Love Thy Chopper 7, this past weekend. What a turnout for such a short notice. Over a hundred bikes and all of the proceeds went to supporting the Wilderness on Wheels Campground(which helps with the development of access for disabled people to outdoor environments).
This "event" was about riding - if you didn't want to ride, you weren't gonna come. Great grass, beer, scenery, back-country saloons, and Rocky Mountain camping - that's Colorado's Chopper scene people.
*Stole these photos from the Landmark Tattoo facebook page*
Took off last week for Ouray, Colorado to meet friends from all over coming for an AMCA event. Spent the week riding some of the best roads Colorado has to offer, including the Million Dollar Highway, pictured in most of these photos.
1,300+ miles in five days... The Rocky Mountains are the shit, plain and simple people.
From anywhere east of Colorado, here's something you might want to experience.
Highway 141 from Gateway, CO to Naturita, CO is one bad-ass road for motorcycling. It's a 52 mile stretch of twists, curves, canyons, rivers, and mesa's. 141 turns into 145, then into 62 on its way into Ouray, CO - where you can jump onto the Million Dollar Highway south towards Durango, CO - which also kicks ass. From Durango, you can hit Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon if your'e up to it. That entire part of the country is endless with jaw-dropping scenery.
Another great road is highway 133 from Carbondale, CO(just south of Glenwood Springs) to Delta, CO. And finally, highway 92 through the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park is also an amazing road for rolling on two wheels. If you can make time, it's worth it, SouthWestern Colorado will blow you away - and if you choose to hit any of these roads or even all of them in one long zig-zagging day - it won't take you much time or be out of your way traveling to SoCal. Traffic isn't an issue, neither are cops, so speed has no limits.
Gateway, CO is nothing in the middle of nowhere, if you blink you'll miss it. There is one small, recently built community that you can't miss right off of 141 before leaving town heading south. It's completely out of place because it looks like an upscale retirement community in a shit-box of a town. The founder of The Discovery Channel built this community, where he put condos, a restaurant, and most importantly, an Auto Museum. This Museum is amazing, having some of the rarest and coolest cars I've ever seen. It's $8 to get in and see this guy's personal collection, well worth it.
Happy birthday to one of my favorite musicians of all time...
"Them neon lightin' nights, couldn't stay out of fights
Keep a-hauntin' me in memories
Well, there's one in every crowd, for cryin' out loud
Why was it always turnin' out to be me"
- For some reason, Waylon kept these lyrics out of this version.
Bikes, art, women, music, alcohol, guns, and a lot of riding...
Grew up around bikes and have been in love with them since I can remember.
I work with Irish Rich in the Denver area and travel on my chop whenever I get the chance...