Monday, June 04, 2012

To Perry Park with Valencia

A lazy Sunday with no chores to get done, no oncall duties, just the day off to ride around on Valencia, my 2011 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig.

This time I forewent the  dark clouds that were gathering over the Front Range Mountains and instead headed south through the town of Parker and towards Castle Rock via the Crowfoot Parkway.  CO105 was the objective road for today, a favorite of motorcycle riders, it didn't disappoint today with bright sunny skies overhead and very light traffic.

There was however some large bicycling event on the road, occupying large portions of the northbound lane on CO105 and causing us in the southbound lanes to slow down a bit.  This was fine by me as Ural owners are rarely in a hurry, by choice.

I turned off of CO105 onto Red Rock Road and into the Perry Park Country Club development.  I was going to introduce Valencia to the cool rock formations in Perry Park, the last time I was there, snow have covered the ground.  Today, not so much.

 The backside of Camel Rock



 Camel Rock

 Saint Andrew's "Drive"

At the corner of Red Rock Road and Perry Park Blvd

I wandered among the rock formations, trying the dirt trails up until the point where the road was too rough. Soon enough though, it was time to head out of Perry Park and head south towards Palmer Lake and the town of Monument.    From there, it was east on CO105 towards Parker Road which I took northbound.

A slow meandering loop ride, perhaps 130 miles at the most.  The weather was quite warm by the time I got home shortly before 3:00 PM and the air conditioning inside the house felt very good!


6 comments:

Steve Williams said...

The URAL looks perfect for the ride, the landscape and the pictures. You have the right machine Dom.

While you're riding up a storm I'm removing a broken, rusty bolt from a clamp. There's no justice...

Be safe and have fun!

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

Charlie6 said...

Steve, methinks its time for a power grinder to remove the offending bolt from that clamp! We need you riding....

I am off to DC this coming week, no riding for me while there.... :(

dom

SonjaM said...

The rock formations are indeed brilliant, and even more so with Valencia parked in front of it. I bet you're never going to regret making that colour choice.

As for your travels to DC... they have motorcycles out there, you know ;-)

Martha said...

Sonja...he's been asked by his sons to make this a family-but-motorcycle free vacation. Besides, have you seen DC traffic? Even wifey, the ultimate enabler would have to say 'um, uh, really?"

RichardM said...

I'd have to agree with the others about the color choice. It stands out nicely from the background though when I first saw the color it screamed 1970's.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie6 (Dom):

It must be cool to live in a place where all the rocks look like animals and have names. I took a visiting friend out to see "Shits Creek" yesterday. Things are a bit more constricted here in New Jersey.

Fondest regards,
Jack/reep
Twisted Roads