By Stretch McClue
With all the bad information from the media etc. I feel wisdom can be gathered on your downtime. Wisdom that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television.
Of course, bad information is gathered in your downtime too. Bad information that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television.
One of wisdom’s greatest benefits, is accurate discernment, the learned ability to immediately tell right from wrong, good from evil, and acceptable from unacceptable. Time well spent from time wasted. The right decision from the wrong decision. Many times, this is simply a matter of having the correct perspective. One way to define wisdom is THE ABILITY TO SEE, INTO THE FUTURE, THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR CHOICES IN THE PRESENT.
That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like…with a degree of intelligence and a hint of wisdom, most people can tell the difference between good and bad.
It truly takes a wise person to discern the oh-so-thin line between good and best and that line gives you the perspective that allows you to clearly see the long-term consequences of your choices.
It is always about timing. It is too soon, no-one understands. If it is too late, everyone has forgotten.
By Michele Tusi – East Coast
On January 3rd, 2021, Chris Pejko died in a tragic motorcycle accident. And just like that, the community lost a fellow biker, a nurse, an avid snowboarder … a person who would move heaven and earth to help a friend, ease a heartache, or give you a doom and gloom prognosis if you had a cough. Funny? Yeah, Chris was a funny dude with a quirky sense of humor and a laugh that was genuine.
Chris was a rock star. Literally. He kicked cancer’s ass TWICE, cruised all over the country on his Harley, slashed through fresh powder on more mountains than most can even name, and cared for the sickest of the sick as an ICU nurse working on the front lines against the pandemic and throughout his career. When people say, “live your life to the fullest”, Chris embodied that expression. Chris designed his life in a way that needed to be experienced in order to be fully lived. Experience it, he did, and he would have happily taken any of us with him on those adventures.
He loved his concerts – big and small, his Harley – I mean how many photos of his bike did we see on Facebook??, snowboarding – great adventures with ‘Team Retard’, his profession – a lifelong passion for helping others, his friends – and you know who you are and of course, his family – God Bless.
If you had the privilege to ride with Chris, you know he was an experienced rider, whose joy came from the RIDE – no matter where or with whom – he loved to ride! He could find a unique route to get just about anywhere, you never knew where you were going, but the roads were always smooth, and the scenery breathtaking. The girls would joke that Chris was the best ‘bike valet’ for he was quick to help you get parked, get moved, or get caught up! NO ONE LEFT BEHIND when you rode with Chris.
Chris was a solid human, a great friend, and more importantly, possessed empathy beyond his years. He would do whatever he could for anyone. He would offer to pay for things when he knew that others could not afford them, even if he himself was strapped for cash. He just made it happen.
Each one of us has a footprint beyond the Biker Community. I would be remiss if I did not mention Chris’ professional impact as an ICU Nurse. His peers and colleagues looked up to him, as evident by the many Facebook posts on his timeline and retelling of work time stories and antidotes. His ability to stay calm in emergencies, advocate for his patients, and provide on the spot training and support for his fellow nurses makes this loss even more heartbreaking.
What can I say?
‘You know that only the good die young
I tell ya
Only the good die young
Only the good die young’
Artist – Billy Joel
Cool Biker Lunch and Rides Facebook group page hosted a 1K in 1 Day challenge during the 2020 riding season. It was perfect timing because it gave members something to do during the crazy lockdown of COVID19. For the ones that do not ride, they might wonder “why would you torture yourself and ride 1,000 miles in one day?” They would not understand that our self-esteem soars when we have been able to accomplish something like this, and to some who treated the challenge like it was a race to see who can complete it in the best time, the higher the self-esteem will go. To me, personally, I carried an unaccomplished feeling for a year because the first time I attempted this in 2019, I was hit by a car right when my odometer read 1,001 miles, but I could not verify this accomplishment because I was unconscious in the hospital and my motorcycle was totaled. In August, my great friend Kristi and I did the 1K in 1 Day and headed to Sturgis and back. We had time to roam around Main Street and got some cool Sturgis souvenirs. We did the challenge in less than 18 hours. When we boasted about that, of course, it now became a challenge to see who can do it in less time.
First, congratulations to the ones who accomplished it in 2020:
Jason Ennis, Austin Prather, Rachel Renee, Michelle Clemente, Kelli Thomas, Frank Nusser (two times), Stephen Gonzales, James Head, Gary Braley, Kristi Strother, Audrey Paulus, Michael Koller, Ed Collins, Bruce Gorman, Dave Setter, Rick Way, and Wildman Wilson.
