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A couple of folks have had to pull out of a road trip I'm putting together for July. We are down to six and, I would like to keep the number at eight. Departure from Grand Junction, Colorado on June 10, with return to Grand Junction on June 18. Highlights include Dinosaur National Monument, Red Lodge, Montana, Beartooth Parkway, Yellowstone National Park, going over Lake Powell on a ferry, Mesa Verde National Park, Orvis Hot Springs, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and Colorado National Monument. Average will be about 250 miles a day, with up to around 350 on some days and much less on others. High elevations will be involved, and curvy roads...plenty of curvy roads, and a wide range of temperatures. Riders will need to bring sleeping bags and possibly a two person tent. Accommodations will include motels, hostels, tent camping and for some, cabins (mixed with some in tents) and will average less than $50 per night per person. Even with camping, I plan right now on not doing any more camp cooking than heating coffee, with meals on the road. If you have a solid interest, please PM me ASAP. Include what you would be riding and what your riding experience is.

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To be honest, your original "ad" that was posted some time ago sounded like it was written by a drill sergeant talking to recruits (i.e. not real appealing). The follow-up isn't much friendlier.
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To be honest, your original "ad" that was posted some time ago sounded like it was written by a drill sergeant talking to recruits (i.e. not real appealing). The follow-up isn't much friendlier.
I recall reading that post. Basically it said "My way or the highway." I thought the highway looked pretty good at that point.
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I recall reading that post. Basically it said "My way or the highway." I thought the highway looked pretty good at that point.
Yep, pretty much (Inviting riders, June 10-18, 2017).

I certainly understand wanting to make a trip the way you want to make a trip. What I didn't get is inviting a bunch of people to live under your rule for the duration of the trip. I mean.....just go make it on your own and have a good time.
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Its 2300 miles round trip. Add to that 1100 miles for me to get to Grand Junction and 1100 to get back home, I think I have to pass. But if I were closer I join in.
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Its 2300 miles round trip. Add to that 1100 miles for me to get to Grand Junction and 1100 to get back home, I think I have to pass. But if I were closer I join in.
Aren't you retired with a lot of time on your hands??

If I were in that position, I would make making a lot of long trips (:


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Aren't you retired with a lot of time on your hands??

If I were in that position, I would make making a lot of long trips (:
Retired yes. But I also volunteer at the Valley Humanin Socity. And I also cook. Todays dinner is scratched made
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Retired yes. But I also volunteer at the Valley Humanin Socity.
What, they don't give you time off? (:

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Very true, Knucklehead, AG & Dave_J. I've always said that most of these group rides are of the variety "You come to me in my backyard, so I don't have to travel that far myself". Few want to ride far, but they expect the other guy to do it. And they'll mention how their neck of the woods has the best whatever (pie, twisties, mountain passes, BBQ, etc) and half the time it's no better than where you live or maybe your place has other different stuff that's just as good or better. And that's why most of us just stick to our own areas until some other place just grabs our fancy all on our own time schedule.

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To be honest, your original "ad" that was posted some time ago sounded like it was written by a drill sergeant talking to recruits (i.e. not real appealing). The follow-up isn't much friendlier.
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I recall reading that post. Basically it said "My way or the highway." I thought the highway looked pretty good at that point.

You know guys, I'm going to jump into Scooter-Maniac's defence here. Being a ride organizer for a group ride is not an easy task. Sort of like herding cats. Keep em happy or they spit, hiss and claw.


But a group ride also cannot be like a democracy either as someone has to stand up and make the decisions or you end up going every-which-way. The logistics become unmanageable if everyone wants to eat at different places, get gas at different times, and wants to stay at different hotels, etc. It's like buying a package holiday. The organizer puts together the route, itinerary, meal/gas stops and accommodations and you either take it or leave it. That's what makes good long distance touring with a group work.


I always find it funny when people complain, but then don't step up to the plate for any other reason than to criticize.


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