The ride from Colorado Springs to South Fork, where we spent the night in this motel, was long, cold, dark, and draining. We woke up sore and tired. Here Dad and I are sipping our last cup of coffee before we have to hit the road again. We're headed first to the Blue Moon Cafe, which is just south of Creede, Colorodo, the last town before the turnoff into remote country. The Blue Moon is where we'll meet Pete Kieliszewski, a friend of Tim's who guides on the river in the area. Pete will be our unofficial guide in the skinny water stretches of the Rio Grande just below the Continental Divide. We plan to camp up there tonight.
Last fall, Field & Stream Online Editor Nate Matthews and his father, Bruce, spent 15 days fishing the Rio Grande River from its headwaters in Colorado’s Continental Divide all the way to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. These excerpts from their journals tell the story of their 2500-mile motorcycle ride along the historic river, taken during momentous times in the lives of both father and son. Photographer/vidographer Tim Romano documented the excursion. Look for the print feature in June 2011.