Bill claims to have lost his hearing aids, I’ve come to the conclusion that he has hidden them because he is tired of listening to me. I now have to yell all the time for him to hear me. When in restaurants or stores people think I’m angry with him because because I am always yelling. Bill just smiles and knods his head. I know he is getting back at me for feeding him all my extra food during meals thats helping with his weight gain. I on the other hand have a sore throut and am horse requiring throat lozengers. Bill is devious. I get back at him by moving my lips when he is trying to listen and not saying anything.
On this bright clear 54 degree day, we started out with a 52 mile stint on I 70; not the way we like to begin. At exit 91 we got off and headed north on SR 10. This road was nearly deserted and again went through a variety of terrain.
We came accross another rural art collection. Aliens and spaceships seem popular in the West.
We continued to Vernal where we fueled and started North on US 191, again starting out driving up a canyon and transitioning to wider valley. Except for the construction it was a nice ride.
We connected with US 40 at the town of Vernal and turned East for the final leg to Steamboat. Dinosaur national monument was the next stop. By the time we arrived there we were too late to take the long ride into the excavation area so we visited the information center and then we continued to Steamboat.
We arrive in Steamboat at about 5:00 and checked into a motel called The Nordic Lodge. It was owned by a couple that immigrated from Germany. He is Polish, she is German, very nice people.
As we checked in, we met a group of 4 riders that flew in from eastern Pennsylvania and Western Jersey area. They rented bikes in Denver and were on a week long ride out here. This was the first day of their ride. One had rented a KTM 1290 Adventure, the other 3 were on Harley Street Glides.
We swapped lies and had some laughs before walking up the street to a local brewery where we joined them for dinner.
All of us continued to discuss our travel plans, the weather forcasts, always important for rides, and what we did in life. Great people to meet and good conversation.
Devious Bill (my Trump name for Bill) talked me into a nightcap at a small local establishment right next to the motel. We sat down at the bar and I looked at the whiskey choices we had before us. I noticed the they had the same Rye I had paid $32.00 a shot for in Mammoth, it was $9.00 a shot here. I got seriously fleeced in Mammoth.
We had a good conversation with the bartender and a local named Hans who owned a local design and house building business for upscale housing in Steamboat. The manager Michael came over and got in the conversation with us and bought a round. Another great time with locals.
We will be going East to Estes Park, then East on US 34 to Loveland, then out to the plains.