Great report and pictures, glad HB was ok. Not a good area to go off the road.
I have been up and down Phantom Canyon road many times in the last three years. As you say pictures just doesn't do it justice at all. I have tried many times to take pictures out there and while they show some of the beauty, not way does it capture the true picture. Must of just missed you as I was there around the same time.
I think the town is named Canon City. So much beautiful contry out there to ride in. I didn't get rained out, one year the fuel pump went out one my BMW and last year a flat in Silverton. Still will be back there riding once the weather warms up and the snow is gone.
Looking forward to your next installment.