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Offline Hondo

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Get out of Denver!
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:57:00 PM »
Get Out of Denver!

8-6-2009


It was one of those glorious mornings that pushed me to head out and go west.

The weather was absolutely beautiful - clear, calm & cool. The sky above my head -



First things first- the proper attire -



So I went out to the garage and checked the CB1000C out....



I got all my gear on & headed west. Leaving the burbs of Denver -



As I was heading into the mountains on I-70 I decided to take a few pics -



What's that to my left?



The house from Woody Allen's "Sleeper" -



A little farther west -



A closer view- the brown trees are all dead, killed by beetles. it's really quite horrific looking -



I stopped in Vail to decide where I should ride to. The weather was still clear and warming up nicely. I didn't want to go south to Leadville or north to Wolcott, as I was just there. So I decided to continue on to the west, going to Glenwood Springs and then on to Aspen.

Aspen you say? 

"Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen."



The temp had climbed some so the climb up Independence Pass (west of Aspen) would be welcome. I gassed up in Aspen and headed up the pass. There was very little traffic.

On the way up -



The ride up was great- cooler temps, no sand on the pavement and little traffic- ideal conditions for my desired speeds.

At the top of the pass I took some folks photos and then they took mine. The shot with the sign -



A few bike pics -





Heading down the pass was just as much fun with ideal riding conditions. I flogged the CB1000C pretty hard for a bit and then stopped at this switchback/overlook -



The road and valley below where I'm headed -



I stopped in the valley, such a pretty day -









Some flowers off the road...







I continued on to the east, stopping at Twin Lakes (between Independence Pass and Leadville). This is looking back across the lake towards the valley I just rode through & the pass -



Looking south towards Buena Vista the weather looked pretty foul -



That made my decision easy when I got to CO 24- turn north towards Leadville and then back to Denver via I70 and Loveland Pass. I stopped in Leadville and gassed up for the final leg home and then stopped near Copper Mountain for a few pics-



It was just beautiful  -



When I got close to Breckinridge (on I-70) a sign said that Loveland Pass was closed due to an accident so i just slabbed it back home.

Overall it was a great day, even with the amount of interstate that I rode. Total for the day was 380 miles.

 

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