A Loop Around Pikes Peak

When I said this story was “Coming soon“, that might have been a figure of speech! Here we are well over a month later and I am only now making time for this post. Sigh…time goes by too fast!

On Saturday, October 20th, me and four friends decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and do a loop around Pikes Peak. We met up at a parking lot off of Hwy 24 before heading towards Cripple Creek:

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We stopped at the “Grassy Valley Mining Overlook” and a guy there was kind enough to take this group photo!

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He had a pretty cool truck too…

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This has to be the most unique lookout tower I’ve ever seen and been in!

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Doug was happy he conquered the climb!

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Hmmmm, that is a lot of stairs…

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Such a beautiful day with magnificent views!

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Although I have mixed emotions about seeing the mine, I do have to admit that the sheer size/scale of it is astonishing! That tiny dot in the middle left of the screen is a HUGE crane!

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And if you look extremely closely in the top left of this image, you can see a massive earth mover like what we are standing in…

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This was as far as I could zoom in – now do you see it!?

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Remnants of some of the old mine

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Mike and Jenny get one last look at the vast pit

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Jeff was happy thinking about the lunch we were headed towards!

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We looped out towards Guffey, Colorado and then headed to a pub in Divide for some tasty treats. It was a great way to end the group-ride season!

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Ride Safe,
MV

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BFC Group Ride – Lookout Mountain Loop

Happy New Year Everyone! πŸ™‚

Where in the world did time go? Apparently, the last time I posted anything here at MotoVentures was on December 17th. I knew it had been a while, but not this long!

Without further delay, let’s talk about another group ride from last fall. On Sunday, September 23rd, I led a group of friends from Black Forest Chapel on a ride that involved beautiful weather, Lebanese food, and two accidents.

Leaving from Black Forest, the weather was slightly cool, but nice…

We headed up Hwy 105 through Sedalia and made it to Golden, Colorado in just under an hour and a half. Not bad for Sunday afternoon traffic! If you’re in Golden, I highly recommend theΒ Ali Baba Grill – the food is excellent, the portions are generous, and the staff are friendly!

After filling our stomachs with some amazing gyros and hummus, we got back on the road. By this time, the temperature was perfect!

On our way up Lookout Mountain, we encountered our first accident of the day. We were never able to find out exactly what happened, but it appeared to involve a hang glider as the rescue teams were hauling equipment into the hillside.

An officer flagged us through after waiting about 15 minutes and we continued up to the summit. The views at the top are always spectacular!

We enjoyed a 15 minute break at the summit – the views and amazing weather made for an awesome time!

From Golden we headed down through Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Buffalo Creek, and Deckers. We took a quick stretch break in Deckers, and then continued south on CO-67. Within a few minutes of leaving Deckers, traffic was at a standstill.

We couldn’t see anything at this point. All we could do was sit and wait.

Unfortunately, as we got closer, we realized it was a terrible motorcycle accident. I honestly couldn’t recognize what type of bike it was as it was so badly mangled and burned from a direct impact into the rocks on the hillside. Crews were picking up pieces from all over the road. Although we never saw an ambulance, I fear the rider may not have survived such an impact.

The weather was beautiful and cool for the remainder of the ride home., but seeing the accident was a sobering reminder that not all who ride come home safely. Slow down, stay alert, and stay alive!

Ride Safe,
MV

BFR Group Ride to Aspen – Part 3

I left Independence Pass and headed back down the east side of the mountain. It was so relaxing to take my time and enjoy capturing some extra pictures, even if some of the pull off areas were a bit sketchy (notice the narrow, sloping shoulder)!

I wanted to make sure I captured an image of this incredible valley – absolutely beautiful!

Right before going back into Twin Lakes, there is a neat looking barn on the south side of the road. Jenni, here are the pictures I promised!

And one of Stallion waiting patiently…

As I left Twin Lakes, I remember that there would be someone there waiting for me. I barely got a picture of him last year, but this year I was determined to stop and say hi. I waved and tried to get his attention, but he never said a word to me. So rude! πŸ™‚

Another neat barn – what a view!

I rode a little further east back towards Highway 24 and found an excellent spot for a great landscape picture. Notice the two, tiny white dots in the middle of the water…those are kayaks! (Click on the picture for a much bigger version!)

Even with the water levels low, this lake is huge!

Such amazing colors this year!

And this is my favorite picture from the entire day!

I took one last picture with Stallion in the frame, then headed south to Buena Vista.

Once I arrived in BV, I picked a cafe and found a table outside to enjoy a chicken salad sandwich and an iced vanilla latte. It was a fantastic way to wrap up the afternoon before heading home to see my family. What a great ride!

Enjoy the Adventure!
MV