Day 12 – Beach or Bust
We pulled off our plan to get up at 5:00, finish writing journals, and hit the road by 7:00. The perfect plan, yes. But one that landed us back in the LA basin perfectly at evening rush hour. Urgh. However, I suppose riding through 100 miles of parking lot in 90+ temperatures makes the allure of home all that more appealing while reducing the inevitable end-of-the-journey malaise.
Day 11- Romance in Another Sense
Moab in the morning. Ahhh… Sunrise on the saturated red landscape was reflected against the mile-high sky turning the bottoms of billowing white clouds a pronounced pink. Riding under a clear azure sky through this stunning, very romantic scene, I wondered is this the Tuono honeymoon, or have I been overwhelmed with the magic of the Utah desert? When we reach the twisty roads and wind our way through immense red rock walls I think, this is why some consider motorcycling a religious experience.
Day 10 – Love is in the Air
Did I mention I was in love with an inanimate object? OK, so the Tuono is more like a seductive Italian inamorato than a motorcycle, but I certainly can’t compare it to what, an espresso machine? No way. I am so hooked on this bike I don’t want this trip to end. I can’t stand the thought of it being parked alone in the garage again, even just for a night.
Day 9 – Another Night in Colorado
This morning we all felt melancholy as we said our goodbyes and packed up our stuff once again. Guzzi Alice and I had planned to ride to Aspen for lunch and then see how far we could get before supper. Instead, we realized we had way too much writing to do (we are both covering the event) and spending the day playing in the mountains would not help us accomplish that.
Day 8 – Conference Conclusion
Impossible. Really? It can’t already be the last day of the conference! Where did the week go? I haven’t attended all of seminars or seen some of my friends or met enough new ones. I’m not ready to leave this alpine paradise full of inspirational biker ladies and fantastic riding.
Day 7 – Seminars, Demos, Shopping
Today was another day so chock full of activities I didn’t get a chance to ride. Not to worry, the Tuono still got some attention in the form of mini photo shoot outside the condo. Conference goers attended more seminars such as "Accident Scene Management," "Preparing for the Ride," "Motorcycle Mentoring," and more, as others shopped til they dropped in the marketplace.
Day 6 – Seminars and Two-Step
This morning started out with early morning seminars and programs. Attendees got to choose from 13 different seminars presented by women including topics such as: "Making Your Bike Fit You;" "Dual Sport Riding:" "Dealership Interaction;" "Street Strategies" and more.
Day 5 – Riding to New Heights
I’m still suffering adverse physical effects of the altitude, but managed to rouse myself early for a morning motorcycle jaunt up U.S. Route 6 to the top of Loveland Pass. This twisty mountain road reaches 11,990 feet in elevation, peaking at the continental divide.
Day 4 – PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome)
This morning, coffee in hand, I took in the serene alpine scene. I looked out over the snow capped peaks in the distance and the dew covered motorcycles parked below my balcony. Ahhh, is there anything so refreshing as early morning in the mountains, especially at a motorcycle conference? And did I mention the rustic condo comes with a year round Christmas tree? We decorated it moto-style of course.
Day 3 – Altitude Schmaltitude
Alice and I put our motorcycle rubber to road early today and were treated to the spectacular lunar surface effect created by the sun’s horizontal morning rays cast across dry lakebed formations. This last glimpse of Utah’s splendor from the motorcycles didn’t last long as we quickly transitioned into Western Colorado’s picturesque mountain wilderness. First stop landed us at the entrance to the state’s National Monument, one of the grand landscapes of the American West where I was subsequently attacked by a dinosaur…
Day 2 – Scenic Overload in Utah
It turns out my lucky $10 won us a perfect riding day. The desert heat sapped our drive before we even mounted the bikes in the morning, but as soon as we hit the Utah border everything changed. As we traversed the scenic rollercoaster of mountain ranges, the landscape morphed from barren desert to multi-colored rock walls and the temperature fluctuated but never enough for us to don or shed extra layers. No need for the electric vest or rain suit.
Destination: Keystone, Colorado
Sarah Schilke chronicles her experience motocycle riding to and attending the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference. Her motorcycle journey takes her from Southern California through Nevada and Utah to the beautiful Keystone resort in Colorado. This is the 4th Women and Motorcycling Conference hosted by the AMA and Sarah participates as both a member of the Advisory Committee and a seminar speaker. Come along with Sarah on her daily updates and enjoy the motorcycle ride.