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May 7, 2021

Buena Vista, Leadville, Turquoise Lake, Red Cliff

So, today (5/7/2021) was the 2nd day in a row where I decided to get up and go for a ride because we had 2 nice days (5/6/2021 - 5/7/2021) and snow is coming.

My ride today looked like this: Home > Aspen Park > US Highway 285 > Buena Vista > rail road tunnels > Turquoise Lake > Leadville > Red Cliff > I-70 > Evergreen > Home.

It looks like I rode roughly 300 miles today.


Passes I crossed today (in the order I crossed them):

The trick to finding the old Midland railway tunnels in Buena Vista is to take 371 North (North Colorado Avenue) off of East Main Street in downtown Buena Vista. This crosses the Arkansas River, goes through the Midland Tunnels, and crosses back across the Arkansas River.

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 7, 2021 at 10:57 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

May 6, 2021

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.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 6, 2021 at 9:25 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

May 4, 2021

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

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.

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

May 1, 2021

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.

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