The previous post from 2009 is here for comparison: LINK
I'd read on wikipedia, as part of the pre-riding, that there'd been a big fire in the area of Last Chance and this ride was to see what remained, morbid curiosity you might say.
Brigitta, my '87 BMW R80 Beemer and I motored out of the neighborhood shortly before 9:00AM and after a sumptuous breakfast by Martha, my loving wife.
We retraced the route we took back in 2009, using Quincy Road to get to Watkins Rd to get to Roggen via CO52 and from there run along US76 until we got to Fort Morgan. This time, I knew the right exit (#80) to use to get to the bridge, unlike the first time over seven years ago.
Leaving Fort Morgan, headed south until the junction with US34 where we turned east towards the town of Brush. It is here that one then takes the turn south onto CO Hwy 71 to get to Last Chance.
Copied from the 2009 posting (the link no longer works):
A small cross-roads community established in 1925 at the intersection of what is now US 36 and Highway 71. In 1925, no matter which way you were traveling, if you passed up Last Chance you had a long distance to travel to find another place to get gas for your Model T. Last Chance never had an official post office but residents remember individual mail boxes in the general store.
I've always found some of the more quirkily or interestingly named towns here in Colorado a worthy destination. Not much remains in Last Chance though but I did find that it appears to have survived untouched from the big fire in 2012!
You can see the Dairy King hasn't changed much since 2009
The remnants of the motel are aged a bit but you can still
recognize the basic buildings.
Marker in Last Chance for the Texas - Montana Cattle Trail
This trail was a part of the history of the nearby town of Brush to the north.
Not much remains at the road junction of CO 71 and US36
Brigitta and I then motored away from Last Chance, heading west of US36 which eventually took us to the town of Strasburg who's claim to fame is that its where, at Comanche Crossing:
Source: Wikipedia: Excerpt: Despite Promontory Summit historically marking the site where the first transcontinental railroad was officially completed, a direct coast-to-coast rail journey on this route was not achieved until 1873. On the West Coast the Mossdale Bridge, which spanned the San Joaquin River near Lathrop, California, was completed in September 1869, connecting Sacramento to the network. To the East, passengers had to cross the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska by boat until the Union Pacific Missouri River Bridge was built in 1873. In the meantime, the first uninterrupted coast-to-coast railroad was completed in August 1870 at Strasburg, Colorado with the completion of the Denver extension of the Kansas Pacific Railway.
From Strasburg it was straight riding on US36 back to Watkins where we took Watkins Road back to Quincy road as we watched storm clouds rolling in over the front range mountains. There's rain in the forecast for the front range, with 5-10 inches of snow forecast for the "high country". Yes, with the legalization of pot here in Colorado, the high country has double meanings now. Sigh.
Brigitta and I got home shortly before 2:30 PM, she performed beautifully as always, covering the 240 miles of today's riding without a hiccup or complaint.