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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    Quote Originally Posted by Ally House View Post
    Great pics so far. Hate losing the typing. I can never say it as good the second time, and never remember what I said the first time...
    That's for sure.
    The days start to blur together very fast. That's part of the reason I do the RR during the event. It becomes my notes.


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    How exciting to catch up with the Cannonball Run folks!!!

    Great pics! More please!
    I only found out about the 2012 Cannonball a few weeks ago. We had to detour our route to Yellowstone. We were just going to skirt to edge of the Teton NP as we went east. We lost maybe a day, but our trip has no reservations what so ever.

    Broke down. ??? electrical


    The owner of this bike posted that he was doing the Cannonball on ADV motorcycle forum.











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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    9-18-12 Tuesday I think.
    We had breakfast and waited till it warmed up a bit. We left Pinedale, Wy about 10 AM. We headed south on 191.






    The scenery didn't change much in 200+ miles. We crossed I-80 and kept going on 430. It ended at this.


    We kept going for 16 miles or so on oil packed gravel to US40. With more of the same.




    It (scenery) finally started getting a little better.


    We had a lite mileage day and ended up in Steamboat Springs, CO.


    And found a nice room with a hot tub and breakfast for $82.00 w/tax




    Tomorrow is Rocky Mt. NP.

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    We left Steamboat Springs, CO. around 10AM. We stayed at the Nordic Lodge Motel. We used the hot tub and had a pretty good continental breakfast the next morning.


    We took 14 just a bit out of town to the east and went N and E.





    The scenery wasn't the best after these shots for a while.. We were getting tired of sage brush.

    East of Walden, Co.




    More later, KEN

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    Here is some more pics from yesterday. After 14 we turned on 27 which connects to Masonville, Co.























    Rocky Mt NP is next. KEN

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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    We topped off the tank in Essec Park and saw this newer scooter.


    And then into Rocky Mt. N.P.


    We have not seen much in the way of wildlife. We did see 1 bear cub a few days back on 191.












    Approaching the top of the world here at 12000+





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    Headed to SW CO. next

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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    When heading over to Masonville, I'm sure you saw quite a bit from that big fire that Fort Collins had. My "ex" Father-in-Law's mother was a Mason from Masonville and his aunt lived in what was once the schoolhouse until she died. He grew up on a ranch back in Buckhorn Canyon.

    If you rode up Hwy 34 to Estes Park, you went through Big Thompson Canyon. This is where over 130 people were killed in 1976 from a huge flood. You'd not know it now that most of the vegetation has grown back, but I remember all the cool places that once were and are now no more...

    Thanks for the pics of your trip!

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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    Quote Originally Posted by hercbr View Post
    When heading over to Masonville, I'm sure you saw quite a bit from that big fire that Fort Collins had. My "ex" Father-in-Law's mother was a Mason from Masonville and his aunt lived in what was once the schoolhouse until she died. He grew up on a ranch back in Buckhorn Canyon.

    If you rode up Hwy 34 to Estes Park, you went through Big Thompson Canyon. This is where over 130 people were killed in 1976 from a huge flood. You'd not know it now that most of the vegetation has grown back, but I remember all the cool places that once were and are now no more...

    Thanks for the pics of your trip!
    Hi Nancy
    We saw the big burnt areas on 17. I'll bet those home owners were very worried.
    And we went thru Big Thompson Canyon and I was thinking about what would happen if a wall of water came down through there. I have seen places in Oregon where the water rapped the land. My favorite fishing hole as a young kid was one of them.
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    Re: Touring the Rocky Mts. on a Harley

    Today's route

    South on 34 from Grand Lake to 40 to 9 to I-70.
    A few mile of interstate and then south on 91 to Leadville, CO. We got lucky when we pulled into Leadville and parked right in front of a bakery. My wife got each of us 3 great cookies.
    From Leadville we went south a little more to 82. Independence Pass is 12,095 Ft. (no nose bleeds or headaches).
    Aspen to Carbondale highway was flying even at 3PM and construction going on. (least favorite place so far on the trip).
    From Carbondale we went south on 133 and found a motel with a washer and dryer just outside of Hotchkiss.
    Tomorrow is Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and then South on 139 to 160.

    Pictures to follow if they ever load into Flicker. KEN

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    The fall colors are out. Thomas Kincaid would be proud.













    More soon, KEN

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    Break time in Leadville, CO.















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