Southern States Tour – Day 58

Day 58 Route
Day 58 Route

The weather was dry until thundershowers late in the day with temperatures up to high 80’s.

Day’s distance: 288 miles
Total trip distance: 10,612 miles

I woke up early and was out of the campground by 6am.

Maverick Campground
Maverick Campground

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I knew I would have to stop every few miles to vent the fuel tank, and I proceeded down the mountain slowly as deer and elk were likely feeding at this time of day.

Heading east on Hwy 64
Heading east on Hwy 64

My mind was busy with the bike’s mechanical issue, my eyes watching for deer, but I stopped for a moment to just take in the beautiful morning.

Morning Sunrise
Morning Sunrise

I knew it was going to be a difficult day trying to get the bike serviced. First, it was Tuesday – always the busiest day at a BMW shop. Next, it was spring and everyone thinks about getting their bikes serviced in the spring. Finally, there are a lot of bikes on the road and that means break downs are more of the service emergencies that shops have to schedule around.

Long story short, the Colorado Springs shop was incredibly busy and I was not confident of their ability to diagnose the issue and represent it as warrantied, if necessary. So I traveled to Denver BMW, where last year I had my 12,000 mile service performed. To make better progress, and avoid numerous stops every few miles, I rode with the filler cap cracked open. I finally arrived in Denver about 1pm.

Though I had a few travelers ahead of me, the experts at the Denver shop found the issue to be a clogged vent hose off the charcoal canister and corrected it at no cost to me. I can’t praise the team at Denver BMW enough for getting me back on the road quickly.

It so happened that my Denver friend Jed was getting his new K1600GT serviced that same day. Our jobs were finished at nearly the same time and Jed invited me to stay the night at his house in Westminster. I was happy to accept and with Jed’s wife, we went to Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar for a wonderful Italian meal.

Jed has two crazy friendly Portuguese Water Dogs named Mogul and Glacier that were great company.

The day ended much differently than I expected. The bike was running great, the company was great, and my unexpected stay in Denver was super! The charmed life I live continues 🙂

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