Spotwalla link for Summer 2018 ‘non-epic’ rides 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. You can see the face of the dam a bit to the left of the center of the picture 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. Hannah making her way through a loose hairpin 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. 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. Fed & watered we made our way across Longmont to the West and started up Lefthand Canyon. 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). 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. The wildflowers are starting to bloom in some places 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.