I arrived in Denver on Tuesday evening and Dom, aka Charlie6 on the Internet, picked me up at the airport. He had generously offered the use of one of the rigs. This is the one named Fiona with the BMW engine. It was quite a hit at the meeting especially since it is parked right in front of the door of the Polar Field Services office. There are quite a few other riders though this was the only bike there. Something about rain makes them not want to ride. And these are guys who spend months of a time at remote locations such as Greenland supporting research. A very interesting group.
On Wednesday, I rode back to Dom and Martha's home and we went to an all-the-schnitzel-you-can-eat place. This was something new as I've never had schnitzel before. It was very good as were the side dishes and the company was great. Dom generously offered his newer rig to take to the meeting the next day. Nothing like shaking things up by showing up with something different. On Thursday, quite a few noticed the slight change and many recognized this one as a Ural. Many just assumed that the other rig was an old BMW. Interesting.
Dinner on Thursday was at a Vietnamese place in the mini mall next to the hotel. Pretty tasty and since the same broth is used for all of the pho dishes, it came out of the kitchen in literally minutes. True fast food. You add in the fresh vegetables yourself choosing how many jalapeño slices and chili paste you think that you want and dig in. It was very good.
To finish off dinner, they brought out Vietnamese coffee and a glass of ice. I haven't had this for a while. Actually, since the last time I was in Denver for an Internet2 meeting. The very strong coffee slowly drips into sweet, condensed milk. It takes quite a while for the coffee to make it through the thick pad of coffee. You then mix and pour over ice for a nice strong iced coffee.