SOCIAL DISTANCING -- Northwest Colorado Style!

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

  1. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded" Supporter

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    I'm always going to the grocery store, even if I am 100 miles from home..., cause I am always hungry.
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  2. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    Love Moffett county 57 , last year I was up there I found the cutacross from Deerlodge rd to Cr 14 too . the riding there was the best ever but I sure like the camping in Wyoming better .
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  3. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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    My dog walking has expanded
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    Practice social distancing
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  4. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Hey Haystack, :wave

    What's that little thing (mailbox?) where the dogs are waiting in the fire tower picture?
    Looks to be on solid rock?

    Hope you are well.
    Thought about you and your daughter the other day as I was riding in the Meeker area. (Rio Blanco Reported Active COVID cases - 0!)
    What's she up to these days? She still in school?
    Thanks for your "social distancing" contributions!
    Give those dogs a scratch from me. :D
    RD
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  5. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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    That is a concrete monument on the top of the mountain. I think there used to be a brass benchmark on top that someone stole.

    haystackdaughter is doing well. She graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and is working in Lancaster PA

    we were planning on riding in Colorado this summer but it’s strange times for sure.

    the dogs love all this social distancing
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  6. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    Got a friend of a friend who was pulled over while riding his bike on Sunday outside of Denver and told, "Take the bike home.... you are supposed to be at home."

    That sure feels like a cop picking on a motorcycle rider.

    On the other hand, another friend told me there were plenty of bikes out and about in the C-Springs area this weekend.

    Not sure where I land on this one..... I recognize we need to stay holed up.... But I also understand that a safely driven motorcycle is about the least risk of acquiring COVID.

    I really want to climb on the bike and run a loop around Cripple Creek..... but just don't feel comfortable trying to pull that off.


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  7. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    Notice the bit in BOLD and YELLOW below.... This sure sounds like anyone is ok heading to a state park for outdoor recreation.

    And here are the state parks......


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    EPC Sheriff's Office
    Yesterday at 9:22 AM


    Here is the list of what is allowed under the Stay at Home Order:

    To remain at home, only leave their home to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or to go to or return from critical work.

    They can leave their home to:
    ○ Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members.

    ○ Deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, food, pet supply, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.

    ○ To engage in outdoor activity, such as, walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, State parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering, and attended areas shall be closed.

    ○ To perform work for critical industries.

    ○ To care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual’s home.

    ○ To seek medical care.

    ○ Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate until their symptoms cease or until they have a negative test result.

    The goal of local officials is to focus on education and voluntary compliance. While citations, fines, or jail are possible for violating the order, local public health staff and law enforcement would rather rely on education and outreach to correct violations. We encourage citizens to voluntarily comply with the Stay at Home Order for their safety, the safety of their families, friends and neighbors.

    Do not call 9-1-1 to report potential violations of the order, residents should first contact their local public health agency at 719-578-3167. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at covid19@coag.gov.
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  8. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Went out for another "Social Distancing" session yesterday.
    I consider it a little bit of a "Life Saving Mission" ....... anyone that has ever been cooped up with my wife for a week understands! :lol3
    JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING ................... after 35 years I'm almost convinced that she's a keeper.

    Decent day in Northwest Colorado ............ warm enough, but had some very light scattered snow showers and there was some cloud cover for most of the day. I wore my heated liner and heated gloves on medium for most of the ride as it was in the 40s. Clicked off about 230 miles before I got back to the garage.
    As you can see I really didn't have any traffic to contend with anywhere. This is pretty typical of this part of the state.
    I had one stretch that was probably about 50 miles without meeting another vehicle.

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    ^^^^^
    This is the Moffat County Road #4 Bridge over the mighty raging Little Snake River!
    This road continues to the west and takes you through Powder Wash, Hiawatha Oil Camp, and then south through Irish Canyon.
    You can then ride from Browns Park back to Maybell on 318 or any number of several other routes.
    It's one of my favorite loops in Northwest CO.
    If you're looking for some serious "alone time" on 2 wheels .......... this is where you can find plenty of it. :D
    And bear in mind, I'm actually traveling on the "main roads" here.

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    ^^^ And here's the Little Snake looking downstream. ^^^
    I did what I could to increase the flow. :evil
    I've always been going to paddle this (canoe) from the bridge down to Deerlodge Park ....... but just never have gotten around to it. :nah

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    ^^^^^
    Here's a Smiley Face that some county employee will occasionally put on a road when they're out sealing cracks. I know of a few of these scattered around Moffat County. Norm may actually know who it is that does this?
    As you can see this is almost one lane wide.
    Funny stuff. I like them!

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    AND just a reminder amigos, as these above pics will testify to.
    We may all have a few bad days because of this pandemic stuff ..................... BUT IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE !!!! :imaposer

    "Happy Social Distancing", HOWEVER you choose to do it!

    RD
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  9. Pariahtize

    Pariahtize Misrepresented

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    Great ride, I'm jealous. Would love to go hit Sand Wash, Irish, Vermillion right now. . . .

    Sheep fence AND 4 strand barbed (am I seeing that right)? Oh man, that's awful. . . I'm surprised you don't see more deer tangled up.
    Not trying to start a debate on fencing ethics, but that's awful bad for wildlife.

    Heading to Turkey Camp in about 2 weeks (private lands). That's grocery gettin' isn't it??
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  10. Pariahtize

    Pariahtize Misrepresented

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    There are actually 44 Parks.

