Non-Epic Daily Mayhem 2018 edition

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Project Mayhem, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Sunday, 29Apr18

    We took advantage of the nice weather to get out for a bit. The plan was to ride Gross Dam road to County Rd. 68 (an unexplored route for us), out to where it hits Magnolia, then into/through Nederland. From there the route was down through Jamestown and into Longmont for lunch.

    However, as you can see on the Spotwalla map we had to turn around and take a different route at a point on CR68- More on that in a bit.

    Hannah took Franz and I grabbed Annika...first aid supplies, tool roll, sunglasses and we were off! About 60F and sunny when we left the house- a beautiful Spring day.
    Out to 72, down the road a mile or less and onto Gross Dam road.
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    You can see the face of the dam a bit to the left of the center of the picture

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    The far side of our route is just visible leading towards the saddle at about 1 o’clock

    Wind our way down to the bottom and then start the climb back up to where it hits Flagstaff Rd.
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    Hannah making her way through a loose hairpin

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    Gross reservoir...looking a bit low, but not surprising given the relatively dry Winter and Spring we’ve had. Could make for an interesting fire season. :(

    Make a left on Flagstaff/Lakeshore Dr./CR68 and after a few hundred yards of pavement we’re back on the dirt. All was good until we got in a little ways and then there were signs saying ‘Turn around now! High clearance 4WD road...save yourself the towing costs!’ We crossed a small rutted section and pulled over at a turnout to survey the kinda nasty looking off-camber, rutted, uphill section in front of us. After walking up, to where a car was stuck, I walked back down and advised a rather apprehensive Mrs Mayhem that this could be interesting...

    The car (4-runner) backed down and turned around so Hannah went up to have a look for herself. I then rode up to where she was (not too bad so far) and stopped when I saw the heavily dug out (alternating holes) hill with a bunch of loose rock. She wasn’t having it and I was not really liking the results I was getting when calculating the probability of a) My making it through and b) damaging Annika. :muutt

    Discretion being the better part of valor I managed to get Annika turned around and rode back down to the turn out where Franz was waiting. We’ll come back another day and tackle this hill...and maybe on Hans instead of Annika. (For now)
    And, of course, we failed to take any pictures of the area...c’est la vie. On a proper dirt bike this wouldn’t have been an issue, but on GS’s (and early in the season) it just didn’t seem like a good call.

    Our reroute was to go back out to Flagstaff and down into Boulder (now upper 70’s). A quick bop up the Diagonal and we rolled up to Georgia Boys BBQ new location. We were fans of the original location, but they’ve now moved a block up into a much larger & nicer facility. HOWEVER, they don’t seem to offer the greens we liked so much and their beans are much sweeter now. The (pork) ribs were still pretty good but there was some sort of SNAFU with our order and after 20 minutes we had to inquire about our food. Seems it slipped off into the ether. In all fairness they did give us a gift card and a sincere apology but we’re going to have a hard time recommending Georgia Boys from here onward...Hopefully they’ll get their act together but sometimes it’s just best to not mess with a successful recipe. :nah

    Fed & watered we made our way across Longmont to the West and started up Lefthand Canyon.
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    Almost to the turn for Lefthand

    Very nice pavement with little traffic...very pretty. We took the fork for Jamestown (rather than Ward) and, as I knew from previous rides, the pavement deteriorated and was punctuated with short sections of dirt/gravel. A little ways after the small community of Jamestown and the pavement ends. It’s a fairly short distance out to Peak to Peak highway and it’s a nice alternative to the busier route through Ward (fully paved).
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    A left onto P2P and ride the sweepers down to Ned. Through town and just outside of town we turned onto Magnolia Rd. This lovely dirt/gravel road would lead us through some high meadows and then the (sharp!) turn down onto County Road 97.
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    The wildflowers are starting to bloom in some places

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    A mile or so on CR97 and we were back at the pavement of CO72...Through Pinecliffe, up the switchbacks and we were home again.

    A thoroughly pleasant way to spend half a day and with the promise/challenge of working up the skill (& nerve) to go back and tackle that nasty section of CR68.

    Approximately 94 miles all told with some good sections of dirt to test Annika’s new Karoo 3’s. MUCH better on the dirt than the stock Anakee 3’s but they do ‘sing’ a fair bit above 30mph. Good grip on the pavement but you can feel the edge knobs through the hairpins. All in all I like them so far and we’ll see how long they last.

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  2. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Bikes, Beer and BBQ...A Weekend in Texas
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    May the Fourth be with you! :smile6

    We decided to make a quick trip down to South Houston to see our Texas Family...They’re not blood relations or family in any legal sense but I expect that some of you, if you’re lucky, know what it’s like to have people like this.

