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Wed May 20, 2015 11:16 am

radare,
I haven't seen a sign quite like that before. Is that mileage and direction to each residence?
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:51 pm

GettingOld wrote:radare,
I haven't seen a sign quite like that before. Is that mileage and direction to each residence?
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I hadn't seen a sign like that either so I turned around and went back to check it out. It does indeed show the people who live on that country road and the rough mileage to their homes.
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Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:53 pm

The Moab trip is on!

The plan is to take June 11th through the 19th off from work and make a week-long adventure of it. If I can get PBT done, I plan to take it on this adventure and put some dirt miles beneath its tires. More to come in the next two weeks. Wish me luck!

Monday: Grand Junction
Tuesday: Moab (or Green River)
Wednesday: TBD
Thursday: Denver
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Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:06 am

I was sick-to-tears of working on PBT and the forecast called for it to be sunny with a high of 75F. Perfect day to ride. So I did some quick maintenance and took my black Seca II out. I spent the day riding the Peak to Peak highway and then on up to Berthoud Pass.

I didn't have an agenda or much of a plan. Because of a bicycle race in Boulder, I decided to go north. I found myself in Lyons and from there, decided on the Peak to Peak highway. I rode the Peak to Peak from Lyons out to Black Hawk. The warm weather was great, there were hardly any tourists on the road and I had a blast.

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Here's a two-minute highlight video of that portion of the ride:

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I stopped and had a quick lunch in Black Hawk which consisted of honey-roasted peanuts and a Cherry Coke. Healthy, I know. But there wasn't much available. I was feeling tired from the 80 mile ride and had a sit in the shade for a bit.

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After the quick break, I headed toward I-70 and up toward Granby. I70 was a parking lot. Thank you CDOT. After sitting in stop-and-go traffic for 45 minutes, I finally made it the 5 miles to my exit and headed up toward Berthoud Pass. My intent was to ride over the pass and get some real food in Winter Park but a threatening thunderstorm coupled with construction changed those plans.

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Here's the ride UP to Berthoud Pass:

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Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:15 pm

You say that the scenary looks good here in Missouri.... I am not sure if you know this but Colorado is pretty much where every screen saver mountain shot is taken. Beautiful snow caps in the background. I need to make it out there.... Sadly no vacation for me until next year since I am starting my new job Monday.
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Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:44 pm

Man, I do a ton of traveling all over colorado, and love every minute of it, but it's a rare day that I don't think about the ozarks.
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:24 pm

Radare Explores with PBT:
I took PBT out yesterday, with the hopes of seeing two things: The Oh My God road from Idaho Springs to Central City and Colorado 125 from Granby to Walden. Of course, the selection of Granby was triggered by the photo-challenge to get a picture of my bike and boats.

I woke up late on Saturday morning and assembled a quick route. I would head up Boulder Canyon, take Peak to Peak down to Black Hawk and then into Idaho Springs. Weather permitting, I'd ride the OMG road and then head over Berthoud Pass, down into Granby and then follow 125 up to Walden. I'd finish by taking Highway 14 along the Poudre River into Fort Collins. Here's that route courtesy of Google Maps:

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Here's an elevation profile for the same ride. It peaks at just over 11k feet, Berthoud Pass:

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Warming up in the garage while I get my gear on:

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Roadside stop just south of Black Hawk so that I could turn on the GoPro. US 6 travels through some old, cool, rock-carved tunnels and I wanted to film those:

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And look at that; tunnels!:

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I took US 6 from Black Hawk toward Idaho Springs. I sat in traffic, idle, for half-hour on I-70 while CDOT repaved half of it. With the heat of the bike, the heat of the road and the heat of the 90F degree day, I needed a stop for water. I decided to stop in Idaho Springs and then, while there, ride the Oh My God road. Here's the first stop on the OMG road, to switch on the GoPro:

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The OMG road is a dirt/gravel road which used to be the main thoroughfare from Idaho Springs to Central City. It later provided access the great number of mines in the area and remains littered with tailings, mining equipment and mine shafts, much of which are protected and considered historic. Much of the OMG road has been redone and paved but there are still about 5 miles of it which are dirt. These are those miles:

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The OMG road spits you out on the south-side of Central City. This is the area of the town which hasn't been vastly changed/reshaped by Casinos.

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You can see Central City off in the distant along with tailing piles from mining:

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I rode my way back down the OMG road, into Idaho Springs and up toward Berthoud Pass. I merged onto I-70 but missed the exit for Winter Park and ended up riding into Georgetown. No big deal. I needed something to drink after the dirt-road.

Behind the Texaco station, I found a stream. I sat on the edge of the bank and enjoyed some water and a York Peppermint Pattie while watching little birds come and go. It was a much-needed break.

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The bike enjoyed some shade:

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The ride up Berthoud Pass was fun. It features tight 20 mph switchbacks all the way up to 11k feet. I stopped at the top and snagged a photo of the sign.

