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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by AK2ID, Aug 11, 2019.
Nope - Aces is the new Piaggio dealer in FTC.
Well if you didn't make it up to the Winter Park or Grand Lake area these last two weeks you might as well skip it. We had some big wind the last few days and it totally wiped out the majority of the leaves. There are still pockets, but they are few and far between now. Couple that with routine low teen and single digit temps in the early morning and you might as well bundle up for winter.
Kremmling however is in Peak. Chimney Rock, Buffalo Park, Gore and everything in between is nice and colorful.
Personally I thought the colors this year were very vibrant (in mountainous Grand County), with many a time stopping me dead in my tracks. It was a year that I didn't take many photos, opting instead to just enjoy them personally without sharing (many) locations or sharing them online to different groups so people can oo and aww. It was a fall to remember, Grand County was putting on a show. Onward to winter, let it dump.
Fall is moving nicely on down to Northern New Mexico, like Sipapu here
I spent a couple days riding Taylor Park and 4 Mile this past weekend, and the colors were pretty much at their peak. Lots of orange tipped Aspen, which are always my favorite.
Chama/Platoro/Conejos Valley area was very nice Sunday 10/6, getting close to peak up high, lower down nowhere close. My neighbor rode up to Lake City yesterday, said everything is gone past Creede.
Rode over Keebler Friday and the colors were just past prime but still very vibrant. Lots of leaves falling and and on the ground but they still had color. Plenty of traffic but got around it early and had a nice ride. Didn’t stop for pictures.
Looks like the party is coming to a close. Monday I took a 100 mile ride to get treated fuel through the system...65 degrees and beautiful. Yesterday I washed my dirt bike and mowed my yard for the last time. Snowed last night and temps forecast to drop into the low teens by tomorrow.
Our snow in Idaho today becomes your snow tomorrow. I can only imagine the driving dangers of the first snow of the season along the front range. Sporty. Drive your beater, if you have one.
Time to start planning the super trips of 2020...
Forecast high for Denver today 80. Friday morning low 13.
High of 70 again by Sunday.
I'm not done riding. Not by a long shot. I've ridden dirt trails every month of this year so far, and intend to finish out the year doing the same.
What are the chances some aspens are still going to be holding leaves after this storm? Wondering if the views will still be there when the temps improve in the coming days. I only think to ask because where I was last, about 8k feet, had lots of green aspens that didn't look ready to drop leaves any time soon. But this is the first year I've paid attention to such things and as such asked these sorts of questions, being unsure how these first storms affect the foliage.
Even on this past Saturday, there were plenty of green leaves along Cottonwood Pass, and down through Buuuuna Vista. It's the freezing temps that make them turn, so this storm should just be a continuation of the natural process.
In the spirit of riding to CO to see the fall colors, I have already started to sketch out a ride to southern Appalachia in the spring to see the flowers, specifically the flowering trees.
I have been blessed to spend my life in the western mountains, to include 32 years in AK mountains.
I have not visited the mountains of the eastern US. I am looking forward to doing so on my 1200 GS next spring.
Imogene pass last Friday.
might have been your last chance for a while - I love the view from that spot heading up Imogene
Oh yeah, that helps me as I own 2 Piaggios.