....my fourth day at the rally started with an invite to join a slightly larger group on a ride to Devil's Tower. The group consisted of seven riders on various bikes, all with experienced riders heading out for what was to be a very spirited trip of about 275 miles round trip. The ride leader was armed with a radar detector which came in handy on several occasions.
The first leg of the trip went straight to the monument without stopping. Not a big deal if one is riding slab but our trip was mostly 2 lane twisties at a high rate of speed (I ain't saying HOW fast if ya know what I mean) with no stopping. Here we are close to the Tower:
And here we are at a tourist trap just outside the main entrance:
The ride back was just as spirited - and hot - which left me arriving back at the resort exhausted. Later that day I spent time with fellow rally attendees on what would be the eve of my last day at the event.
I own a small business and this is my busy time of the year so with things being the way they are I elected to return a day earlier than planned. The KOA desk clerk let me out of my stay without dinging me for the cancellation so I packed and hauled ass. The skies looked perfect but that changed as I got closer to Wyoming where I encountered rainstorms with high winds so strong I came within a few feet of meeting some rancher's pasture.
In all, I encountered six rainstorms with one being mixed with hail. This occurred a few miles north of the WY-CO border and I was able to seek refuge under an overpass. Within minutes I was surrounded by a flock of motorists trying to save their cars from serious hail damage. About ten minutes later the hail stopped but the rain continued so I decided to head out into the great (wet) unknown albeit with protection from my rain gear. A few miles later I'd passed through the storm and saw clear skies ahead which then gave way to about 3 1/2 hours of almost continuous stop and go traffic starting near Loveland, CO, until I crested the apex of Monument Hill, the northern most boundary of El Paso County, home to Colorado Springs, a span of about 110 miles. I love Colorado but am beginning to dislike its growing traffic congestion.
My impression of the ST3 is that it's a most capable sport tourer with the emphasis being on the "sport" side which contrasts with my BMW R1150RT. The RT's heft helps when dealing with strong cross winds, the ST's svelte countenance makes it the ideal ride for aggressive back road intrastate jaunts. Still, I love them both and each has proven itself on a number of levels.
Thanks for reading!