Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Trip Day 3 Vega State Park to Colorado National Monument Park

Monday July 13, 2015.
It had been a windy night which kept some of us up but no rain though the dark clouds threatened as we cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon.  It never rained and after breakfast we rolled up our gear and packed it all up.  Pastor Keith read us a "sparkle" verse from the prophet Zechariah and another daily devotional verse from his phone app.  The Zechariah verse became our daily verse:
Zechariah 9:16
The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.







What a promise, what a hope for those who are "His people".   And, BTW, we are only "His people" through faith in His Son, Jesus.

Anyway, back to the story:  Our first goal this day was to hit a nice twisty road we found on the map called State Hwy 65.  North to south from Mesa to Delta. Then we'd take a main highway (50) back north and west to Grand Junction and end the day at the Colorado National Monument just west of town.  This was Steve's suggestion as he had been there before and said it was worth the trip.  He was right, BTW.
 It was a beautiful day and 65 was a very nice road with many switchbacks and gorgeous scenery.  And blessing upon blessing, we had the road pretty much to our selves.  We were able to take the curves at our own pace and not worry about cars and trucks slowing us down.

As mentioned, this was western Colorado and it had a very western, desert feel to it.  The mountain passes were not as high (@ 10,000 feet) or as green as central Colorado but still very interesting and we were very glad to be there.  The road up to Grand Junction was very fast and hot and the high plateau we rode through looked like every Cowboy movie you've ever seen.  I kept expecting John Wayne to ride up and say "Howdy, Pilgrim"!  In Grand Junction we ate lunch in a nice restaurant downtown (name escapes me at the moment).  Then we gassed up and headed west of town up into the amazing Colorado National Monument where we'd camp that night.




Colorado National Monument is like a mini-Grand Canyon that is much more accessible with great twisty roads and outstanding scenery.  Keith played mountain man and slept on a rock ledge under the stars.  Bible study was at "his place" with flying stars as welcome interruption. More from I Tim 6: "God's Man".

Summer Trip Day 2. Strausberg to Vega State Park, Colorado

Sunday July 12.  Woke up nice and early and unloaded the bikes off the trailer.  Then breakfast at the campground: sausage and pancakes cooked by the mother of the KOA owner, Scott.  Scott lead me to a place to park the trailer and van for the week.  Then we loaded the bikes with our stuff, read a scripture, prayed and hit the road.

Goal was to take Interstate 70 through Denver and Colorado to Vega State Park in western Colorado where we'd start our adventure of taking twisty roads back forth south and east until we'd get back to Denver by the end of the week.  Normally we try to avoid interstates when we are riding but we wanted to get west and then work our way back so it was a necessary "evil".  And if you are forced to ride an interstate, I70 through Colorado is about as good as they get.  Mountain passes and the Eisenhower tunnel are the highlights.

It was nice that is was a Sunday morning in that the traffic was not very bad getting through Denver. The weather was warm to hot but the scenery soon got nice.  We could see the mountains west of the city and it wasn't too long until we were working our way through them.  Nice, very nice.

Between Eagle and Glenwood Springs there was a total traffic stop due to construction.  It soon became very evident that the stop would be quite a while so everyone shut off their engines and started milling around taking in the scenery.  It was an annoyance to have to stop but the ambiance was amazing.  High mountain cliffs on each side, a river and railroad track down below:

  

Lunch was in GlenWood Springs which was very busy with many tourists.  We then started planning our afternoon when we'd get off the super slab.  As mentioned, our goal was Vega State Park in the Grand Mesa mountains.  We had noticed that there are two ways to get to Vega, one short cut via gravel and one longer route via paved two lane.  We stopped at a gas station in Silt Colorado and asked a young, bearded local man on the condition of the gravel road.  He said it wasn't too bad but he usually go there in a pick-up.  We decided to split up, two via the gravel and two via the pavement.  Steve has a new-to-him dual purpose Suzuki V-Strom which he was very interested to try on some dirt.  I (Wayne) decided to take it with him.  That is what we did, but we got lost a few times.  I mostly just got out of his way and let Steve have his fun.  The roads were pretty rough to my touring bike but his ran up the mountain fast, no problems.


After about 20 miles we got to the summit and hit pavement back into the State Park.  The road was nice and twisty but I had a good scare with a deer jumping in front of me from behind a bush.  Yikes!
Jim and Keith caught up with us and we found a camp site.  Set up, make supper and had a bible study around the camp fire:  I Tim 6:11-15:  God's man is to constantly flee evil and constantly pursue righteousness.  


