Berthoud Pass, Willow Creek Pass, Cameron Pass

My ride today looked something like this.

Today, the weather was warm and sunny, without a hint of rain or snow. So, I decided that I had to get out for a little ride. Jennifer said that we would go to dinner with Cody at about 6:00 p.m., so I started planning a little ride. I sort of wanted to cross the divide, and then ride up north for a bit. So, I planned to ride over Berthoud Pass and down into Winter Park. But, because the pass over the continental divide (Milner Pass) is closed in Rocky Mountain National Park, I knew I'd have to find a different route back over the continental divide. So, I decided to come back across Cameron Pass.

I-70 west to US 40 through Empire to my first cross of the continental divide at Berthoud Pass. (11,306 ft above MSL). Then, down into Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, to Granby.

Colorado Highway 125 north out of Granby. I was really shocked at how much fire damage there was from the fires of last summer (2020). Then, Colorado Highway 125 crosses the continental divide at Willow Creek Pass, elevation 9,659 ft above MSL, and then down into North Park to the whistle-stop town of Rand.

Here, I go off hard top for the first time and ride down a dirt road, from Rand, Colorado on Jackson County Road 27 to Colorado State Highway 14.

Then, I follow Colorado State Highway 14 (Poudre Canyon Road) east over the 10,276-foot Cameron Pass summit (this pass does not cross the continental divide).

Eventually, I make it out to I-25 at Fort Collins, and then ride south through Loveland to Longmont, then down Hwy 119 to Boulder. Jen, Cody, and I are supposed to eat dinner, so I tell them to follow me and I ride down 93 to Morrison, then up the canyon through Idledale and Kittredge to dinner in Evergreen at the Lariat Lodge.

At the end of the day, I've gone about 320 miles. But it was a nice day, and I wanted to get some riding in since it wasn't snowing for once.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Rocky_Mountain_passes_on_the_continental_divide

Berthoud Pass - 11,325 ft. This pass crosses the continental divide.
Willow Creek Pass - 9,659 ft. This pass crosses the continental divide.
Cameron Pass - 10,276 ft. This pass does NOT cross the continental divide.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 6, 2021 at 9:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Into The Wild

"...the sea's only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don't know much about the sea, but I do know that that's the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head..."
Primo Levi

"It should not be denied... that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West."
Wallace Stegner

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

I Go Back to May 1937
BY SHARON OLDS

I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
I see my father strolling out
under the ochre sandstone arch, the
red tiles glinting like bent
plates of blood behind his head, I
see my mother with a few light books at her hip
standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks,
the wrought-iron gate still open behind her, its
sword-tips aglow in the May air,
they are about to graduate, they are about to get married,
they are kids, they are dumb, all they know is they are
innocent, they would never hurt anybody.
I want to go up to them and say Stop,
don't do it--she's the wrong woman,
he's the wrong man, you are going to do things
you cannot imagine you would ever do,
you are going to do bad things to children,
you are going to suffer in ways you have not heard of,
you are going to want to die. I want to go
up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,
her hungry pretty face turning to me,
her pitiful beautiful untouched body,
his arrogant handsome face turning to me,
his pitiful beautiful untouched body,
but I don't do it. I want to live. I
take them up like the male and female
paper dolls and bang them together
at the hips, like chips of flint, as if to
strike sparks from them, I say
Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 4, 2021 at 9:22 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Boreas Pass / Georgia Pass

Today, I tried to do Boreas Pass and Georgia Pass, but they are both still snowed in. Boreas Pass is out of Como, Colorado. Georgia Pass is out of Jefferson, Colorado.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 1, 2021 at 9:39 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Georgia Pass

I think that tomorrow I might try to hit Georgia Pass and see what it looks like. I don't think that it's open, but I'd like to see how far I can get, anyway.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 30, 2021 at 10:24 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