    Mama picked us up from the airport and we went to get our taco fix at a local favorite- Tacos A Go Go.
    Hannah got her favorite shrimp taco and tried a new one (for us) the tater tot taco. I got one al pastor on a ‘puffy’ tortilla & lamb barbacoa...all were excellent.
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    From there we went to get my Shovel from the shop where she’s been receiving some ‘Spring enhancements’. The guys at H&H Cycle in La Porte rebuilt the motor last year and found some other issues that needed addressing. So in preparation for our visit Helf & the Old Dude got her over to the shop where the frame at the swingarm pivot mount was repaired (it was stripped), the clutch pack replaced (two of the fibers were worn bald), and some seals in the transmission were replaced so that she’ll (hopefully) leak less oil. She IS of the vintage upon which H-D’s reputation for bikes that ‘mark their territory’ was built after all.:lol3
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    Our Harleys (mine is known alternately as ‘The Ol’ Girl’ and ‘The Shovelheaded Kill Machine’...Hannah’s is named ‘Ruby’) live down here so that we have bikes when we come to visit...and with the recent snow at home we wanted to get out for a ride and some real BBQ. (One of our obsessions...in 2013 we rode a big loop from home through Texas, AR, MO, & KS with the primary purpose of eating a bunch of BBQ)

    I got to ride the SHKM back to the Old Dude’s house (a short ride but I really enjoyed being back on that bike) and after checking in to our hotel we went (car) to visit Devil and the Deep Brewery on Galveston...friends started this place a few months ago after years of planning and this is our first visit. We’re very proud of them for making this dream a reality and the beers are quite good...you should visit them. (25th & Post Office on the island)
    Pay no attention to the “Red & Gold” 1%er meeting that may (as it was on Friday) or may not be happening at the bar next door...they have no interest in you unless you’re a jackass &/or stupid enough to start something with them.

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    We got a tour, tried some of the beers and saw the fermentation vessel named in our honor. (OK, so it’s named for our beloved Belle who we lost in February of ‘17)

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    We, @Mrs Mayhem & myself/Helf/Dan/Eric (head brewer) & his girlfriend Lisa, took cups of beer to go and walked over to Gypsy Joint for some dinner. Neat little place and great food.
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    On the walk back I saw this really cool door knocker.
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    Saturday morning Helf came and picked us up and took us to his dad’s where our bikes were. Did the pre-flight checks and then wheeled them down to the curb to fire up...Ruby started just fine, as usual, but the Ol’ Girl just went ‘unnghumph’ and then smoke started rising from somewhere down near the primary. Back into the garage where I poked around for a bit and came up with the diagnosis of a bad (hot and smoking) starter solenoid.
    Shit
    I tried kicking her but the new motor is still so tight I just couldn’t get her to fire.
    :baldy
    After some shuffling of bikes and getting a battery charging we went to lunch at Pop Top Burgers which is the new venture from the original owners of Stomp’s...tasty as always! (Hannah & I split an order of ‘Thick’ rings & a chili burger)
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    I ended up taking Helf’s ride, Christine, while he took his dad’s Street Glide and we rode down to Freeport...only a few hours later than we had planned to start. Just the one picture enroute but I have to say that riding along the Bluewater Highway was quite pleasant until we hit the traffic along Seawall in Galveston.
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    Hannah, Helf, Christine, the Glide, and Ruby

    Back to D&TD for a 1/2 pint of the Blonde and then the ride back to the hotel for a shower.
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    Dinner was at Jinya Ramen (quite good) and the bottom of the bowl was funny.

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    Sunday morning we rode over to Killen’s BBQ in Pearland (one of our all time favorite places) and got in line...which was abnormally short- Our guess was people were fighting their Cinco de Mayo hangovers. :dutch
    Brisket, beef rib, jalapeño links, creamed corn, creme brûlée bread pudding, and Big Red...that’s how Sunday BBQ in Texas is done! It’s probably best that we can’t get BBQ of this quality at home or we’d need new riding gear.
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    Drop off Christine & Ruby, hang out with our TX Family for a bit then the short drive to Hobby...where, after getting through security, we found that our flight was delayed by almost 4 hours. :dirtdog

    When the area near your gate looks like this you know there’s something afoot.
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    We passed the time by watching movies and finally got on the plane to take us home. It was a short trip and thanks to the late flight, a much later night than planned. Back to work Monday on 5 hours sleep but it was worth it! Not as much riding, and for me not on the bike I wanted to ride, but at least we got our H-D fix. :beer
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  3. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    My Commute > Yours (probably)
    16May18

    The past several days have been quite rainy...so when today’s forecast was warm and dry Annika & I decided it was a good day to ride to work.

    Down the driveway
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    Then down our road (much easier on the GS’s than the Monsters/Superbike)
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    And out to CO72 where we start heading ESE
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    About 9 miles later we exit the mouth of the canyon where we have a view out to the plains...and while it’s hazy this morning you can still see downtown Denver
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    North along CO93 for a few miles and then, at the top of a rise, we get a nice view of the Flatirons before dropping down into Boulder Valley
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    Across Boulder on some back roads and to work on the NE side of Boulder. About 25 miles (~40 minutes) one way...It’s a far cry from those poor suckers stuck on US36/I-25 etc. It can be rough in the Winter but the Summers make it all worthwhile. :beer
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  4. goretexgypsy

    goretexgypsy Adventurer

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    Great pics, Those tacos...
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