SOCIAL DISTANCING -- Northwest Colorado Style!

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by ROAD DAMAGE, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Hey Fellow Rockies Inmates, :wave

    Thought it might be fun for us to post up what we "I REALLY need to get outside" types have been doing to stay sane while lots of things are on lockdown. You know, some inspiration for once it warms up and melts off a little more.

    I'll start. Here's a few pics from my recent "social distancing & throttle therapy" sessions. These pics are from this last week and they are from Routt / Rio Blanco / Moffat counties. Not much traffic to contend with if you know where to go.


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    ^^^ The Yampa River just below the confluence with the Little Snake River in Deerlodge Park.

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    ^^^ Some hardy soul camping on the banks of the Yampa in Deerlodge/Dinosaur NM.

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    ^^^ And a glamour shot of "The Flying Pig - v2.0". She's a real beauty, ain't she! :sweeti :lol3

    Had a flat the other day and my tire machine was buried ............ so I just mounted my spare rear wheel from my K-GT. Some of you observant folks probably noticed the wider than normal rear tire in one of the previous pictures. And if you were really observant ........... you probably noticed that it's rotating opposite of what it should be. SAFETY THIRD! :thumb

    RD
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  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I wasn't observant of the rear tire. I was too engrossed in the scenery pictures. I hope you didn't take a pillion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that would not be social distancing. :D
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  3. PluckyPurcell

    PluckyPurcell unabashed n00b

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    Hey neighbor! Glad someone is getting out there... I think you inspired me to get the Dakar out of the garage today.
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  4. bmiller59

    bmiller59 Been here awhile

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    No pictures, but in the last 2 weeks I've skied a few times, fished a ton, rode Texas Creek and the loop from Wellsville to Howard. Wife and I have done a few local hikes, as best we can so early in the season.

    Wait, that's just a normal routine anyway.
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  5. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    What does the collective think about riding considering the statewide stay at home order?

    What will you tell the LEO if stopped?

    I don't want to start a political discussion, just trying to sort this conundrum.

    Thanks.
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  6. bmiller59

    bmiller59 Been here awhile

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    I'm no Expert but pretty sure it's safer on my moto or out on the river then in the grocery store. If stopped I'll respond my social distancing was just fine until you pulled me over.
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  7. randingo

    randingo Voted "Class Lounger"

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    I’m just on my way to go hiking, which has been deemed acceptable behavior :hmmmmm
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  8. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    I try to justify my riding days by not going anywhere other than the riding spot itself. No stops for snacks or gas or anything unless its an essential item for the household. Eventually either my wife or I will have to go to the grocery store and I'm hoping to have enough premix to last til then so we can fill all our tanks at one time. The only thing thats really different from my normal riding routine is that I'm hungry all the time
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  9. vt wingman

    vt wingman Been here awhile

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    I don’t know about Colorado, but here in Vermont we just had a Stay at Home Order put in place and the Governor specifically said that law enforcement was not going to be pulling people over to see why they were out and about! I will be clearing my head with as many rides as possible!
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  10. FatChance

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    I took the dogs out for their daily hike into the National Forest again this morning. They don't understand sheltering in place or social distancing.
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  11. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    I thought I saw you coming into Craig the other day. Tuesday I think it was.
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  12. randingo

    randingo Voted "Class Lounger"

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    Oh wait......with Rob, social distancing takes on a whole new meaning :rofl
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  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I have a "letter of exclusion" (meaning i have to work.. ugh).

    That said... I have a nice commute :D

    My commute yesterday:

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    I need to throw my fly gear on the bike for commutes like this:
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  14. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    Well, here's the answer to my question (from KUSA 9NEWS' website: https://www.9news.com/article/news/...order/73-d8835388-68ac-4d5c-853d-5af22db658ec about 60% down the page):

    Can someone go for a leisurely drive/motorcyclist go for a ride?
    Governor's office: We need to conserve our public health resources to respond to these pandemic emergencies. To stop the spread of this deadly virus, Coloradans are encouraged to travel only for necessities like groceries, take advantage of the sunshine by taking a walk or a bike ride.

    Thanks.
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    PS. Wish I'd have known that today, going to snow tomorrow.
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  15. bmiller59

    bmiller59 Been here awhile

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    So you can go to an indoor grocery store, be in relative close quarters and touch all sorts of things somebody else did but not go on a lonely moto ride?
    How about just apply common sense.
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  16. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    That's government logic for ya.

    Jim
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  17. RideFreak

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    They're not prohibiting people from buying food (yet) but they would prefer that people do safe activities while in lock down that are unlikely to land them in the hospital. That shouldn't come as a surprise. You are likely capabible of going for a MC ride safely, they don't know that and there's others who may not ride as well. I understand a Mtn bike crash can land you in the hospital just as easy, no doubt a compromise.
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  18. Granitic

    Granitic Backcountry rider

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    There are different types of hazards. Getting food is hazardous, but starvation is too.

    Various sheriffs are pointing out that if you need emergency response, good luck. And if you do get into the ED, good luck.
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  19. GJGSRider

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    Ride for essential errands, and be careful.
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  20. Skunk-Works

    Skunk-Works Been here awhile

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    I imagine with the "Far Less" traffic out on the roads during this time, it is probably the safest time ever to go for a ride.......
    I'd be very hesitant however, due to the "possibility" of a mishap and needing medical attention.

    I'm an essential employee, and I would love to commute to work on the bike, but what I'm seeing during my normal commute is:
    Even though there are less people on the roads during those times, the people that are on the road are driving much more aggressively/dangerously.................I've seen way more instances of red-light-running and other dangerous driving behavior than I normally do.
    Not saying I'm afraid to ride, but I am hesitant to consider even riding to work and back.
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