Well it took a few days but finally got some time to post some words and pics.
Part 1: "Gettin outta Dodge"
Friday, June 26th - We got the trailer loaded:
Loaded and ready to roll......
Part 2: "Gettin There"
Saturday, June 27 - We started out about 9am (an hour later than planned) but managed to get about half way to Colorado that day.
Passing thru Michigan/Indiana/Illinois and stopping outside Des Moines Iowa about 14 hours into the day.
Sunday, June 28 - After a mostly good nights sleep, we hit the road about 8am. We made our way across Nebraska and into Colorado
We got to my brothers place in Colorado Springs by 8pm. Night night.
Part 3 - "Exploring"
We had a 2 day wait in "The Springs" (learnt the natives call it that), so my Bro could get his bike together (needed tires, brakes, stuff). So the wife (here to after known as "Princess") and I "The Toad" decided to explore the area.
Monday, June 29 - Learning the Dealer wasnt open on Mondays
, my brother decided to join us for a ride. After a hearty bowl of Cheerios (sorry no pic), we headed out to Cripple Creek area. See some nice pics below:
Pit Stop - Florissant, CO - Day 1
Making Friends in Cripple Creek
What the hell is that in your hand Princess ???
Road to Cripple Creek (CO67)
Day 1 (continues) - Rampart Range
Princess and I deciced to do some "off the beaten path" ridden. As my bro's bike was in need of some fixin', he opted out of a ride up Rampart Range Road. Boy did he miss out. Great road, great views and great fun was had riddin the fairly well groomed dirt road up to Rampart Resivior (spelling?)
Rampart Range Road (Pikes Peak in view)
Princess & The Toad - Rampart Range Rd
The Toad on Rampart Range Road
Princess looks out at Pikes Peak
End of Day 1
Day 2 - "Gettin it Fixed"
Tuesday, June 30
After dropping my Bro's bike off, Princess and I went out to do some ridin'
On the road to Victor, CO - Day 2
View of Canyon (road to Victor, CO)
Road to Victor, CO
Time to fill the tank @ Feista Mexicana - Woodland Park, CO
Day 3 - "Off, Off and Away" (well some of us)
Tuesday, July 1
Today is the big day !!! We are heading out towards western Colorado, crossing the Continental Divide and down to Black Canyons NP.
Bro got his bike back last night, new shoes, brakes and ready to roll !!!! However, Bro was not so "ready?" He decided the night prior that he would only be joining us up to Salida, CO. Not sure why he opted out ??? Would have been nice to have him along. But alas, Princess and I pushed on. Luggage loaded, bikes checked and off we went........
First stop was Salida for a coffee break, where we would part ways with the Bro.
Princess & The Bro - Coffee Break - Salida, CO - Day 3
Last we saw of The Bro - Salida, CO
After heading out of Salida we headed west on US50 towards Monarch Pass. The road surface was good to great and the traffic was light as we climbed towards the summit.
Monarch Pass - US50 - Day 3
View from top of Monarch Pass
Princess & The Toad (Self Portrait) - Monarch Pass
After a pit stop atop, we headed down towards Gunnison, CO for an intended lunch break... but weather had other ideas... so we pressed on thru the oncomming storm towards the next town. Turned out to be a good plan as we quickly got out of the rain and into the Blue Mesa Reservoir Area. Staying on US50 the traffic stayed light and the scenery was well.... see for yourself.
View from bikes (US50 - near Black Canyon)
Roadside US50 near Black Canyon NP, CO
Making our way to Montrose, we stopped in Cimmaron for a quick snack (deciding we'd fill our bellies at days end).
Making more new friends in Cimarron, CO
Princess making time with my new friend
Humming Bird taking a break in Cimarron
Ending the day 238 miles later we stopped in Montrose, CO for the night. It was a great day of riding and new to us scenery. Tomorrow we head south towards Mesa Verde.
Done for the day- Montrose, CO
Best Western - Montrose, CO - Bike Friendly for sure !
Planning for tomorrow
to be continued.....