The Aspens are Coming!

Well, as far as the color changes, they already came and went months ago.

As far as my posts about them, they are coming soon!



BFR Group Ride to Leadville – Part 2

After riding with the group to Dumont, we continued west on I-70. When the group reached Copper Mountain, they took Exit 195 and headed south to Leadville. I kept going to Exit 171 and then headed south to Minturn, Colorado.

Minturn is a super small mountain town, but seems to have a lively summer schedule and cool things to do right by the Eagle River. There was some festival going on, so traffic was pretty backed up and the smell of smoke (from the nearby forest fire) was very strong, so I didn’t hang around.

Once I got through the other side of the busyness, I stopped for a few pictures. The town does have some amazing views…I might have to check out the scene a little more on a future ride!

Climbing south out of the valley on U.S. Hwy 24, the smoke started to clear and the views were wonderful!

I passed by the ghost town of Gilman, Colorado and then stopped for my first glimpse of the Red Cliff Bridge! This cantilevered steel bridge is 78 years old and has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places The original cost was $372,000, but the recent restoration cost over $3.6 MILLION! Inflation is killer.

I rode down into the town and got underneath the bridge for a quick picture.

Unfortunately, the locals didn’t seem to like my presence as I was getting a lot of weird stares. I half expected someone to approach me with a shotgun and say, “Yer not from here, are ya boy”? It creeped me out and felt too much like a scene out of Deliverance, so I got out of there.

The views got better and better as I headed south and came in to the west side of Leadville. The valley is absolutely gorgeous!

It had been drizzling off and on for a while, but the skies ahead looked a little threatening, so I pulled over and put on my full rain gear.

I had told Jeff (our group leader) to give me a call/text as they left Leadville, and if it worked out, I’d ride back to the Springs with the group. Incredibly, he called me as I came through town and was only two blocks north of them as they were filling up at a gas station…perfect timing!

We headed back home through Buena Vista and Woodland Park, and completed a great day on the bikes. Although I didn’t really take many more pictures, there is one that is still worth of mentioning. The group stopped in Hartsel so that everyone else could put on their rain gear.

We like to tease Scott for his flamboyant, Ronald McDonald themed rain pants, but I have now learned that he has retired them from future rides. So, in honor of the yellow pants, here is one last picture from the trip!

Until next time!

BFR Group Ride to Leadville – Part 1

On Saturday, July 21, I headed out with my friends from Black Forest Riders on a group ride for Leadville, Colorado. Although the scenery up there is awesome, and Leadville has the cool distinction of being the highest city in the United States (10,152 feet above sea level), I really don’t like the place.

In the 3-4 times I’ve been there, the locals haven’t been very friendly, and I think their food and shop selections suck. While I love being with my friends, I didn’t really want to go to Leadville for lunch or any other reason…so it was time for another hybrid adventure! I decided I would start the day with them, and then branch off for a little exploring later on.

We left from a meeting point in north Colorado Springs and were blessed with awesome weather to start the day!

It was so sunny and clear, we could even see Jim!

Everyone was in a great mood as our Ringmaster (Jeff) briefed the departing circus…

We hit the road and headed north up the beautiful Hwy 105 out of Palmer Lake. Unfortunately, we ran into some nasty traffic on I-70 (surprise, surprise) which killed our momentum for a while. After a couple hours on the road, we stopped for coffee in Dumont. There’s not much there, but the view is nice!

At least we found parking for all of the bikes!

It was getting hot, so we all headed in to the Starbucks (that shared space with an outdoor retailer) for some cool beverages and an opportunity to catch up on texts from family/friends…

However, Kerry was not happy with Jeff for taking so long to text

The situation rapidly escalated into stand-off…this coffee shop wasn’t big enough for the two of them…(Ken pretended not to notice and stayed focused on his drink)

Meanwhile, their wives were enjoying the entertainment and placing bets on who would win!

Annnnnnd, a picture of some random tourist (yours truly)

Once the stand-off was diffused, we got back on the bikes and continued heading west! When the group turned off for Leadville, I….well, I took the road that was more heavily traveled and went off on an adventure!

More to come soon in Part 2!