Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monkeying around in Denver, CO

Thanks to my hosts I had a non-riding day before I start my trek home to Vancouver.  I've never been in a hack before and today I was the "monkey"  (passenger in the sidecar)


my job was to take video and snap a few photos of Valencia .  But first, breakfast at the iconic Red Rocks Grill.  That was the plan but it was closed.   It took over an hour to get free of Denver traffic and it is easier in a Hack because you don't have to balance as you move a few feet at a time


Luckily there was another place across the street as we were getting hungry


Dom took me to beautiful Red Rocks Park and Amplitheatre.  You may notice these familiar looking rocks from his prior posts

You are not allowed to just sit in the sidecar and watch the world go by.  My instructions were to stay put if we are turning left, but lean right on right turns.   I was trying my best but got mixed up a few times.  I also think they should put rear view mirrors on for passengers so we know what is going on around us


as we were just staring at the rock formations we were wondering if some of those rocks were going to fall


It also took me a few tries before I had a system for climbing in.  It's not as easy as it looks as you don't want to scratch anything


Hard to believe that this basic structure was completed in 1941.  It looks new


AHH,  the good life.    Good food, good free fast WiFi, covered parking .  All I had to do was to sit back and enjoy . . .    thank you for being so kind to me


19 comments:

  1. The last pic is priceless, although the pink clashes a bit with the orange... in a good way, I suppose. Isn't it nice to be taken around and do all the sight seeing in the sidecar for a change? I surely enjoyed my ride in Dom's hack.

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    1. Sonja:

      It was my first time in the sidecar. It was all loaded up when he arrived last April. Now I know what it feels like to be in the "Martha" seat

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  2. Cool! Looks like a fun outing. And how many times does anyone get the opportunity to be a monkey?

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    1. Lucky:

      If I need another ride I have to come back to Denver, or go to Fairbanks. being a Monkey isn't so bad. You just have to lean to the right on right turns

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  3. It sounds as though Dom and Martha are perfect hosts. Did he provide his monkey with ample bananas for the trip? I hear monkeys do more tricks with motivation.

    Good thing you just happened to see that open garage door.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      You stay there like family. You have access to the fridge and the cupboards. I missed the bananas, now I'll have to go back

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  4. It looks like you had a relaxing day though you could have been more comfy if you had Dom replace the sidecar body with a recliner. Just need to hold on for quick stops.

    Tell Dom that the BMWish Ural logo looks great!

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    1. Richard:

      I was thinking the same thing as were were riding. I thought the back rest could recline.

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  5. You're job looked entirely too easy. I think he should have charged you more than pictures. :)

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    1. Lori:

      It was supposed to be my day to relax and be chauffered. I wasn't even allowed to pay for the gas

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  6. Hi!
    Great blog!
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  7. Bob, here I was all worried about you ... And Dom had you covered. It's great your friends are looking after you.

    What was all that about being nervous riding alone?

    Keep on having fun. You are having a journey of a lifetime.

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    1. Ed:

      I am really liking this un-planned sort of vacations. Go with the flow, stay or change direction. I've been going home since Montreal. I am so lucky that the internet has allowed all of us to have friends all over the country

      it's not easy for me to ride solo. I still worry about my home for the night and where I end up. It's nice to have a familiar face once in a while

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  8. So funny, those pink feet going down the road!

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    1. Deb:

      see, I'm not afraid to make fun of myself.

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  9. Bob is so the low maintenance guest.....he didn't even ask for bananas......

    Glad you were able to visit Bob, I see you're overnighting near Salina, UT. You made pretty good time!

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    1. Dom:

      I am low maintenance. leave no trace and put everything back like it was never touched.

      thank you again for inviting me. I really appreciate being part of your family, if only for a short time

      When I was refueling I noticed all the restaurants and two hotels. I thought to myself this is the perfect place to stop, even though I wanted to ride another hour.

      tomorrow Hwy 50 and Nevada

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  10. Glad you didn't get too used to riding with your pink croc clad feet up, it might have meant a few modifications to the Beemer (not the least of which would be having a chauffeur.)

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  11. Feet up (out?) eh? You cheeky monkey!

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