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Dodging the Roadkill: Looking Back

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – There’s a popular internet meme that says, “don’t look back, there’s nothing to see there.”  My understanding is that it refers to your life BEFORE motorcycles, and while that’s true, I think it’s healthy to take stock in where you’ve come from and how you will move forward.

Self improvement is a never ending process.  Learning from your mistakes is critical. To just simply ignore the things that happen in your life as coincidence is wrong.  In my opinion, I believe that things happen for a reason, and I’ve got to recognize that.

I don’t want to be better than everybody else, I just want to be better than I was yesterday.

Colorado Motorcycle

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Dodging the Roadkill: Totaled

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – My insurance company has decided to “total” my motorcycle as a result of the damage suffered in my accident on November 10th, 2019.  I’ve got to be honest with you, several of us looked at the bike and NEVER thought it had that much damage.

Just a quick scan of the damage and we had estimated maybe $5,000-$7,000 at the worst. I was somewhat relieved, at that time, that I hadn’t totaled it and could repair it. Apparently that wasn’t the case.

After Harley put it on the rack and surveyed what had happened, the damage was too severe to repair and the insurance company deemed it totaled.

Hank and his Motorcycle

Hank and his Motorcycle

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – The Ride Home

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I spent three days in Ouray, Colorado with my friends, Kim and Craig.  Their hospitality was amazing!  Their home is beautiful, and with mountains at the front door, and mountains from the back deck, I couldn’t have been more blessed and fortunate.

We spent the days riding the mountains, visiting Silverton and Durango Colorado and all points in between.  My only regret from my time in Ouray, is that i didn’t get out to visit any of the locals, or take a walk downtown.  I also didn’t visit one of their famous “hot springs.”

As I said before, this part of the country gives you MANY reasons to come back again, and again. 

Ouray Colorado

Ouray Colorado

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – Part 4

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I rolled into Ouray, Colorado on an early Sunday afternoon, mesmerized by the beauty of it all.  My first thought was that it looked like a little town in Switzerland.   Oddly enough, it’s known as the Switzerland of America. 

Go figure!

I was looking forward to seeing my friends, Kim and Craig Kotzen, and finally getting a chance to ride the incredible Million Dollar Highway. 

From the first day I started riding, my biker brothers and sisters have been telling me of all the great places to ride, and the “must do” events.

The Million Dollar Highway was on that list.

Million Dollar Highway.

Million Dollar Highway.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – Part 3

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I agreed to go to Sturgis, that was all there was to it.  I would spend the week at the Rally and come home.

Somewhere along the way, this adventure expanded into a full blown travel itinerary that included stops in Colorado Springs, and Ouray, Colorado.

A couple of years ago, I met an Army veteran and his wife, Craig and Kim Kotzen. 

Craig and I met through a mutual friend, and our love for motorcycles developed into a great friendship.  We’ve traveled several times to the Smoky Mountains where we’ve gotten to know each other better. 

Ouray Colorado

Ouray Colorado

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – Part 2

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I landed in Colorado Springs at about 3:00pm after a long day in the saddle.  The ride was a mix of calm, cool traveling through Wyoming, then an absolute circus navigating down I-25 through Denver.  I was tired and ready for a shower.

This would be my second visit to Colorado having been here in 2017.  It was magnificent then and it’s magnificent now.  Just having the Colorado mountains in the background makes it so beautiful.  And, the altitude reminds me that I’m not in Kansas anymore.

Colorado Springs Lisa Sumner

Colorado Springs Lisa Sumner

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – Part 1

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I pulled out of the Iron Horse Inn at 5:30 on Friday morning.  I had already apologized to my neighbors the night before about firing up “black beauty” that early the next morning.  It was a cool, crisp morning and there was a “calm” in the air as I pulled out, on my way to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It was there that I would rendezvous with friends I had met through this blog.  After spending a couple of days there, I would then head over to Ouray, Colorado, where I would stay with friends for a couple of days.

Make no mistake about it, I LOVE COLORADO!

Wyoming

Wyoming

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