It was a long day, but very productive and we were in the mountains!


Summer Trip Day 1 Mpls to Denver (almost)

Saturday July 11.  We jumped into the van @ 6:00 AM and hit the road.  Goal was to make to the KOA in Stausberg CO East of Denver by the end of the day so we can be riding in the mountains on Sunday.  Goal was met but it was a very long day.  Pulled into the KOA at 10:00 PM, 16 hours on the road.  Took turns driving, of course.  Slow down in Des Moines from road construction, other wise, no problems.  Mantra was:  "The Trailer is Wider than the Van!".
Strausberg, CO KOA
Our "Kamping Kabin"

Sunrise in Colorado.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Trip 2015 Day -1: loading em up

Four Fossils heading to Colorado for a week of Twisties in the Rockies!  Steve, Keith, Jim, Wayne.
Met after work at Steve's house and loaded the bikes onto the trailer.  Lord willing, will leave early in the morning tomorrow and be camped near Denver by the end of the day.
 
(Click on any picture to enlarge it.)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Spring Ride 2015

Figured I better say something about our spring ride before we start the summer trip (saturday):

Saturday May 30.  About 10 of us, i think.  It was a chilly day but not to cold to ride.  As usual, some met at MGCC and the rest at Ikea.  Headed over to Wisc and took WI state hwy 35 south to the Alma area where we headed east on some side roads to a quaint little bar and grill called "Bucknuckles".  It's kind of hard to find miles from nowhere but worth the search.

The interior of the bar is eclectic to say the least.  Lots of odd things on the walls and ceilings.  A full body stuffed albino deer high on one wall, a huge fan made of windmill parts hanging above the pool table.  A full size carved snarling grizzly bear head on the front door.  The ceiling is covered with old tractor seats, etc, etc.


After brunch we zoomed around more alphabet roads heading back north and west towards home.
Good times, great oldies!
Fossil Wayne

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Spring Ride 2015

Hey Fossils, riding weather is here!

Please join us for our annual Spring Ride.  Saturday May 30.  
Normal procedure: Northern guys  meet at 8:00 AM at Maple Grove Covenant Church.  Southern meet place at the IKEA parking lot 45 minutes later.

My barber told me of an interesting restaurant in the Alma Wisc area called "Bucknuckles".  In spite of it's awful name and that it is a kind of a biker bar and grill he assures me it is a nice place that even a bunch of old Christian Fossils will like.  "they even sell ice cream!" 
They have no web site but here is a link to an unofficial facebook page:

If we get there and it's not something we like we can head to Nelson and go to that great BBQ place "J&J".  Over lunch we will discuss our summer trip options.

Then an afternoon of Wisc Alphabet Roads!

Let me know...
Grace and Peace.
Fossil Wayne

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 Spring Ride, Summer Trips

Fossils, 
We had a great morning at our breakfast meeting with 13 fossils present.  Between bites of our "senior menu omelets" we decided the following:

1. The Spring Ride will be Saturday May 30.  Details forthcoming.

2. The Summer Trip will be July 11-19.  Lord willing, this nine day long trip will be to Colorado.  If you want to go, please let me know.

3. In addition to the Colorado trip there will be a shorter Weekend Trip, dates and destination to be determined.  Greg is in charge of it, please contact him regarding that. 


Have a great winter, see you in the spring.

Grace and Peace,
Fossil Wayne

Monday, January 5, 2015

Breakfast and a Show

Hey Fossils.  
It's time for our annual planning breakfast and Motorcycle Show.  Saturday morning, Feb 7.

Breakfast is at Perkins in Golden Valley, Louisiana Ave and I394.  8:00 AM.

The International Motorcycle Show is at the Mpls Convention Center afterwards.  Buy discounted tickets at www.motorcycleshows.com and use code PRG15E.

Bring your 2015 calendar because we will want to pick a Saturday for a spring ride and a week for a summer trip.

By the way, I'd really like to go to Colorado this summer.  Hope some will come with.

Let me know if you are coming to breakfast so I know how many tables to push together. 

Grace and Peace,
Fossil Wayne

six uno dos tree six niner six niner

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Summer Trip June 2014

Thursday, June 26, - Sunday, June 29, 2014. (click on pictures for full size).
Another Fossil Summer Motorcycle Trip has begun!  The meeting place was the IKEA parking lot in Bloomington after work.  Goal is to zoom around the hills of SW Wisc for a four day weekend. We are six Fossils strong: Keith, Lloyd, Greg, Steve, Jim and myself (Wayne).  The forecast was threatening rain but we are good right now.









