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post #1 of 9 Old 06-09-2017, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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3 Day Colorado Trip

Brother-in-law rode his BMW 1200RT up from central Florida, he and his wife, (riding two up), my wife and I on our Vstroms did an all pavement, (The BMW was not about any non paved roads), 3 day trip.

Day 1, was leaving the house, down the Platte river to Deckers, on to Woodland Park and lunch in Cripple Creek. After lunch, it was up/over Hoosier pass to Dillion for the night, 190 miles.

Day 2, Dillon up and over Loveland Pass, down 70 to Empire, up and over Berthoud Pass, on to Grand Lake and Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park, Trail Ridge road had opened only last week. Trail Ridge started out good, but once we got above tree line, wind, rain, hail and snow came in, making riding a bit challenging, stayed in Estes Park. 150 miles

Day 3, leaving Estes, tried to get in some twisty’s, down St. Vains into Lyons, then up Lefthand canyon up to Ward and then on to the Peak to Peaks, down 119 to Clear Creek canyon up to Idaho Springs for lunch, where we parted ways with my brother/sister in law as they made out for CA on the BMW.

My wife and I went up/over Junipter?Squaw Pass back home. 137 miles.

Mountain Pass on this loop:
Tennessee 10,424
Hoosier 11,541
Loveland 11,992
Berthoud 11,315
Trail Ridge Rd 12,185
Juniper 11,020

Picture is on top of Loveland pass, Day 2, 6/6/17 @ 8:00 am, map is the route.
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Just one crappy lil picture? Go do it over and take lots o' pics this time. lol
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Only one little crappy picture of Colorado is enough. It's just one stinking beautiful mountain after another.
Then there are the beautiful valleys but see one valley, you've seen them all!
'Note the short mileage days. Those folks were busy taking in the sights!
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'Note the short mileage days. Those folks were busy taking in the sights!
In defense of the short days, this was our first trip, my wife's first time, ever, on a bike was Memorial Day Weekend 2016, I taught her on the KTM, I planned it with shorter days to keep in the game.

We have some moto-camping trips planned, were will will take fewer photos as well.
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Yo, with the views in Colorado doing short miles means you are taking it all in! Have you done Pikes Peak or Mt Evans? You guys have weeks worth of riding and sight seeing.
No apologize for short days needed. Bishops Castle is great example. Of course the Royal Gouge, 'er Gorge.
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Yo, with the views in Colorado doing short miles means you are taking it all in! Have you done Pikes Peak or Mt Evans? You guys have weeks worth of riding and sight seeing.

No apologize for short days needed. Bishops Castle is great example. Of course the Royal Gouge, 'er Gorge.


Juniper/Squaw passes are on hwy 103, which goes by the entrance to Mt. Evans, have not made the trip up to the top on the bikes yet.
Pikes Peak is on the list for this summer.


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I liked our eight day Aug. 015 Colorado trip with all tent ,camp off the motorcycles better than our Alaska trip of same. No chase and a bunch of old coots. Untill we went I thought Pikes Peak was tallest road place but Evens was.We went to both and so many other places. Nice people and so many nice small towns. My pick was Mese Verde as I love history and sites they were at so long ago.Did my longest day on the Wee at 900+ on way back to Kentucky. If you camp and just need a fast sleep and go Kansas will let you camp for 24 hours free at any Welcome center or rest area.
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To you other Non kids ,above 62. If you plan to go to our great Nation parks by all means buy a SENIOR PASS ..National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass .Never saw a sign and had to ask a ranger at a desk in S.C. park I was about to pay at when my 72 year old friend asked"Just buy a pass. Good for life and gets you and wife in free. Was less than the tickets and has paid for it self many,many ,times in the last nine years. Camp is better allso. When we went to Cumberland Gap Nat. Park in Virginia early this year was just me and to young kids of 50 and 22 .My card got all three in for $7 total! three tents and park bikes on gravel at tent site. Really clean rest rooms and free showers close and the gal told us we could have got one more in on just my card for the seven dollars! Just ask at any National Park if you plan on going much at all and again its good for the rest of your life.
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Yah, I celebrated my 62nd birthday with 45 friends, I cooked a spaghetti dinner for them. Then the wife and I went out out Joshua Tree Nat Mon to get the card.
One getting old's benefits.
Now when the moto group camps the old farts get half price for the camping sites. Everybody saves.
Some gate keepers are a bit more generous with including associates. Don't tell the boss! Kinda like don't ask don't tell. We don't want to get volunteers and sweet older ladies in trouble.
Some of the surly guys wanna see your license and the card to be sure you are not a terrorist.
To those kind I wish a unpleasant bear encounter.
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