Non-Epic Daily Mayhem 2018 & Onward

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

  1. Project Mayhem

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Bikes, Beer and BBQ...A Weekend in Texas
    04May-06May18
    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, LA, 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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    (take note of Helf's cool new shirt I brought down for him...Foothills BMW getting some love in H-Town!)

    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.
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    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

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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

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    Great pics, Those tacos...
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    A Beautiful Day for a Ride!
    Saturday 27May18


    After working around the house yesterday we decided that today was a good day to get out and explore a bit- so I worked out a route that mixed a bunch of pavement, that we’ve been on before, and a fair bit of dirt (County & forest service roads) that would be new to us. Approximately 270 miles all told...look at the Spotwalla link in the first post for the full route.

    It was a beautiful morning, sunny and not quite 60 as we rolled down our canyon. Through Golden and onto C470 to US285 and up to Pine Junction...then down 126 to Deckers and a little ways past to Westcreek- Here begins the non-paved portion of our day. Started off with heavily compacted oiled county road which eventually loosened up a bit a few miles out.
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    Turn onto FR367 and it got a bit sandy...and the ensuing wiggles got our heart rates up- But all was good and though it pushed our comfort zone a bit (sandy & a somewhat rutted in places) it still got two thumbs up.
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    Finish out with more county roads (washboard & marbles) to our lunch stop in Florissant. We found a little shade and ate our picnic lunch of arugula & red pepper salad and some truffle pate with crackers (a MexiCoke to wash it down, apple slices and TimTam bar for dessert) ...a perfectly normal lunch when on a ride right? :lol3

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    About 1/2 mile up US24 and we were back onto county roads. Some nice views along the route to Guffey.

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    We stopped in the shade at the post office and brought the tires back up to street pressures (we took 10 PSI out when we left the pavement at Westcreek). Well, I did that while Princess Hannah relaxed. :hmmmmm

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    A couple miles down the road and we hit CO9 North towards Hartsel.

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    A quick jog on US24 then CO9 up to 285. Fuel for Franz and a cold Arnold Palmer for us in Fairplay and then the ride along 285 to get us back to Morrison, past Red Rocks and up CO93 to our canyon road.
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    Once home we grabbed a couple cold Shiners from the ‘garage refreshment center’ and took the dogs for a walk...it was a good day!

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    I’m Going for an Ice Cream...51 Miles Away
    03Jun18

    It was a very nice, if somewhat overcast, Colorado Summer day...approximately 64F when I rolled out of the garage. Mrs Mayhem was off training for an upcoming triathlon down at Cherry Creek Rez with a friend- So I decided that Dead Sexy & I would go get an ice cream...51 miles away in Lyons.
    Out the ‘top’ of our canyon and North on Peak to Peak highway with a quick stop to get out of slow traffic a few miles outside of Nederland.
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    Then down South St. Vrain Canyon on CO7 with the goal of a Klondike Bar at the Diamond Shamrock in Lyons. We hit a string of slow vehicles about halfway down the canyon, this wasn’t all bad as the reserve light had come on about 10 miles previously so this forced me to be gentle with my throttle hand.
    No Klondikes so I had an orange Monster Rehab & a Snickers ice cream bar while Sexy had a tankful of 91 octane.
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    Refueled, we reversed course and went back up S. St. Vrain with very little traffic :clap (a few liberties may have been taken regarding speed limits...but neither of us will admit to any specifics).
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    Back through Nederland and up the back of our canyon...unfortunately we had to go through the switchbacks behind traffic, but on the plus side we did make it home ahead of the rain.
    A nice little 102 mile rip on the sexy beast to get some yayas out.
    Time for a cold one!
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  7. Project Mayhem

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    Searching for Deities & Mining Relics
    10Jun18

    Today’s jaunt took us down to CO93 and into Golden so Franz could have some fuel. Continued along US6 to where we could peel off and take the back way into Morrison and out to US285. West on US285 to Grant where Guanella Pass Rd. peels off- it was fully paved a handful of years ago, for better or worse- and up to the summit of the pass for a snack of MexiCoke & some peanuts. For what it’s worth, a Mountainsmith ‘Sixer’ soft-sided cooler fits very nicely in a pannier and keeps that Coke nice and cold. :drink
    At the summit...about 11,700’ above sea level
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    Probably one of the best Coke ads I’ve seen yet...a Coke and a smile indeed.
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    Talked with a couple on a GoldWing (from near Evergreen) for a while about our travels & how his wife should at least take the MSF basic course...because riding with your partner is so much better than having them as a passenger.
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    An older couple struck up a conversation with Hannah as we were getting ready to leave after noticing some of her stickers. They’re from Oklahoma and were impressed with the signs of her travel...they invited us to give them a call if we were ever in their area and needed a place to stay or some assistance. Good solid folks...we took the gent’s card (we also gave him one of our new and improved calling cards) and will look them up if we’re ever in the area. We DO need to get to OK at some point to check it off the list...

