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27-02-2004, 07:35 PM
Scott here in the states. My brother and I are looking for some places to ride in Colorado this summer. I know this is kind of a European based chat forum but maybe someone can tell me some good places to look? Perhaps on the web. Or even better if someone has actually riden Colorado.
27-02-2004, 09:39 PM
:dunno: I AV'NTc7u8
27-02-2004, 10:27 PM
:bow: I WISH !!! good luck to yer m8,:bow:
28-02-2004, 07:28 AM
No I haven't ridden the area but if your looking for volunteers.............................
28-02-2004, 10:52 AM
...the Morville to Craven arms road... 3 biker deaths a year, and my favourite road in all of the UK...
Ooooops... Sorry, its not Colorado is it ???
Still a good ride...
ps... Bob, I'm with you on this one... (second in line for volunteering please)
09-03-2004, 03:24 AM
It was some time ago and sadly not on a Bird but...
I’ve had a few great trips in Colorado. From Denver there are a few day trips that are well worth having a shot at. My favourite is Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Its free to enter the park and its only 60 miles from Denver. Checkout the Tourist Info centre in the centre of Estes Park for the latest weather and places to go. There are so many options but I rate the MAIN road up to Cache La Poudre Lake. Its fast, great surface if its not snowing and fairly wide so that if there has been a rock slide, you stand a chance of being able to get round it without dropping the bike. Roads are pretty much well maintained anyway so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. It gets pretty high up at one point at over 11000 feet at the Continental Divide and maybe REALLY COLD TOO !!! I would prefer to cross during mid-day rather than leaving it to early morning or late. Look out for Elk and Deer in the road but more to the point what they might leave behind. Hey get it while its hot if you want a hand warmer, there’ll be plenty to go round. If you go during SEPT/OCT its rutting season for the elk and they can get a bit touchy so DON’T GET OFF THE BIKE near a herd and maybe keep the noise down from the cans.
Estes Park is a great place to stay for a few days and checkout the area. There is even a really good MICRO-BREWERY in town. While we were there I couldn’t manage to get the bike to actually pass the car park on the way back to the motel.
In the same region a trip to NEDERLAND, a very small town will take you through some stunning scenery. It actually has a ROUNDABOUT right in the middle of the town. Nederland was a hippy hangout back in the 60’s. Checkout the monument to the cat on the lawn of the Town’s Office and the bar across the street.
We took a circuitous trip out to Breckenridge for a day, avoiding the main routes and had a ball. I wish I could remember the route but sadly…… I do remember the Breckenridge also has a great Micro-Brewery though.
Going south a trip down towards Colorado Springs and the Garden Of The Gods was interesting. You can get into the mountains fairly easily but the road up to Pike’s peak is a NO NO on a bike. Its gravel all the way up. Take the road out to GREEN RIVER FALLS and stop in town for a bite and a walk about.
Cripple creek is also worth a trip. There are Casinos in town if you fancy your luck but I never did find a Micro-Brewery.
One piece of advice though. If you find a nice chunk of road that you can ‘play on’ ride it at least twice. Once to check out the view and stuff and then for fun after.
Have fun and lookout for Park Rangers who don't seem to like bikers too much.
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