...a long wait for lunch
Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
41Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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The day started out with a very cool start from Gunnison (Colorado); we had both had a great night's sleep and were ready for an 8am get-away. Our initial planning had us taking in a route via Altmont, then up to Cottonwood Pass (on of Colorado's highest pass at over 12,500ft) and then down into Buena Vista.....a bit more map scrutiny, some cross-checking with the weather and local Dept. of Transport, backed up by another closer read of our Butler map of the area revealed a 15 mile dirt section.
Not being gun-shy of dirt (see the Sturgis blog entry) - we were all set to go for it.... then we checked the contour lines, road sections and of the course we had the heavy storm and rain from the night before..... we'll never know if we could have got through, but we have both been well looked after by gut-feelings on this trip....and our vibe was to give it a miss
Not to be outdone, again using Butler maps we quickly picked out a couple of great rides to lead us North and up into Boulder. The ride was quite chilly to begin with as we slowly climbed our way up to Leadville (elev 10,200'). The bikes handled the roads really well and we strapped the GoPro Hero camera to Cliffy for a change and he became the film director. Some hilarity ensued as he got the on/off record button swapped around for a little while; thereby taking some great footage of boring straights, the ground and of me having a roadside wee-stop (okay, he claims it was accident that he was recording me watering a tree). Anyway, he got it sorted and got some really great footage that we will post hopefully tonight or tomorrow.
We elected to stop in Leadville for a coffee, and then upgraded the break to a light-lunch given the 1105-ish time frame and some of the great rides yet to come leading into Boulder. Well, of course breakfast menu finished at 11am so it was lunch.....order placed by 1115.......delivered at about 1230.
Any other day and we would have been FREAKING OUT - but today's ride was clocked at about 250 miles, so it was a relatively easy day
Soon after we were off for even more altitude, reaching a maximum of 11,300ft as we climbed over the Fremont pass and then down again.I'll post the routes here very soon. Again, I can't say enough about how much Butler maps have helped us out with picking some of the best rides in the USA. Some are the road less travelled (like Millers Canyon, Utah) and some are just the best rides a motorcycle rider could hope for. If you're travelling the USA and doing anything on a bike, you should definitely consider buying a stash of Butler maps.
I'll let the Boulder Canyon ride video speak for itself, but it was a great way to finish the day
Glen has pretty well covered the day so i will keep this brief
This place as with many others over here welcome people to bring their dogs with them and had water bowls and free dog biscults for the four legged guests. While there a lady came through with a Blue Heeler X and we discussed what great dogs they are. We have seen about half a dozen Australian Cattle dogs on our travells to date.
Also sitting on the table next to us was a family with a boy who loved motorbikes so we showed him ours and gave him a little koala and an Oz keyring that he loved.
I was also trusted with the Gopro camera today and after a couple of mishaps with the on/off button got some good footage.
Got to our hotel in Gunnison and checked in just prior to a massive senior tour group, anybody who used to work at the Mirage in my day would compare them to Tauck Tours.
Had a good swim in the pool and a long bathe in the hot tub, bliss after riding all day.