    Down the North side of the pass to Georgetown
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    A quick hop on I-70 (well, it would’ve been quick if there hadn’t already been traffic stacked up) to Idaho Springs where we picked up ‘Oh My God Road’...properly known as Virginia Canyon Rd./County Rd. 279...but the informal name is much more fun. Reasonably well maintained dirt/gravel, it climbs the mountainside in a multitude of switchbacks (no guardrails) and passes by MANY old mining operations- a reminder of why towns like Idaho Springs were established in the first place.
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    Looking back down the canyon towards Idaho Springs
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    A short stretch of pavement before returning to a dirt surface
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    As it gets close to Central City the road surface turns into a heavily compacted & treated dirt road and eventually drops you into the town above the main casino area. Pick your way through the trundling casino patrons and out to Peak to Peak highway. About 10 minutes later we turned on to Gap Rd. (treated dirt) which skirts the edge of Golden Gate State Park and drops down into our canyon at the lower of two gas stations (Carl’s Corner). From there it’s just a quick bop up the road and we’re home...time for a cold beer, a grilled bratwurst and some frites with sriracha mayo! A great way to spend a few hours and knock out about 130 miles. :beer
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    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Love the writing and pics!

    Ride well!

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  9. Project Mayhem

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    Clearing the Head
    15Jun2018

    One of the (relatively) few perks my employer still provides is that from June-September we have the option to do ‘Summer hours’. What this means is that we work 9 nine hour days and have every other Friday off...Today was my first Friday off. Mrs Mayhem left on Thursday morning to go see her dad for a few days in the Bay Area- he’s dealing with advanced colon cancer and has been on chemo for 3 years now...I feel it’s important for her to spend as much time with him as she can.

    So, given my few days of bachelorhood/single dog-parent status, and the reality of needing to clear my head of all manner of crap related to work etc. I decided to go on a long solo ride and check out an ‘attraction’ I had never seen in person.

    After taking care of the dogs I got myself geared up and Annika & I rolled down the driveway at 0740 (~65F). Up our road and the ‘back way’ out to CO72...West to where it meets CO119 (a.k.a. Peak to Peak Highway), down to Central City and then the Casino Parkway out to I-70. West a little ways to US40 and up over Berthoud Pass and down into Winter Park/Fraser for fuel.

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    Continuing on US40 my first real stop was at the 7-11 in Granby for some chips & a Monster (and to find something to take for my lunch stop)

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    Just a few miles out from Granby is CO125...one of my favorite roads. Good road quality, nice scenery, and usually very little traffic. I didn’t stop to take any pictures along this stretch as I was just having too much fun riding!
    I pulled over at Rand (wide spot in the road) and took this shot at the intersection with County Rd. 27- and then continued along county road 27 (well maintained dirt road but with lots of marbles) to Owl Ridge East.

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    After departing the overlook I soon arrived at the junction with CO14 (Poudre Canyon). This shot was taken a few hundred yards before the pavement.

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    Climb up to Cameron Pass
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    And then twist and turn down to Rustic where I turned onto Larimer County Rd. 69. (A mostly very hard packed & polished dirt road)
    Climb up out of the canyon and then work back in until the turn into the Shambala Mountain Center. I slowly made my way, being sure to give the ‘walking meditation’ practitioners plenty of room, up to the parking area for the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya...this was one of my main goals for the day. (To be clear, I’m not Buddhist but I definitely appreciate some of the philosophy and practices)

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    Out of my Crossfires, helmet & jacket and into some flip flops I went to see the stupa. I had a short (~20 minutes) zazen (ish) sit in the stupa and tried to clear my mind and let go of the pent up anger & frustration that’s been weighing on me of late.

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    I tied this white khata (a twin to the khata @Tewster2 has tied to Pearl at present...just less traveled. :lol3) on this thing (not sure of the proper name) as an offering with thoughts of all my friends & acquaintances who are out traveling right now...you never know, maybe it’ll help bring all you FF’s back home in one piece.
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    I ate my sandwich & chips in this very peaceful area next to the stupa...it was lovely.
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    Back in the riding gear I made my way down to the pavement of CO14 again and rode to my turn at Stove Prairie Landing. Some nice pavement, lots of tar snakes, and some very sharp decreasing radius turns brought me to my friend’s house. A little catching up, some water and I need to keep moving.

