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“I can tell you ride a Beemer, because you dress properly and aren’t obnoxious.”

Having happily guzzled 2 cups of coffee post-altitude sickness, I departed Steamboat in light showers, traveling southbound on CO-131. It’s a beautiful ride, and it was full of many great memories of being in the Yampa Valley – Stagecoach Reservoir outside of Yampa, the All-State bridge where Kristen and I white-water rafted with a group of obnoxious teenagers, and others.

Leadville and Independence Pass

Near the summit of Independence Pass.  CO State Highway 82.I was treated to a fantastic ride along Hwy-6 through Minturn, down to Leadville. Lots of sweepers and tight turns, really great views. Having forgotten my thermals and fleece tops, I happily stopped in Leadville and quickly noticed Melanzana, an outdoor clothing store. As soon as I entered the door, Jill helped me find a proper fleece, recommended lunch at High Mountain Pies, and was just generally fantastic. After a great lunch, good discussion with Bob – a Minnesota Vikings fan, also a rider – and an embarassingly belaboured walk (come on, it’s elevation 10,200 ft) back to the bike, I was treated by the site of a pack of beautiful bikes, including a number of BMW K1600GTs and R1200RTs. Leadville, by the way, has a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop of Colorado Fourteeners.

I headed south to CO-82, better known as the Independence Pass to Aspen. Wow – fantastic. When I got to Aspen, I sought out the John Denver Memorial Park, but after 3 failed attempts and even worse locals’ directions, I decided to keep on. The ride to Glenwood Springs was relatively non-descript, other than a killer KTM dealer just outside of town.

Glenwood Canyon

The surprise of the day was I-70 Eastbound through the Glenwood Canyon. It’s not often that Interstates provide killer views and great riding experiences, yet this is an exception. Feeling a bit dehydrated, I pulled off at a rest stop and met a wonderful couple from South Dakota (Bob and Sue). We had a lengthy chat, and at the end, Sue (probably 70?) gently grabbed my hand and said she would pray for my safe travels on the trip.

Back to Steamboat

Looking south from CO-131.  Bond, CO.Heading back toward Steamboat on CO-131, I encountered rain again, but I was able to really hit the throttle and enjoy the sweeping, open ranges. I stopped for dinner and a warm-up at Steamboat Smokehouse. While there, I met Jerry, a wonderful Texan who said to me,

“I can tell you ride a Beemer, because you dress properly and aren’t obnoxious.”

Fantastic!

When I got back home, I was crushed to find that the GoPro pictures I had filmed throughout the day were corrupted beyond repair. I lost what I know would have been amazing shots. The good news is, I was able to salvage some good shots taken by my main camera and iPhone.

Summary? A really great day in the Colorado Rockies.


The Day in Weather

RainMostly CloudyPartly CloudyRainSunny Location State High (F) Low (F) Precipitation (in) Max Wind (mph)
Steamboat Springs CO 57° 40° 0.00 25
Leadville CO 60° 30° 0.04 43
Aspen CO 63° 34° 0.40 35
Glenwood Springs CO 68° 47° 0.05 40


The Day : Images



The Day : GPS


Total Time 12:08:49
Moving Time 7:26:54
Distance 342.6 mi
Avg Speed 28.2 mph
Moving Speed 46.0 mph
Elevation Max 12,100 ft
Elevation Min 5,722 ft
Elevation Gain 30,493 ft
Elevation Loss 30,493 ft


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I Can Tell You Ride A Bimmer, Because You Dress Properly And Aren’t Obnoxious. http://t.co/PyHUgBrP #ANW2012 via @tmac2272
May 24 via American Northwest 2012 Favorite Retweet Reply

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I’d like to thank @GoPro for single-handedly crushing my excitement of an amazing ride in the Rockies. #ANW2012 #cantbelievelosteverything
May 24 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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Rule #72: Ride like a champion. Awesome 1st ride in the Rockies. #ANW2012
May 24 via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Want to get a lot of funny looks, head turns and finger pointing? Mount a GoPro to the top if your helmet. #ANW2012 #picturesbetterbegood
May 23 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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In Leadville, 10,200 ft. Gorgeous ride, Independence Pass to Aspen is next. Waterproof gear got a workout this A.M. #ANW2012 #fb
May 23 via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

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Of the 2,189 pictures I will prob take on the trip, Fiona (bike) will prob be in all of them. #ANW2012 #fb #isn‘tshelovely
May 23 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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Back in the game today. Nasty bout of altitude sickness. Having coffee, planning ride to Aspen via Independence Pass if open. #ANW2012 #fb
May 23 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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tmac2272 Terry MacVey
dynomojo Brian Boyle
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@dynomojo Thanks! Going to be a challenge to keep updated every day.
May 23 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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