Thunder in the Rockies

Woody, Judy, Pat and Judy pose for a special photo in front of the Durango & Silverton caboose.  The picture was taken by a fellow biker from Colorado -- 
U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

Six days in June riding Harleys in the Colorado Rockies, unbelievably beautiful snow-capped mountains, crossing the Continental Divide numerous times, throwing snowballs at Iceberg Pass, riding in hail through Wolf Creek Pass, riding the San Juan Skyway with a U.S. Senator, winding through the red rock canyons of western Colorado on empty gas tanks, exploring the ski towns of Aspen, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Telluride and Vail, finding an excellent Italian restaurant in the small western town of Gunnison, taking a wrong turn onto the Interstate for a 10 mile ride in the rain rather than a six block ride to the restaurant, eating dinner by the brick wall where John Wayne stood in "True Grit"..... these are the things of which memories are made. 

Add two days of short but memorable rides from Ft. Collins to Estes Park and back to Ft. Collins, and you have eight glorious days in Colorado which I have tried to capture on the following pages. 

The pictures, though beautiful, don't begin to capture the majestic splendor of the Colorado Rockies and red rock canyons.  Nor do they capture the warm, friendly people of Colorado.  Or the laughter we shared over the eight days. 

Day 1:
Denver -
Ft. Collins -
Horsetooth Heights -
Estes Park
Day 2:
Trail Ridge Road -
Berthoud Pass -
Top of the Rockies
Day 3:
Independence Pass -
Aspen -
West Elk Loop
Day 4:
Gunnison -
Silver Thread -
Wolf Creek Pass -
Day 5:
San Juan Skyway -
Silverton -
Telluride -
Day 6:
Unaweep  - Tabeguache Scenic Byway -
Grand Junction

Day 7:
Glenwood Springs -
Vail -
Clear Creek Canyon -
Peak to Peak

Day 8:
Estes Park -
Big Thompson Canyon -
Ft. Collins -

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