Below are their experiences of this challenge:
My experience with the 1K was one of enjoyment and pure torture. I have never done something like that before and was determined to be the first one to do it. As my whole life, I love to be the first to do anything. It took me almost the full 24 hours, but I accomplished it.
I had been seeing the 1K 1Day Challenge on the Cool Biker page on FB. I was interested right away, but I noticed that no one was chomping at the bit which made it much more attractive to me. It really meant that it was not an easy or truly desirable mission, which made me want to do it even more. It was a fun day, and I cannot wait to do it again this year.
It was an extraordinarily rich experience. The whole scene on the trip was all breathtaking. This group works well together which made it smoother. I am deaf, and we got through it with good communication. I would like to thank them all. It was well worth it to accomplish the 24-hour challenge. I will remember this ride for a very long time.
I did my first 1k earlier in the year with Austin and the gang. It was not your normal 1k route. Lots of mountain passes and slower roads. It took around 21 hours. I wanted to beat that time and attempted another 1k in the fall. We had a good group, good route, and great weather. We had a couple issues but still got it done around 14 hours. It was a great feeling to be able to complete this challenge twice in the same year. The only one!
Boy was this a challenge. We communicated well and made decisions together as a group. There were a lot of firsts for everyone, and this ride would not be the same without this exact group of people. I am so glad I went along. Met new friends. Seen old places with fresh new eyes. Ride free!
I am glad to make a decision to join the 1k for one day challenger because I was not sure if I could do it as I’m a new rider. It is a BIG challenge for me with routes and mountains. So glad that we made it! Our group is so wonderful to cooperate, communicate well, and enjoy our times with no drama.
My 1k ride is not only my first try, but also the first time I have left the state by myself on a bike, and only the second time I have done any real distance. I have years of riding, but just never rode anywhere far. My route was down to Durango and then on to Albuquerque and back to Denver. This experience was exhausting, and eventually filled with the shadowy hallucinations, but when I opened Facebook and read all the encouragement from Cool Biker Lunch & Rides members, it made me jump right back on the bike after the fill up and keep on keeping!!
I rode more than two 1K rides in 2020. 2021 who knows? At least once a year, maybe more, is always my goal. I love it. That is why I keep doing it. For me, the destination always changes. It is all about the journey…. Ride safe, ride on.
Thanks everyone. All in all, it was a fantastic day! I stopped and visited with friends and family along the way to Las Vegas. Some of them I have not seen in 10 years. Part of my route took me though my hometown and places I camped and hunted when I was young. I even got to spend some time remembering good times while riding. So yes, this was a fantastic day!
I met Audrey right off I-25 and exit 136, at a Maverick gas station right off the freeway. She was all smiles. We both were. I had made some funny Bat and Shark signs to help us tease each other about our bikes. We took photos of our mileage and held silly signs. Off we went! The road in front of us, the cold morning wind whipping at our faces, music cranked high, our hair blowing, two friends embarked on our amazing, Sturgis 1k Challenge.
I really only went on this ride to beat someone’s record after friendly banter on Facebook, so I hooked up with Ed Collins to accomplish this. The route was chosen specifically for that reason, straight and easy! I would have liked a more scenic route, but this one served its purpose. The trip was not difficult at all, and I would do it again, especially when our record is broken.
It was the first week of October when Michael Koller and I did our 1K challenge to Kansas and back. We had a few snafus in the morning that held us back timewise, but we made up for it on the long stretches going 100 mph. Once we passed the state line back into Colorado, ears ringing from the wind noise, the sun hanging low in the sky, temperature slowly dropping, we have 990 miles under our belts. The next cut off is only a minute away. We turned off into a fuel station and the mileage read that we were 1,003 miles up and 13.5 hours. We filled them up, fought our way through rush hour traffic, found a cold drink, a good cigar, and took some time for reflection, 1,000 miles under 24 hours!
Our 1k/1Day “race” started with a boasting challenge on September 28, by the leader of our riding group (Audrey Paulus with Cool Bikers) posting that the fastest time for the year to date was set by Audrey and her pal, Kristi Strother, at slightly under 18 hours. Bruce Gorman wanted to make the run anyhow with the thought that we could catch a great lunch at a famous Mexican restaurant down in Albuquerque and ride back easily under 18 hours. We picked a date a few weeks out that worked for the group, Saturday, October 10. However, a few days before our ride, two other riders (Ed Collins and Michael Koller) completed their 1k in a record setting 13.5 hours. They threw down a gauntlet that Frank Nusser dared us to beat. So much for a relaxing lunch ride down and back to Albuquerque, as the race was now on.
