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October 30, 2021

Forest Service Road 211

So today, it was warm and sunny, with a forecast of cold weather for several days and possibly snow. So I knew I had to get out for a ride or I'd hate myself for missing the chance. I decided to hit the Forest Service Road 211 loop again. Someone showed it to me earlier this year, I'm pretty sure.

But something odd happened to me before I got out of Conifer. I ran into a guy at the gas station on the exact same motorcycle as mine. Same make. Same model. Same year. And I thought it was a sign from above that we should ride together.

Me: Is that a 2017 Honda Africa Twin?

Him: Yep.

Me: How many miles you have on it?

Him: 3,000. You?

Me: 55,000.

So we decided to ride together.

From Aspen Park to the trail head is about 30 miles.

FS Road 211 is approximately 25 miles, And it spits you out about 35 miles south of Jefferson on Tarryall Road (Park County Road 77).

Leg Distance Total
Aspen Park 0 0
Trail head 30 30
Trail end 25 55
Jefferson 35 90
Aspen Park 40 130

This ride from FS Road 211 north to Jefferson is stunning. I didn't take any photos, but the scenery is just unbelievable.

It was a beautiful ride, but what surprised me, I think was that we came to a campground, and he noted that someone had walked off from the campsite/campgrounds and just disappeared from the face of the earth. So, I wasn't sure if I remember this or not. I'm going to see if I can find the article.


"On September 6, 2002, Terry Schmidt, DOB 01/21/1949 was reported missing while staying at the Lost Valley Ranch located at 29555 Goose Creek Road. Terry had traveled with her husband, Wiltz Wagner, from Indiana to attend an annual conference. Terry's husband last saw her at noon on September 6, 2002 when they had lunch. She told him she was going to go hiking on the Cheeseman Overlook Trail after lunch. Wiltz and Terry were supposed to meet for dinner that evening but Terry never showed up.

Over the next four days, 80 volunteers searched for Terry to include helicopters and fixed wing airplanes, but no signs of Terry were ever found."

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 30, 2021 at 6:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

October 29, 2021

US Embassy in Cancun

The consular agency of the United States in Cancun is located at Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH, Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 and can be contacted by telephone on (999) 942-5700 and 999-316-7168 as well as by email conagencycancun@state.gov and meridacons@state.gov.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 29, 2021 at 11:01 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

October 26, 2021

Replacing Tahoe Battery

Today, I put a new battery in the Tahoe. It's been hard to start, and seemed like the battery could hardly turn over the engine. So, I figured that I'd replace it and see if that solved the problem. It seems to be much easier to start now. Now, I need to replace the tires, as all 4 tires are as smooth as a baby's ass. Also, I need to renew the plates on the BMW X3. This would, in theory, give me two vehicles that I could drive in the snow, if needed.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 26, 2021 at 8:45 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

October 14, 2021

Organizing the Keys

At some point, I recently realized that I need to organize my keys better. Like, I carry around a key chain in my pocket with scads of keys, but they're not labeled or anything. And, if I should get run over by a train, or something, it wouldn't be easy for anyone to come along behind me and make sense of all of my keys.

I started out by going into Big R in Aspen Park and getting a copy made of the Jeep key. It cost me a whopping $2.30. Then, I bought a key rack at Walmart in Evergreen, along with some labels for the keys. I got a copy of my front door key made at Big R, but some keys they can't copy (i.e. BMW key, etc).

Today I was rooting around for more keys, and I stumbled across my key drawer, which I'd pretty much forgotten about because I haven't opened that drawer in like forever. So I found my old spare BMW key, KTM keys, etc. I went and bought another key rack, mounted it above the first one, and continued on my key organizing spree.

There are a LOT of keys to keep up with, to wit:
Keys to the following vehicles:
2017 Honda Africa Twin
2010 KTM Adventure 990
2007 Honda XR650L
2004 Honda XR650L
2004 BMW X3
2002 Honda Rancher 350 (Green)
2001 Honda Rancher 350 (Red)
1997 Chevy Tahoe
Jeep Wrangler TJ
House keys

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 14, 2021 at 9:20 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Replacing BMW Battery

I couldn't get the BMW X3 battery to hold a charge, so I went down the hill to Walmart, and bought a new battery for it. Brought it home, and installed the new battery. For whatever reason, the battery is in the back of the BMW X3. Basically, I followed the directions on this YouTube post BMW X3 Battery Replacement Instructions. So, the BMW X3 is running and I parked it in the barn so it's out of the weather. Then, I took the old battery down the hill to Walmart so I got my $12.00 core charge back.

So, at this point, the Tahoe, Jeep, and BMW are all running. Now I just have to get the license plates updated.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 14, 2021 at 8:52 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

New Cat Tracker


Press and hold the small silver power button on top of the tracking device until a green light flashes and it beeps.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 14, 2021 at 10:47 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

October 13, 2021

Snow Forecast for Thr Oct 14th

Looks like we should get rain/snow tomorrow on Thr Oct 14th, from noon to 9:00 p.m. This would be our second snow this Fall.

Update: We did get snow today, but it wasn't a lot. It switched to rain at some point. The yard is white, but it's not like we got a lot of snow. Nothing measurable really.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 13, 2021 at 8:13 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

October 12, 2021

The Season's First Snow

Today is Tuesday, October 12th, and I'd say we got the first snow of the season today. I drove the Tahoe to Georgetown and back, and it snowed on me in Evergreen, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

And the forecast calls for more snow in 2 days on Thursday, October 14th.

Brrrr. Not ready for winter yet.

Posted by Rob Kiser on October 12, 2021 at 4:47 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink