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1 Exploring Colorado on a BMW R1200GS-Adventure June 26 – July

2 : from Home (TX ) to Las Vegas (NM) ~ 545 mls in 9hr 15 min

3 Trying to leave the TX Heat, entering the New Mexico Heat ~ 102 F

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5 : Las Vegas (NM ) to Gunnison (CO) ~ 387 mls in 8hr 26 min Start End New Mexico Colorado

6 Scenic route Hwy 518

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11 Lunch in Chama, NM

12 Colorado State Border… Temperatures are a pleasant 85F

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17 South Clear Creek Falls was along the route in Colorado

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19 Lodging in Gunnison. I stayed at the Quality Inn Motel – would stay again

20 : Gunnison (CO) to Ouray with South Rim Black Canyon ~ 133 mls in 3hr 16 min

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22 Stop along the way to Black Canyon Rock State Park

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26 This is at the bottom of the South rim of Black Canyon Rock. The road to this area has a 16% grade!

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29 Lodging in Ouray. I stayed at Ouray Chalet Inn – would stay again

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31 : Ouray Loop with Mesa Verde and Million $ Hwy ~ 250 mls in 6hr

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35 Mesa Verde Indian reservation

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43 Get ready for some of the most gorgeous biking roads: Million Dollar Highway from Silverton to Ouray !

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49 Good thing there are guard rails …. Nope… ?!?

50 : Ouray to Idaho Springs with Independence Pass ~ 312 mls in 7hr

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53 Scenic Independence Pass

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69 Lodging in Idaho Springs. I stayed at the H&H Inn – would NOT stay again

70 : Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs with Mnt Evans and Pikes Peak ~ 200 mls in 7hr

71 Climbing Mount Evans

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76 14,176 feet, 45 F at the top !

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85 Climbing Pikes Peak

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87 9 miles of gravel roads to get to the top !

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96 Bike and rider made it to the top of Pikes Peak - 14,110 feet – 45 F

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100 Snow and hail shower while at the top !

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102 : Colorado Springs to Home (TX) ~ 700 mls in 11hr

103 Iron Bud ride home: Departure Colorado Springs at 8 am (Mountain Time) Arrival Home at 8 pm (Central Time) ~ 700 mls in 11hr incl stops


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