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The view down toward Winter Park from the summit:

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The ride down from Berthoud Pass into Winter Park wasn't as much fun. A long line of tourists with heavy brake foots made for a tedious ride. Eventually I made it down, though:

I rode on through Winterpark and out toward Granby. I stopped for lunch in Granby. One 6" turkey on Italian herb and a cherry Coke later and I was feeling good again:

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My intention was to ride up Colorado 125 but remembering the photo game, I decided to swing up toward Lake Granby and snag a photo of my bike and some boats. The marina there was full of sail boats and they did the trick:

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Here's a panoramic I shot in the same spot:

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After getting a shot of my bike and these boats, I turned back south toward Granby and headed for Colorado 125. I pulled off just west of Granby and snapped this beautiful picture:

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I continued on toward Colorado 125. This road is amazing. I would put it in my top-3 in Colorado. The road surface is in great shape, it has wonderful scenery and it isn't well traveled by tourists. All things that help rate it high on my list. I caught up with a couple in a side-car motorcycle and followed them for a while. I think I was making him nervous, though, as his lane-minding was getting worse the further I followed him, so I pulled off and took a break to enjoy the area and the moment for a while:

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I was quite surprised at the amount of pine-beetle kill in this area. This part of the Roosevelt National Forest has been hit quite hard:

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I hung out here for 15-20 minutes, enjoying the sound of the wind and watching the grass blow before getting back on the road. I continued toward the summit. This one is Willow Creek Pass and peaks just below 10k feet:

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It's a short 20-or-so miles down from the summit before you get out to high-prairie grasslands. One last stop to photograph the mountains before heading on toward Walden:

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I continued north toward Walden, watching the mountings get smaller and smaller in my mirrors and watching the valley get larger and larger. Colorado 125 stretches out, straight as an arrow, once it leaves the national forest. I love photos of long quiet roads and took an opportunity to stop and enjoy:

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When I walked back to the Seca II, I realized the error of my ways in parking. The bike had sunk two inches into the soft asphalt.

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Here's a panoramic I shot of the area (click to enlarge):
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The first thing I came to, in Walden, was a visitor center. A visitor center with a bathroom and a caboose. I had to stop and take the obligatory caboose-bike photo.

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The whole area was surrounded by wild flowers and alfalfa and smelled amazing. Probably the best smelling outdoor restroom I've ever found:

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In Walden, I stopped for gas, some honey-roasted peanuts and a bottle of water. I met a couple who rode in on a Triumph Daytona and chatted with them for a few moments. They were out doing the same thing I was. I don't know how she did so many miles on the tail of that bike but she was happy as could be.

The sun was slowly beginning to inch toward the horizon and there was a storm moving in from the west, so I scarfed down my peanuts and broke east on Colorado 14. This road follows the Cache la Poudre river and extends along Poudre Canyon for nearly 100 miles before spitting out into Fort Collins.

My first stop came in the town of Gould, Colorado. It's really not much of a town; more a ranger station. But it has a sign and an elevation so it must be so. I had some more water and contemplated how much daylight I might have left.

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I continued to follow US 14 toward Fort Collins with photo stops as possible. Here are some photos up near Cameron Pass. Note that I'm getting quite near tree line.

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The third pass I rolled over on the ride, Cameron Pass, at just a lick over 10k feet.

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From this point, I was tired, thirsty, hungry and ready to get off the bike. The night began to close in and I shifted into get-home mode, riding the remaining 140 miles without stopping. All-in-all, though, it was a wonderful day and a much needed trip of exploration.
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Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:22 pm

Nice trip and writeup. :) :thumbsup:
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:30 am

What great scenery, thanks for sharing!
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Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:03 pm

Radare and Fateddy Explore the Red Feathers Area:
My birthday is September 28th. This year, it's on a Monday. K's gift to me this year was to hold down the fort and keep an eye on the kids while I took the day and had an adventure on the motorbike. As fate would have it, Ed was also free on that Saturday and the two of us decided to get out and explore some of the dirt roads up near Red Feathers lake in northern Colorado. This area is north enough it sits just below the Wyoming border in Roosevelt National Forest.

Here's a quick map of the road we took:



We started out with a ride up Stove Prairie Canyon road from Masonville to US 14.

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Our first stop was at the turn to Rist Canyon, where we were greeted by a couple guys who recognized the bikes as Seca II's and who told us their stories of the Seca II's they'd had. Both were quite interested in PBT and took photos. We talked with them for at least 30 minutes before continuing. Ed and I were surprised at the enthusiasm they had for the Seca II.

We continued up to County Road 69, a dirt road, and took that into Red Feather where we got gas, had a quick bite to eat and planned the balance of the ride.

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After the stop for food and fuel, we continued up 67J (Prairie Divide Road). This road was labeled as a level 6 road, meaning it essentially was unmaintained.

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67J was a lot of fun. Narrow, quiet and weaving up and down throughout the national forest. One tricky part included a heavily shaded downhill section with granite boulders in the roadway. The boulders were easy enough to navigate around but the sections of shade hid them making them difficult to see. A truck at the bottom of the hill waited patiently as we navigated our way down the rocky terrain on our street bikes.

Finally, we found Cherokee Park Road and used that as our escape back to Highway 287. This road was in good shape with the exception of some nasty wash-boarding and 2" diameter rocks loading the corners. I found out that you can jump a seca II on washboards and quickly learned to navigate the marbles in the corners. Once confident, we routinely found ourselves between 35 and 45 mph on the heavily graveled roads.

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We had a great time and the pair of XJ's did quite well on the dirt and rocks and boulders, even with their street-rated Kenda Cruiser tires. Eat that, dual-sports.
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