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Old 07-15-2013, 07:24 PM   #91
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I was getting between a low of 55 to an all time personal best of 82
on the NC700X.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:45 PM   #92
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I was getting between a low of 55 to an all time personal best of 82
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #93
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OK Cannon you've got me hooked..... But damn it did my friend 4-s-hsky survive? Do we need to go rescue him? In other words, start out telling us everyone is home and [I hope] healthy.
Rant over carry on, I'll just call him.

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Not to worry Mad One I did arrive home safely under my own power. The wheat harvest and nursing an aging irrigation system have consumed me upon my return. Thanks to Cannon and the crew for a great time. In case others are wondering what that dinosaur I am riding is, that my friends is none other than a Cagiva Gran Canyon circa 2000. No you can't buy a new one. Other than losing a little hydraulic clutch fluid on Pikes Peak it gave me few issues. Way too heavy, limited ground clearance and I have a new scratch on the lower tank to prove I cannot traverse Tomichi Pass unscathed. Sorry Cannon I did not take pictures when the wheels were to the air. I was too concerned as to how Dan and I where going to right the beast. Here is some photographic evidence as to the punishment Cannonshot personally endures to see that we all have a good time.

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Old 07-15-2013, 08:05 PM   #94
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Glad you made it back safely.
It was good riding with you.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:18 PM   #95
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I'm following along. My kind of bikes.

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Hi Eddie1 Thanks for following along.

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Here is some photographic evidence as to the punishment Cannonshot personally endures to see that we all have a good time.
Wow. That place looked a lot better with dim lighting instead of a camera flash.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #96
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Once we got off Pikes Peak the plan was to make a highway jump to the next interesting riding spot.


We had to ride through Manitou Springs on a holiday weekend. It was slow traffic with a lot of tourists on the street. The entire town had to be evacuated during last year's Waldo Canyon fire.


The town was founded as a scenic health resort back in 1872. It has been a tourist town since then.


Their springs have been a great attraction over the years, In the 1970s, nearby Woodland Park built a sewage plant on top of the fault line that forms the pass in the area. The result was that many of the springs became undrinkable for a while. I think this has been corrected now.




We stopped for a quick lunch before hitting the trail again.


Once again we had a looming storm to side step.


Highway jump to Phantom Canyon.


This is the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker that many of you have heard about.



You also pass through the Fort Carson army base on this highway.

We headed dead toward this heavy storm. Just as we got close we changed directions and missed it by about a half mile or so.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #97
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Very good write up sir. In for the duration.
I had free lodging set up last year in Manitou Springs with some folks I know well. They called me at 2am and said forget about it. "we just got evacuated"
I was down in Rico so just stayed there for a couple days. Their house was fine and I get to try and visit them again in a couple weeks.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:31 AM   #98
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As a fellow 950 owner, I wish you would stop encouraging such clearly outrageous mileage boasts
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:32 AM   #99
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Just great....again!
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:37 AM   #100
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Well that is just great, another Cannonshot ride report which means my work productivity drops by about 35% or more ...

Oh well, IN
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:02 AM   #101
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We took a ride up Phantom Canyon toward the Cripple Creek mining district which is a very scenic path.




Back in 1894 they built a narrow gauge (3') railroad up this canyon to service the gold fields in the Cripple Creek and Victor areas. The current road is built upon the old rail grade. There were many spurs in the mining district to service the many mines.


Narrow gauge works in setting like this because it can make the sharp corners that standard gauge can't. But there are limitations and once standard gauge got into the Cripple Creek mining district from another direction, this railroad started to decline.


They initially made a killing hauling coal and supplies to the mines while hauling ore back down the canyon.


The road climbs from 5,500' to 9,500' as it runs up the canyon. There were twelve stations along the way to service the trains on their arduous journey.


The tunnels we rode through were put in after the initial construction of the line to try to get the tracks higher up so they wouldn't blow out with floods.




Eventually the railroad went bust and their rolling stock and engines went to other narrow gauge outfits.






It is a fun and sporty ride up this canyon. Camping is available along the way,


They had a curved wooden bridge. It burned I think. They replaced it with a metal one.










A scenic and twisty run.








Other bridges along the way.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #102
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Just great....again!
Thanks Randy! Glad you are following along.

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Well that is just great, another Cannonshot ride report which means my work productivity drops by about 35% or more ...

Oh well, IN
Sorry. Thanks for joining in!
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:09 AM   #103
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Living my dreams through you lucky riders. Glad that you all avoided the cliffs and injury.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #104
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #105
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When it comes time, I would like to hear more about the Honda.
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