How I wound up in Lake City Colorado

Saturday a friend and I rode our motorcycles from Denver to Alamosa. We left Denver about 10 AM and arrived in Alamosa about 3 PM.

We took I-25 south through Colorado Springs and Pueblo. It wasn't as warm as had been forecasted and was rather cold; it started warming up when we got to Colorado Springs. I nearly had an accident just north of the Springs; I didn't see a car next to me as I started to pass and almost got hit.

We turned west onto US-160 at Walsenburg south of Pueblo. I took a picture of the Spanish Peaks just west of Walsenburg. We ran into a little bit of rain before dropping down into the San Luis Valley. It was very windy in the valley.

We checked into inexpensive motel in Alamosa. A friend of ours who lives in Alamosa had just graduated college and he invited us over for dinner to celebrate.

Sunday we took a longer more scenic route back to Denver. We left Alamosa at 9 AM and continued west on US-160 to South Fork where we turned onto CO-149. Colorado 149 passes through the Rio Grand National forest west of the San Luis Valley. This is some of the most beautiful country I've seen.

It's an easy ride until the road climes over Spring Creek Pass and Slumgullion Pass north west of Creede . Here the road has a few blind curves, and we encountered fallen rock on the road in a few places. We stopped for a break in the small town of Lake City before continuing on to Gunnison.

We ate lunch and got gas in Gunnison then headed east on US-50 and over Monarch Pass. There was snow on the side of the road at Monarch and there was loose gravel in some of the curves.

We turned north onto US-285 at Poncha Springs and stopped for gas in Johnson Village outside of Buena Vista. Continuing north on US-285 we passed through the South Park mountain basin and into the Pike National Forest.

We had good weather all day but ran into fog at Bailey. We couldn't see a hundred yards in front of us by the time we got to Aspen Park, and the fog was mixed with snow. I fixed my eyes on some tail lights ahead of me and hoped they stayed on the road. We got out of the fog as soon as we started down the mountain east of Aspen Park - from there it was an easy ride into Denver. Fog is only fun when you're in London.

I arrived back at the apartment at 5:30 PM. Round trip Denver to Denver was 602 miles.

1 comment:

ROB said...

What a great ride, I miss Denver a bunch. I moved to NY from Lakewood about 5 years ago. One of these days I'll be back.