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Riding Colorado and Utah-Waiting for Europe to open

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, Jun 4, 2021.

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  1. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    I've started a ride through Colorado and Utah just to get back on the road. Hopefully riding Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Kosovo this fall. I don't think I would call this Epic Ride. But it's the closest category I could find. More than a week . I left Cincinnati Thursday. I rode 600 miles both days and I'm in Denver now. I wanted to go to Idaho Springs but hit Denver at 4:30 rush hour. Stop, stop, go- 1/2 mile in half an hour. And it's 93 degrees. I decided to let traffic start moving while I ate at TGIF's. Then I found a hotel right out the window.

    While riding in Kansas I took my helmet off because my head itched crazy bad. I assume because of the sweat. Didn't know what the helmet law was and didn't care. I was going to wreck with all the scratching and helmet moving I was doing. I rode 300 miles that way, until I was close Denver. What I didn't think about was the sun on my face. I can't recall the last time I got so sun burnt.

    I know this isn't much off a Ride Report yet. But tomorrow should be better.
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  2. rk1450

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    600 a day is a good haul. Have a safe trip enjoy every minute. Don’t forget to post some pics. What are you riding.
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  3. Doogle

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    Today I rode 212 miles on my 2019 Versys 1000. First I rode to Mt. Evans. Been there before but it's a nice ride. It's the highest paved road in North America. Next I went to Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado. It's not a big area but quite unique. Next I rode the Peak to Peak Highway ending in Estes Park. I'm staying in the Stanley Hotel. I've been here before but didn't stay because it was too expensive. In my old age, it's time to spend my money. Stephen King stayed here in the 1970's and wrote The Shinning based on his stay. Believing that it was haunted because of an incident that happened years before. There is a pet cemetery here also. That inspired him to write that book as well. 2021-06-05 Mt. Evans 5 .jpg 2021-06-05 Mt. Evans 8 .jpg 2021-06-05 Mt. Evans .jpg 2021-06-05 Mt. Evans 4 .jpg 2021-06-05 Mt. Evans 9 .jpg
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  5. Doogle

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  6. MrBob

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    If you're still in the Estes Park area, check out Lumpy Ridge.
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  7. Doogle

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    Sunday I rode 233 miles and stopped earlier than I wanted. Before leaving the Stanley Hotel I found the Pet Cemetery that inspired Stephen King to write that book. It is very small and nobody seems to be aware it's there.

    After leaving the cemetery I rode to Rocky Mountain National Park. I discovered you need reservations after 9 am. The attendant did finally allow me to go through. I did breifly see a couple moose.

    After leaving the park,I went to Leadville. I've been here many times, mostly hiking with my son years ago. Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America. I went in the 1879 Silver Dollar Saloon . When I came out I had a low tire and saw a patch of steel belting. I added air and headed to Salida hoping they would have a shop. Since it's Sunday I got a room and got online searching. Amazon's quickest would be Thursday. Starting my trip the bike had 7700 miles on it. I thought about half life. Now with 9300 miles I think I've used 8 of it's 9 lives. Always an adventure on my motorcycle trips.
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  8. Doogle

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    6/7/21 Today was a busy phone day. I called possible tire shops and car rental places. The nearest shop that was open on Monday's and had a tire that fit my bike, was 110 miles away in Colorado Springs. The only place I found that rents cars was a Jeep and UTV rental shop I'd been to looking for a tire. He rented me a Subaru-it had over 200,000 miles on it. The drive east of Salida towards Colorado Springs on US 50 is probably the most scenic anywhere on US 50.

    Cycle Gear is where I bought the tire. When I returned to Salida, I took my new tire to a small bike shop, returned the car, rode the bike to the shop, and walked back to the motel. The tire should be on and ready to go by 1 pm.

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  9. Low Drag

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    Looks like you're having fun. I just left that area. If you have more time let me know, I have a couple of nice routes by the N. Platte river that you'll enjoy if you don't my some gravel roads.

    Also, check our Performance Cycle when you're in the Denver area.
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  10. Doogle

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    I'm in Silverton now and probably be in Utah tomorrow.
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  11. Comrade Arturo

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    Southern Utah has some great scenery. Stay safe and keep posting :thumb
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  12. Doogle

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    I picked up my bike about 12:30, went to the hotel and packed up. 1 pm I was on my way. US 50 goes over Monarch Pass around 11000 feet. Gayle and I rode over this pass years ago on the Harley on a short scary snow storm. Today I rode US 50 past Gunnison and took 149 south to South Fork. It was highly rated online. And 6 Harley riders I met earlier said it was fantastic. At a gas station 2 couples told me I was near some spectacular views. It was a nice ride with decent scenery. But I save them adjectives for better places.

    Riding into Durango I passed the Harley shop where I had to buy a tire in 2008. I think that was the last time I had a tire mounted in a shop. I rode north on 550 about 50 miles to Silverton and got a room at Wyman Hotel. Rooms were $250. The girl said they were the most expensive hotel in town. They also have a 12 bunk hostel for $75. Just me and 1 biker in the room. Much in common with him. He also had a KLR that he rode to Ushuaia. And tomorrow he is riding to Ridgway and Telluride like me.

    I've been to Silverton 5 or 6 times before. It's a good place to stage for riding off road. I'm surprised it isn't very busy right now.

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  13. CJSRider

    CJSRider Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great trip. Looking foward to more post.
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  14. misterk

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    Enjoying your ride report
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  15. Doogle

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    I left Silverton about 9:30 and headefd to Ouray. This is a great road to ride. Curves and drop off's. They called it the million dollar highway. I've been here numerous times and even went to the Ouray Hot Springs.

