Fairplay & TESSA

A couple weeks ago I dragged Bryan along with me, Karla and Christine to Frankie's Too! 3rd Annual Wild Card Run to benefit, TESSA. TESSA is a local agency that is dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The ride started at Frankie’s, in Colorado Springs and ended at Frankie’s Too in Falcon for an after party.

This year’s route was fantastic, so much so that I will be riding it again in a couple of week with the Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR). We rode though Deckers with a lunch stop at the Bucksnort Saloon. The Bucksnort is tucked 1 ½ miles up a narrow, dirt canyon east of Pine, CO (Sphinx Park), the building is built on a rock pile overlooking a creek. The atmosphere inside the Bucksnort is fabulous, the walls and ceiling are practically wallpapered with a collage of dollar bills, napkins, business cards, photographs and pennants.

After leaving The Bucksnort we made our way onto CO-285 heading east for a short distance, we turned off onto Turkey Creek Rd which lead us into Deer Creek Canyon. I couldn’t believe the twists in this road, my pegs scraped a couple times. I always hate when that happens, the noise of the pegs scraping against the asphalt freaks me out. After leaving Deer Creek Canyon we made stops in S. Littleton, went through Sedalia and headed to O’Malley’s in Palmer Lake off of CO-105, and then it was to Falcon for the after party.


Deckers, CO

Me, Bryan & Christine at the Bucksnort Saloon, Sphinx Park, CO

Parking at the Bucksnort Saloon

Inside the Bucksnort Saloon

A few weeks ago I rode along with a few MSR ladies to the 23rd annual Ladies Run of Colorado. Even though we didn’t participate in the actual run, we did take a leisure trip to Fairplay, CO to have lunch and to see what the vendors had to offer. We weren’t very impressed with what we saw and I doubt that I would return in the future.

After leaving Fairplay we had to make a quick stop to get our rain gear on. We made a coffee stop in Woodland Park and then it rained on us again into Colorado Springs. Even with the rain it was a nice ride and it was equally as nice just to spend time with the ladies I rode with.

Shari, Donna & Carrie

Fairplay, CO

A guy with his cool bike.

Donna & Shari with rain gear.

Beautiful Colorado mountains.


  1. Dang girl...how many miles have you put on that bike this year? Looks like you are having loads of fun!!

  2. You sure have some great adventures. You are one brave woman.

  3. What beautiful photos - and how fun as well to spend time with friends!