Night ride and evil road spirits

I and a couple of friends, Todd and Camron, went for a long motorcycle ride Friday night. We rode north to Fort Morgan and ate at a fast food restaurant. We hung out for over an hour at the fast food joint and the local park. We decided to extend our trip by continuing north on C52 out of Fort Morgan then taking C14 west to US85.

Twilight was fading to night as we rode north out of Fort Morgan. There was something about the twilight, the smell of the grass and the asphalt in the headlight that triggered a dormant memory in me. I use to go deer hunting with my Dad when I was a teenager. We would spend most of the day in a pickup truck pounding around the country side where there were no roads. Once we didn't bag our game until sunset so it was dark by the time the game was dressed out and loaded into the truck. We bounced our way over hills and through ravines, in the dark, back to the highway for an hour drive back to town. Having to negotiate a few turns in the road brought me back to the present moment.

It was 10PM when we pulled into Greeley and took a break at a local dive bar. While there weren't any unpleasantries I can't say it's a place I would visit again. When I sat down, one of the local crack heads asked me if I was a Cop - I pretended not to hear him. It was after 11PM when we started back to Denver.

It was 12:30AM when I got back to the apartment. I can't remember the last time I was out so late. The windshield collected a lot of bugs on it (and so did I). Round trip was 230 miles.

Four of us: Todd, Camron, Cathi and myself rode the twisty canyon roads on Sunday. We went west up Golden Gate Canyon road (C46) then north through Nederland and down into Boulder on Boulder Canyon drive (C119). Both roads are challenging but Golden Gate Canyon thoroughly tested my skills. We ate lunch in Boulder. We stopped at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Dacono before heading back into Denver. Round trip was 119 miles.

Todd, Clyde, Camron, Cathi

I was presented with a Guardian Bell to hang on my new motorcycle today. Legend says the bell will keep you safe from the Evil Road Spirits that live in the road. The Evil Road Spirits get trapped inside the bell and driven insane. Tradition says you can not buy a Guardian Bell for yourself, someone has to give it to you, so I consider it quite an honor to be given one by my friends. Thank you Cathi, Todd and Camron.

Camron, Todd, Clyde

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