Driving a car to the How the West Was Won (HW3) Rally was a first for us. We had intended on riding our bikes but, alas, Eric's Yamaha Super Tenere decided it was time to take a vacation. So, we loaded up the Chevy Blazer and headed to Colorado. We left late in the afternoon so stopped in Grand Junction for the night. The next morning we were up early and back on I-70 to Georgetown, Colorado, and HW3 headquarters.
As the afternoon wore on, bikes began to show up and the parking lot was populated with rally riders. Eric and I were participating as staff for this rally.
Following are pictures of riders, bikes and fun!
It was fun to watch the Spot Page and see all the different directions chosen by the riders. They went to all corners of Colorado and it didn't take long for the pack to split up.
Since we had all day to hang around, we decided to take the car and explore a bit of Colorado ourselves. After driving over several 11,000 foot passes, we decided to drive up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America. Info on Mt. Evans
It took quite a while to get to the top because of the slow, slow, slow traffic. Geez, we had a truck about six vehicles ahead of us that almost stopped at every curve. They weren't smart enough to pull over and let the growing traffic behind it pass. Oh well.....
At one point, near the top, traffic stopped in both directions because.....Big Horn Sheep!!!!
We also saw mountain goats!
My head hurt so bad that when we got back to the hotel, I immediately laid down and buried my head. I slept through dinner and when I awoke, the headache had lessened but now I also had a very sore throat. Dang it. Fortunately, when traveling, I always carry food and odds and ends of over the counter medicines. I made some dinner in the room and popped a couple of Aleve and went to bed. The next morning I felt much better which was a good thing because we expected the rally riders to start arriving anytime after 9 am which is when the end checkpoint opened.
Following are pictures of rally riders coming in for the finish!
Scoring was the next item on the agenda for the riders. Everything went very smoothly and riders were pleased at how efficient scoring was.
Justin Phillipson and staff did a fantastic job of putting on this rally. The rally pack had all kinds of options to put together a winning route and see a lot of Colorado. Everyone had a good time and I heard zero complaints. As a matter of fact, all I heard from the riders was how great the event was. We had newbie and veteran riders and everyone rode well. Congratulations to all!