After a lazy breakfast, I headed out shortly after 9:10:11 AM (see what I did there?) and made my way through the Metro Denver area towards Morrison to see what we could see.
Scarlett and I first meandered into Red Rocks Park to take pictures of the rocks before and after a disappointing snowfall. (see slide show)
Leaving Red Rocks Park, we turned west onto Bear Creek Canyon Road and twisted and turned our way through the hamlets of Idledale and Kittredge, ending up in the small town of Evergreen. To the west of town is Witter Gulch Road but first the standard posing of one’s motorcycle on Golden Willow Road which is just past the gulch road.
Witter Gulch Road used to be a fun dirt road to ascend and descend from the vicinity of Squaw Pass but now its nicely paved and without much challenge except for a couple of tight hairpin turns.
Once on Squaw Pass Road aka CO State Highway 103, Scarlett and I continued westward, ascending towards Echo Lake and the junction with CO5, the road to Mount Evans. The road to Mt Evans is closed for the season but there were several spots on the way to Echo Lake and around the lake that lent themselves to pictures.
Scarlett and I continued west on CO 103, descending fairly rapidly on pavement which sometimes presented ice and frozen snow. There wasn’t much but a couple of spots would have given me pause had I been on two wheels!
Soon enough, we made it to the town of Idaho Springs which straddles the I-70 Super Slab. I spied an old locomotive and turned back towards town to get a closer look.
The rest of the ride was boring super slab riding on I-70 heading back into the Metro Denver area, retracing the morning’s route. We got home shortly after 3:00PM, no issues to report except that the low fuel sensor on Scarlett has once again failed. It’s been replaced once under warranty, I don’t think I’m going to bother getting another one from the dealer. Scarlett averaged 39 mph during this last tank of gas, and still had 3/4 of a gallon in the tank when I topped her off with 277 km on the trip meter!
There’s a comparison of basically the same shot at Echo Lake, new and old cameras, I think the sony picture is crisper but the colors are a tad better on the Panasonic within the slide show. You’ll note I photoshopped the signs out on the Panasonic picture.
Also, the colors were more accurate on the Sony picture, based on what I recall from today’s riding.
Ride Safe. Ride Aware.