BFR Group Ride – Guanella Pass – Part 2

After leaving Golden we headed west through Clear Creek Canyon on U.S. 6 – an excellent road! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any images of that because we were having so much fun carving through those curves.

An interesting fact is that the temperature was 84F before we headed into the canyon, but on the other side of one of the tunnels, it was 68F! Before the end of the day, we would see 60F at the top of the pass, and then soaring back up to 94F as we made our way back into the Springs!

Here is the view as we came into Georgetown – it was my first time pulling off in this pretty little town and I wouldn’t mind going back to explore a little more

As we turned on Guanella Pass Road, I had just finished telling Jeff over the communicator that I have lived in Colorado for 7 years and I’ve never seen a mountain goat.

I’ve been to Pikes Peak – didn’t see any.

Mt. Evans, where everyone sees them? Check. Didn’t see a one.

Glen Eyrie in the Springs? Been there, done that. No t-shirt.

As we rounded one of the corners, Jeff says, “Well here you go – there’s several blocking traffic in the middle of the road!” So now I can check that off the list…

The road to the summit is lined with little lakes and is a fantastic motorcycle road! Prior to the summit, I pulled off to grab this image

There were amazing views in every direction!

The group found an area to park in the VERY busy parking lot and celebrated the day with a picture (thanks to Jack for taking it)!

Having successfully “summited”, several folks update their Instagram accounts with selfies…

Kerry then resumed his negotiations for a ride on Jack’s bike

Our noble steeds getting a well deserved break for oxygen at 11,700 feet above sea level!

However, all was not well at the summit. Kerry clearly doesn’t approve of this license plate…

Time for a Stallion glamour shot!

Thanks again to Jack for these two images (to prove I was the one who rode it up there)

A beautiful view of Mt. Bierstadt…look carefully at the next section of images as I zoom in!

Getting closer…next I’ll zoom in on that brown patch at the bottom

Hikers on the trail!

Click on this image to make it bigger and you’ll see LOADS of people on the summit!

Another pretty view

Time for one more image before going down – I made it a B&W one!

The road down was spectacular – one of the best and most interesting decent’s that I’ve had!

After dropping down the pass, we headed over to Bailey to look for food

Unfortunately, we landed at a brewery that only had a food truck outside, and it looked a little questionable to me

As I walked over to a nearby store for jerky, chips, and iced tea, I saw this interesting artwork

After getting food in our bellies, we headed off towards home…NOTE: Riders in the mirror are closer than they appear

See – they really are closer!

The ride down the mountain and curvy CO-67 made Jeff happy!

One last stop in Woodland Park for another cool drink!

It was a great ride with some amazing scenery, and good times with friends! What more could you ask for!?

MV

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12 thoughts on “BFR Group Ride – Guanella Pass – Part 2

      • Domingo Chang says:

        I’ve been up Guanella Pass several times, it also used to be the venue for the annual “Elephant Ride”, usually the weekend of Valentine’s Day where we’d see how far up the road we’d get from Grant, CO until we got stuck or reached the old barrier positions locked by DOT (I think it was them). Ever since they paved the whole road, the barriers are lower down closer to Grant so the Elephant Ride event has kind of expired…at least I think so.

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  1. Ry Austin says:

    Hey-hey, Moto-V… I rode Guanella on Monday after spending last weekend in Leadville. I’d headed over to check out Silver Plume and Georgetown before throttling back to Salt Lake. I hadn’t planned to ride the pass, but I was there and saw the signs, so I thought, what the heck? It’s a purdy spot indeed…

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      • Ry Austin says:

        Over the last five years I’ve had the good fortune to be able to do quite a bit of riding in colorful Colorado. I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the dirt roads of the San Juan Mountains and become fascinated with Grand Mesa and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and enchanted by charming towns like Silverton, Lake City, Creede, and Leadville, among others. And the passes, ahhh the passes–dirt or paved, it doesn’t matter…

        Oh my poor, neglected blog–it has a way of getting the back burner before anything else. It’ll be quite a while before any of this trip makes it onto my blog. For about a year I have been using Instagram as a sort of realtime blog, and posts from my Labor Day trip are making it up there now.

        Well, stay well, Moto-V, and get it while you can–it’ll be snowing before you know it…

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      • motoventures says:

        I haven’t ridden a lot in those areas, but have been to Black Canyon, Lake City, and Leadville area – it was amazing! This weekend I’m hoping to ride up to Aspen with a group of friends. I’ve followed you on Instagram and will keep up with your adventures there! As for snow…..shhhhhhh……let’s not talk about that… 🙂

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