    I stopped at the Horsetooth Marina Store to get Annika some ‘bike bacon’ (thank you @daBum for that awesome term!) and then worked down to US34 and up the Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park.
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    No pictures of all of this as I was simply enjoying the ride and didn’t want to stop. I tried to see an old racing buddy but he had already left his shop for the day...c’est la vie, I guess I’ll just have to go back another day. :doh

    Across Estes on back roads to avoid the downtown tourist insanity and I’m once again on Peak to Peak and heading South.

    Longs Peak...14,256 feet...this face is called The Diamond and is a HUGE wall with some of the premier high altitude rock climbing in the country.
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    I had a good rip along P2P right up until I found the fresh chip seal...squiggly!

    Down into and through Nederland and make the turn onto a freshly sprayed/treated Magnolia Road (dirt). I’m not sure what sort of goop they spray on the roads but it does help keep the dust down...and make things squirmy...especially when wet. Which it was. It started raining -which is good given all the fires...including one that was dangerously close to our ski condo in Summit County- about the same time I turned onto Magnolia and continued, heavily at times, until I was practically in our driveway. Boulder County Road 97 hadn’t been treated but it was getting a little soft & muddy in places and CO72 (the paved canyon road) had a good amount of water in the wheel tracks.

    Over the railroad track & through Pinecliffe, up the switchbacks toward WonderVu and then the ‘back’ way (dirt) to our house.
    Annika in the garage, riding gear off, dogs walked and it was time for a nice cold beverage & some dinner.

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    317 miles all told today...and I feel considerably better.
    If anyone wants to see better quality versions of any of the pictures in this thread you can go here and access the whole album.
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  10. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic pics.
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  11. Project Mayhem

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    Urban sprawl, Farmland, Dirt Roads, Bluffs, and Carhenge (plus mosquitos!)
    29-30Jun2018

    We needed a reason to go to Nebraska so we could check it off ‘The List’...and it was proving difficult to find one until Hannah saw something about Carhenge near Alliance,NE. NOW we had a reason to go!

    I had Friday 29Jun18 off (see previous post about my Summer work schedule) and Hannah was able to take it off (the day that is...as far as you know :getiton) so that we could do this run and still have a day at home to recover/prepare for the coming week.

    After making a round trip run into Boulder to drop the dogs off at boarding we rolled out on Franz & Annika at a little after 9. Down the canyon, through Boulder and Longmont to CO66 and we were ‘Eastbound and Down’.
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    CO93 near the old Rocky Flats plant
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    Hook up with US85 to the southern edge of Greeley and then East on US34 to a county road that would lead us to state highway 392 and parts of my beloved state that I had never seen before.
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    A quick jaunt on CO14 and into the dirt on county road 89, and a couple others, up to the Wyoming border. There were some sections of those county roads that were disconcertingly sandy with ridges of pea gravel that put us both into decidedly uncomfortable wiggles/squiggles/things that could turn into tankslappers given the chance.
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    But they didn’t...and we made it to the city park in Pine Bluffs, WY for our lunch of cold ginger scallion noodles and raspberry lemonade. (Hannah made the noodles while I was dealing with the dogs)
    A very pleasant lunch stop...well cared for park, shaded place to eat, clean bathrooms, and nobody around.
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    Found some Bike Bacon (©️DaBum) at the Pine Bluffs Sinclair and filled up...then North on WY215 to Albin, a short jog East to State Line Rd. which promptly turned in to reasonable dirt & gravel. We wiggled our way through the far western Nebraska (new state for us...check!) county roads and found a lot of the same soft/sandy/loose gravel as we had before lunch. At one point the wiggles were obvious enough that Hannah could actually see my bike squirming around...it was at that point where I had to consciously override the instinctual reaction of rolling off the throttle and make myself give Annika more go-go juice...it worked. Thankfully.
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    We hit NE71 just east of Harrisburg and then on to NE88 towards Bridgeport.
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    North on US385, through a bit of construction, across the town of Alliance on NE2 and NE87 and we made it to Carhenge!
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    Chatted with a trio of H-D riders in the parking lot for a bit and then checked out the ‘Car Art Reserve’ that is Carhenge.
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    It was hot.
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    Franz & Annika made it to Carhenge!
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    After a stop at the grocery store in Alliance for chips & ice we made our way to Lake Minatare where we found the campground (Butte View) we had planned to stay at was totally full. So we backtracked to the next one down (Scout’s Rest)...which was also full.

