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Old 07-22-2010, 08:11 PM   #1
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Denver to Durango....and back.

Does it count if it's on the slab? A couple of years ago (yes years), I boldly announced to a few buddies that we need to get some dual sports and "see the sights!" So tomorrow, we are mounting up our Ducati's and heading out on the highway. That's right....street bikes.....on the pavement.

So it really didn't happen the way that I wanted it, but hell, it's on a bike. See, I grew up riding the dirt but my pals didn't. They already had street bikes and I (at the time) had nothing but 4 wheeled transportation. They figured that it would be easier for one person (me) to buy a street bike than for all the rest to buy dirt bikes. Good logic, I guess.

Tomorrow, we head out. Ironically enough, only two of us. They others coundn't get permission. WTF! It's only a couple of days. Not like we're doing a real ride like the rest of you on this site.

Pictures starting tomorrow, but I make no promisses. Even with all the digital technology....I'm still photographically challenged. Wish me luck.

PS. Only riding two lane roads less travelled. No Interstate.
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:22 AM   #2
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Should be very scenic.. be sure to post lots of pics

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Old 07-25-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
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Anxiously awaiting your pics and report as I've worked in Montrose and Gunnison and live in Minnesota. I want to come out and do a ride such as yours in the next few months.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:22 PM   #4
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Ride was a success except...

I have no idea how to reduce the size of the photos so I can post them. Please help so I can give the report.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:14 PM   #5
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It was awesome !

Great ride my friend.....thanks for the great road selection. 858 miles door to door....some weather but overall a great weekend. We went from 5000 ft to 11500 ft and back....all good. No tickets :)
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:24 PM   #6
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Day One

Departure time at 3pm last Friday afternoon. I decided to work from home which really didn't work. The anticipation was way too much. Craig had his bike in for some routine service a few days before the departure day, which didn't turn out favorably. A part had to be "rush" shipped overnight, which cost an additional $85, on top of the service bill. The part finally arrived five hours before our launch time. Good news is that the broken part was discovered, replaced, and most likely prevented Craig from being dead in the ditch. Thank you Boulder Motorsports!

Me and Craig ready to leave. I'm on the left (directly behind the cooler of the two Ducs). Mine is cooler since I had mine first.


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Old 07-28-2010, 08:51 PM   #7
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Day One - Continuation

ok, so the photo thing worked for me. Thanks Gadget Boy for the direction to Smugmug. I had burned up the past two nights trying to reduce photo size.

We headed out of Denver with our sights on Salida Colorado. The plan was to never hit an interstate and to travel on roads that really don't see much traffic. We started off on C-470 and then up Hwy 285, so the trip was pretty much doomed, as both of those are pretty much interstate. But actually, there really isn't anyway out of Denver that doesn't involve this situation.

The "interstate" riding was brief since we were headed to Pine Junction, where we would head south on 67 to Woodland Park. As soon as we turned south, I waved Craig on. This road is full of twistys and I knew Craig would rip through them. He thought I waved him on due to his "superior" riding. I waved him on knowing that this was heavily patroled by Jefferson County and I preferred to not get the ticket. (luck on our side...no tickets for either of us).

Pikes Peak just outside of Woodland Park.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:48 PM   #8
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Royal Gorge

We hit hwy 24 going west towards Divide and then on to Florissant, where the Florissant Fossile Beds National Monument is. http://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm

We didnt stop (or take any pictures) since we were in a hurry to see the Royal Gorge. Heading south on High Park Road, which is part of the Gold Belt Tour road. Let me tell you....this road is awesome. It comes with sections of new pavement, which I believe that they call bituminous. This stuff is a bit rougher than what we see in Denver, and it really grips. Needless to say, with little traffic, we were flying! Had to be a little concerned since this stretch crosses across open range several times and we did see plenty of cattle grazing close to the road.

Made it to the Royal Gorge.

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Old 07-29-2010, 08:50 PM   #10
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:18 PM   #11
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We hung around the bridge for a short while but really wanted to get to Salida (first stop) before dark. I'd seen the bridge twice before, once on a family vacation when I was about 10 yrs. old, and then about a year ago when I took the family. If you're looking for cheap entertainment.....look elsewhere. It will most likely cost you about $100 for a family of four, however when you compare it to skiing, it's really reasonable and a must do. My family loved it and Craig mentioned that he'd be taking his clan there soon. You really can't compete with Colorado Tourist Traps.

So we got back on Hwy 50 (west), which is right alongside the Arkansas river. Craig out front, as always, and felt right as ease with the speedo at 85mph. This section is awesome as you can see everything. Long sweepers and plenty of passing room. We made very short order of this 50 (or so) mile stretch.

First Night at the luxurious Comfort Inn followed by a pleasurable dining experience at Quincys.















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Old 08-01-2010, 07:31 PM   #12
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We ended up at Quincys at the advisement of the Check-In guys at the Comfort Inn. We asked about something close that we could walk to and they mentioned an Italian joint or Steak House. Uhhh...Colorado, we'll take the steak house! It also came with these following words...."It's really good and really cheap." Decision made.

It was a block away and the guys at the front desk were right. It was good and cheap. Craig and I both had Filet, salad, baked potatoe (not sure if that comes with an "e" or not), steamed vegtables, bread, and always a staple with us......a double of our favorite. In my case, Crown, and in Craigs case, Rum. So here it goes.....all for $36, tip included. Don't ever expect to get that in Denver!

So.....Please stop at Quincy's if you're ever in Salida. Great food, great staff, and great prices.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:58 PM   #13
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"See, I grew up riding the dirt but my pals didn't."

Whats with this BS....I'll have you know that 30 years ago I was running on my RM 125 :)
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:47 PM   #14
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So.....Please stop at Quincy's if you're ever in Salida. Great food, great staff, and great prices.
How come no one ever told me there was a Quincy's in Salida? We love eating at the ones in Buenie and Leadville. Now there's a new one for us to try. Perfect.


I can't believe you didn't have the chocolate moose for dessert. It's yummy.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:47 PM   #15
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Day Two

We had breakfast at the Comfort Inn and it was surprisingly good. Not the dry cereal and danish in a bag that has become the standard for a Continental Breakfast.

We filled up and headed west on Hwy 50 to the top of Monarch Pass. It was quite a scene with all the mountain bikers. I guess this is a popular launch point for the Monarch Crest Trail that is supposed to be a great ride. In addition to the cyclists, there was a hideous amount of Harley Riders. Craig and I decided that there must be a "don't ride with protective gear" convention close by. We never saw it.

Looking back to the east. Not sure the name of this peak but it was way up there. Timberline out here is approx. 11,200 ft.


We kept riding west on Hwy 50, where we stopped to stretch alongside the Gunnison River. This lone, Chocolate Lab was oblivious to us as he was having too much fun with the stick.

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