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Old 02-16-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Nice Ride on the Plains

We had a nice ride on the Eastern plains today. We met up at the gas station in Larkspur as planned, then headed east. I don't think onyone got pix of the icey road just east of I-25. Nice county maintained gravel road, but with a supprise. The shady areas had ice and snow pack covering them. but everybody made it up the hill with no misshaps.

It was a beautiful day, sunny, with promissing temps in the upper 50's. The wind was at our backs and we were destined for some county gravel.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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We headed east on as much dirt/gravel as we could find. The vistas are amazing our there.


Not all these pix are in order. I should have started at the beginning, but thats no fun. So to back up a piece, When we left Highlands Ranch, it seemed logical to go over Daniels Park. so a photo op on top was good. besides we needed a pix of "newbie" Glen and his new (to him) KLR. Glen is a Harley rider, but we tried to be polite anyway.


Of course when he asked when we would stop at the bar for a burger, we just had to give him a bad time about that. after all we were here to ride.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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I actually managed to get a pix of Rich in front of me on the frontage rd. And without crashing Riding with one hand, and shooting the pix with the other is too much multitasking.


Then Larkspur to meetup and we were off.

We just kept heading east on whatever road seemed to look interesting. The wind kept getting stonger, but it was at our backs most of the time. Some of the bluffs and hills are real interesting. Some people even have thier own airport.


The runway is behind the bikes.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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Heading South we passed a gravel road that looked interesting. Something about dry wash rd or something. So we took that until it ended at a nice retirement home
.As the day wore on, we found ourselves in Ramah. Interesting old town. We should have explored there a little more, but lunch was in order, and Simla is right down the road.

There is a good reaturant in Simla, so we pilled in, and had a great
lunch. I should have tired the pie, it was reported to be excellant.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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I'd be ashamed to post anything about rides out in those eastern plains...what with the lesser prairie chicken's precarious situation out there.

Considering how far north you guys are, it looks like it was a nice day for a ride.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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Then north to hwy 86. The Indian statue on that hiway is worth seeing. So that was the next stop.




Then back on Hiway 86. The wind sure seemed to be stronger heading west, since that was into the wind. All in all a nice day on the plains.

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Old 02-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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The inmates at a bridge that had a 1.5 ton limit. We made it accross anyway
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:55 AM   #8
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Thanks for setting it up, Norm. I had a great time, and it was good to meet you guys!
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:34 PM   #9
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Thanks again, Norm, for the great ride! I hope we can get a few more of these in this spring.
Good pics, most of them very similar to mine.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #10
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Here area few more pix that I posted for Radrak.




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Old 02-17-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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The last one has Pikes Peak in the background, and Glen and Myself in the pix. It was actually a very clear day, although it looks somewhat hazy.
But Pikes Peak is about 70+ miles away. This is the top of Daniels Park Rd.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:45 PM   #12
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Sorry I missed this ride.....I used to ride those roads a lot. There is a lot of history on the eastern plains, and when better to ride them than on a dry winter day? Study up on the Smokey Hill Trail, or "Starvation Trail" as they called it. The southern trail was just a little north of Kiowa and Elizabeth. You can still see some wagon ruts across the prairie. I bet you enjoyed your ride!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #13
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So many miss out on what the plains has to offer. It's easy to go by the old wagon tracks, and not realize what they are. Some people suffered hard times to get here, and make a life here. Those tracks speak volumns if you care to hear it. the crys of places like Sand Creek, and Beacher Island will never cease in my brain, especially after visiting those places. Check out a website calle Fort Tours. Site doesn't work well, but show maps and info on lots of old interesting places.




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Old 02-22-2013, 08:10 PM   #14
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There is truly a peaceful beauty out there. I could almost picture this wagon heading down the trail:



The Colorado Territory:



I took these pictures at the Elbert Co. Museum.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:11 AM   #15
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love the photos and ride report! you guys look like you had a ball! what an enormous amount of history out there….
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