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"And the Colorado Rocky Mountain High…"


Cache la Poudre Canyon

On the way to the Nokhu Crags.  CO State Highway 14, near Walden, CO.
After a beautiful sunrise ride across Rabbit Ears Pass, followed by a high mountain ride into Walden, CO, I rode east on CO-14 through the Cache la Poudre Canyon (also a scenic byway of the same name), which is stunning, especially for motorsports enthusiasts and fly fishermen. The Poudre weaves its way through the canyon and into Fort Collins. In June, the east side of the Canyon would be decimated by the High Park Fire that began in Fort Collins.

I grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Fort Collins, checked the line to the Rocky Mountain National Park‘s Trail Ridge Road, and learned that it was still closed. I made the decision to try a new route by heading to Estes Park, then south to Nederland. It was a fantastic ride, although I did notice the increased traffic associated with being on the Front Range.
 

Berthoud Pass

Glorious Berthoud Pass Summit.  U.S. Route 40, near Winter Park, CO.
 
 
 
It had been 10 years since I had traveled Berthoud Pass. It never disappoints, and on this day, it was spectacular. The clouds parted, the sun shone brightly, and traffic was relatively light. On the way back to Steamboat via US-40, I drove through Granby and noticed that from that west side view of Rocky Mountain National Park, there was definite reason that Trail Ridge Road was closed – the clouds had socked in above 9,000 feet.
 
 
 

Winter Park to Steamboat

I’ve always thought that the stretch of US-40 from Winter Park to Steamboat is a fantastic stretch of road. I made a significant mistake when I rode it, and that mistake was not to stop and capture some stills as the spring light hit the hills, particularly the curves around the Wolford Mountain Reservoir. It was breathtaking.


The Day : Weather

Partly CloudyMostly CloudyPartly CloudySunny Location State High (F) Low (F) Precipitation (in) Max Wind (mph)
Steamboat Springs CO 78° 57° 0.00 34
Fort Collins CO 68° 46° 0.00 25
Estes Park CO 72° 49° 0.00 28
Berthoud Pass CO 59° 41° 0.00 54
Granby CO 78° 33° 0.00 36


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The Day : GPS


Total Time 14:13:17
Moving Time 8:56:56
Distance 411.1 mi
Avg Speed 28.9 mph
Moving Speed 45.9 mph
Elevation Max 11,326 ft
Elevation Min 4,941 ft
Elevation Gain 43,080 ft
Elevation Loss 43,086 ft


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412 mi of spectacular riding, but the best is always the alpenglow hitting the Yampa Valley. It gets better every time I see it. #ANW2012
May 26 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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Rule #25 – See a FedEx truck on a mountain road? Get close and ride it. Dude’s in a hurry and knows every inch of the road. #ANW2012
May 25 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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Fort Collins. The birthplace of traffic lights and eternal road construction. #ANW2012 #actuallyacoollittlecity
May 25 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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“You have reached the RMNP. Trail Ridge Road is closed due to weather conditions.” #ANW2012 #improvise #sunshineonmyshouldersmakesmehappy
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I love the motorcycling community. Stereotyping, but “salt of the earth”, laid back, curious and passionate about the activity. #ANW2012
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Need input. In Steamboat, to Fort Collins. RMNP Trail Ridge closed (?), need plan B – to Estes Pk, Nederland, then US-40 back? #ANW2012
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