Back from Colorado 6-12-11
Well I just got back to the 100 degree temperature and must say, that Colorado was a lot cooler. I did the "unmentionable" and put my Versys in the back of my truck and hauled it to my son's house in Denver. From there we unloaded it and along with his Versys, we took off into the mountains. First day we went up through Morrison to the top of Mt. Evans. (You really have to watch your speed through there as they are poor and need money.)
The road to Mt. Evans has only been open a few days and there are still reminders of how deep the snow gets up there as you can see from the Pictures. When we finally got to the top it was 0 degrees and a -9 wind chill. About 3/4 of the way up I almost became acquainted with a Marmute that ran in front of me with a 2000 ft drop on one side and a wall of Granite on the other. I was doing about 45 and missed him by about an inch. We didn't stay too long as we didn't have Arctic survival gear and went back down the mountain to the Central City/Blackhawk area. Yep, I came back a little lighter in the pocket.
The second day we took off from Denver down to the Victor/Cripple Creek area as there is a road (Phantom Canyon) that was on my bucket list to ride again. The last time was 42 years ago and always promised myself someday I'd go back and see if it was as scary as I had remembered it in my youth. Back then I drove an old Chevy station wagon over it and a 40 mile or so trip took me 8 hours. Since then they have widened it and maintained it a bit more so it wasn't as bad as I remembered, but you still have to pay attention. The Versys did fine on the dirt road, but it was rough with ridges from other traffic. Then we ended up back in Cripple Creek with the Casinos, and yeah, did it again. What the heck, I'm old and don't plan to be buried with any money. Ever drink beer at 10,000 feet? Good stuff! Of course I only had one and that was with our lunch. Yep.
The backroads down from Denver ran along the Platte River and it was a beautiful ride. We saw a lot of wildlife and really had to watch for deer. There was an incredible amount out and about and many dead along side the road. Fishermen were out in abundance and I wish I had brought my fishing stuff, but this was a trip to be with my son and ride some. Maybe next time.
We didn't have time to take a lot of pictures as we were riding most of the time but here are a few. The Versys, as usual, did all things good, ran like a champ and never faulted. It was in it's element riding the twist and turns of the mountain roads in Colorado. But alas, it was loaded back into the back of the truck for the ride home Sunday. It didn't seem to mind and I know I enjoyed the comfort of the truck with A/C all the way back to Dallas for 13 Hours.
Next August, both my sons will be in Colorado for our annual ride so the Versys gets another workout.
'09 Versys -Green
Last edited by dallasdon; 04-10-2012 at 07:14 PM.