Member Intro and Colorado Foothills

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by theofam, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    I've been lurking for awhile. After many sleepless nights noodling whether a KLR would keep me happy at highway speeds or questioning why I couldn't find spoked wheels for a V-Strom (sounds like Woody's Wheel Works may have some soon), I finally got my dream bike off a fellow ADV'er - a GS Adventure. My dad and I have been riding bikes together since I was a wee lad, and we decided about a month ago that we'd get used GSs and gear up for Prudhoe Bay in 2012. I've really enjoyed all the information available on this site - whether it's roads not to miss or tips on camping gear - it's very helpful!

    I took ride #2 on "Ronan" today (my scoots have Irish names - check out my two projects Seamus and Paddy). I'm fortunate enough to 1) live in Colorado 2) be a stay-at-home dad 3) have some spare time between 9am-3pm M-F! Today it was 50F in Denver, laundry and grocery shopping were done this AM, so off I went for a loop from Denver up Turkey Creek. Thought this backdrop was kind of cool:

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    On my way in to Evergreen, I rounded a corner and came across. . . wait for it. . . TATONKA!

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    I am WAY impressed with how Ronan handles. He's quite a bit more top heavy than what I'm used to, but he and I even got to play in some twisties:

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    There was quite a bit of gravel on the road above 6,000 feet, but I had fun carving my way through Kittredge and Idledale on my way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Morrison, Colo.:

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    And all in time to pick the kiddos up from school! A charmed life I lead, indeed.

    I'm going to have many questions as my dad and I plan our trips, including a two-week jaunt down PCH this summer. So, in advance, thanks for the ideas and help! Sean
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  2. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    :thumb Nice buddy!
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  3. Stkmkt1

    Stkmkt1 Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the Forum. When in 2012 are you heading to Alaska? I'm going around end of June.
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  4. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    Stkmkt1, we're leaving July 1st and returning around August 16th. Figure six weeks should be a leisurely trip to see a bunch of sights! Sounds like we may be tipping a few at campsites that summer! Thanks for the welcome, BTW.

    benwiggin2, glad you like it!
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  5. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    You guys who live in Colorado...yer killin' me..welcome to the asylum..
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  6. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    KHVol, while the rest of the world thinks we're living in a cow town, riding our horses to work in three feet of snow, we're really enjoying over 300 days/year of sunshine and phenomenal riding . . . ssshhhh, don't tell anyone!
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  7. GB

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    Red Rocks rocks!! Pics don't it justice!! I was up there last summer.. the views are superb, thanks for the pics and report :thumb
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  8. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    Gadget Boy, you're right - Red Rocks is (are?) beautiful! I'd like to blame my inability to capture its true beauty on my iPhone, but it's more the photographer's fault. I've never ridden in Canada: I've only hit Toronto and nearby London on business, but I liked the vibe. Toronto kind of reminded me of Chicago for some reason. Must have been the nearby water and architecture.

    Ogribike, thanks for the welcome note - good to be here!
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  9. old2wheeler

    old2wheeler Former nÔÔb

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    Welcome from down south!
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  10. ricnepalm

    ricnepalm Gittin' Along

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    welcome to adv and colorado. :evil
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  11. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    O2W and ricnepalm, good to see some fellow Coloradoans here. Hopefully we can introduce ourselves in person at a local shindig!
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  12. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    I moved from CO to Ireland. From Sun to rain. Good beer to good beer. Offroad riding to road riding.

    There are days I miss CO...

    But at least I can get to the Alps in a day from Luxembourg...
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  13. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    Colorado is definitely great country for a GS.
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  14. N9921X

    N9921X Wins

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    Hi Sean.
    Welcome!
    I live at the end of the road behind your Tatonka pic.
    Also going to Alaska. Maybe this year. For sure BC.
    Tiger 1050.
    Nice day-trip post, btw.
    You will love Ronan, Montana too. Great part of the world.
    Take care.
    Gary
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  15. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    Thinc2, at times, I miss Ireland! I spent four days walking Dublin and checking out New Grange north of there. As a fair-skinned, freckled guy, I felt at home - no one ever looked twice at me - until I spoke when ordering a pint! Funny, but the Irish repeatedly thought most John Wayne movies were filmed in Colorado. I didn't try to change their minds for fear the free pints would cease.

    EJWPC, I'm starting to agree with you! I just got out for a bit today and hit some dirt. Ronan felt rock solid.

    N9221X, your handle reminds me of a plane's tail number. Next time I'm up there, I'll drop by. I bet you've found all kinds of great roads around Evergreen. Nelson, BC is beautiful if you get a chance to ride around there. Keep me posted on your Alaska plans - my dad and I are definitely in for 2012. Ronan, Montana, eh? Sounds like a photo op waiting to happen!
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  16. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    and he liked it! It was 40F when I was riding, but sunny, which helps. Here's a pic from Daniels Park south of the Denver Metro area:

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    Daniels Park is dirt without too much gravel on it, so it was a good way to break me in. I grew up riding motocross and enduro tracks, so it felt natural.

    All of a sudden, Ronan came to a sliding stop, dead center of the road - nearly launching me over the handlebars!

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    He sniffed, raised up his tail end a bit, and pointed. I had to squint to see what he noticed in the distance . . . . . . . . TATONKA!

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    I was getting a bit famished, so I figured I'd ride to Sedalia for Bud's Bar. They've great burgers, but you never know if they'll be open. It's not unusual for a "Gone Fishin'" sign to be hanging on the door.

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    If you go, bring cash. CCs aren't accepted. They were open . . . and packed! Not even a bar stool could be commandeered. I didn't care to wait around, so I rode home and made this instead:

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    Still craving a burger for some reason!
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  17. dobie42

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    Hey Sean and Gary,

    Those pics look pretty familiar - I'm up in Evergreen (across the Parkway from Safeway) and ride a DL1000.

    In summer I commute the canyon through Morrison on my way into Denver - one of the best commutes I've ever had!

    jesse
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  18. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

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    Dobie42, you're a fortunate man to have that road as your commute. Men have killed for less!

    I'd like to PM you and Gary this Spring and have you guys show me your secret roads up there!

    Take care, Sean
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  19. N9921X

    N9921X Wins

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    No problem!
    Just shout and if the snow's off my driveway, I am ready to go.
    You're right. Plenty of roads here. Even have friends ride all the way from Idaho to try them out. (Of course, I pay them back when headed to the PNW.)
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  20. Ramv

    Ramv Been here awhile

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    Cool, I rode 200 miles today, down to Palmer lake, out to (all dirt) Elbert, Parker, Sedalia twice, Larkspur, up Daken road to where its closed for the winter... Just a little to cold in leathers only to ride more!

    Hope the snow doesn't stick around long tommorrow.

    Good looking bike by the way. We considered the GSA
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