2007 July Ride Listing

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DIRECTED RIDES
Bishop's Castle Ride
Miles: Approx. 397

Day and Time: Sunday

Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 11 Hrs. Driving Time - 8.0 Hrs.

Description of Ride: This ride will take a southern route to show you a different side of Colorado riding.

 

With less aggressive roads you will have a fun filled day heading south visiting a place called Bishop's Castle. A very interesting little place that everyone should see at least once. A castle, still under construction and being hand built by one man, Jim Bishop. Over the last 30 years he has carried in over 1000 tons of rock and used them to build his castle.

 

You may have visited this castle in years past but Jim is constantly building and adding to his master piece. From year to year many changes take place.

 

Some say Jim Bishop is eclectic. Maybe, but most say he's just crazy. Join us for this ride and make up your own mind.

 

Be sure to check the link below for the history on this amazing example of what one man can do.
 

SPECIAL NOTES It is advised to bring along cash as some of the fuel stops have a hard time or cannot accept credit cards, due to there remote locations.

 

It is highly recommended that you grab several bottles of water at the hotel before you leave on this ride. The southern routes can see temps above 100 and there is no place to find water. If you can't carry the water, make sure to ask the ride leader or a friend to throw in a couple extra bottles for you.

 

Bring plenty of sun screen! This is the second most important item on your southern packing list. We will be at an elevation of between 5000 and 10,000 ft. and it is very easy to burn. (light long sleeve shirt helps a lot)

 

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2003" and "2004"
 

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Breckenridge Loop Ride
Miles:
219
Day:
Sunday
Duration of Ride:
Total Time - Pictures, Fuel and Food 7.0 hrs. Driving Time - 4.5 hrs.
Description of Ride:
This ride will start by taking you out 470 to US 285.  Mostly 4 lanes, US 285 is known for its sweeping corners and the ability to get a good head of steam and really cook. On 285 you will find great curves and elevation changes with Crow Hill, Kenosha Pass and South Park.

We take 285 to Fairplay where we top off our fuel tanks and eat at the Front Street Cafe for an intimate lunch.

After lunch we leave Fairplay heading up Hwy 9 through Alma over Hoosier
Pass into Breckenridge for a little walk around town. Next we look for Swan Lake Road through Dillon with a trip over Loveland Pass.

Back on I-70 we look for the C470 junction and back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in our photo gallery. "2003" "2005" & "End of Summer"

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Curves & Canyons Ride
Miles:
192 miles
Day:
Sunday, Monday
Duration of Ride: Total Time - 6.5 hrs. Driving Time -  4.5 hrs.
Description of Ride: The name of this ride says it all. It showcases a series of canyons just northwest of Denver. We will run up and down the canyons in a fabulous combination of curve after curve. You will see lots of twisties, elevation changes, hair pin corners and panoramic views. What a great way to experience the canyons of Colorado.  

We will follow C470 around to the foot hills and Golden.  From Golden, we will be heading up Clear Creek Canyon to 119 where we go through Black Hawk a popular mountain gambling area. We pick up the Peak to Peak Highway for a few miles and come down Golden Gate Canyon to 93 and then right back up Coal Creek Canyon.  We will take a break and grab a bite to eat at a nice little restaurant in Nederland and then back to the canyons taking Boulder Canyon back to to 93, 6 and C470 heading back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride can be found in our photo gallery. "2005"


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Danny Dietz Memorial Ride
Miles: 21 to the Memorial
Day:  Wednesday
Duration of Ride:  Dedication 11:00 AM
Description of Ride: Updated Info 6/27: We will be staged and ready to pull out of the La Quinta parking lot at 9:00 AM SHARPE. The PGR ask that we be at the Community School for the Gifted, staged and ready  by 10:00 AM. From the Community School we will leave as one group to the Danny Dietz Memorial for the 11:00 AM dedication.

This will be a very special ride and ceremony. 

