Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First Day of Spring Sunrise

Here's the sunrise we woke to while camping at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park Glen Raptor camp site loop.

I wonder what it augurs in terms of weather for this Spring, what with such a  warm Winter now ended?

Umarang and I broke camp this morning and returned home once again.  It was a nice little camping break from being at the house.  Work got done, but more importantly, decompressing got done by me.

Sunset on the first day of Spring, not so great....here's a couple of shots of Scarlett with the mediocre sunset we had here on the Colorado Front Range (boosted with the IAN effect using Pixlr.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A small herd of Urals on Pikes Peak

So, what does one call a grouping of URAL motorcycles?  You group birds in flocks, crows in murders, fish in schools....hmmm.  Well lets see, URALs don't move that fast compared to other motorcycle brands, they're pretty bulky and draw attention wherever they go....kind of like Bison or Buffalo, so I'll go with herd.

It was, admittedly, a very small herd.  Four sidecar rigs  and one M70 Solo, all made by Ural though and causing a stir wherever we rode by.

Here's a video showing today's riding, a mix of video sequences and still pictures for a change, let's see if you readers like this format or not.

Here's a video of footage shot by Martha, the red gloved rider, using my GoPro camera:

Here's a short video from Tim L, from his helmet-mounted GoPro:

And now, since folks seemed to like the then/now shots from a previous posting, here's one more pair:

In a compare/contrast of conditions on Pikes Peak, here's a shot of one of my usual picture spots at the end of January of this year:

It's been such a warm winter that this is how this same spot looked today, the last day of Winter:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pikes Peak Views and another Colorado Sunset

This past Sunday was a nice clear and sunny day, mostly, here in the great state of Colorado.

After running an errand, I found myself riding south on Colorado Highway 83 on Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig.

Soon enough, we were past Parker and Franktown and motoring south past Castlewood Canyon.  Scarlett was pulling strongly and smoothly and the 1000 Kilometer break-in period for the rebuilt engine passed while riding that morning.

Soon we were past the junction with Lorraine Road and it was time to pose Scarlett with Pikes Peak as the background.

 At the junction of CO Hwy 11 and CO Hwy 83

Fast forward to Tuesday, the 14th of March.  It was yet another very nice sunset for us in the Front Range area of Colorado.  Sunsetwx had called for a rather weak sunset but my view of the clouds about 30 minutes before sunset said otherwise, so I took a chance.

 First it was the brilliant yellow colors soon after the sun dropped
down below the Front Range mountains.

 A brief period of brilliant orange colors

 As the sun moved further west, reds replaced the yellow and oranges
reflected in the clouds overhead.

 Pano of the clouds and the Front Range skyline

A short video panning the width and breath of the Front Range from the spot where Scarlett and I were located.

Like these sunset pics?  Check out the previous posting for Monday's Sunset pictures.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Glorious Colorado Winter Sunset

Sunsetwx.com nailed it this evening, forecasting a good sunset potential for us here in the Colorado Front Range area.

Winter seems to be winding down early for us while the northeast part of the country on the other hand is expecting a major snow storm!

Lots of clouds up high to reflect the setting sun and no low lying clouds hovering just above the peaks of the Front Range mountains to block the sun.