were on the way to Hagarman Pass.



Andy, Don, and Gene in a selfie.


Don on Half Moon Rd.


Is that snow? Hell yes! There is still a lot of snow in the mountains.






View from Leadville


Saw this in Leadville.
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