Our Colorado Patriot Guard Riders - PGR will lead this short ride to the Memorial for the dedication.

Danny Dietz was killed in Afghanistan June 28, 2005. He is the only Littleton resident known to have died in action in current Middle East conflicts. In September, 2006, the Dietz family accepted the Navy Cross on Danny’s behalf.

The Danny Dietz Memorial has received many protest from some who say the memorial statue below based on the picture to the right is placed too close to a school. These protestors felt a gun in his hands, even though he was a soldier who lost his life in the service of his country was inappropriate.

Because of these protests the Patriot Guard and other local patriots have decided to attend in force the July 4th dedication of this memorial to Danny Dietz.

The Danny Dietz Memorial Sculpture will be dedicated at a formal ceremony July 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Berry Park extension, 5507 South King Street.

The ceremony will feature speeches by Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter; the Admiral in charge of Naval Special Warfare; United States Congressman Tom Tancredo; Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton; and Tiffany Bitz, Danny Dietz’s sister. Littleton Mayor Jim Taylor will emcee.

An honor guard from the Denver Navy Operational Support Center will present the colors and F-16s will fly overhead to start the ceremony. The benediction will be delivered by Pastor Larry Herrera. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the sculpture will be unveiled.

Parking will be available at Centennial Elementary, Goddard Middle School, Bowles Grove Park and the Arapahoe County warehouse at 5251 S. Federal Boulevard.

Story details for the Memorial can be found here... Danny Dietz Memorial

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After this ride and dedication BigDwg will lead a ride to the 9-11 Memorial in Broomfield for those interested. Contact him during the ride briefing at the La Quinta hotel.

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Five Pass Ride
Miles:
Approx. 
322
Day:  Tuesday
Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 9.0  Hrs. Driving Time -  6.5 Hrs.
Description of Ride: This ride is designed to go from pass to pass, showing you the Rocky Mountains and The Continental Divide from the top of one mountain pass to another, giving you panoramic views like you have never experienced before.  

Redesigned this year, you will see breathtaking views passing through some of the finest mountain scenery, mountain towns, and ski resorts in Colorado. This year the 5 Pass Ride will travel over Kenosha, Red Hill, Trout Creek, Tennessee, and Vail Pass.

The other rides offer you some of the same passes, but this ride is designed to give you pass overload ranging in elevations from 10K to over 12K feet. The 5 Pass ride will show you some of the best mountain riding that Colorado has to offer.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2004" and "2005"

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to vtx2up@aol.com

Link to Tennessee Pass
Link to Kenosha Pass

Pass Elevations & Distance

Tennessee Pass:  10,425' - 8 miles
Kenosha Pass:  10,001' - 15 miles
 

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The Gambler's Ride
Miles: 115
Day:  Tuesday
Duration of Ride:  Total Time - TBD Driving Time -  2.5 Hrs.
Description of Ride:  This ride will be a short ride hitting a few twisties up Golden Gate Canyon to Black Hawk for lunch and an afternoon of Gambling.

If the chips aren't falling properly head back down the hill early.

This ride idea came from and will be lead by Chicago Spike of the Wisconsin Illinois VTX Owners - WIVO's.

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Garden of the God's /
Manitou Cliff Dwellings Ride

(Cave of the Winds)
Miles:
208
Day:
Tuesday
Duration of Ride:
Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 6.5  Hrs. Driving Time -  3.0 Hrs.
Description of Ride:
For this ride we will keep you off the super slab as much as possible.  You will enjoy a relaxing ride down Hwy 83 to Colorado Springs and have plenty of time to enjoy Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and possibly Cave of the Winds, if the crowds are not too heavy.

At the time of this writing we are trying to negotiate a group rate and showing at these locations to eliminate the long summer lines.

Links to "Garden of the Gods"

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Horsepower Hill Ride
Miles: 191
Day:  Monday
Duration of Ride: Total Time - Picture, Fuel, & Food 6.75 Hrs. Driving Time -  4.25 Hrs.
Description of Ride:  The infamous and world renowned HORSE POWER HILL is best experienced at a spirited pace.

