A few short weeks ago the Pikes Peak BMW Riders went “camping” in the far flung wilds (5 highway miles out from the liquor store in Bwaynee) …. Well OK some of us (read yours truly) stayed in cabins, sort of like KOA Kampin’ Kabins and well yeah they did have beds with mattresses, indoor loos, microwave and sink BUT they didn’t have showers or heat!!! It was almost like being in the Donner Party in those cabins. There were other intrepid PPBMWRR members who took their Bruce Springsteen tour bus quality “Motor coaches” and actually parked them on GRAVEL pull through spots …..the horror the horror. Oh yeah and a few of our heartiest, though by no definition our youngest, members actually slept in the dirt, in tents!!!! Who are these hard core people??????
Well that’s just the set up, if you weren’t there you missed it. I mean you really missed it. We hung around the campfire Friday and Saturday night until late, we had so’mores, we talked, we laughed ..a lot, I think it’s called camaraderie. We had a wennie/brat/burger fry Friday night before the campfire, we all went to Bwaaynee Saturday night, to an awesome bistro before the campfire. The site provided us a full meal deal for breakfast on Sunday mourning and no one had to cook and do KP before heading home. Sweeeet deal.
On Saturday we split into groups, the dirty dozen well …. they went and got dirty, for about a hundred miles, out of Buena Vista, Colorado, USA!! People pay thousands of dollars for a once in a lifetime vacation for an experience like that.
Another impromptu group of about a half dozen went long. They did an extensive tour of the high country and the western slope. I swear it was another loop (asphalt this time) European visitors would pay thousands to participate in. They burned every hour of daylight and came back tired but beaming from ear to ear.
A third group of about a half dozen or so took the short ride up to Leadville, had a lovely lunch at a local diner and then took a train ride uphill from Leadville and back for a few hours. It was an incredibly relaxing way to spend the warm spring day in the high country still surrounded by feet of snow, or at least that’s what I thought of all the parts I stayed awake through. There is something mesmerizing about the rhythm of a train.
I’ve finally arrived at the focus of this months Presidents column. PLEASE, if you are not participating in our club functions, strongly consider doing so, because the camping trip was MAGNIFICIENT. Almost everyone was at the campfires, swapin’ lies, tellin’ tales of daring do, laughing till sides aches. AND everyone stayed well into the night. We have an extraordinary group of people. Join us in our lives, we aren’t, nor claim to be, “perfect” but we certainly seem to know how to enjoy life in many varied ways.
All of us who attended owe a special thanks and maybe a small token of our appreciation to Randy, Craig, George, and Niel. Dawn, what can I say, you’re a peach. You just keep setting up home run event after home run event. THANKS equally to all of you and all who participated. If any individual would have been absent the entire event would have changed. Wow, what a crew!
Man, if you weren’t there, you really missed it.
Ride, RIDE, RIDE,