THE RIDERS: Frank Nusser, Craig Harlan, Bruce Gorman, and Dave Setter. As a group, we had been on several longer rides together. It helped that we knew each rider’s skills and road savvy, especially, if we were going to beat that damn 13.5 hours.
We finally made it to 1,000 miles, right at 14 hours. We celebrated as Frank passed out candy cigars, as our salute to those who had set the 13.5-hour record. Until next time, cigar dudes!
I kissed my wife, ‘See you later’, and I stepped out into the darkness. Ready for whatever the road has waiting for me.
Steve “Wildman” Wilson
Chronicles of the Wildman and the Thousand Mile Ride
On 5 November 2020, I embarked on a 1000-mile ride on my 2003 Honda Goldwing. I pack more than I need, but I just wanted to make sure I am prepared for a variety of possibilities and eventualities. I get to bed early for an early start. I wake up at 0200 and finish my packing and checklists and get on the road. I get my start receipt at 0255 and off we go. I ride to complete this trek. I ride to get a sense of accomplishment. I ride to finish what I started. I get to the last gas station to get my final receipt. I am tired and dirty, but after 21-1/2 hours and about 1,057 miles, I am accomplished. I go around the corner home and I have a celebratory drink, shower, and go to bed.
My 1K 1D ride was for me: it had been an unusually rough year, and it was about time for me to get my head on right. I went through Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Got off the highway and took a few backwoods mountain roads where I grew up. My plan was to use all the time I had to just cruise and enjoy, enjoy my bike, enjoy the scenery, and enjoy me again. It turned out to be a fantastic day, over 23 hours of time, just me and my bike. I believe I traveled 1,141 miles taking in the beauty and smiling that I had missed all the rain…lol. I cannot wait to take the similar trip this summer, only this time, my daughter will be riding her bike with me. My bike truly is my happy place.
Todd McLaughlin and his friend Bruce Leipold attempted this challenge on October 11th. Their route was Denver to Provo to Green River and back. After they hit Laramie, they decided to opt out of the challenge for they ran into some dangerous weather, 60 mph winds and rain with snow in the forecast! They will be back in 2021 to finish this accomplishment.
Anyone else want to do this challenge this year?!! There are some rumors that the above will be back this year to beat their time. I am looking forward to hearing about their journeys.
Article courtesy of Rider Justice.
Andrew Campo trusts his gut. Typically, his gut is way ahead of the times… or way behind the times, depending on your perspective. And yet, he gut-trusts his way into some of the most rewarding, mold-breaking work imaginable, achieving success and defying the expectations of all the people who say, “Are you out of your mind?”
Campo is the founder of META, a company focused solely on motorcycles, the motorcycle lifestyle and – of all things – print magazine publication, which is largely considered a dying form of media. But in Campo’s hands, and in the hands of his business partner and Creative Director Ben Giese, META is transcendent. It transcends expectations, norms and previously held beliefs about the power of print.
How did Campo and Giese come to create a wildly successful print magazine and its surrounding company during a time when no one understood or believed in what they were doing? Campo says that “swimming upstream” has always been his way. He also believes that, because he and Ben grew up racing motorcycles, “competition is in our DNA. When people tell you you’re nuts, it’s the fuel that makes you work harder.”
The Journey to META
Back when Campo was in college, he took a magazine writing course and submitted it to Snowboarder magazine via snail-mail. Times being what they were (young internet), it was another six months before the publisher of the magazine called him and offered to publish his story and also offered him a job.
“I quit school and moved to California and worked for that whole group of magazines: Snowboarder, Skateboarder and Surfer,” says Campo. “I worked in just about every department. That was my education.”
While at that publishing group, Campo saw the drawbacks of the print format – mostly that it was slow.
“Fans knew races were occurring but they had to wait two months to get results and coverage because everything was print,” says Campo. “Digital media was just becoming a thing and I realized that we could speed up that information delivery.”
Campo teamed up with Wes Williams to create Vurb, a digital media company focused on the motocross industry. (This is where you start to see how Campo swims upstream.) The new company went to the print magazines and offered to partner and create daily digital content for them, including race recap videos, that would be instantly available to subscribers.