45 Miles Off-Road

So today, the weather was nice. The snows finally melted and I was able to get on the Africa Twin for a little ride. I ran into a biker the other day when I was riding somewhere between Cheeseman Reservoir and Wellington Lake, and he told me that you could follow this dirt road far enough, you'd come out somewhere south of Jefferson, Colorado...south of the Tarryall Reservoir, somewhere. So, I've tried once or twice since then to make it down that road/trail/path that he described to me, but always it was covered in snow, mud, etc. So, today, I figured I'd give it another try and this time I made it. I rode 45 miles down a dirt road through the mountains, alone, with no cell coverage. OK....I did meet one guy along the way and rode with him for some distance. Glad to have someone around to help me in case I should drop my bike. The roads were mostly dry. Mostly the snow had melted and the mud had dried. But it was still a LONG ride down a dirt road. Then, I did come out onto Colorado Road 77, and finally hit hard top. Then followed this road north past Tarryall Reservoir, to Jefferson, Colorado. Then up US Highway 285 back home. Looks like the whole trip was about 150 miles.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 30, 2021 at 9:29 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Goat Thirty

Today, I rode my motorcycle up as far as I could on Guanella Pass from the Georgetown side. I think you can only go about 8 miles, and then the road is closed. There is some parking, and this is where the campgrounds are, if I remember correctly.

To get there, I took the frontage road to I-70 west (Stanley Road) to Dumont. Then Alvarado Road to Georgetown. I found the road over Saxon Mountain, but didn't try to get past the first switch-back. Then through Georgetown, and up Guanella Pass Road (381) to Naylor Lake Road (just passed Guanella Pass Campground). That's where it's blocked off. So I turned around and came back.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 29, 2021 at 4:46 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Today's Ride

Today, I rode to Idaho Springs, up 119 to Rollinsville, then up to the Moffat Tunnel, about 7 miles of dirt road from Colorado State Highway 119 (Peak to Peak Highway). Then, back to 119, and north to Colorado State Highway 72 to Coal Creek Canyon, down to 119 to 93. Then, south down 93 to C470 to 285 and back home. Then, for my next ride today, Upper Bear Creek to Witter Gulch. Then up Witter Gulch to Squaw Pass Road / Colorado 103. Then to 151/Little Bear Creek Road, and down into Idaho Springs. Then, up Oh My God Road, and back home.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 26, 2021 at 11:49 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Riding Again (After Blizzard of 2021)

Now that the weather has finally changed, I've started riding again.

In March, I was riding every day until the blizzard came. Then, on March 14th the snow came and made it the 2nd snowiest march in Colorado's history (behind the blizzard of March of 2003). So, I put the Africa Twin at the front of the garage, and pulled out the Honda ATV, as I figured that I wouldn't be riding for a while. Finally, the snows melted from my driveway on Saturday April 24th and I went for a ride. So, for the record, I didn't ride my motorcycle from March 14th - April 23rd. (I rode yesterday and today on April 24th & 25th)..

Yesterday, I rode up to Alice/St. Mary's Glacier.

Then, today I went for a little ride down 285. I went up Kenosha Pass as far as possible. About 7 miles in, it's closed near the Duck Creek Picnic Area. Also known as County Road 1038, Duck Creek Road, and Forest Road 119. Then, I turned and came back to 285, and ran up to the top of Kenosha Pass. From Kenosha Pass, back home via US 285.

Then, I stopped in on my fox den. I believe I saw 4 babies (2 red, 2 blk). And one parent (red). Will have to take camera over tomorrow and get some pics.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 25, 2021 at 8:43 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

SF Driving Maps

These maps show some areas where I used to ride when I was working for Electronic Arts, Genentech, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, & Morrison Foerster, in the SF Bay Area.

Skyline Blvd - This is a nice 2 lane black top road through the hills and woods south of SF. Comes out in Santa Cruz. Then you can come back up the coast. Alice's Restaurant is included in this loop.

Wine Country Tours: Lots of different vineyards, wineries in Napa and Sonoma, CA.

This shows a route up north of SF through Muir Beach, Point Reyes, Bodega Bay, and back down to SF.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on April 23, 2021 at 2:04 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink