St. Patty’s Day Ride – Golden, Colorado

On Saturday, March 24, my brother-in-law Doug and I decided we were desperately in need of a mini-adventure. So, we gassed up our loyal companions and hit the road heading north!

We started off the morning with temperatures in the high 30F range, but it rapidly rose up to low 50F by the time we made it to Golden, Colorado.

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Being connoisseurs of international cuisine, we chose Ali Baba’s Grill, a Lebanese restaurant. We made great time heading up Hwy 105 and arrived about 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. Once inside, we were initially the only ones there, so we enjoyed talking with one of the staff members.

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We both thoroughly enjoyed our food, and then the staff member gave us complimentary baklava! It was all SO good, and really, the picture doesn’t do this thing justice…that sandwich was huge! To make a great meal even better, Doug secretly paid for lunch – thanks Doug!

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With our bellies full, it was time for a nap. Only we had some sights to see! The temperature had risen to the upper 50’s and our road was visible from the parking lot…

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We detoured through downtown Golden, not seeing too many leprechauns, and then headed west, up Lookout Mountain.Β The views were amazing!

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Doug’s in the mirror may be closer than they appear

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There were a lot of bicyclists on the road, but it wasn’t too busy with vehicle traffic

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The view looking down the road, towards the north – you can barely see the windmills that you pass on the way to Boulder when headed up CO93

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Time for a glamour shot of Stallion!

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And a glamour shot of Doug! πŸ˜€

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This one’s a little cooler

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The views from this pullout were truly amazing!

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Check out the Denver skyline, and Colfax Ave. stretching out to the horizon!

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We headed further up the road to the top of the mountain and got one more amazing view looking north

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And then a spectacular view looking west!

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From there we got back on the bikes and headed southwest to Evergreen, then west on CO74 to Morrison.

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I don’t have any pictures of the final leg of the ride, but although the wind picked up quite a bit, we still enjoyed an awesome ride home on CO105.

It was a great day to get on the bikes and enjoy a little mountain therapy together. Doug, the next lunch is on me!

MV

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Sneak Peek: St. Patty’s Day Ride

Yesterday, my brother-in-law and I mounted our noble steeds and headed north and slightly west to enjoy some saddle time…it was an awesome day!

More to come soon…

MV

Hello 2018!

Well, I’ve been so preoccupied with other matters that I haven’t made time to blog in quite a while. In fact, I haven’t been on here since last year! That was only 30 days ago, but still…

Unfortunately, I don’t have any new stories to share, but I did want to post a few pictures of Stallion taken by my friend Jeff. It’s always fun to see Stallion in motion!

These images were taken on the ride to Guanella Pass last year – such an EPIC road that I would highly recommend you explore!

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Hopefully more stories to come soon…

MV

BFR Group Ride – Salida – Part 2

After eating lunch right by the river, we decided that we had plenty of time and could enjoy walking around Salida for a bit. This was a fun chance for me to use my little Fuji 23mm lens and just have fun grabbing some random images!

I could spend all day here!

As I was walking around I heard some lively music in the distance. It turns out that Salida was having their Oktoberfest that day!

I enjoyed the German music for a little bit and then headed back down to the river to enjoy the sights and sounds. I’ve been to the top of that hill (above the S) and the view is amazing!

I found a great spot to sit and enjoy the view!

About that time, some of our group found my hiding spot – thanks to Scott for these pictures!

I think I really could have napped there!

Jeff and Carol enjoyed a stroll down by the river as well!

It really was a wonderful day to enjoy life in a small mountain town!

Before long, we hopped back on the bikes and pointed them towards home…

I love the diversity of Colorado!

It was a wonderful last official group ride of the year – I can’t wait for 2018!!!

MV