    Next I rode to Telluride. The Black Bear Pass is a challenging off road trail that goes to Telluride. I rode it before, but not able to do it with this street oriented bike. I rode to Ridgway and then back down 62 and 145 to Telluride. I did ride through the town to where that trail comes down the mountain. The 365' Bridal Veil Falls can be seen there.

    After lunch in Telluride I rode to the Gateway Canyon. It was another placehighly rated online. I thought it was another bust until I got farther north. Suddenly the big red rock mountains were everywhere. And I could go 5 minutes without seeing another vehicle. There was some road construction. I had a half hour wait in 94 degree heat while road resurfacing was going on. The line behind me expanded to 3. While waiting, I looked at my front tire and decided to replace it. I didn't want to possibly waste another day or two again. It might have gotten me home, but it was going to need replacing then. I rode to a shop in Grand Junction. They replaced my tire in less than 40 minutes. Now I'm happy. I'm staying at a Super 8 here in town. Tomorrow will be Utah.

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  16. RonKZ650

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    Living in Colorado for 60yrs, this is the first year "reservations" are required everywhere worth riding. What a bunch of crap. Don't know, but hope it's the stupid virus and may go away in a few years. My dad and I rode up mount evans clear back in 1971. Good memories. I have never been a reservation type guy, prefer to just ride when/if I feel like it. No fun here anymore the way it is, that's for sure. You have made reservations to do these rides?
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    I left Silverton about 9:30 and headed to Ouray. This is a great road to ride. Curves and drop off's. They called it the million dollar highway. I've been here numerous times and even went to the Ouray Hot Springs.

    Next I rode to Telluride. The Black Bear Pass is a challenging off road trail that goes to Telluride. I rode it before, but not able to do it with this street oriented bike. I rode to Ridgway and then back down 62 and 145 to Telluride. I did ride through the town to where that trail comes down the mountain. The 365' Bridal Veil Falls can be seen there.

    After lunch in Telluride I rode to the Gateway Canyon. It was another placehighly rated online. I thought it was another bust until I got farther north. Suddenly the big red rock mountains were everywhere. And I could go 5 minutes without seeing another vehicle. There was some road construction. I had a half hour wait in 94 degree heat while road resurfacing was going on. The line behind me expanded to 3. While waiting, I looked at my front tire and decided to replace it. I didn't want to possibly waste another day or two again. It might have gotten me home, but it was going to need replacing then. I rode to a shop in Grand Junction. They replaced my tire in less than 40 minutes. Now I'm happy. I'm staying at a Super 8 here in town. Tomorrow will be Utah.
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  18. Doogle

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    Going up Mt Evans there was a sign about reservations. The attendant said if I was just riding through and not stopping for anything, he would let me go. Just lucky I guess.
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    A couple things I want to mention here. Since I'm always short on time and always tired, I'm writing the same post on Facebook and Advrider. Advrider is a different audience and I am usually wordier there. Also, I'm not proud of my pictures. I lost my camera a couple weeks ago but kept thinking it would turn up. So my phone is doing it's best.

    I'm at the Gateway Inn in Moab,Utah $172. I rode 296 miles today. Let me start with my gas stories. When I was getting gas in Telluride yesterday a woman was pumping on the other side of me. She asked if I could help her get to Montrose. I said I didn't think so. I just about never give money to beggars. As I finished pumping, she got in here car. Her car looked like she may have been living in it. I told her I'd give her some gas. I put about $20 in. She said thanks and she was starting a job on Monday.
    Okay, I left Grand Junction this morning thinking I could get to Green River, Utah before filling up. Later my gas gauge stopped telling me I had 20 miles remaining, and just kept flashing at me. I stopped a little later because a guy on a Goldwing was on the shoulder. He said he was out of gas. I packed an aluminum bottle with a quart of gas. He poured it in his tank and we got him going. His riding buddy had a Goldwing also. We could see the rest area he was at. He was out of gas also. Someone was giving him gas there. Then we all rode to Thompson Springs and filled up. From that time on the winds turned ugly for the rest of the day. If there was sand around, it drifted on the road. And there were areas where sand clouds blocked reasonable visibility.

    I rode on to Goblins Valley State Park. A half hour before I got there I saw some unusual rock formations to the west. And then I saw an open gate going straight back. I made a u-turn and foolishly started down that path. I went back a couple miles and turned around. 4 times I almost dumped the bike. This is a street bike. This access had some places with heavy sand. What was I thinking?

    Goblins isn't huge but has some very interesting red rock formations. I'm glad I stopped there. I probably walked and climbed around for an hour. Then I backtracked a ways to Moab. Arches National Park was 5 miles before my hotel. It was about 3 pm, so I thought I had time to visit some arches. I've been here 3 or 4 times, but it's been years. I will use the word spectacular for this park. Massive red rock walls and formations. Several of the arches were only a half mile walk to their base. The last one I went to, Delicate Arch, I'd never been to. Assuming another half mile walk, I didn't take my water bottle with me. And it was only 93 degrees mostly up hill. But never able to see if it might be around the next corner. I refused to give up what I had already done. It was a 3 mile hike up and back. Near the top a young guy I talked to gave me his remaining 12 oz of water. I could have guzzled a half gallon.
    Seeing that arch was worth the hike. But the winds up there made all steps a little unpredictable. Sometimes just standing had me looking for a hand hold. Up and down took me almost 2 hours. This was a great day.

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    None of your Goblin Valley pics show up. It is a really neat place.
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