Since I am new to this whole BIG-ADV-Bike thing, and need to get a better feel for the bike, and more miles under my belt, I thought "what better way than to just pick a general direction, and get on it!"................so Saturday, that's exactly what I did! I had an idea which way I wanted to go, and it was going to be the best day for some time to come (Weather wise). I had no other plans for the day other than a Halloween Party later that evening in Castle-Rock, so after Coffee and Breakfast, I checked the bike over, geared-up, and off I went! I ended up Riding a 253-Mile loop, with 110-miles of it on Dirt Roads................. I sometimes run a free GPS-tracker app on my work-phone. This was my route. I started in Aurora at the Gas-Station a couple blocks from my house. I made my way to the 225, then the 25 heading south. I exited at Happy Canyon Rd, and rode to Sedalia where I turned onto Hwy-67. After a short twisty ride up the ridge, I turned onto the dirt of Rampart Range Road and headed south. I found the road to be in great shape, and quickly fell into the rhythm of its wide curves. This section of the road was easy, but an occasional patch of deeper loose dirt or tight hairpin kept my attention............The northern 3/4ths of this road is in the trees, with only a sparse few lookout points for scenic views unless you venture off on one of its many side-trails or jeep-roads. Mile after mile I snaked my way through the trees. As I made my way south I would catch an occasional glimpse of Pikes-Peak, looming ever and ever larger each time it would enter my field of view..................I continued on. There wasn't a whole lot of traffic on the road that day. Honestly, I had expected more. There were a good number of people camping and riding dirt-bikes or atv's along the way, but there were a bunch of empty campsites that I saw also. Except for a couple folks, each time I would come up behind a truck or car heading in my same direction, they would politely wave me by. I beeped the horn and waved as I passed them.....................I felt a general sense of friendliness from others that I encountered that you just don't get when you are in the City.......It really put me in a good mood :) The only disappointment I felt along this section was when I reached the southern end of this road, near Woodland Park. I started seeing trash everywhere! Some alongside the road, some in piles left in empty campsites, some strung all over in what looked like occupied homeless-encampments........................What's up with that? Honestly..............This is embarrassing! This is exactly how public-use areas get closed for good! Just past the Woodland Park section, both the scenery and the road changes.. Pikes-Peak now dominates your view, and the forest fires have eliminated most of the tree cover in this section. There are more and more sections of loose larger-size gravel, and the road becomes a bit rougher as you wind your way down to the red-rocks of Garden of the Gods.