    And it was ‘fixin to storm’.

    We made the decision to pull the bikes under the cover of a building/event hall that was not in current use and put our tent up beside it after the storm passed. Nobody looked like they were going to care...they were all retreating into their RV’s anyway. :thumb

    Hannah got our margaritas prepared (Herradura Reposado/Cointreau/agave syrup/fresh lime juice/ice) while I unloaded and got the bikes positioned for the night.
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    And it stormed...and we didn’t care. :D

    We drank our very tasty ‘victory dance’ in the lee of Franz, on the porch of the building, while Hannah warmed up our dinner of bean dip & chips (1 can Amy’s refried beans w/ green chile, a couple cubes of frozen Hatch green chile, and a good amount of cheddar...heat to melt the cheese and it’s dinner time)
    It was good, and we were happy.

    The storm passed, we got the tent up, our sleeping arrangements situated, all the gear tidied up for the night and retreated to the tent. But not before the mosquitos found me and helped themselves to my extra tasty high altitude blood. Hannah counted ~28 bites on me after I removed my shirt...I hate those damn bugs.

    There were several rounds of quite intense storms that rolled through over night...moderate rain, lots of wind and prodigious amounts of thunder/lightning- some thunderclaps were so strong you could actually feel the pressure wave. :doh

    We awoke to calm, cool and overcast conditions.
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    I broke down the tent and such while Hannah made breakfast burritos...and then we were on our way. We decided to take the easy/direct route home and went into Scottsbluff for fuel.
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    Then it was NE71/CO71 (quite pretty)...all the way to I-76 in Colorado.
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    A chai & snack break at the Love’s near Brush and then the last push home. Superslabbing really isn’t our style but it was a day to make time and get home. CO52 was the connecting road to get us from the interstate to a road that would take us across Boulder and back to our canyon. An easy and quick 250 miles that, aside from the time on I-76 & CO52 was really quite pleasant.

    Approximately 580 miles round trip, one night camping, some new areas and -mission accomplished- we can add one more state to our ‘been there’ list.

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    Nice update Mayhems... who needs restaurants when Hannah can whip up a great meal and margaritas on the road!

    Seems like a nice place to visit, I hope that it doesn't go in the same direction as the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX where visitor add their own graffiti... granted that the Cadillac Ranch was built in 1974 vice 1987...
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  13. Project Mayhem

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    Thanks Rudy!
    Carhenge was surprisingly tidy and the only item that visitors are allowed to write on is the one car that we signed...looks like they repaint it every year as all the marks were from 2018 as far as I could tell.
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  14. Project Mayhem

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    Switzerland by Morning
    08Jul18

    With it being so hot (mid/upper 90’s) we got an early-ish start to take advantage of the cooler morning temps and go for a ride on the Switzerland Trail. The trail largely follows an old railroad bed that was used in the late 1800’s to about 1920 to run supplies/people/ore to & from the various mining towns in the hills & canyons West of Boulder.
    As such, there are no steep climbs/descents and it provides a good arena for ‘green circle/blue square’ level trail riders (us) to work on their skills in a not-too-intimidating setting. And it’s pretty...and quite close to us.

    Out to CO72 and down to the KwikMart for fuel then back up and through the switchbacks down to Pinecliffe and up county road 97 to Magnolia.

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    East a ways to the intersection with Boulder Canyon (CO119) and after a few hundred yards the turn up Sugarloaf Rd. and to the trailhead.

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    We stopped to drop the tire pressures by 10 PSI and off we went.
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    The first half (or so) is quite rocky with some loose/sandy stuff on the lower side of the trail. It’s enough to keep neophytes like us on our toes. I didn’t get any pictures in those rockier sections as it was better to keep moving.

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    The trail got narrow in places where it cut right through outcroppings...I can only imagine that there wasn’t a lot of clearance between the train and the rock.
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    Down to where the trail crosses Four Mile Canyon road and then up a section that’s a bit more chewed up. Lots of folks out running and cycling today...seems awfully hot for that much exertion.
    Eventually we came around a big roundhouse bend to arrive at our break point...Mount Alto Picnic Ground. When the railroad was in operation there was a building here that attracted visitors...but all that remains now is the chimney.
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    We found a little shade for the bikes and ourselves...the breeze was very nice & helped cool us off a bit. It really is a pretty area.
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    A very short distance further on and we arrived at Gold Hill Rd. We took this West, past the turn we have taken in the past which leads down to Lefthand Canyon (and on to Ward) and stayed on Gold Hill all the way to Peak to Peak. It was a very well maintained dirt road and seemed like a highway after all the rock on the northern portion of the trail.

