I had business in the Denver Tech Center in the afternoon but I managed to work in about two hours of riding up and down Deer Creek Canyon Road on the west side of the Denver Metro area beforehand.
Deer Creek Canyon has its twisty stretches but there was also the dreaded patches of sand and gravel left behind from the last snow storm's snow clearing efforts by the county. Still, I was able to get some enjoyable curves here and there, basking the interplay of light and shadows as the sun penetrated sporadically into Deer Creek Canyon.
Coming back towards town, I turned north and rode up through South Valley Road near the Lockheed Martin Deer Creek Facility. There's a large stretch of nice looking rock formations along the east side of the road and it was here that I posed Brigitta, my '87 R80 Airhead:
Just before Deer Creek Park, one of the larger rock formations
along South Valley Rd.
A different view of Brigitta
Just some of the many rock formations visible from the roadside
Looking towards Deer Creek Canyon
Pictures done, rode back into town and got my tasks done. The ride home at 4PM was in the 50's in terms of temperatures with steady drops as the sun went lower into the horizon. I'd doffed all my warm layers and felt a bit chilled as I got home.
Still, a good ride of about 80 miles or so, it helped shake off a bit of the blues I'd been feeling all week.
Hope you got a ride in!