    This map may cover all 44 parks (43 open I think), a bit better:

    https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/ParkMap.aspx
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  11. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Here's a recent picture of the Steamboat ski hill.
    I was at the base area yesterday and it seems that folks are heeding the calls to not be gathering there for skiing, snowshoeing, etc.. :thumb

    I've taken the social distancing mandate very seriously (but not necessarily staying inside the house). But yesterday I had to be in closer proximity to more people than I've been in 2.5 weeks ....................... and paradoxically, it was all for a doctors appointment! :lol3 :scratch

    I HAD an appointment at Stedman for a knee replacement evaluation for tomorrow, April Fools Day. But I cancelled that appt. a week ago as that area down there was sorta "blowing up" with the virus. After seeing the #s of infected rise rapidly, I considered it "nonessential".

    Stay safe out there everyone.
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  12. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat Super Supporter

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    I can only wish, NM closed all its state parks, to everything till April 9th. I wanted to go fishing but :nono. Our Governor shut everything down in March.
    If you can go to a state park, I would think you could go on a :ricky. Even if it is the long way to get there.
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  13. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    I probably know who is responsible for the smiley! Did canoe that bottom stretch of the Little Snake once. It is fun, some small runs make it interesting. We hit the wind at the confluence and the paddle to deer Lodge to take out was a &^%#&^%$* .. I have to go to The Boat tomorrow for an MRI and back doc appointment. I think I may be done riding for a bit.
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  14. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Sorry to hear about your back problems Norm ............... and even worse that it may interfere with bike riding. :nah

    Did you put in at MCR#4 Bridge, or at Lily Park bridge?
    I was thinking it would be an overnight trip (2 full days) if you put in at MCR4 and the LS was flowing pretty good.

    Good Luck tomorrow with the MRI. :thumb
    I had a chest MRI not too long ago, and it was sorta a snug fit.
    I think that you are going to be a MRI tube full!
    Take pictures for an ADV update! :lol3
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    NWcolorider Hope that MRI turns out better than you expect.
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  16. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    First road picture looked like CR4 when I saw it pretty sure the low water crossing between CR4 and 318 isn’t an option this time of year .
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  17. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    We did it in mid June, water was going good. Put in at 318 Bridge at Nottinghams Ranch. It was a long day.


    MRI showed a herniated disc.
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  18. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Bummer about that diagnosis Norm ............... but it was probably what you were expecting, right?
    Do the Spine Drs want to "slice and dice"? :turkish:war:dukegirl :hack :turkish :lol3



    Went out and did a little more Social Distancing yesterday.
    Took the GT and gave the GSA a rest. It was a nice warm day ............ a little breezy in spots, but mostly in the 50s and 60s.
    Rode about 310 miles before making it back home.
    Never had to get within 8' of another person all day.
    My only time all day where I was "near" a stranger ........ I still had a plexiglass sneeze guard between me and the cashier! :thumb
    Other than that didn't get within 25'-30' of anyone else all day.
    But I took hand sanitizer with me and applied it to my face and hands a few times just because I like the smell of it. :D
    I'm thinking that this month will feel much like a mud season back in the 70s or 80s when everyone in these ski towns went to Mexico or Utah right after the ski hill shut down for the season. Sorta feels that way already.


    Here's some pictures from my lonely wide-open ride:

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    State Highway 13 south of Craig with the Williams Fork River.

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    This is Hwy 317 that goes from Hamilton to Pagoda also along the Williams Fork.
    Lots of new calves and lambs EVERYWHERE I rode.

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    ^^^^ Now we are back on CO 13 heading toward Meeker.
    AS you can see we mostly have it to ourselves out here too.
    There was a nice herd of 2-3 dozen elk there where you can see the road entering the canyon at Axial.

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    ^^^^^^ Coming down the south side of Ninemile Gap.

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    ^^^^^^^^ And here we are on Rio Blanco County Road #5 -- aka Piceance Creek Road for the next 3-4 pictures.
    This is one of my favorite roads in this area. :thumb
    Beautiful in a western slope way, nice scenery and vistas, and never any traffic.
    Don't tell anyone. :nah :patch

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    ^^^^^^ And this is where RBCR#5 ends 42 miles later as it "T's" into CO 64.
    I only saw 5-7 vehicles in all of that 42 miles ........... it felt like a busy day!
    That's the White River looking west toward Rangely.

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    ^^^^^^^^^ And here's a post fueling "glamour shot" of the "Social Distancing Weapon of Choice" for this ride.
    I'm still looking for a considerably taller than OEM seat for this thing. :ear
    I've lowered the pegs, but would still like 3"-3.5" more seat height.
    Pretty easy to ride a long loop in a half/day as this thing is a serious mile eater in a wide open place like Northwest Colorado.
    It is getting dry enough out here that soon a "SDNCS" installment will be off road with 21"/17" knobbies on the GSA. :evil

    Happy Social Distancing to all! :wave
    Stay SAFE!
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  19. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Here in northern Colorado I see lots of motorcylists out on the roads. Local law enforcement has announced that peace officers will not be stopping people asking them where they're going. There is a lot less traffic and I get out and ride 3-4 times a week. Got out for a ride into the foothills yesterday and saw a herd of elk practicing social distancing. Hope everyone stays well.

    Ride safe,

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    Social distancing south of U.S. 50 between Canon City and Pueblo on Siloam Rd. Busy on the dirt. . . I saw one car.:imaposer 30 Social distance.JPG 31 Siloam Rd..JPG
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