My first night out, I took off down and dirt road to see what I could see and……found an awesome camping spot! Not to mention the fun riding 😉

One of my best packing jobs yet. I just have to brag.  I’d really like to get some luggage carriers to hang off the sides.

Rode over quite a few passes.  This one is Cottonwood pass.  Beautiful!!  I was loving every minute of this.

Landed in Creste Butte, at the art festival.  Awesome!  My mission….was to find Stevie white kit kat bars.  I coudn’t find them anywhere. But……I found out that Elisabeth was there with her clothes, that I LOVE! In fact, she was having a “trunk show”  I got to try a shirt on and of course I fell in love with it…..and a lady who was nearby saw me checking it out in the mirror told me how awesome it looked on me. It did!  I know the design of this shirt is incredible.  But, I’m on a tight budget so I couldn’t get it 🙁

And I fell in love with this art, from a Hawaiian artist (whose name I can’t remember!)

and finally after what felt like a week of adventures, I arrived in Paonia to meet Bethany!  I parked my moto on main street and she came bursting out of the coffee shop and gave me a huge hug.  What an awesome welcoming feeling that was!!  It was great to see her.  We had so much to catch up on! So we headed to the town church…that had been turned into a brewery.  After a cold delicious beer served in a mason glass and a seat right by the swamp cooler, we were in heaven. and then…….our hero, Craig Childs walks up.  He has just gotten back from Alaska and is a little disoriented.  We enthusiastically start talking to him.  Eventually, we let him go but not after he and his wife have given us directions to there land by the river, near town where we are welcome to camp!  yes! we hadn’t figured where we were sleeping that night….we gave each other high five and commented how somehow when we travel together everything seems to go unbelievably amazing!

Here is the view out the tent window. Yesss!!! I love, love, love, listening to the sound of water in the night.

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