On this 4 1/2 hour ride you will go through historic mountain towns like Woodland Park, Deckers, Buffalo and Pine seeing twisties carved through the Pike National Forest with Buffalo Creek and the South Platte at your side. From Pine you head down US 285 where the ride will take you north to Evergreen and a trip down Bear Creek Canyon.

This year we will have two different versions of the ride. One as described above will be lead by AMS Medic and crewed by CO Riders.

The second version will eliminate the scenery and stops for a quick scoot over Horse Power Hill - twice and then back to the hotel. This version is NOT FOR THE INEXPERIENCED RIDER and will be at a faster pace than the ride listed above including about 3 miles of dirt road. .

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Mt. Evans with a Curve Ride
Miles:
175
Day: Wednesday

Duration of Ride:
Total time - Pictures, Fuel and Food  7.0 hrs. Driving Time - 4 hours
Description of Ride:  Kiss the Sky on this ride. You can't get any higher than this, with an enjoyment factor in the fourteens. 14K that is!

We will start at the La Quinta Hotel and take you around the southwest suburbs of Denver on C470.  We will leave 470 at the Morrison Road exit to head up Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen.  At Squaw Pass Road, we will make a left and enjoy a beautiful ride packed with twisties up to Echo Lake for refreshments and a brief rest stop.

At Echo Lake, we will continue on up to over 14,000 ft. to the top of Mt. Evans! (Toll $3.00 p/p)  What's at the top you may ask? Just a parking lot, a rest stop, some mountain goats and a breathtaking view of the world that you just don't find in many places! 

After all the pictures are taken we will head back down the mountain to Idaho Springs for fuel and head to Black Hawk for lunch and a brief walk around town. After lunch we take a quick scoot out 119 to Golden Gate Canyon before heading back to La Quinta.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2003" "2004" and "2005"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to vtx2up@aol.com

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Old Fart's Ride
Miles:
110
Day: Monday

Duration of Ride: Total time - Pictures and Stops 6.25 hrs. Driving Time - 3.0 hrs.

Description of Ride: Leave your AARP card at home! On this particular Monday, being an "Old Fart" has nothing to do with age, it's a state of mind.

When you ride a cruiser, sometimes you just need to cruise, look around and enjoy the scenery. If that's what you're looking for, this is the ride for you.

This will be a slow paced ride with plenty of stops for those who want a leisurely Sunday ride on Monday morning.

We leave the hotel taking Deer Creek Canyon for leisurely back roads and canyon cruising heading for our first stop at Tiny Town.  The oldest kid size village and railroad in the U.S.
Tiny Town Railroad

After leaving Tiny Town, we will head up North Turkey Creek to Evergreen and down Bear Creek Canyon to Morrison.  A stop at Dinosaur Ridge is in order for the Old Farts. Discover Denver's Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge - An outdoor museum in Morrison, Colorado

From there we will head down the hill and across the road to Red Rocks Park.  This is the northern version of Garden of the God's filled with red rock formations and an amphitheater that some of the biggest talents have played over the years. We will eat lunch at the park.

Exiting the park we take 93 to Hwy 6 toward Golden for a fun little scoot up and over Look Out Mountain. With panoramic views of the foothills and ultra lights flying above we make another stop to see the "Historical Western Museum and Buffalo Bill Cody's" last resting place.

Dropping us out on I-70 we head back to the hotel for a group picture and bike games.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2005"  & "Motorcycle Maniac"


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Ride N Raft Ride
Miles:
Approx. 290
Day: Wednesday
Duration of Ride:  Ride, fuel, lunch and raft trip - 12 hours, driving time 5.5 hours.
Description of Ride: Riding, white water and wild life what more could you want? Depending on the departure time of the rafts, you will traverse Hoosier Pass on the way to rafting.

