PASSING THE TORCH
Last Update: Aug 25 2008 The below as written by Dan
We last saw my son Brian Martin on this website at 11 years old
when we took a trip in 1980, together with his brother Scott,
to Yellowstone Park. Brian and I rode my 1976 Gold Wing
and Scott rode his 1980 Honda CX500.
. Here we are on the way to Yellowstone in August 1980,
as we stopped to change jackets an hour after sunrise.
That same 1976 Gold Wing, after 27 years in my loving care, was
adopted by Brian in July 2003. The machine still runs so
flawlessly that I expect it will outlast its original owner (me)
and possibly Brian as well.
Loading the 'Wing into Brian's pickup are me, sons Brian and Craig,
Brian's son Scott Robert Martin, and my neighbor Scott.
The first 9 pictures are of that day as the torch was passed.
The next morning me, Brian, young Scott ( Scott's Racing Website),
and Craig left for Estes Park, which is only 30 minutes away from my home.
Brian could not ride his "new" Gold Wing because it was neither
licensed or insured. Instead, he rode the 1987 Kawasaki
ZL1000 that he once owned. Craig rode his 1985 Yamaha Fazer.
And that's me astride the lusty Rhiannon (my '94 Honda ST1100).
From Estes we went across Trail Ridge Road in beautiful
Rocky Mountain National Park, then to Grand Lake, Winter Park,
and ending up at Craig's home in Lakewood, Colorado.
Here is one more shot from the 1980 Yellowstone Tour: me with
sons Brian and Scott at Berthoud Pass - compare it to the one
taken 23 years later in 2003: last row above, fourth from left.
In March 2004, Brian snapped this photo of his newest grandchild Abigail.
That's four generations served by the ever-faithful 'Wing. No, Abby did
not take a ride (how could she, the bike has no tag)!
Yellowstone 1980 Page
Monument Valley 2003 Page
Highway 101, CA, 2004
Gateway, CO, 2008
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