BMW K1600 GTL – A Thing of Beauty

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As a going away gift for my brother-in-law, I created this BMW ad from a picture I took of him the evening before his bike was shipped.

I’ll share more images from this fun session pretty soon!

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Riding Skyline Drive – Amazing Video

This is a little bit of a long video, but it’s well worth watching! If you can, watch it in HD and FULL SCREEN!

Here is the GoPro video of our ride on Skyline Drive in Canon City, Colorado. The road is just off of U.S. Highway 50 and is well worth visiting. The views are incredible – it is quite an experience as long as you pay attention to the road!

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 Black Forest Fire – Two Months Later

Two months ago today, the Black Forest Fire started its destructive journey. The fire expanded quicker than anyone could have imagined. After it was fully contained nine days later, it ended up being the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history.

The numbers are haunting
– 14,280 acres burned
– 486 homes destroyed
– 37 homes damaged
– 2 deaths

This post is to help us remember the great sacrifices and hard work that all of the emergency workers made. It is also to remind us that many people are still homeless, even tonight.

The smoke smell is still present most everywhere you go
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My heart goes out to those who lost everything
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Even after such devastation, the forest fights back with new growth (note the patch of green)
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Every inch of this little truck was burned – it was absolutely shocking to see
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Humans were not the only ones to be displaced…
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