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It got hotter and hotter as we


approached Denver. As the tempera- ture went up, so did the traffic con- gestion. We ended up in a stop-and-go pattern with the air temp in the high 90s – NOT good for our air-cooled bikes! About this time, we picked up a companion, a fellow on some sort of oilhead RT. He too, was heading home from the Rally as we could spot a “Crossroads of the West” sticker on his fairing. As I led the two of us through the slowing traffic, I could see this fellow creating openings for Susanna to follow me. He ran interference for her like this for several miles until we came to the crash that was causing the backup. As we picked up speed riding to the South, he gave us a quick wave and accelerated off ahead of us. Just one more example of the camaraderie we find in the MOA. Thank you! We were home about 20 minutes,


gear still partially on, when our friends from Wisconsin, Sue Rihn and Tom Van Horn, pulled up on their GSs. They spent a few days with us. The plan was that we would all ride to the Top ‘o the Rockies rally in Paonia, Colorado. At the last minute, Sue and Tom decided that they would head for home instead. We bid them a fond goodbye and set out for Paonia. It was a good rally this year and one that we would recommend. The riding around there is great, especially the road along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. As I write


this, we have just


returned from our week in Fargo, North Dakota.


The Pyrotechnic


Guild International held its annual six-day meet at the Red River Fair- grounds. We camped in a familiar setting the primitive camping area. Our next-door neighbor was a for- mer BMW MOA member who still regrets selling his R 90 S, and he spotted me as the writer of this col- umn. We had two other MOA encounters. Peter, a fellow from New


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York, is a PGI member who follows the convention around the country just to attend the final Grand Public Display. This is the closing evening of the Pyro Conven- tion and consists of two hours of absolutely world class display pyrotechnics. He and I failed to connect in person, but he was up there in the stands, enjoying the show. Our third MOA encounter involved an RV pull- ing into a South Dakota rest area. We paused to spread out our dew-soaked tent and sleeping gear in the clear sunlight of late morning. I do not like to pack up wet tents and sleeping bags and have found that a half-hour or so of being spread on clean pavement is enough to dry things out. As I was arranging things, he and his wife walked up, asking if I was the “world- famous airhead writer.” We enjoyed a short visit while the fabric pieces dried and then we both took off on our respective jour- neys. I continue to be pleasantly surprised at the social encounters working on this column has provided for me and Susanna. My next ride will probably be chasing the


eclipse. The Path of Totality runs a couple of hundred miles to the north of Colorado


Springs. After reading a few articles about mobs of people arriving from large popula- tion centers, I’m leaning against going to the Casper, Wyoming, area (the path runs right through downtown Casper), since I don’t want to be in the company of folks from the population centers of Denver and the Front Range. Driving to Fargo, I found myself very close to the predicted path of the eclipse in the Sandhill area of Nebraska—a bit over five hours of driving from Colorado Springs. The largest nearby town is North Platte and the scenery really can’t be beat. If I can get away from here, I’ll probably carry a couple gallons of fuel and a bit of food—no telling what the impact of a lot of short-term visitors will be. The remainder of August is looking to be


very busy. A visit from the grandkids (trip- let three-year-old boys and their sister), repairing a damaged rental house, attend- ing to a couple of local airheads’ mechanical problems, and the eclipse is a lot to fit in. Susanna will be flying to Boise to visit her 92- and 96-year-old parents after the grand- children leave. The big Rally seems so long ago!


“Backstage” at the Pyrotechnic Convention. Well over a thousand of these big guns were used in the previous night’s display. Susanna and I have definitely been spoiled when we watch our town’s efforts for the 4th of July!


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