wrider I got post after I came back, couldn't have missed by 15 or 20 min.
Headed West on the Gs to Cotopaxi. Here it happened again, this bike after 30 or 40 miles wants to veer off onto gravel and dirt.
Leaving Cotopaxi I head North on Fremont County 12 (FC 12) It has been almost 20 years since Ive been over this. A lot of lower section is now paved, though not very well. The lower part of gravel is also very good and has Mag Chloride. The Upper part is rough in spots but do able on a street bike with good ground clearance.
Leaving Cotopaxi I manage to swallow a bug that sticks in my throat for the next hour till I can get some potable water from one of the two cars I see along the 28 mile trip. ( I usually carry a cooler but forgot to refreeze my ice pack) It gets cooler as I climb. Clouds hint at rain but never deliver. Very good views. Everything is so green this year. Wild Columbines are growing up here.
After several side trips (jeep roads) I arrive at Tallahassee Road (FC 2). I head East and this road is great, new smooth gravel. I can go at near hi way speeds.
Arriving at CO 9 I head South to High Park road then East to FC 69. Here I head South to the Red Canyon cutoff. FC Both roads have had recent work done to them, however this work appears to be more for drainage than to improve drive ability. They both have very large gravel (about 1-1/2") and several large rocks that were deposited on roadway when they cut drainage channels. FC 69 is normally ok for a street bike, but not with this. The cutoff never is. Both, however are a lot better than the Bank road.
I then go through the park and back to macadam. Is this Red Canyon Road,Shelf Road or Garden Park Road?? Its all the same road but name changes with different sections.
I ride to Florence for a burger before heading home. Put on around 120 miles, 80 or 90 on dirt/gravel.
these are from FC 12/ FC 11 or some of my side jaunts
Some locals come to check out me and my bike
These are from FC 69