    We were going to continue the theme of exploring new areas and after riding a few miles on Peak to Peak we turned on county road 120 which on some maps is listed as Switzerland Trail South. The road passed a few houses and promptly returned to the same sort of conditions as we had encountered on the northern portion. It wasn’t quite as rocky, but it was softer as a result.

    We bounced our way along and after about 30 minutes we were back at the Sugarloaf trailhead where we had started. The southern portion, especially near the trailhead, has a lot of dips/holes that would hold a fair bit of water had it been wet...but everything was dry so it just made for a very good test of the suspension.

    We brought the tires back up to street pressure and backtracked to Sugarloaf Rd. where we made the decision to continue exploring and take Sugarloaf all the way West to where it meets Peak to Peak. Nice pavement for a bit then another well maintained dirt road with some moderate washboard in some of the corners...Dead easy after the morning’s riding.

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    We arrived in Nederland and stopped at Kathmandu restaurant for lunch- this was important as Hannimal was starting to emerge. A chai for Hannimal, a Coke for me and we availed ourselves of the lunch buffet...it was really, really good.
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    Bellies full it was a quick ride back along Peak to Peak and up the back of our canyon to the house. Bikes inside, a couple cervezas frias in hand (today’s pick was Modelo Especial) and we shed all our sweaty gear straight into the washing machine.

    Only 70 miles door to door, but a good number of them were intense and of the ‘second kind of fun’ as @Mrs Mayhem puts it...the kind where you’re concentrating so hard and pushing your comfort zone but then when you’re done it’s a really good feeling.

    Now for a cold shower!
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  15. Project Mayhem

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    Paying it Forward/Helping an Inmate Get Off On the Right Foot
    14Jul18

    Very few pictures today...we were just rollin’!

    @Md11 flyer had agreed to meet up with me for the opening day of his first properly big ride...so I jumped at the chance to ride with him for part of the day and see that he got off to a good start.

    He texted me when he was leaving C. Springs so I finished up with the dogs and such and headed out. As with so many of my/our rides this meant going up the canyon and along South Beaver Creek Rd. to where it intersects Peak to Peak. It was a very pleasant morning as I made my way to Central City and down the Casino Parkway to I-70...a quick hop up to the Empire/US40 exit and I found him at the gas station in Empire.

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    Introductions were made (we had exchanged some messages but never actually met until this point), discussion of route, pairing the headsets and we were off!

    Up and over Berthoud Pass (Russell, feel free to add some of the pix you took), through Winter Park/Fraser/Tabernash/Granby and Kremmling where we turned off on CO134. This was all new territory for Russell and I hadn’t been through here in some years...it was still awesome. 134 West to 131 and up to Yampa.

    We stopped for lunch at Penny’s Diner in Yampa which was very short staffed...but the sole person running the place got us taken care of. Nothing special, but very reasonable basic food (I had a Rueben & Russell had a club sandwich).

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    Up to Oak Creek where we caught county road 27 to US40. Both CO134 and county road 27 were really, really nice roads...good road quality and great views- far superior to staying on US40 the whole way.

    We hit US40 just East of Hayden and went into town for fuel...this would be the end of our time together. We had chatted pretty much the whole way up to this point...getting to know each other, exchanging tips/experiences etc., it was a good time.

    Refueled, wishes for safe travels exchanged and I headed East on US40 towards Steamboat while he went West towards Vernal and the AWESOME piece of US191 past Flaming Gorge and up to his destination for the day, Rock Springs WY.

    I cruised along to & through Steamboat and up/over Rabbit Ears Pass (no picture, but I will say that there is a stretch of grooved pavement on the way up the pass that was every bit as squiggly as the Teslin Bridge and I didn’t like it one bit) to where CO14 split off towards Walden. I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to ride CO125 just to save a few miles. :rayof

    South on one of my favorite roads (CO125) to US40 near Granby and then retrace part of my morning route.

