Colorado Springs, CO — I have always wanted to take a trip out West. This year I got my chance when I was invited to join a Tennessee couple who venture here each year.
Stephen and Rosemary Walker are a true motorcycle couple. They both love to ride, and through a mutual friend, we connected and they invited me to ride along.
It took me two days to arrive in Colorado Springs. I traveled through Paducah Kentucky, to St. Louis MO, and on to Columbia MO, before a severe thunderstorm caused a 90 minute delay.
After resuming the trip, I made Topeka Kansas for the night.
Early the next morning, it was back on Interstate 70 and the long, and boring, ride West.
It’s a real challenge, after a couple of hours, to keep alert and stay focused, but the beautiful countryside and some good music kept me on point.
Then I noticed the wind farms.
I have NEVER seen these and I was mesmerized by how enormous they are. I pulled over to get a closer look and I was in awe.
These are normal along the landscape here, but I just couldn’t look away. It was almost “Don Quixote-esque!”
Of course it signaled how strong the winds are here and made the remainder of my journey very challenging.
Once I arrived at Highway 24, it was a beautiful 60 minute ride into Colorado Springs.
If you’ve never been here, the words just do not describe how beautiful it is. The first time I topped a hill and saw the mountains and the small towns sitting at the base of those mountains, all I could do was say, “Thank you God.”
Colorado has a free spirited “vibe” about it. Lots of backpacks and Berkinstocks, bicycles and hiking boots.
The plan is to take in as many miles through the mountains as I can, and enjoy the wide open spaces as only a biker can.