I left a bit after 9:30 AM, after a "baconey" breakfast by my loving wife, riding Scarlett into a sunny morning with temperatures in the high 30s and with a forecast of even warmer temperatures by the afternoon.
Less than two hours later, Scarlett and I had moseyed to the Continental Divide via mostly frontage roads and brief sprints on the I-70 Super Slab. In keeping with published engine break-in procedures, we never exceeded 55 MPH, not that I think Scarlett had a chance to surpass that, given the inclines we faces and the stiff head winds!
US6, which one rides to go to the summit of Loveland Pass, is the Hazmat road required by CDOT for use for trucks with hazardous cargo. Can't be having an accident which might involve hazardous chemical spills within the Eisenhower Tunnel can we?
Scarlett and I motored up US6 with no issues, rolling on top of icy and snow-covered patches of pavement with no issues. Traffic was not very heavy and I was able to pick and choose among the available stopping spots that weren't covered in deep snow.
On the way to the summit from the eastern end of Loveland Pass Road,
just past the first major hairpin turn.
A view of I-70, looking west, you can see the tunnel entrances
to the Eisenhower Tunnel which goes under the
Still heading towards the summit of Loveland Pass,
the light was causing Scarlett's red paint to take on orange-like hues.
Almost looks like Valencia's orange color doesn't it?
Here's Scarlett almost at the summit of Loveland Pass
Coming back from the western side of the Continental Divide,
here's Scarlett with snowy mountains behind her.
As you can see, there's been quite the large amount of snowfall this Winter
Scarlett and I left Loveland Pass around 1:00 PM or so, we rode on the I-70 Slab eastbound back towards the Denver Metro area. As we were heading downhill from a peak altitude of almost 12,000 feet, Scarlett had no issues achieving and holding 55 MPH all the way back to the Buffalo Overlook exit. We then took the same frontage road that is US40, all the way back to Red Rocks Park.
It was so warm now, that I stopped in the Creation Rock parking lot to shed a couple of layers. I left the park quickly as it was swarming with bicyclists, hikers, cagers; all enjoying the warm weather and sunny conditions.
Home by 2:30 PM or so, a quick wash of Scarlett to get rid of the snow scum and mag chloride which had splashed onto her while riding to and from Loveland Pass. Scarlett went over 800Km today, soon it'll be time for her first service.
Scarlett did great, by the way. I did experience a stuck rear brake light switch before we headed out this morning while I was doing the usual safety checks. It's a known issue with URALs, I remove the actuating spring and since the brake lever switch worked, it was all good. I always use both brakes when slowing down and stopping, so the tailgating cagers behind me knew I was slowing....I'll be asking Randy for a replacement switch, under warranty of course. :)