Ride Report – Estes Park via the Peak to Peak Highway

On Saturday, August 15th, I had the opportunity to ride to Estes Park with the Black Forest Riders! We started in north Colorado Springs, stopped in Golden for coffee, then made our way through Nederland and Allenspark towards Estes on Colorado’s oldest scenic byway…the Peak to Peak highway.

This road is classified as “Difficult” by the Colorado DMV and I can see why. There are a LOT of sharp turns and twists the entire route. With signs that say, “Motorcycles use extreme caution”, you definitely don’t want to take a nap on this road!

We had absolutely beautiful weather on the way up to Estes, and for most of the way back. However, somewhere right around the south side of Castle Rock, the rain started. That’s fine. Then the rain got harder in Monument. That’s okay.

Then the skies opened up and the lightning tried to kill me as I started to get close to home. Not cool. Guess what the tallest thing is on a prairie road with no trees? Me on the bike. Guess who is taller – a cow, or me on the bike? Right again. Guess who seems to have “Strike Me” written on the top of his helmet? Bingo.

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But I do have to admit something: I was actually scared riding in that storm. The lighting was incredibly close (I would see the flash and the thunder would follow almost immediately afterwards) and the wind was powerful and pushing me around. That will make a believer out of you in a hurry.

Still, it was a good ride and a great day! I enjoyed the camaraderie of riding with the group and look forward to going out with them again in the future!

Fun facts:

  • 7 = Motorcycles (4 Beemers, 2 Hondas, and 1 Suzi)
  • 9 = People total on the ride (+ 2 more who met us for coffee and lunch later on)
  • 374 = Total miles ridden from home and back again
  • 55.5 = MPG I got on Stallion according to the Fuelly app
  • 32 = Pictures from the ride
  • 1 = Bike that lost front brakes on the ride (he made it home safely even through the rain)
  • 105 = The temperature that it felt in my helmet!
  • 1 = Brisket platter consumed with tea, coleslaw, beans, and fried apples

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Estes Ride Map

Click to read the highlights!

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It was a beautiful morning to take Stallion for a ride!

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The group enjoying the morning before riding out

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Ken and Kerry checking out one of the Beemers

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Lots of shimmer and shine!

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The herd resting before the big day

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Time for a break at Starbucks

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I met a new friend on the way out

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Time to mount our steeds and head for the mountains

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A few stray mustangs were grazing nearby

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Ken is ready to go!

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But others were enjoying their chat

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And we’re off!

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The ride through Golden Gate Canyon was great!

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About an hour and a half of twisties later…time for a butt break!

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Yours truly

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Our fearless leader!

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I saw a lot of this tailpipe on the way up – Ken was in front of me for all of it!

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I love being in the mountains

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Lots of fun, twisty, asphalt!

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Notice the sign warning about MOOSE? How ’bout that eh?

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Finally in Estes with beautiful weather!

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There’s still snow in them thar hills

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We learned of a problem with one of the bikes…

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Ken lost his front brakes! He was able to make it home…very cautiously.

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Time for lunch!

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Just order the brisket…

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With full bellies we now head for home

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Quick butt break in Black Hawk

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We would make one more stop for gas in Golden before saying goodbye and heading out for our separate exits along the way. It was a great day!

Until next time!
MV

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5 thoughts on “Ride Report – Estes Park via the Peak to Peak Highway

  1. DrJPPops says:

    Hey MotoVentures, enjoying your Black Stallion rides! I also love the mountains. Perhaps we can ride together some day. Keep em coming!

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  2. curvyroads says:

    Hi Motoventures, I look forward to following your blog as well! I love Colorado, look forward to riding there again soon. It’s been years since we’ve been there. Just skimmed the report, but will go back and read thoroughly later. πŸ™‚

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