Today, it was time to do some more stress testing of the new Toyota 3K Carburetor and the Sammy's cooling system since I had the radiator flushed yesterday.
I would end up driving 149 miles round trip. I used CO Hwy 83 to get to Colorado Springs where I picked up US24 to CO Hwy 67 and thence to the southern end of Rampart Range Road.
From there it was about 10 miles to the site of a planned gathering by motorcycle riding friends, called The Revival. It's been going on for years if not decades and this will be the first time for me if I do end up going.
Stress testing aside, I wanted to see if there were RV-able campsites near the Revival site, since the actual Revival site wasn't doable by Umarang, the VRRV. It was just out of my comfort level you see.
The Revival Site is next to a large outcropping of rocks and perhaps part of a rock dome as well. No problem negotiating the "path" with the Sammy, but the VRRV would have issues with low branches and tight spaces.
After picking up a 13 lb trash bag's worth of trash at the Revival Site (people are swine); I found a couple of sites that were usable close to where FR324 and FR300 (aka Rampart Range Rd) meet. So getting the VRRV to within a mile of the actual site is doable! Now to figure out my schedule accordingly.
I then spent the rest of the drive, heading north on Rampart Range Rd and checking out likely camping sites. I found several tight ones, with steep entrance paths, and most of them without cell signal. I did find one though, about 7.5 miles the Revival Site that'll work and function as Plan B if the primary camping sites are taken when and if I show up.
Soon after exploring this last site, I entered the Fee Area run by the Forest Service and their requirement that you camp only at designated sites. I didn't bother checking these sites out as they were too far from the Revival Site.
However, I did stop at this large rock formation, to pose the Sammy on top of it! After a careful walkthrough, I put the Sammy into 4WD and Low Range and crept up the side of the rock, no problem!