Colorado Silo Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by grofmon, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. grofmon

    grofmon Been here awhile

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    Ok, Ill get this started. The rest of you can add your photos.
    The goal: To find one of the many Titan I missile silos and infiltrate it.
    This one is Site 3 Complex 2B (39N 40' 07" - 104W 01' 41").

    The activation of the 848th SMS at Lowry Air Force Base on February 1, 1960, marked the first stand-up of a Titan I Squadron. Construction on all nine silos at the three launch complexes for the former 848th, redesignated the 724th, was completed by August 4, 1961. On 18 April 1962, Headquarters SAC declared the 724th SMS operational, and 2 days later the first Titan Is went on alert status. A month later, the sister 725th SMS (initially designated the 849th SMS) declared it had placed all nine of its Titan Is on alert status, which marked a SAC first. Both the 724th and 725th Strategic Missile Squadrons formed components of the Lowry-headquartered 451st Strategic Missile Wing.

    On November 19, 1964, Defense Secretary McNamara announced the phase-out of remaining first-generation Atlas and Titan I missiles by the end of June 1965. This objective was met; on June 25, 1965, the 724th SMS and 725th SMS were inactivated. SAC removed the last missile from Lowry on April 14, 1965.

    Heading East from Denver, we took the back roads to Deer Trail.
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    We found the elusive silo just North of Deer Trail. The entrance was still open.
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    We found the skeleton of a past Adventure Rider (probably overtaken by the radiation left behind).
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    Deano955 took it for a spin.
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    Someone else will have to post the photos of the inside since I didn't take any.
    From there we headed South to Kiowa, then Back to Denver.
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    More photos here.

    I didn't take many photos today, so pardon the brief ride report.
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  2. Doubletrackmind

    Doubletrackmind Been here awhile

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    That would have been a great ride if i had gone. Of course i'm above doing anything questionable when it comes to laws. If i had gone i would have taken pictures but I'd have to wait untill tomorrow to post the pictures that I didn't take of the ride i didn't partake in:wink:
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  3. dakarboy

    dakarboy ugly and stupid

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    looks like a great ride. i love the diversity of mc's!!! looks like the only thing missing is one of these;

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  4. gts

    gts Bark Buster

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    wot, you can just walk into that thing? Isn't it a shaft hundreds of feet deep? No lock? Sounds illegal enough, where are the pics?

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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Looks good, keep it comin'!

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  6. supercreep

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    great day and awsome silo - pics don't do it justice.

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  7. Doubletrackmind

    Doubletrackmind Been here awhile

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    This is a diagram of the place that we didn't go to today. It was at least a quarter of a mile from one end to the other all connected by 15' diameter tubes.

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  8. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Now that looks like some fun! I love snooping around places I probably shouldn't be at. How far from Denver is that?
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  9. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    First, Thanks Monty for leading us :clap
    There were a lot of cameras out. I did not take many pictures, but I will share what I have.

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    Here are 9 riders eating breakfast in Denver. Is it thier last meal before riding to a place and falling into a radio active abyss? Stay tuned...

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    Sixty miles due east of Denver the riders dismount their trusty steeds and prepare to explore the man-made caverns that once held enough power to kill thousands of Russians in a moments notice.

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    Walking on to of the massive concrete doors.

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    Dan and I actually did not go in very far. :eek1 Maybe if I had a brighter flashlight. But I did get some pics. For some reason the pictures have there spots. Reflections off the asbestos particles in the air maybe? Or invisible radioactive water particles.

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    Nine very dust covered riders. Cough Cough

    From our exploring out near Deer Trail we heading south towards Kiowa. The roads were curvy, hilly and dusty. These roads were part of the Dusty Butt 1000.

    In Kiowa we split into 2 groups. Seven would head due west towards Castle Rock. Two, Eric and Monty, would south head towards Monument via Elbert. I rode with them for a while but the pace was faster than I wanted to ride. Somebody was in a big hurry :huh :D So I was the third group, a group of one.

    I decided to head back north and see if I could find some more silos.

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    This as close as I could get to 725-C1 in Elizabeth. The town has placed the landfill on top of it.

    Head north back to Quincy Rd and just north of the Aurora Reservoir.

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    This is as close as I could get to 724-1A. It is .75 miles due north. Oh well.

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    The shadows are getting long as a head east for the second time today.

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    This was as close as I could get to 724-C1. It is .5 miles west of this gate. Dam.

    Lets go south back toward Elizabeth.

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    Ah! Pay dirt. 725-A1. You can barely make out Mount Evans on horizon. There were three of these concrete hatches. My mapping software shows me in the middle of something called Comanche Crossing State Historic Park. :huh I googled it and found nothing. Not very park like.

    From there I headed home, only 20 miles SW. 256 miles on the day. Again, thanks to the guys who thought this one up. It was fun.
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  10. gts

    gts Bark Buster

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    Awesome - except you look like you're getting busted right here :lol3

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  11. Doubletrackmind

    Doubletrackmind Been here awhile

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    Busted? Shit, we thought he was some sort of toxic radioactive mutant:yikes


    I'm the very busted looking one in the middle BTW:wave
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  12. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    I have some pics from the ride too.

    Question before I start posting- why are Grofman's pics showing up as little boxes with an X in them????

    Anyway, It was a great time with all you guys. I think it was a good, diverse group of riders: some FAST on the gravel roads and some SLOW. There was a nice collection of bikes:
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    Mostly a bunch of singles: KLRs, 650 GSes, a 1100GS supercreep that I could not keep up with on the dirt, 640 Adv. Pegaso, and I took the Tigger (the biggest, fastest pig out there).

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    The silo was as described, cool, what was really cool was when Grofman rode his Tourance clad 650 down the hill to the opening.
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    Say cheese Monty
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    Of course, what goes down must go back up
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    It was a great day, with a good group of riders. Did anyone have a tip over?

    This may be a first...
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    Later,

    Deano
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  13. Strangler

    Strangler Detroit, MI

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  14. VHRAM

    VHRAM Been here awhile

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    that looked like a fun ride .Im surprised you can even get into those things :freaky
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  15. dakarboy

    dakarboy ugly and stupid

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    that was way cool
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  16. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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  17. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Excellent report, ride, images, destinations. Had no idea abandoned silos were out there on the plains, and could be explored. Take a bow everyone.
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  18. L1gunman

    L1gunman Abner Snopes

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  19. Esteban

    Esteban Banned

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    I should have gone !! Very cool Monty, can I have a rain check ?
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  20. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    This is awesome. Maybe I will have to try and find one of these on my trip out there this summer.
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