“The industry loved it but nobody had a budget for digital,” says Campo. “They didn’t understand the power of digital yet.”
For three years, Campo and his partners spent their own money operating Vurb, and then the industry caught on.
“We were way ahead of everybody,” remembers Campo. “We went from zero to absolutely killing it. We traveled the world. But then Instagram hit. We were the first company in motocross to have an Instagram account, but the writing was on the wall. Two years in, every team and every athlete and every brand had their own Instagram account. People could get their digital content somewhere else.”
Still, Vurb had a huge following and most people encouraged Campo to stick with it.
He wasn’t having it.
“I didn’t want to reinvent our web publishing strategy. I had always known that my passion was for print publication. It was time to challenge myself again so I teamed up with our Art Director Ben Giese and never looked back.”
So, just as the print industry was starting to collapse under the weight of digital popularity, Campo switched back to print.
“What Are You Thinking?”
Campo immediately faced head-shaking.
“Plenty of people said, ‘What are you thinking? You have massive reach with Vurb! Just adapt to the changes!’” recalls Campo. “I totally understand that they thought I was crazy. When I launched Vurb, a digital media company, print media was strong. Now, people were devouring digital media and I was leaving for print. I can see why they thought I was nuts. But Ben and I aren’t afraid of doing what everybody says we should not be doing.”
Very soon after abandoning Vurb, META was born. The name comes from Roman days when chariot races pounded through the Coliseum (a precursor to motocross?). Campo says that a “meta” was the marker on the track telling the chariot drivers whether to turn left or right.
“META represents our turning point from digital to print,” says Campo.
Like Vurb, META started slowly because, again, Giese and Campo were swimming upstream. Because of previous partnerships that Campo had established in the motorcycle industry, they had enough support to fund volume one of META. From the beginning, it was unlike any other motorcycle magazine anywhere.
First impression: META is absolutely stunning. Artistic, gorgeous, gritty and visually astonishing, META is an ode to the motorcycle, a poem, a love affair, a desperate-pining-away-for-that-which-you-can-hardly-describe-but-know-it-when-you-feel-it. If you ride, you’ve felt it. If you haven’t, META will make you want to.
Central to the magazine and the company’s mission is an aesthetic that is more art-driven than advertising-driven. There are only 14 to 15 advertisers per issue – a stark contrast with a typical magazine, which includes 30 to 60.
“Because we have 14 advertisers, it allows us to work hard for them,” explains Campo, who says that it was hard to explain the concept initially to potential sponsors.
“When I first approached the industry, I asked them not to focus on pricing but to use our platform to focus on their brand history and heritage. That conversation was very interesting. They didn’t get it until they saw it in action. Now, advertisers approach us because of what we can do for their brand.”
A META ad package includes the print magazine, as well as digital products, such as short feature films, on the META website.
“Print is the foundation of everything we do,” says Campo. “With each volume, we create a short feature film to support our cover story. Sometimes, more than one film piece comes out of a volume. Those films allow us to bring global traffic to the site and to create assets for social media. They are also a strong part of our revenue plan. But everything supports the print product.”
From that first volume, META grew to three volumes per year. Finally, in 2019, Campo and Giese believed they had the foundation established to publish four volumes per year, which would be a very strong business model to carry the company forward. Then, COVID.
“I really didn’t know what would happen,” says Campo. “But it turned out that, in 2020, people really craved an interaction with an analog product. They wanted to get off their phones, laptops and TVs. They embraced META in a big way.”
And so, once again, Campo is riding the wave of success while swimming upstream.
Looking for a Different Kind of Partner
Meanwhile, back in 2018, Campo was approached by Chere Martin, Community Liaison with Rider Justice, a motorcycle legal/advocacy organization in Colorado, which is also where META is based. Mostly, Martin was curious to meet the visionary behind the stunning magazine. She and Rider Justice founder, Scott O’Sullivan, also hoped the two Colorado companies might collaborate in ways that serve, promote and protect the rider community.
“I met with Chere two years ago and we just had a really nice, warm conversation,” recalls Campo. “Chere is a designer and a creative and a really cool person. She told me that Rider Justice would like to align with META. They didn’t just want to be advertisers; they wanted to create a true partnership.”
Campo liked the Rider Justice mission, so he met O’Sullivan.
