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post #1 of 3 Old 07-14-2016, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Rocky Mountain High, Or Getting High in Colorado

It has been a busy couple of weeks here lately in retirement. Don’t know how I ever had time to go to work. Made a trip to Spearfish S.D. last week, have been helping my Son work on his new house for the past couple of weekends and of course maintaining my own Stuff. Yesterday morning I had a choice of staying home and doing nothing or going for a local ride. What to do?
With all the hustle and bustle of the last couple of weeks, I decided to take the ride and get as High in the High Country as I could. This is Colorado of course. The FJR needed a bit of a rest from last week’s trip to Spearfish, and the Wee had not been ridden in over two weeks. I installed my GPS on the Wee Strom and set a course West across Denver for Mount Evans. (14264 ft. above sea level). Normally the excursion across Denver takes about 45 to 60 min, but today traffic was light at 7am. I made a pit stop in Morrison, on the west side of Denver at the foot of Bear Creek Canyon, for gas. Then headed up Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen. At 7:30.
It was turning out to be a beautiful Colorado morning. The early morning crisp blue sky, the vivid greens of the grasses and pine trees, colorful blue, red and yellow, flowers blooming in the adjacent meadows and along the road side, and the light green of the Aspens leaves glistening in the sun, made for a beautiful, promising Colorado Day. It was going to be another great local ride.
Started up county road 103 from Evergreen to Echo Lake which lies at just shy of 11,000 Ft, at the foot of Mt. Evans. The road is quite twisty at the lower half of the accent, lots of fun, but I needed to pay attention or risk going over the side. As I leaned the Wee in to the corners, accelerated around the turns, setting up for the next twist in the road, I thought to myself how very fortunate I am to live in this part of the country. As I approached the halfway point to Echo Lake the road opens up, and the curves are more of the higher speed sweepers, with some beautiful views to behold. One has to be careful here and not do too much rubbernecking so as not to run off the road. Arrived at Echo Lake and the entrance to Mt Evans Rd. Showed my Federal Park Pass and headed up. A beautiful ride. To really enjoy the ride one must be headed up before the tourists get going. 9am is probably the latest. Only three cars in front of me and I made short work of them. No more cages to negotiate for the rest of the assent to the summit. It was a great ride and I took lots of pictures. Here are some that I took along the way. Enjoy the photos over on my Facebook Page
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-14-2016, 11:58 PM
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Truly a classic Colorado ride, if, as you say, the road is empty. I've enjoyed a couple of ascents up 103 like that. Beautiful too! Only did Evans once though on my Triumph. I actually enjoy the descent to Idaho Springs just as much. Unfortunately, I've lost the thrill of riding at this time, but that is a thrilling ride for sure.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-15-2016, 01:16 AM
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I love riding in Colorado. I've been up Pike's Peak about 4 times now. I hadn't heard of the mountain you wrote about. I'll need to check that out next time through there. What beautiful views you get up on the mountains. Lucky guys you Coloradans.
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