The area circled in red is where we had to backtrack. The gray track around was our detourabout 80 miles or so. Since arriving home Ive read reports that other riders got there early enough that the workers let them through. They said it affected about 1/2 3/4 of a mile. The little section at the bottom between the red & gray is what was closed. The detour wasnt all bad, the scenery was nice.
Fortunately, our detour brought us out about 1 mile north of Aspen Alley. A trip back in the fall would be almost worth seeing the colors.
Not all the structures we see were old & falling down. This house was 30 miles, either direction, of not so good gravel to get to..but, their driveway was asphalt!
Jim & I joke about our KLRs getting tired & taking naps, or in other words.tip over & lay on the ground. About 15 miles out of Steamboat Springs we stopped at a General Store / Post Office. We filled with fuel then went inside to use the restroom & get a sandwich. I came out to see both bikes laying on their side, with Jims partially under a truck. Jim saw the whole thing evolve from inside the store. Seems mine got tired knocked Jims over & it kind of slid under the truck as the guy was backing out. The guy in the truck & his wife were quick to say they didnt cause the incident. Jim assured them he saw it happen & they didnt have anything to do with it. We were more concerned that there my be damage to their pickup, fortunately there wasnt. They were very cordial,& nice people. More concerned our bikes were damaged than their truck. They were campground hosts down the road. The only damage was a few pop rivets that got pulled out on my fairing, a little Duct tape held things in place. In Steamboat Springs the local Ace Hardware supplied the needed parts to fix it.
I wonder how old some of these buildings are, or what they were used for.
This was a home, stage stop, hotel & Post Office
This was marked as a deep ford Thats right.no splashing water! Jim killed it in the middle of the crossing! I really didnt want to go out in the water & help push it to shore. Im glad it started right up.
Our last night on the trail.
Got the table, chair & stove going.
It is peaceful out here
I think it was Charles Kuralt that said Now that they have built the Interstate Hiway system, you can drive from Coast to Coast & see nothing
A modern cattle drive..
This time with Modern Cowgirls!
Makes me think of the Hamms Bear, singing the phrase, Hamms the Beer of Clear Blue Waters!
Back on some high speed gravel
We were graced with this view, just before heading down into Silverthorne
Eight days after leaving the border we arrive at our destination, Silverthorne, Colorado. On I-70 west of Denver.
Marlenes family reunion was in Black Hawk, Colorado. Jim & I headed over Loveland Pass to Black Hawk, where Marlene met us with a celebratory Adult Beverage (Im grown up now I guess)
Its difficult to tell for sure but, of the 1800 miles ridden, we figure roughly 1200 1300 was on gravel, dirt or other non pavement. The trip was everything I had hope for & more.
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