“If you look at Scott’s website… yes, he is a lawyer, but he has no interest in being an ambulance chaser. He’s anything but. He’s a really good human being. You don’t often meet people who practice what they preach, but Scott and Chere do. They have philanthropic values and I had been looking for a way to involve myself in goodwill projects. It made sense to collaborate with Rider Justice, especially after COVID hit.”
Therefore, in early 2020, the two organizations created #2Wheels4Meals, a grassroots bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts who have come together several times to make meals for healthcare workers, the homeless, and other at-risk populations.
“We’ve made something like 2,500 to 3,000 meals since March,” says Campo. “I’m proud to align with them and work on projects with them. And we’re talking about going to a larger scale with our efforts in 2021. We have a lot of mutual respect and we have some great ideas kicking around.”
The META Lifestyle
From the beginning days of META, Campo and Giese decided to create a company that enabled them to live the lives that they desired – outdoors, with family, playing a lot! That dream has also been achieved.
“At times, I feel selfish because my work lets me have so much fun!” says Campo. “At the end of the day, I’m out playing more in a single day than a lot of people will ever play in their entire lives. I’m all about quality of life and that feeds everything we’re doing.”
For example, Campo recently found “the one that got away.” Not a girl; a motorcycle.
Back when he was 15, Honda started making a street bike called The Hurricane. To say Campo fell in love would be an understatement. Campo spent the next eight months waiting for the bike’s release and making plans with his best friend to ride their new bikes together. But, when the time came, Campo’s dad wouldn’t let him get it.
“He said, ‘If I buy you that motorcycle, you’re dead in two weeks.’ He supported my motocross but he didn’t want me on a road racing bike. I was shattered.”
Campo has been looking for his Honda Hurricane ever since. And recently, she came back into his life.
“They are collector’s bikes and very hard to come by. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across one on Facebook marketplace and it was kinda too good to be true. Less than 10,000 miles, great condition, and a low price. Turns out the guy was leaving the country and needed to sell quickly.”
So, Campo got his girl. (Notably, Campo is also happily married to a wife whom he credits with being his number-one supporter, even when his ideas seem like pure lunacy.)
Next up: Campo and Giese plan to publish four volumes of META again in 2021, complete with the moody, surprising, provocative short films that grab global viewers and lure them into the META masterpiece: the Meta magazine. Campo also plans to continue partnering with Rider Justice, hosting events that celebrate and support riders.
“We are in uncharted waters for what things will look like in 2021,” says Campo. “What’s going to happen? I don’t know! But if everything was easy, the product wouldn’t be as good.”
By Stretch McClure
I am thrilled to be a new contributor to Colorado Rider News magazine. I have followed the growth of this publication for several years and am pleased to have my daily affirmations now posted in a larger forum. So here we go!
We will open a new book in 2021. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day! Each New Year, we have before us a brand-new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You are doing things you have never done before, and more importantly; you are Doing Something. So that is my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody is ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry that it is not good enough, or it is not perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you fear doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. Have a SPECTACULAR 2021!
There is nothing more stressful than the holidays for families, whether it is the COVID world that we currently live in with job layoffs, food service industry shutdowns and in-home learning requiring 1 family member to not work. Also, the normal high cost of living in Denver and surrounding areas makes it difficult for any extras each month. Gone are the days, when a family can put a little away every month, or the Christmas savings accounts one used to open every year to save for the holidays. Families struggle every year to provide the kind of Christmas that all children deserve.
BikerDown Foundation saw the need in the motorcycle community 10 years ago and implemented a holiday program called Adopt A Family for the Holidays. Since its inception BikerDown thru Adopt A Family has helped over 500 families have the resources to provide Christmas for their children.
Each family in the program receives a $250 Walmart gift card and partnered with Walmart to provide a full holiday dinner and to ensure that children have food to get them thru the New Year. What makes our program different is they allow donors to see their donations at work by meeting with the families, reading about their circumstances and getting to personally meet them at our Dinner with Santa.
Their goal in 2020 was to help as many families as they could but to also be realistic that everyone in our community was struggling and that donations could possibly be down this year. Adopt A Family even limited the number of families that could apply to 40 families, from the normal 75-100. BikerDown Adopt A Family also expanded their reach in 2019 to include the Las Vegas BikerDown chapter which each year has reached their family goals with the guidance of Shannon Venturo from Full Throttle Law & Bling Devas, MC, Cheryl from Original Sinners, MC and the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs.
