August 28, 2018: Colorado Mountain High...er Expecting to ride a some of the back ways to Denver and then hit the slab, I really didn’t have a lot of expectations for the day. I mean really, I was headed towards Kansas for goodness sakes. However, after a thoroughly enjoyable ride south on CO72 to Nederland, I ran into a couple of locals (from Denver anyway) at a coffee place. They suggested that if I had never done it before, the ride up to Mount Evans, then east down Squaw Pass Rd back to the Interstate was well worth my time. They were absolutely right. CO119 south to Central City, then the Central City Parkway to Interstate 70 was all good pavement with better than average sweeps. Black Hawk/Central City itself looked pretty cool and would probably be worth checking out. Taking Squaw Pass Rd south west out of Idaho Springs was all right, the the fun definitely began when starting up the Mount Evans Rd. Twisties galore! It was too good to stop for pics for the most part. A whole passel of Bighorn Sheep ewes and lambs were hanging out at a pull out. Not shy at all... The rest of the road to the top was spectacular. The only caveat is that there was some hellacious frost heave in an about mile and a half section of the road. It was so bad that I easily caught a couple feet of air goosing it on one spot. I’m not sure if it was amusement or disbelief that was on the face of the oncoming car’s driver. The peak is at 14130 feet elevation, reportedly making this the highest paved road in North America. I did not expect to break my altitude riding record by 2000 ft. The next day. Views are pretty good at 14000 ft. I spotted something I had vever seen before near the top. Mountain Goats, a momma and baby. Pretty neat! After a wonderful ride down, again too much fun to stop for pictures, I stopped at Echo Lake Lodge for a bite. The bison dip didn’t dissappoint. The view from the bar was good too. She was actually a very attentive server. Squaw Pass Rd to the east was another fine collection of twisties, though traffic was more of an issue. Once down to the metro area, traffic, even with the early rush hour going on, wasn’t too bad. Only got stopped on the interstate a couple of times. Rode west on I-70 to Limon where I stopped for the night. I wasn’t as far as I was thinking I would be in the morning, but the detour was extremely worth it.