Just before 11am Sunday morning we drove up to the starting point (above) The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. It is located at 5865 N. Nevada (in front of Pikes Peak Harley Davidson) in Colorado Springs, CO. There were lots of people there when we arrived. This annual ride is very popular and there was a constant stream of people coming and going. Once again, we couldn't ask for a nicer day for a ride. We parked our bikes and went to sign in. This contest was very interesting. We have the given start and stop places and then there are five other places in between. They give you the addresses of those five places and you decide which order to drive to them. There are two ways of winning. First, if you pick the right route and second, how long it takes you. Someone has already driven the route in a certain order and kept track of how long it took them. So we try to match it. What Fun!!!
We depart the museum and head north for the first destination. We I-25 to get to the truck stop, but that is the only time we use the highway. After that, it's all side roads. I leave it up to Bill to decide where and how to go. Luckily, he had grabbed a detailed map of the area and surrounding towns (that's why he leads). First stop: Monument Truck Stop on Baptist Rd, NW side of I-25. I should have kept track of the mileage between stops, but didn't (sigh). We get there and quite a few had decided this as their first stop too. We also bump into two people from the Mountain Shadow Riders, Bucky and BJ. We chat a few moments and share thoughts on the route. They have plans for a different route. We check in and then hit the road!!! On our way to our next stop we drive the famous (to locals) Rollercoaster Rd. Luckily, we were heading north on this road. Going south were hundreds (no exaggeration) of bicyclists. Yea, those contraptions you must actually pedal (aghast!!). Many of them looked ready to pass out from heat exhaustion. I was very glad to be on my motorcycle.
Bill chose for our second stop the Sufferin Bastard Tavern on 632 Peterson Road in Colorado Springs. After reading the sign I thought I was back in England (lol). England's taverns have really interesting names. We lived there (England, NOT the tavern) for three years and loved it. So we stop at the tavern and check in. A few of the participants, at this point, decided to partake of the refreshments. It was hot and we were sweating. Some day I need to get an armored mesh jacket. There's a cute dark pink one I'm eyeing (hey!! I'm a girl and love it! Of course, purple would be better, lol!!). Bill insists his black leather armored jacket is great for all climats. I just look at his handsome drippy, sweaty face, smile and say "Yeaaa ... rrright honey." At this point I pull out my water bottle and drink a good portion of it. I did offer to share, but my husband had his own.
We get on our bikes and Bill has us heading for the cutest of all the stops. Our third stop is the Cowboy Expresso at 105 S. Santa Fe in the town of Fountain. This is a quaint little coffee shop and I would love to come back here sometime. The drive to it is great. If we weren't worried about taking too much time, I would have loved to stop here for a soda. But instead we sign in, I drink more of my water (it's really getting hot now) and we head off for our next destination.
Our fourth stop is the Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St. in Colorado Springs. That is a neat place. We go check in and by now a lotttt of people have decided to partake of refreshments (lol). I am now getting hungry, but instead drink water (*laugh*).
I thought the bucking horse on the roof of the Mill Hill Saloon looked pretty cool and here is a close-up (above).
From the saloon parking lot, we can see Cheyenne Mountain, home of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
The above is a close-up of NORAD.