On December 11, 2020, with 2 weeks away from Christmas, they began to get very worried that they just would not meet the goal of helping 40 families. On Wednesday, December 16, Laurie Montoya, President and Founder of BikerDown and Adopt A Family, received a phone call that she will never forget.
Michael Lord, a local Denver entrepreneur, called to adopt the last 4 families in our program. Mike then asked if there were any other families that they could help. In a matter of minutes, Mike and his co-workers adopted 10 additional families that were on the waitlist!
The program would be remiss to not recognize all the Colorado donors of this program, that each year make sure to adopt at least 1-2 families. These biker community donors have been the back bone of our program for 10 years and Adopt a Family would not have been able to survive and increase our help without their commitment every year. We would like to give special recognition to Scott O’Sullivan from RiderJustice.com and The O’Sullivan Law firms, Greg & Brooklyn Chmel, Art and Khris Cleveland, Derek from Ironwood Earthcare, BO Martinez, Skip Hohnhorst, Eli Ohlauser, Deborah Thomas, Kevin Maki, and all of you who attended the November Chili cook off. You are truly a blessing to this program.
Adopt A Family will continue the mission in 2021 and we look forward to bigger and better events that will enable us to extend our reach to more and more families.
We will all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you will raise your glass and join me in say FAREWELL to 2020.
COVID red levels in Denver and surrounding counties have put a hault on many of our charitable events and rides in December. Most recently, Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson had to cancel their 35th Annual Children’s Hospital Toy Run. This has been a time honored tradition in our biker community in Colorado with attendance hitting all time records in 2019.
Rider Justice, BikerDown Foundation and Colorado Rider News took it upon themselves to try to ensure the kids from Children’s Hospital didn’t go without their toys for Christmas by organizing a Modified Toy Drive/Run and to put a smile on Kathy Yevoli, owner of Rocky Mountain HD face.
On Saturday December 5th, riders are asked to decorate their bikes, strap on their toys just like they have done for years and meet at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden at 12pm. Kickstands are up at 1pm and we will do a short ride to Rocky Mountain where Kathy and Marina will have bins and boxes ready to accept your unwrapped toys and gifts for the kids.
If for any reason you cannot make it on Saturday, bring your unwrapped toy today thru Friday to the dealerships.
By Laurie Montoya
Several months ago Colorado Rider News did a feature about celebrity actor Jason Mamoa and his love for Harley-Davidson with his short story videos. Today, Mamoa showed again what being a real biker is all about and that is giving.
Mamoa reached out to Danny who is suffering from Pineoblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer and gave Danny who is a huge Aquaman fan, the phone call of a lifetime.
We would like to share this link for more information on the story. Every day is a giving day for a motorcycle rider and whether you are a celebrity or a regular rider, giving is in our DNA.
COVID cases are on the rise again in Colorado and it appears that more drastic measures for citizens and business owners is coming our way this Friday, November 20th. Local health and political officials have confirmed that Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams counties will be moving to the higher level.
What does this mean? Here are the changes that will affect all of us.
- Elementary schools are still able to hold in-person classes and middle schools can do either in-person, a hybrid program or remote learning. But it is suggested that high schools go to hybrid or virtual learning, if they haven’t. For colleges and universities it is recommended they go to remote classes.
- Restaurants can no longer do indoor dining, but they can still do curbside pickup and takeout. They can also do outdoor dining by limiting groups to only members of their households.
- Last call for alcohol is moved from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. and bars remain closed.
Local groceries stores are beginning to see shoppers starting to stock up on food and other necessities as the fear of another shutdown looms in the unforseen future.
If Denver and other counties move to Level Purple restrictions, outdoor dining will no longer be allowed at restaurants, according to the new guidelines. Polis says he believes the Level Red restrictions will be effective in flattening the current coronavirus spike.
Of the newly created highest Level Purple, Hancock said, “We expect to be there.”
The state health department recorded 30,843 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, last week. It’s the sixth consecutive week that the state has recorded a record number of new coronavirus cases and reflects how infections are now at the highest level since the state had reliable data from testing.
There were 1,294 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 and another 130 people with suspected COVID-19, according to the health department.
Before publishing this article, I spoke with Rob from Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden and Rob confirmed that Dirty Dogs will continue to stay open with outside dining, however alcohol will have to stop at 8pm from the 10pm when Jefferson County was at the Orange Level.