Then off to the rafts we go for a trip on the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon. This is a Class III trip including 7 major rapids, is considered moderate and novices are welcome. Shear granite cliffs and wildlife are all part of your journey down river.

Mounting our motorcycles we start the ride home via Hwy 285.  If we missed Hoosier Pass on the way, we will follow the route home.

The cost for a half day of rafting will be $48.00 for each adult. ($44 plus tax)

Pictures of this ride can be found in our photo gallery. "2005"

One of the infamous WIVOs, Get R Done, says this trip is a must do.  So he is putting it together for 2007.  If you are interested, send a quick email.  There will be a signup sheet at the hotel.

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Link to Four Corners Rafting

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Walk in the Park Ride
Miles:
219 miles
Day: Sunday
Duration of Ride:  Ride, fuel, lunch and walk - 12 hours, driving time 5.0 hours.
Description of Ride: This ride has a new twist for us, to show you Colorado from a Texan's perspective

This ride will take a quick hop down the highway to Estes Park for a visit in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our friend AMS Medic wants to show you his favorite National Park in a way you never seen before.

You will leave the bikes in the park for brief time while you venture out on a few short nature trails to see a side of the park few people ever see.

Joe and crew have a great picnic lunch planned with awesome views of scenery and wildlife. This Ride, with a new perspective is a one you don't want to miss.

There is a fee of $10.00 per person to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. These tickets are good for 7 days so please return them to Joe and he will share them with others that may enjoy a visit to the park later in the weekend.

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SELF-DIRECTED RIDES

Carter Lake
(A Self Directed Ride)

Miles: Approx. 167
Day and Time: All Days
Duration of Ride: 3.5 hours
Description of Ride:
This route is designed to give you a break from those narrow mountain roads and aggressive twisties.  

It will direct you toward Loveland, Boulder and Carter Lake via some great less aggressive back country mountain roads and then to I-25 for the highway ride back to the hotel. If you prefer the back roads over the highway, just turn around and reverse your direction. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised how different the same road looks from the reverse direction.

You will have no problems finding fuel in the Lyons or Loveland areas.

Carter Lake is the second largest reservoir in northeastern Colorado and is the principal storage site for the Colorado-Big Thompson River. If you chose to drive into the reservoir a $5 parks pass is required. Information on Carter Lake can be found here...

Link to Carter Lake

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Deer Creek Canyon
(A Self Directed Ride)

Miles: Approx. 125
Day and Time:
All Days
Duration of Ride: 3.0 hours
Description of Ride:
This route is designed to give you a break from those narrow mountain roads and aggressive twisties. Geared to less aggressive canyon riding with no steep drop offs to concern you. 

This ride will direct you a bit west via C470 through Deer Creek Canyon for some serene canyon riding and head you south for quiet back country roads, bringing you back to the hotel via Hwy83. 

You say there is nothing special about this ride and route? Guess again…quiet canyons, back country roads, this is a ride you can enjoy without having to work at it. Wonderful serene little scoot.

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Evergreen / Conifer
(A Self Directed Ride)

Miles:
Approx. 82
Day and Time: All Days
Duration of Ride: 2.0 hours
Description of Ride:
This is one of our favorite evening rides either to clear the mind after a long day or just a quick little scoot to dinner.

In this ride you are directed out C470 to Morrison Colorado. This is a fun little mountain town to walk around or eat Mexican food and great Margaritas at the Morrison Inn. These 32 oz. Margaritas are not to be enjoyed on two wheels! Just down the road is Red Rocks Park where you can ride through the park looking at fantastic natural red rock formations.

Head out Hwy74 through Kittredge to Evergreen where you will find the infamous Little Bear Restaurant and bar. Little Bear is known for its wild nights and great music.

From Evergreen to Conifer and on to US 285 a great canyon carving experience that you see on many of our featured rides. US 285 is a great road known for its seeping corners and the ability to get a good head of steam and really cook.

