Take Time To Enjoy The Routine

Most every day I take the same route to work. Even though the journey is only 15 miles from door-to-door, there is quite a variety of scenery in a short period of time.

I start in at the high plains, ride through the Black Forest, and then end up close to the mountains. All in 15 miles. Even though the scenery is amazing, I rarely take time to slow down and enjoy it.

It is my every day routine, but what a privilege it is to ride these roads! How about you? Do you take time to enjoy your “routine” rides?

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Getting My Priorities Right

Today I was supposed to ride Pikes Peak. I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. In fact, I’ve been thinking of going up to the summit ever since I got my V-Strom, and had planned this specific day well over a month ago.

The weather couldn’t have been better. It was about 78F with the bluest skies we have had since before these nasty Colorado storms started a couple of weeks ago. Leah and I both commented that the skies above the mountains were exceptionally clear and stayed that way until mid-afternoon. It was beautiful!

But I didn’t ride.

Instead, I chose last night that I would spend today with my family. Life has gotten so crazy as I try to finish up my degree in Project Management, and my work schedule has been pretty hectic as well. However, I can handle all of that. The people who suffer for it is my wife and three kids. To them, all they know is that Dad isn’t around…again.

So I traded this beautiful day to ride, for an even more beautiful day with family. And I don’t regret it one bit. We had a blast just hanging out together and doing nothing extraordinary whatsoever. But it was special because I was with them, and they are my #1 priority, not riding.

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Because a post is always more fun with pictures, here is one from a ride that I got to spend with my son a couple of weeks ago!
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Skyline Drive, Canyons, and Mountains – Colorado Has It All!

On Saturday, August 17th, I had originally planned to ride with folks from Compassion International up to Estes Park. However, with family coming in to visit that afternoon, all I could do was a half day ride which was not enough time to head to Estes. That half day ride turned about to be absolutely incredible!

I ended up riding with my brother-in-law, and three of his co-workers. We started in started in Colorado Springs at 7:30am and headed down Highway 115 to Canon City. We ate breakfast, then went down through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, up Highway 11 towards Florissant, through Divide into Woodland park, and then back to the Springs. Even with all of that, I was still home at 1:55pm!

We had amazing weather for all of the journey and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. The trip took us up along the somewhat intimidating Skyline Drive then down into the amazing Bighorn Sheep Canyon which follows the Arkansas River. Once we headed up towards Divide, we were back in the mountains and driving through amazing areas with super lush and green ranch lands. This is another highly recommended ride!

Fun facts from the ride:

  • 5 = motorcycles…2 Beemers, 2 Hondas and 1 Suzi
    (further classified as 3 touring bikes, 1 cruiser, and 1 dual sport)
  • 203 = total miles ridden door-to-door
  • 46 = pictures taken
  • 15 = GoPro videos captured
  • 1 = very tasty breakfast at Good Thyme Cafe eaten

Map highlights – click for a larger version!
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Historic Canon City
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This place was pretty tasty!
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The amazing drop off view from Skyline Drive
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I caught Dana by surprise getting this image!
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Doug and his beautiful 1600GTL
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Greetings earthling!
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Jack and his very shiny Goldwing
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This is the view on the other side of the road – the drop off is on BOTH sides!
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Al kept us laughing!
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After riding Bighorn Sheep Canyon, we turned around here
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Wouldn’t want to fall in here!
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Just BEAUTIFUL!
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Doug and The Bee Tamer
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When is the last time you saw one of THESE!?
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That’s all for now – thanks for riding with me!

“The Challenge” – A Group Ride Through The Diverse Lands of Colorado

On Saturday, July 24th, I had the opportunity to ride with a great group of folks from Compassion International. The journey started in Colorado Springs and then we headed up to Golden, Idaho Springs, Echo Lake, Evergreen, Conifer, Deckers, Woodland Park, and then back to the Springs.

We had good weather for 90% of the trip, but we did get a pretty good rain storm towards the end of the day. Honestly, I thought the rain brought out a different kind of beauty as you would see pockets of fog in low areas and ground steam in others. It really was a beautiful journey.

The trip took us from the interstate to canyon roads to mountain passes to wide open spaces. There are LOTS of twisty roads on this ride, and the Colorado Rider Map lists the journey as difficult. In fact, there were a couple of signs that read, “Motorcycles use extreme caution!” I would just recommend taking your time and paying attention on the curves.

Fun facts from the ride:

  • 7 = motorcycles (4 Beemers, 1 Honda, 1 Aprilia, and 1 Suzi)
  • 9 = riders (two wives riding with husbands)
  • 250.4 = total miles ridden door-to-door
  • 56.74 = mpg
  • 35 = pictures taken
  • 2 = GoPro videos captured
  • 1 = bag of beef jerky consumed

What a fun day for a grand total of $15.48 in gas!

Here is a fun map with the highlights of our journey – click for a larger version!
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Coffee – the other type of fuel
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Leaving for Highway 6 – Clear Creek Canyon Road
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Echo Lake is beautiful!
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I wish we would have had time to walk the trail
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The Bee fits right in to the wild!
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Yours truly
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Waiting for the flagger to give us the go ahead on Squaw Pass Road
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And still waiting…
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After getting shut out at Evergreen (no place to park!), we headed on to Conifer for lunch
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The last stop – donuts and ice cream for those who chose to indulge!
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Time for some helmet camera pictures!
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Off road time
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What do you do when waiting? Take more pictures!
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Back on the road again – literally. The scenery ranged from forests….
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To wide open land!
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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the ride…I’m already looking forward to the next one!