Colorado Front Range

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Tanger, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    I got a couple of days off work and decided to squeeze in a two day loop along the Front Range. Left Parker about 8:30.
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    Headed through Castle Pines to Sedalia.
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    Then up Jackson Creek to Rampart and down Rampart Range Road to Colorado Springs.
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  2. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    2A47A8FC-0F07-4EE7-8D4D-B1DD3009AA52.jpeg From Colorado Springs up Old Stage Rd to Gold Camp Rd and in to Victor. It’s well past peak time for the fall aspens, but there were a few with some color. Along with some cottonwoods and willows.
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    It was pretty chili around Victor at close to 10,000 ft.
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    There were also some icy patches on some of the North facing slopes. Not too bad if you’re watching for them.
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  3. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    From Victor I continued South along Shelf Rd. Losing elevation it quickly warmed up and was quite pleasant again.
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    I had never ridden this road before and was a little nervous, especially being alone. It was all very easy riding. The biggest danger was being distracted by the scenery and not paying attention to the road. 7A15C273-6A6E-4B46-B77E-BDDD4CF85812.jpeg
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    I was very surprised how beautiful this canyon was. Definitely the highlight of the day.
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  4. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    The beauty continued into the lower canyon. Pictures never quite capture it.
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    It was such a good feeling to smile all the way through the canyon.
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    The days ride finished with a nice bit of twisty asphalt.
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    Checked into a hotel. I’m off to find a beer and a steak.

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  5. Engineer5

    Engineer5 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Looks great!
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  6. Redoubt

    Redoubt Been here awhile

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    I can't wait for the housing market to crash so I can move back there. Been on old shelf road many times. My favorite part of the world.
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  7. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    Day two started about 8:00 am in Canon City. Riding North through Phantom Canyon continuing on “The Gold Belt Tour”.
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    It was another spectacular ride. The road follows a former narrow gauge railroad line that served the mining camps. There were numerous rock cuts and a few tunnels along the way.
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    There were still some snowy patches to watch out for, on some of the North facing slopes.
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    I could have stopped every half mile to take pictures.
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  8. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    The canyon ends as you approach Cripple Creek and Victor. Leaving the narrow canyon, the views open up again.
    71163FA2-46BB-4F45-AADA-9806BD11E853.jpeg The view stretches to the Sangre De Cristo range in the distance.
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    After passing through Cripple Creek, I took the paved road to Divide. This was a fun twisty section.
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    Warning signs serve as a reminder to not push it too hard through the curves. 977A8BBB-DB5D-4E6F-B973-88C2F2A8E5B5.jpeg
    From there I was supposed to link some county roads up towards Deckers. I may have taken a wrong turn, as the road turned into an OHV trail and became too challenging for me solo.
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    It doesn’t look like much, but after an unscheduled dismount and some “road” side repairs I decided to backtrack and take the familiar Rampart Range Rd back toward Sedalia.

    Both days turned out to be about 170 miles each, mostly on dirt. Each day was about 7 hours on the bike, which kind of wore me out. The best part is, it’s once again, a great way to visit some scenic backroads that I would otherwise miss!
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  9. tommymerle

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    man, I want to do this with you next year. I'm finishing my last big project, then I will have much more free time! Thanks for posting.
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  10. 32dgrz

    32dgrz Been here awhile

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    Any chance you could share your tracks with a flat lander?
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  11. coollittleone

    coollittleone Living the dream

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  12. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    thx for posting wifey and me were gonna do part of this 2 months ago

    dropped the old beemer where old stage rd turns from asphalt to dirt in the loose sand that puddles up there

    some bike trouble and never made it any further


    wanta try again some day :lol3:lol3
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  13. alpina

    alpina God looks after drunks and fools. Supporter

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    One of my favorite rides.
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  14. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    I should be able to post them this week, if I can figure out how. I struggle enough getting the pictures posted here. Be patient. Your bike would be perfect for this route!
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  15. Sregor

    Sregor Adventurer

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    Thanks for posting, these are some great pics from right in our backyard. Would be great to join you all sometime. Cheers!
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  16. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That looks like a killer way to spend a few days away from the salt mine of work! I haven’t ridden CO yet, but it’s on the list to hit, along with UT.

    Are you on a 250, or is that the new 450?

    Great scenery and pictures, good on you for getting out and enjoying the fall weather :ricky :thumb
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  17. Tanger

    Tanger Been here awhile Supporter

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    The bike is a 2015 250L. It's perfect for these backroads where nothing is really technical and there are no prolonged highway speeds. I think at one point, I was doing 60 mph for 10 miles out of 350 miles. Overweight and underpowered for a lot of riders, but hey, it's a lot like me.
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  18. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    the area around Deckers is badly burned and depressing. it won't grow back for a very long time. I grew up fishing with my father out of there but I won't be back.
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  19. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Long timer

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    Great stuff, thx for posting !
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  20. Doug Cunningham

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    Awesome pics. Greatly enjoyed the post. Great riding in my neighborhood (Pikes Peak). Haven't been all of where you rode, but been on some! A great place to live...Colorado!
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