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Independence Pass
(A Self Directed Ride)

Miles: Approx. 385

Day and Time: All Days

Duration of Ride:   6 Hrs.

Description of Ride: Admittedly a long ride, but you will not be disappointed. You will see some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and historic towns Colorado has to offer.

 

We will leave the La Quinta going C-470 to US 285. Heading out through Turkey Creek Canyon through Buena Vista over Independence Pass and into Aspen. Spend some time in Aspen to eat and walk the town, looking for Don Johnson and Goldie Hawn. From Aspen  head for Glenwood Springs. and back on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, one of the most spectacular canyon rides you will ever take.

 

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Steamboat Springs
(A Self Directed Ride)

Miles: Approx. 430

Day and Time: All days

Duration of Ride:  7 Hrs.

Description of Ride: Admittedly a long ride, but you will not be disappointed. You will see some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and historic towns Colorado has to offer.

 

Head out C-470 to I-70 and catch Hwy 40 through Empire which sets at the base of Berthoud Pass. Over Berthoud full of switch backs and twisties with views above timberline beyond your expectations. Through spectacular mountain scenery and towns like Winter Park, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs head towards Steamboat for lunch. Steamboat is primarily known as a ski town but is actually a sportsman paradise. Hot air ballooning, fishing, Pro Rodeo, you name it and Steamboat has it. After lunch you will head back over Rabbit Ears Pass a non aggressive pass with sweeping corners. Muddy Pass is next on the agenda where you will see some panoramic views of meadows and the Continental Divide as you ride toward Walden for fuel. After fuel and a break  head out over Cameron Pass and through Poudre Canyon. With the river beside you, canyons and twisties a plenty, just when you can't take anymore you break off on CR 27 for a roller coaster ride to Masonville to your last stop for fuel, the land of love!  Loveland for fuel and a straight shot out I-25 back to the hotel.

 

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to vtx2up@oal.com

 

 

Link to Steamboat Springs
Link to Berthoud Pass
Link to Rabbit Ears Pass
Link to Poudre Canyon
Link to Cameron Pass

 

 

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Trail Ridge Loop
Miles: Approx. 268 miles
Day: All days
Duration of Ride:  6 Hrs.
Description of Ride:
  A ride to the top of Trail Ridge Road and then down the back side and over the Continental Divide.

Departing from the hotel, you will head toward Golden via C470. You will pass through Blackhawk on Hwy 119 and continue into the trendy mountain town of Nederland.  This is home to the “Frozen Dead Guy”.  You’re probably better off not asking!! You will continue north on the “Peak to Peak” Scenic Byway into Estes Park.  Then enter the Rocky Mountain National Park, (park entrance fee of $10 per person required).  A climb to the summit of Trail Ridge Road will follow.  Continue down the west side of Trail Ridge Road, cross the Continental Divide and into the Grand Lake.  Then south on Hwy 34 into Granby, then pick up Hwy 40 into Winter Park.  Have a brief stop for fuel and snacks, then up and over Berthoud Pass.  Next get on I-70 and head back toward Denver, south on C470, and back to the hotel.

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to vtx2up@oal.com

Link to Trail Ridge Road
Link to Peak-to-Peak Highway
Link to Estes Park
Link to Winter Park

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Two Canyons
(A Self Directed Ride)
Miles: Approx. 121
Day and Time: All Days
Duration of Ride: 3.0 hours
Description of Ride:
This is one of our favorite evening rides either to clear the mind after a long day or just a quick little scoot to dinner. 

In this ride you are directed out C470 to Hwy 58 and up a wonderful little Canyon called Golden Gate. You will find great twisties to be enjoyed at your own pace and comfort level. Now on 119 and a few miles, you hang a right and head back in Coal Creek Canyon. Coal Creek must be experienced with both hands on the bar! You will find tight hair pins and fantastic curves to 93 and then head on back to the hotel.

You will find many places to pull of, take in the mountain air and look around.  

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