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Old 07-27-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Denver -> Glenwood Springs -> Aspen -> Leadville -> Denver

I recently sold my Aprilla, and I'm not set to get my 990 Adventure for another week or so, so Kim and I have been riding two up on her Versys. I wasn't super fond of the Versys when Kim first got it, but it really has grown on me. Anyway, this was our first long trip on it together, and although we didn't get off road, we still had a great time.

We started out at about 7:30am on Sunday, and headed west on I-70. The temps were comfortable for me, but we stopped near Idaho Springs so Kim could put the liner in her jacket:

Kim putting the liner in her jacket as we climb higher into the mountains

We jumped back on and continued on our way. Whenever I go west, I almost always take Loveland pass and this time was no exception:

Loveland pass

We had a spirited ride down the pass, and I stopped at ABasin to check on the new lift. They have a shack built at what is going to be the base, but I didn't see much more going on. They better get a move on, winter's not too far off.

We chewed up some miles, and I stopped in Eagle for gas, and to clean my goggles. Also, the temp had gone back up, and Kim wanted to get rid of the liner:

Stopping for gas

A few bugs on my goggles

It didn't take us too much longer and we made it to Glenwood. We met an inmate that worked at the hot springs and was watching the lot. He called us over and showed us a primo spot to park the bike. It happened to be right next to his GS. We BS'd for a bit, before locking up all the crap and heading for the pool. By this time it was freaking HOT:

Locking up all the crap

We swam for a few hours, and soaked in the hot pool for a bit. It's a nice way to break up a ride, that's for sure:





Kim happy to be in the pool on this hot day



We jumped back on the bike, and headed over to the brewery for lunch:

Having some lunch

Then we got back to the ride. We headed south out of Glenwood and towards Aspen. We made no attempt to stop in Aspen as it was only a means to an end. I was interested in riding Independence pass .

We had to stop so Kim could put her liner back in, and then we made quick work of the pass:

Getting ready for the rain

When we got to the top, there were a few bikes, and a guy on a VFR took this picture:



Also, there were a few guys on Harleys, and one of them took the time to come over and give me shit about wearing my motocross boots while I ride. I informed him that I rode further than bar to bar, and even took my bike (gasp) on dirt roads. I also told him he should get a head start down the pass so he wouldn't be in my way. All three of them roared off in the rain.

I gave Kim the camera, and she did some nice drive by photography:



The sky turned bad on us



On our way home





I especially like this one:

Rolling down the road

Anyway, it took all of about 5 turns to catch up to the Harley road block. Pretty hard to ride when it's pissing rain in your face. I went and ahead and passed, and thought to myself..."and this guy thinks I look funny cause I wear big red boots"...

We stopped in Leadville for a few minutes, and then jumped back on to I-70. From there it was pretty strait forward and we were home in no time. The bike did great, as did Kim. Can't wait to do it again.

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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I informed him that I rode further than bar to bar, and even took my bike (gasp) on dirt roads. I also told him he should get a head start down the pass so he wouldn't be in my way. All three of them roared off in the rain


You should have mentioned something about bandana's and HD logo wear.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:03 PM   #3
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Sweet all around ride and pics, love that hot pool at Glenwood, was in it myself about 5 years ago in February.

Love that area of the country, thanks for taking the time to post
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, forgot to post the GPS track:

Motorcycle ride Kim and I took yesterday
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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I have family in Glenwood. I haven't been there in a couple of yrs, but just awsome. That pool is incredible. just west of the pool is a small restaurnt called Rosie's. I worked their one summer when I was 15 trying to save up some money to buy a car, That was 21 yrs ago, but the place is still there under differant owners. Your ride brings back alot of memories, I guess i'll need to take a trip back and see everything again.
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Buffalo Burgers!

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Looks like a nice ride. You could have skipped Independence and ridden over Hagerman.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
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Looks like a nice ride. You could have skipped Independence and ridden over Hagerman.
Yeah a guy I work with was telling me that. Guess I'll have to go back and check it out...
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:38 PM   #8
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I have family in Glenwood. I haven't been there in a couple of yrs, but just awsome. That pool is incredible. just west of the pool is a small restaurnt called Rosie's. I worked their one summer when I was 15 trying to save up some money to buy a car, That was 21 yrs ago, but the place is still there under differant owners. Your ride brings back alot of memories, I guess i'll need to take a trip back and see everything again.
Thanks for the pics.
I went to school in Grand Junction, so I spent my fair share of time in Glenwood. The pool is nice, and there is some nice riding in that area of he state. If you get out there let me know, and we'll plan a ride.
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I don't know why the Harley rider was complaining about your boots. They're pretty well color coordinated with the bike.
Beautiful area you rode in. I haven't been out there for a long time and I'm itching to get back.
Nice report and pics
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:18 PM   #10
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Is it August 7th yet?
We're flying out to Denver on the 7th for a road-trip style vacation. We'll be starting out with a stop in Glenwood Springs on the 2nd day.

Can't wait!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics and trip!
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:24 PM   #11
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nice day trip. Only been through that area twice, but it left an impression. Planning a return trip!

I wish I new about that pool. On the day we stopped for lunch at the Brew Pub it was blazing hot. Next time I'll have to take a dip to cool off.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:10 PM   #12
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Well done.

Just wondering how tall you are? ...Cause you looked a bit large for the bike. Brings to mind of way back when I (6'2", 245) was playing around on a friend's Honda Nighthawk 250 (I think?)...and a buddy replied..."you look like a gorilla f**kin a football".

Thanks for sharing the pics, I'm figuring out a plan to get out that way around Labor Day weekend on my Vee.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:53 PM   #13
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Great Trip

Great trip and pictures. Glenwood Canyon is a joy to ride through and the pool is a great way to ease the pain.
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Just wondering how tall you are? ...Cause you looked a bit large for the bike. Brings to mind of way back when I (6'2", 245) was playing around on a friend's Honda Nighthawk 250 (I think?)...and a buddy replied..."you look like a gorilla f**kin a football".

Thanks for sharing the pics, I'm figuring out a plan to get out that way around Labor Day weekend on my Vee.
I'm only 6' tall, but I put a lowering kit on the bike for Kim, so I am a little big for it when just standing over it. Also, I think the stock peg location makes for cramped legs for anyone at or above 6'....

We usually don't ride two up, but we only have one bike right now because I just sold my bike.
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I'm only 6' tall, but I put a lowering kit on the bike for Kim, so I am a little big for it when just standing over it. Also, I think the stock peg location makes for cramped legs for anyone at or above 6'....

We usually don't ride two up, but we only have one bike right now because I just sold my bike.
Yeah, I read that you were in between bikes. Sweet that your lady has her own ride, can't get my wife to ride with much less her own. Do you do much riding in the San Juan's? We just got back from a trip to Ouray, Ophir...that area. Never had my bike out in CO yet, so trying to get that done end of summer.
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