After a quick scripture reading and prayer we were on our way.  Our immediate goal was RedWing, MN where our senior Fossil, Gordy, was busy preparing brats and baked beans for supper.  After a bit of confusion on which exit we would take off of US52 which separated us, we got there and had a great time with Gordy and his lovely wife, Mrs. Gordy, on their back yard patio.

As much fun as we were having, we still needed to pull away and get to our first night destination.  Also, the weather radar was threatening rain and the sun was threatening to set.
Steve and I wanted to camp so we headed to Perrot State Park near Trempealeau, WI.  We crossed the river immediately and enjoyed the famous winding road of State Hwy 35.  It was a beautiful ride as we watched the setting sun cascade through the advancing clouds and rain showers.  The showers were light and intermediate so we were able to set up camp relatively dry.
The rest of the guys stayed on the MN side as they had reservations in a motel in Winona.  Keith stayed in Red Wing at Gordy's house (Gordy is his dad).  The two of them would find us for breakfast in Trempealeau in the morning. 

FRIDAY:



It was raining as we found our way to the breakfast joint "Mrs. Sippys" (on the Mississippi).  Good to settle in with a warm coffee and omelets, dry off and hear our introductory session from Pastor Keith on our Christian study this weekend.


After breakfast we bid adieu to Gordy who had enough of riding in the rain and headed back home.  Then we headed south and east.  We needed to get south of Interstate 90 to get out of the crowds and into the good alphabet roads of SW Wisc.  I thought I had found a way to get around the LaCrosse/Onalaska "metropolitan" area to meet this goal, but I must have turned right when I should have kept on straight because we were soon into downtown Onalaska fighing traffic.  I pulled into a Harley dealer to try to figure out where we were.  This was fortuitous since Keith had borrowed a friends Harley and, as Harleys are famous for doing, something had rattled off and needed to be replaced.
While he was inside buying the needed farkle we figured out how to get out of town and finally were into some fun roads.  We were having a great time just taking whatever alphabet road looked interesting with the eventual goal of getting to Wild Cat Mountain State Park where there was a stellar look-out.  The main road to the State Park was under construction which was also fortuitous since that forced us to find a neat little county park to rest and plan our afternoon.
Then some more great roads and we found our way to Wild Cat Mountain;


It was now mid afternoon and time to figure out where we would sleep tonight.  After looking over the maps we decide to head further south and east to Richland Center.  There, after a much-needed DQ stop, us two campers found a private campground east of town to pitch our tents and the other four went together on a suite in a local hotel.  This would be home base for two nights.  Supper that night was at a steak house called "Russels".  The bible study continued in the hotel suite.

 

SATURDAY

Breakfast meeting place this morning was down the highway a bit in a little town called Spring Green.   A couple of places looked interesting for destinations today.  One was Frank Lloyd Wright's estate "Taliesin" and the other was "The House on the Rock".  And of course, all the spectacular curving roads.  I was interested in a tour of the Taliesin until I found out a ticket was $50.  So, we decided to head to The House.  Except for Steve.  Steve came here to ride so he was going to ride the twisties while we looked at the stuff.  Can't blame him for that.




.That afternoon, after the tour, we started hitting the alphabet roads again.  It was a beautiful day and outstanding roads.  We found our way to a little town called Mount Horeb just in time for a snack.  I remember saying to Keith; "I need to find some ice cream with some pie under it".  He was obliging and found us a pie shop right downtown.  Only problem was, it was closed.... kind of.  We were staring into the front door and wondering why it was locked when the waitress came to the door and said  "What's up?".  "We'd like some pie, please"  "Well we're closed".  The short of the story is that she took pity on us and opened the joint just for us.  We had a great time getting to know her and having some great pie.  Turned out she has had some troubles recently and we were able to share our faith in Christ with her and promised to pray for her.  Please pray even now as you look at her picture:

After our pie, it was time to start heading back to Home Base.  Supper was going to be brats on the fire at our campground.  Bible study was around the picnic table.  A great day.

