Woke up Sunday morning planning to ride…until I looked outside. Heavy overcast skies, rain in the forecast. My plans were shot or were they? After a good cup of coffee I decided what the heck I have rain gear so off I went.
My plan was to go up the Golden Gate Canyon out of Golden (west of Denver). Hwy 46 is the Golden Gate Canyon Road. Located North West of Golden off of Hwy 93. The lower part of the canyon is very twisty and tight. I love old dilapidated buildings and along the way there are several to be seen.
End of 46 and off to Rollinsville.
At Rollinsville I took the dirt road to the Moffat Tunnel. The tunnel was built for train traffic in the 1920’s under the Rocky Mountains.
Road to the tunnel.
Coal Train along the way.
Got lucky and caught an Amtrak passenger train entering the tunnel.
After leaving the tunnel it started raining hard. I stopped in Nederland for lunch. The Black Forest Restaurant gets two thumbs up!!
Make sure you have room for the Apple Strudel – WOW some of the best I have ever had!
After lunch I road the Peak-to-Peak Hwy (Hwy 72).
At Hwy 7, I went west to Estes Park. Along Hwy 7 you will find the Church at Camp St. Malo.
A couple of shots of Meeker Peak.
By the time I got out of the mountains the sun was shining and it was warm. Glad I went for a ride.