Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Pre-Elephant Ride Shenanigans

So it’s the middle of February. I haven’t ridden any bikes since November, mostly because until just a few weeks ago, the bikes were still in Loveland and I was already living in Lakewood. But besides that, I've been busy working and we've been getting snow since October and there just wasn’t too many opportunities to ride. Today was actually a nice day with no snow and as I made my way over to the garage, the temperature was in the mid to upper 50’s and the sun was shining.

The KDX and XT getting a ride to Grant

In the early afternoon CJ arrived in Lakewood to pick me and my bike up. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t start but the XT started with no effort what‘s so ever even though it’s been sitting for a few months and wasn’t plugged in to a trickle charger.

Starting to snow a few miles out of Grant

After strapping down the XT next to the KDX and loading some of my stuff in to the back of the pickup truck, we were on our way toward highway 285 and Grant, Colorado. The weather was nice and sunny but as we got closer to Grant and higher elevation, the snow started to fall.

Grant wasn’t that high up in the mountains either, it sits at only 8,606 feet. A lot of the people that were doing the ride tomorrow were camping tonight, but with temperatures dropping in to the low single digits CJ and I opted out for the Grant Motel. It was going to be plenty cold riding tomorrow, we wanted to be sleep in a warm bed, instead of a cold tent tonight.

Winter wonderland behind the Grant motel

The Grant motel on highway 285

This doesn't look like motorcycle riding weather

After checking in the motel and unpacking, we went to unload the bikes

See that sign for Guanella Pass? That's where we are heading on our bikes tomorrow

The staging area for tomorrow's Elephant Ride

Some hard core guys setting up their tents

The KDX and XT unloaded

CJ testing the traction with tire chains

A three-wheeler

The temperature dropping quickly as night approaches

Some weird pictures in front of the fire pit

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