SUNDAY

Sunday means it's time to head home already.  We found some breakfast and Steve was our guide.  He did a much better job than me in getting us past the populated areas around I90 and found some great twisty roads in the process.  We did not take the route in a leisurely fashion today.  Lunch was at a great BBQ place in Nelson called J&J.  Man that was good food!
(they carry odd named root beer)

So, this was the story of our Fossil Apostles Motorcycle Gang Summer Trip, 2014.  It was a great time, of course.  It is always good to re-acquaint with the Apostles, hit the road on two wheels and have great fellowship in the process.  And southwest Wisconsin never disappoints in scenery and great roads.
Thanks guys, it was a pleasure.
Fossil Wayne.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Fall Ride

Hey Fossils, how about one last ride before the snow flies?

Saturday Oct 11.  Meet at Maple Grove Covenant Church at 9:00 AM.  Then zoom around a bit and end up at Larry's lake cabin near Cokato for brats/burgers off the grill.  Then (probably not very directly) home again with a stop at a DQ very possible.

Please let me know soon if you want to go so we can let Larry know how many to expect.

Grace and Peace through our Lord, Jesus Christ,

Fossil Wayne
six one to  tree six niner six six ninerx2


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Trip June 26th-29

Hey you Fossils.  Our summer trip is only one week out.  We leave on Thursday afternoon (26th).

Here is who is signed up to go:  Greg, Steve, Keith, Lloyd and myself.  If you know of someone else going, please let us know.

We are meeting on Thursday in the IKEA parking lot at 3:00 PM.  Our first night is at Trempealeau Wisc where there a nice state park or a motel near by.  Your choice, I'm camping unless it's raining.

The rest of the weekend is open to interpretation.  Anywhere we go down there will involve great roads.

Also, does anyone have a daily bible study to go through?  I can do another study out of First Timothy but don't want to hog the blessing since I did it last year.

See you on Thursday,

Fossil Wayne.
six one too  tree six niner   six niner six niner

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spring Ride 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014  (click on pics for full size)
Plan was to meet up at 8:00 AM and head south and east to Nelson, Wisconsin where the best "BBQ joint in SW Wisconsin" would feed us some great smoked pork.  Then twisty alphabet roads and the required DQ stop.  As is often the case, the plan did not happen.  What's it say in Proverbs?: "The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps."

It was raining on Saturday morning and it was not suppose to stop until noon or later.  New plan: meet at noon and maybe head a different direction.  At noon it was still drizzling but the radar was promising that it should end soon.  We decided to go ahead and meet but to put the required DQ stop up front instead of later.  The DQ was nice and dry as we ordered our food and became acquainted with some new, young Fossils: Zach and Brandon.  We were 8 Fossils strong: Wayne, Lloyd, Greg, Steve, Rick S, Bill, and two previously mentioned.
By the time we were out of the DQ the drizzle had ended and the roads were starting to dry.  It looked like this plan might work!  Our scripture reading today was I Chronicles 29: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

We did abandon any hope of heading all the way to Wisconsin since it was still raining that way.  Instead we headed north to the Mississippi and followed the "Dayton road" along the south shore until the confluence of the Crow river, then turned left and followed it south on various county roads.


Bill lead us back across the river and we were hitting some more twisties when suddenly Bill and I found ourselves alone at a stop sign.  We pulled over to wait and no one was coming.  "Wonder what happened?" I said.  "Don't know, lets circle back and look for them" was the reply.  They were about a mile back, everyone had their kickstands down and were loitering around on the shoulder.  We pulled into an intersection and found out that Steve's right foot peg had dropped off and they had already given up the search.  The grass was deep in the ditch and half filled with water.  No chance of finding it.  Steve got creative with his highway peg, an allen wrench and some purple duct tape.  We were back on the road.


We continued south along the Crow and pulled into a city park in Delano, MN.  Steve checked his watch and realized if he hurried he could make it to a local bike junk yard before they closed where he could buy a new, used foot peg.  Goodbye Steve.   A couple of other guys also had some afternoon commitments so also had to split.  Before they left we took this picture.  (Lloyd is not pictured as he was behind the camera):


We had now whittled our numbers down to only five Fossils.  At the gas station I had a great idea of finding a restaurant that would have a piece of pie.  There we could sit and talk.  Lloyd found one on his GPS and only had to do about a dozen u-turns before we got there (I'm exaggerating).  We had the joint to ourselves and though they didn't have any pie their chocolate cheese cake was worth the trip.   We had a great time re-living the day and days of lore.  The clock on the wall said 6:30 and I suggested we go home.  After Bill about had a heart attack that it was so late we realized the clock was lying and it was really only 4:15.  Still it was a good time to head home so we paid up and headed back up the river valley.  

Another great Spring ride in spite of the weather not cooperating.  

Thanks guys!