    I stopped in the middle of CO125 a few miles South of Walden (before it climbs up into the hills) and took this:
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    I did take Gap Rd. instead of S. Beaver Creek Rd. and stopped to get a shot of Lazy Squaw Spire (I think that’s what this formation is called)
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    Just over 10 hours door to door and 417 miles...And for any pass geeks- Berthoud Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Willow Creek Pass, and Berthoud Pass- A great day ride and I felt that I had sent Russell off on his journey in style! Walk the dogs and it was time for a cold beer...and a big one at that!
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    I really enjoy all your reports that you put up, for us all to enjoy. Great job! :thumb
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  17. Project Mayhem

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    Where’s that ‘blushing’ smiley when you need it.
    (And thank you...I appreciate it.)
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    Happy Birthday to Me
    27Jul18

    Another Summer Friday off...and this one es mi cumpleaños! (For the record, I’m 29...again)

    I didn’t request any gifts or anything of that sort, I just wanted to go for a nice ride with Hannah. Today’s plan would involve US285, Boreas Pass (new for us), CO9, some county roads between Silverthorne & Fraser we hadn’t been on before, and then over Berthoud Pass and home.

    I pulled the Karoo 3’s last week with 2344 miles on them...the rear had ~30% tread left and the front ~50%...and replaced them with a set of Mitas E07+. The Karoo’s went on the pile of ‘used but serviceable’ tires for when one of our visitors might be in need. So, first big (day) ride with Annika’s new shoes.

    Down the canyon, through Golden, past Red Rocks, and through Morrison to US285...which is pretty for a major highway. We stopped for a couple pictures at the summit of Kenosha Pass and then dropped down into the South Park valley.
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    We turned onto Boreas Pass Rd. at Como and after a picture at the roundhouse we started the climb.
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    We stopped again after a few minutes to drop the tire pressures as it felt a little too unsettled over the embedded rocks at full highway pressure.
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    It’s a gradual climb because, like Switzerland Trail, this path was once a railroad grade.
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    At the summit of Boreas Pass we checked out the old boxcar & cabins before heading down into Breckenridge.
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    I liked that they used railroad spikes to mount the sign...cool touch
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    Through town, to/through Frisco and along the Dillon Dam Road to Dillon and then up to our condo just outside Silverthorne for lunch.
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    We brought spanikopita that Hannah made the other day and split a nitro can of Guinness that was in the fridge...Colorado cherries from the Western Slope for dessert.
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    It was a treat to be able to get out of our riding gear for lunch and we relaxed for a bit afterwards...but then it was time to get going in an attempt to stay ahead of the afternoon storms.
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    Down the hill and North on CO9 towards Heeney to Ute Pass Rd. This turned to dirt right around the Grand County line and we continued on to county road 32 which headed us roughly East. It got a bit narrower and rougher in places but overall it was quite easy and very enjoyable. Eventually we turned on Church Park Rd. and continued along until it dropped us into Fraser.
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    A stop to air-up the tires and then it was just jamming along US40 through Winter Park, up & over Berthoud Pass and down to I-70.
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    We thought the choice of name was awesome :lol3
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    We caught a few sprinkles as we headed up Berthoud Pass but that was about it. A jaunt along the Central City Parkway (where it had rained very recently) to South Beaver Creek Rd. and then up the switchbacks and we were home. A cold Glider Cider Dry for me and a Modelo Especial for Hannah as we took the dogs for their afternoon walk. A great 237 mile birthday ride! :beer
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    Happy Birthday Vic...

    Can't ask for a better birthday than to get out and ride... the area you ride in looks awesome! unlike here in SoCal where everything is dry and the vegetation brown... I can't wait to see how those Mitas E-07+ perform... I'm looking at those as my next set...

    I was going to take the Multi out to explore the trail that I recce'd the other day but there is a brush fire in that area and the access road is closed with the fire 15% contained... hopefully it will be open next week for some exploration...

    Have a great weekend...
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  20. Project Mayhem

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    Thanks Rudy and I agree! :beer

    It’s pretty dry here as well, the fire danger is very high statewide but we’ve been getting just enough moisture and alternating hot & cool weather to keep things green. I hope the firefighters can get that fire under control and you can get out on the Duc!

    RE: Tires
    I’ve only got about 250 miles on the +’s so far but here’s my initial impression: They’re both quieter and smoother on the pavement than the Karoos. I’ve got them set at 35F and 42R...seems like a good place so far. No issues with them feeling squirrelly or funny turn-in behavior on the pavement and they did almost as well in the dirt as the Karoos. We’ll see how they wear...the Karoo rear was on track for being done at 3k miles and the front at ~5k- so it’ll be interesting to see how these are going to hold up.
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