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Offline Hondo

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Just another Thursday Ride in The Rockies
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:00:13 PM »
(Feb 2009)

So jmking43 posted up in the Rockies (ADV) looking for riders to take advantage of the forecast 70 degree February weather, and that sounded like a great idea to me.

Four of us agreed to meet for breakfast in Colorado Springs at 830 am. I parked my bike next to jmking43's Gold Wing and went in for breakfast.



The riders -

jmking43 on his Gold Wing, ASSFAULT on his CB1000RR, atokadok on his Triumph Tiger and me on my CB1000 Custom.

Here is atokadok, ASSFAULT and jmking43 post breakfast-



Gearing up - (jmking43's pic)



Riding south - (jmking43's pic)



The plan was to head south to Bishops Castle, a "castle" built in the mountains by an eccentric man. More information available here -

http://eagleriverpewter.com/bishop.html

We parked across the street by the mailbox -



A view from my bike -



A few pics from accross the street -





I hadn't planned on climbing this tower, but that later changed -



Before we went up to the castle a retired couple who were sightseeing asked if we would like our photo taken-





So we headed up to the castle. A view in the front, ASSFAULT checkin' it out -



atokadok, jmking43 and ASSFAULT in front of the castle -



The fire breathing (really) dragon chimney -



Curiosity got the best of me & I decided to explore a bit. The steps up were pretty steep -



On the way up - (atokadok's pic)



I went into the huge main room - wow -

Looking towards the back -



The front windows -



Then I started climbing the main tower.

The dragon -







atokadok & jmking43 from the height of the dragon -



Then I went to the top of the tower.

The bikes -



ASSFAULT, jmking43 and atokadok way down there -



The steps from the top -



So we geared back up & headed back to the north. At 96 atokadok headed back to the east while the three of us headed west for Westcliff & then to the north.

We rode to Texas Creek and had lunch at the diner there - it was very good!



After lunch we headed back to east on highway 50. I turned off on 9 and pointed northeast for Hartsel & South Park.

About 3 miles from Hartsel I spotted a large group of antelope right next to the road, so I stopped for a few pics -





I gassed up in Hartsel and then on to Fairplay to join 285 north to Denver.

It was pretty cold, but I did stop at Kenosha Pass to take a pic of Southpark -



I got home at dusk with 316 miles on the clock for the day.


Offline Old Big MO.

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Re: Just another Thursday Ride in The Rockies
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 03:12:41 PM »
Hondo, thanks for the pictures, been to the castle a few times myself when riding with my brother out there. Nice place, looks like you had a great ride,
thanks again,
don

 

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