Saturday, August 12, 2017

Meeting BeemerGirl and Oilburner

Martha and I, riding on Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar rig...rode into the nearby mountains to the town of Nederland (Home of the Frozen Dead Guy) this morning.  The mission was to meet fellow moto-blogger Beemergirl aka Lori and her husband Oilburner aka Chris.

We met at the New Moon Bakery and Coffee Shop and chatted up a storm while enjoying some Bacon Wraps.  Well, mostly Lori and Martha chatted up a storm while Chris and I jumped in every now and then.

After breakfast, and since Chris had a couple of hours before having to report to work at Brainard Lake Recreation Area (where they're sort of work-camping); we rode out towards Rollins Pass.  Chris and Lori on their spiffy Honda CBX500X motorcycles.  Martha dubbed them Thing One and Thing Two, the motorcycles that is, since they'd not named them yet!

We got to the eastern entrance of the Moffat railroad tunnel and stopped for a quick picture in the nearby parking lot.

That's Lori and Chris behind Martha

At this point we said goodbye to Chris as he had to ride up ten miles or so back to his Brainard Lake where he mans the fee station as part of a summer gig to "test the waters" of work-camping.

Lori stayed with us and we proceeded to ride down to Golden Gate Canyon State Park via Gap Road.  

The Continental Divide from Tolland Road

It was shortly after we got on Gap Road that we came a good spot for another picture:

The rest of the ride was through twisty canyon roads, bounded on both sides by thick pine forest with the occasional patches of Aspen trees.  We chatted via our Sena Bluetooth headsets which made it an easy way to pass the time and describe things to Lori as we saw them.

We took a small break in the town of Pinecliffe on CO72, got UDF'ed by a K Bike Rider for a bit and then we headed back towards Nederland for lunch.

We decided to try the German Restaurant at the edge of the city and it turned out it was it's last weekend in operation!  It's a family business and the patriarch had decided it was time for the family to retire from the restaurant business!

After a very leisurely lunch of delicious bratwurst, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, and with heavy weather moving in from the North, we parted ways with plans to get together soon for more riding!

As Lori rode back to Brainard Lake, we hit traffic blocks due to a bicycle race that was using Golden Gate Canyon as part of its route.  We diverted back towards CO72 and twisted and turned our way, in mild rain and wet roads, to exit way north of Golden.

Traffic was crap, still due to the bike race, and we slogged our way to another major traffic detour that forced us into Arvada.

We finally made our way south from 64th Avenue to the I-70 slab where traffic wasn't too bad.  Of course, then I got on I-25 south and traffic was basically slow and go all the way to I-225 and Parker Road.

Traffic was heavy and roads were mostly wet though I did manage to avoid a couple of spots where large puddles had formed.  Figure another hour from what normally would have been a 2 hour drive.....way too many people and a road infrastructure that can't handle bicycle racing events.

Great meeting with Lori and Chris and looking forward to our next ride with them.  Lori has one more week of remote work and then she'll be on vacation so I'm hoping they'll be able to ride Pikes Peak and Mount Evans!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Reconning Possible RV Campsites

Under cloudy skies and cool conditions, Brigitta, my '87 BMW R80 Airhead and I headed out to check cellular data connectivity in the nearby mountains., had provided a list of BLM campsites that one can take an RV to and I wanted to see what kind of connectivity they had via Verizon.  The wireless coverage map provided by Verizon has proven "lacking" in the past so an in person recon was required.

First up was the farthest, the Gordon Gulch Recreation Area, which is 5 miles or so north of the small mountain town of Nederland, CO.

Lat Lng: 40.009854,-105.501955

I found Forestry Road 266 with no issues though it was just .4 miles north of Mile Mark 37, not .5!   As I cruised around seeking decent parking spots, I came across a young (teenage) black bear ambling across the dirt road.  He picked up speed when he saw me and ran off into the woods.  No pics, wasn't fast enough.

Gordon Gulch Recreation Area

Got decent signal at a couple of spots using the OpenSignal app on my iphone but the terrain wasn't really something I'd take Uma, my Class C Motorhome, to find campsites.  The road was packed dirt/gravel and there were a couple of spots where one might ground one's motorhome.  So scratch Gordon Gulch from the list of future boondocking sites.

Leaving there, I headed back south along CO72 and took the CO46 junction towards the Golden Gate Canyon State Park and its campground.  Less than five miles in, found the sign for campground but it turns out RVs have to take the Gap Road junction further to the north on CO72 to get to it.  The road was too narrow and curvy I guess.  So no testing Verizon's signal at this campground today.

Twisting and turning my way back down CO72 (the Peak to Peak Highway) was quite enjoyable on two wheels but I did note I've become a bit "rusty" as Brigitta and I made our way up and down the twisting curves back towards Black Hawk.

Shortly after transiting the casino town of Black Hawk, I took the US40/US6 junction towards Idaho Springs and shortly afterwards was on the US40 Frontage Road heading east to the I-70 exit.

Getting on I-70 Eastbound, I was soon at the Chief Hosa exit.  This is where Denver's Genesee Park has the Chief Hosa RV campground.  It's a small affair but I got pretty good download, lukewarm upload speeds when I checked.

I think the 10Mbps was a fluke, got 2.2 in a second test for 
download speed

Near Chief Hosa RV Park

Of course, it's an RV park so not quite a boondocking site, but still a possible destination when we've only a couple of days to get away from the cesspool of humanity that is Denver.

The view from the Chief Hosa highway exit from I-70

Brigitta and I made it home, though we did get sprinkled on as we traversed the SW portion of the C-470 beltway to the Metro Denver area.

It was a good workout ride for Brigitta, something long overdue.

To finish this post, a composite/double exposure shot from yesterday's sunset and the moon which showed at the same time.