Woke early and got this shot of the sun rising from the two main mountain peaks visible from just about anywhere near Hotchkiss, CO:
Lens bloom created that flower-looking object above
Scarlett, weird but nice
Yesterday, after setting up camp, I'd taken a short ride with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig, to check out some possible boondocking sites. None found but a good ride nonetheless.
Near Pleasure Park, part of the Gunnison Gorge NCA
While it was still cool out (actually should have worn a liner under my riding jacket), I rode out once again to the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA) to do some more searching for boondocking spots.
I did manage to find about three to five good candidates and the access road involved was quite able to be negotiated by the VRRV! I also did some picture taking of course, I was riding Yagi, my Yamaha TW200 Dualsport which loves the terrain we were on as we rode along the rim of the Gunnison Gorge.
Heading north towards CO92 Highway
My final stop before reaching the highway as the collapsed entrance to an old mine on the side of a hill:
Back at the County Fairgrounds, I was working on Yagi's saddlebags when who should show up but Dana on his new rig. It's a Triumph Rocket III tug with a Texas Sidecar! It's quite the beast if you know of these motorcycles.
2.3 Liter Engine, the largest production engine worldwide apparently. Dana had just returned last night from a 1119 mile trip from Donie, TX where he'd had the rig put together with the tug. Needless to say, he's got gobs of torque and power with this new tug, so holding highway speeds or better are not a problem anymore.
Sadly, he'll be selling his 2006 Ural Patrol, which was ridden and ridden hard, year round, when Dana was working in the Vail area before he retired.
The rally starts officially tomorrow and there were several riders and their motorcycles already in evidence at the fairground's grassy area, with their tents set up as I type this posting.
Fellow Uralisti John and Cookie S., along with Dan K. are attending this event as well and I spent the evening first with John and Cookie at Dana's home (he lives in Hotchkiss); and then having a beer with Dan K. when I spotted his camper upon returning to the fairgrounds.