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Old 01-18-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Member Intro and Colorado Foothills

I've been lurking for awhile. After many sleepless nights noodling whether a KLR would keep me happy at highway speeds or questioning why I couldn't find spoked wheels for a V-Strom (sounds like Woody's Wheel Works may have some soon), I finally got my dream bike off a fellow ADV'er - a GS Adventure. My dad and I have been riding bikes together since I was a wee lad, and we decided about a month ago that we'd get used GSs and gear up for Prudhoe Bay in 2012. I've really enjoyed all the information available on this site - whether it's roads not to miss or tips on camping gear - it's very helpful!

I took ride #2 on "Ronan" today (my scoots have Irish names - check out my two projects Seamus and Paddy). I'm fortunate enough to 1) live in Colorado 2) be a stay-at-home dad 3) have some spare time between 9am-3pm M-F! Today it was 50F in Denver, laundry and grocery shopping were done this AM, so off I went for a loop from Denver up Turkey Creek. Thought this backdrop was kind of cool:

On my way in to Evergreen, I rounded a corner and came across. . . wait for it. . . TATONKA!

I am WAY impressed with how Ronan handles. He's quite a bit more top heavy than what I'm used to, but he and I even got to play in some twisties:

There was quite a bit of gravel on the road above 6,000 feet, but I had fun carving my way through Kittredge and Idledale on my way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Morrison, Colo.:

And all in time to pick the kiddos up from school! A charmed life I lead, indeed.

I'm going to have many questions as my dad and I plan our trips, including a two-week jaunt down PCH this summer. So, in advance, thanks for the ideas and help! Sean
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:09 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. When in 2012 are you heading to Alaska? I'm going around end of June.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:38 PM   #4
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Stkmkt1, we're leaving July 1st and returning around August 16th. Figure six weeks should be a leisurely trip to see a bunch of sights! Sounds like we may be tipping a few at campsites that summer! Thanks for the welcome, BTW.

benwiggin2, glad you like it!
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:44 AM   #5
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You guys who live in Colorado...yer killin' me..welcome to the asylum..
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:18 AM   #6
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KHVol, while the rest of the world thinks we're living in a cow town, riding our horses to work in three feet of snow, we're really enjoying over 300 days/year of sunshine and phenomenal riding . . . ssshhhh, don't tell anyone!
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:39 AM   #7
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Red Rocks rocks!! Pics don't it justice!! I was up there last summer.. the views are superb, thanks for the pics and report
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:50 PM   #8
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Gadget Boy, you're right - Red Rocks is (are?) beautiful! I'd like to blame my inability to capture its true beauty on my iPhone, but it's more the photographer's fault. I've never ridden in Canada: I've only hit Toronto and nearby London on business, but I liked the vibe. Toronto kind of reminded me of Chicago for some reason. Must have been the nearby water and architecture.

Ogribike, thanks for the welcome note - good to be here!
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:19 PM   #9
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:11 PM   #10
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:36 AM   #11
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O2W and ricnepalm, good to see some fellow Coloradoans here. Hopefully we can introduce ourselves in person at a local shindig!
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:43 AM   #12
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I moved from CO to Ireland. From Sun to rain. Good beer to good beer. Offroad riding to road riding.

There are days I miss CO...

But at least I can get to the Alps in a day from Luxembourg...
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:58 AM   #13
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Colorado is definitely great country for a GS.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:00 AM   #14
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Hi Sean.
I live at the end of the road behind your Tatonka pic.
Also going to Alaska. Maybe this year. For sure BC.
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Nice day-trip post, btw.
You will love Ronan, Montana too. Great part of the world.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:30 PM   #15
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Thinc2, at times, I miss Ireland! I spent four days walking Dublin and checking out New Grange north of there. As a fair-skinned, freckled guy, I felt at home - no one ever looked twice at me - until I spoke when ordering a pint! Funny, but the Irish repeatedly thought most John Wayne movies were filmed in Colorado. I didn't try to change their minds for fear the free pints would cease.

EJWPC, I'm starting to agree with you! I just got out for a bit today and hit some dirt. Ronan felt rock solid.

N9221X, your handle reminds me of a plane's tail number. Next time I'm up there, I'll drop by. I bet you've found all kinds of great roads around Evergreen. Nelson, BC is beautiful if you get a chance to ride around there. Keep me posted on your Alaska plans - my dad and I are definitely in for 2012. Ronan, Montana, eh? Sounds like a photo op waiting to happen!
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