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Motorcycle Diaries: Lakes & Mountains

A ride in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA

 

Submitted by the Western Star Riders of the ISRA

 

Our first ride is to Mount Evans, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Starting in Denver, we meet at Coyote Motorsports, the sponsor for the Western Star Riders of the ISRA and a truly wonderful supporter of the ISRA. If you find yourself in the Denver area, stop in and say hello. The owner, Dave Wagner, is a longtime Yamaha enthusiast and employee, and is always ready with a welcoming hand and plenty of information about Star motorcycles.

 

From there, it’s a brisk ride up the winding interstate, I-70, which stretches from Southeastern Utah to the city of Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis 500, an historic car race. This is a fast ride through winding curves at speeds that test the bravest street rider. At 75 MPH, you get a thrill in every turn, and it is indeed relaxing when you finally exit the vast expanse of tarmac.

 

On the way out of Idaho Springs

 

At the Idaho Springs exit, you turn off the interstate onto State Route 103, Also known as Chicago Creek Road, the winding road that leads to Echo Lake, one of the many beautiful mountain lakes with which this area is blessed.

 

At Echo Lake, there is a quaint store that offers food, drink, and souvenirs, a good place to stop and take a rest. The scenery is breathtaking; be sure to take a heavy coat, because the temperature drops precipitately as you go up in altitude.

 

EchoLake

 

From there, the road goes into tight twisting curves, narrowing and winding up the mountain. At over 12,000 feet, you approach Summit Lake, a crystal clear pond as cold as ice. It sits at the foot of Bristlecone Trail, a pretty, short walk in crisp mountain air.

 

SummitLake

 

Bristlecone Trail (a stroll at 12,000 ft)

 

Leaving Summit Lake, The road becomes narrower and even more twisty, finally turning into a lane-and-a-half, dirt road that challenges even the most experienced rider, dodging tourists who are also having problems with the high altitude, the thin air, and the narrow road. Beware the family from the flatlands, in an RV (motor home), driving in the middle of the road and too frightened to move out of your way. You’ll find a way to keep going, but it will be a little hair-raising.

 

Last stretch to the summit

 

Summit Lake, 12,478 ft., and cold as ice…

 

Perseverance pays off though, as you finally approach the summit. This is truly and awe-inspiring sight. At over 14,000 ft., you can literally see for miles in all directions.

 

Mt.Evans is one of the many majestic mountains that make up the Rocky Mountains. Here you start slowly working you way up to the summit, which stands at 14, 264 ft. Bring oxygen if you get altitude sickness, and you will if you don’t live at a mile in the air, like us…

 

Mt.Evans Summit, 14, 264 ft.

 

The view from the summit is truly awe-inspiring, with vistas stretching literally to the horizon. On a clear day you can see Denver, some 45 miles away. For those of you unaccustomed to mountains, this is a unique experience. Colorado boasts 52 of the 56 mountains on the North American continent that are over 14,000 ft., but only a few of them have summits that are this easily conquered.

 

What a view! (I can see for miles and miles…)

 

As usual, the return trip is almost the same as the approach, although as usual the scenery is subtly different, being seen from the opposite direction. In Idaho Springs, we stopped at a pizzeria called Beau Jo’s, which boasts a quite unique creation called a Mountain Pie, consisting of a very thick crust and piled with ingredients. Most pizza connoisseurs would wince at the idea, but things are a little different in Colorado, where the average altitude is 3500 ft.

 

The trip back to Denver is uneventful, and we completed our sojourn at the dealership. We parted from our friends with promises to call upon safe arrival at home, one of the blessings of riding with our ISRA brothers and sisters. Time to clean up, reflect on our wonderful day, and plan for the next time our ISRA family can ride together.

 



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