Estes Park is the gateway town to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Usually, I don't go to the RMNP after they've closed Trail Ridge Road for the season. But, I had an appointment with Randy, the URAL dealer in Fort Collins to get the updated EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) mapping for Scarlett; so I figured it was an opportunity to see how much snow had collected on the peaks within the park.
So, the morning was spent meandering along the roads that remain open in the RMNP pretty much year round. The weather was sunny with clear skies and temperatures would soar from the mid-30s to the high 50s by the afternoon.
The weather was so nice, the park was packed, in most spots, with cagers enjoying the beautiful views.
Views of Longs Peak from McCall Reservoir, just off
of Colorado Highway 66
The middle peak is Ypsilon Mountain
First we rode towards Many Parks Curve where the road onward is now closed. This would be the road one takes to Trail Ridge Road. After I parked, I walked around a bit but none of the pictures proved worth posting. Then, I walked past the road closure barrier, perhaps a quarter mile or to get these pictures:
Coming back into the main portion of the park, I took the road towards the Moraine Park campground and got the following two views.
Using the 50-200mm Telephoto lens, from quite a distance away.
Continuing further on, one ends up at Bear Lake but it was crammed with cagers, with more waiting for a parking spot so I retreated, taking the below picture as I left the area.
Near Bear Lake
Heading back towards Estes Park, I got gas (Scarlett, at 36MPG, reached 280 km with only .3 gallon remaining in the tank).
A quick late lunch at McDonald's and then Scarlett and I headed on US34 towards the town of Loveland where I picked up I-25 North towards Fort Collins.
The upgraded EFI mapping, version XXOR_1.02, was uploaded with the usual bit of connectivity-related delays. The throttle bodies were very close in terms of synchronization but Randy tweaked it till they were almost dead on.
I'll be blogging about this EFI mapping in a future post, but initial impressions are very good!
Spending the night at a hotel in Loveland, with my loving wife, who was attending the Colorado State Nurse Conference.