Shark of the Month October 13
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Was northern Maine, now gulf coast of Florida
Sounds like it was a great trip. I had the good fortune of living in Colorado (Boulder area) for 10+ years. I didn't have a bike when I moved there but after driving some of those mountain passes I just had to get back on a bike again. I bought a new 1100 Suzuki Katana with hard bags and experienced the finest riding of my life. There are so many roads that are just spectacular. Although I lived east of the divide, I found that there was even better routes west of the divide. My favorite ride was to go to Grand Junction and then head south. By the time you get to Montrose the scenery starts to get really good. Then you'll come to the town of Ouray which will blow your mind. The whole town has architecture like you'd see in the Alps. Keep going south (spend a couple hours in Silverton) to Teluride and eventually end up in Durango. There's some wonderful fast sweepers all the way through the area from Ouray to Telluride, but don't get over exuberant with your riding as they often have radar set up on that stretch of road. Don't ask me how I know! Thankfully, I just got a warning.
Of course on the front range you have the road up through Estes Park and all through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular views that often include seeing a group of Big Horn Sheep, or Elk bugling in the meadows near the bottom ... it's a wonderful experience. If your up near Boulder and the RMNP, check out the "Oh My God Road" if you don't mind doing some gravel. There are drop offs on the side of the road that will make you ass pucker for sure. Great state, greater riding roads.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” - HST