Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Solstice Sunset

Ah, the first official day of Summer and the heat we experienced here in the Colorado Front Range left us in no doubt that it was indeed Summer.

Both the day before Summer Solstice and the day of, the temperatures almost broke 100 degrees Fahrenheit and records were broken.

The day did end in quite a nice sunset though, in spite of the imbecile who joined us at the spot where more and more people have joined me in picturing the sunset.
The imbecile in question, decided to share his taste in music, with the rest of us....annoying us all.  Luckily, he didn't stay long.  He departed to annoy other people before the sunset's lighting got really good.  Imbecile.

The usual spot for sunset pictures is becoming too popular and crowded, there's even another imbecile flying a drone overhead at times, adding the drone's annoying buzzing sounds to the ambience.

I wonder if one can buy a drone controller signal jammer?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last Day of Spring Sunset

I used the title Summer's Eve Sunset on Facebook to originally post these pictures, then I was reminded of the feminine hygiene trademark.  Doh.

It was a record breaking day yesterday in terms of temperatures.  99°F (37..2°C)!   Definitely a scorcher, but it did produce nice cloud formations and lighting conditions for this Spring season's last sunset:

As you can see, Fiona my '99 Ural Patrol with the '84 R80 Beemer engine is back on the road.  I received the replacement Final Drive mounting studs yesterday and replaced the two outer studs, leaving the two inner studs for the next time I have the final drive unmounted from the swingarm.

I also replaced the engine oil/gearbox oil on Fiona and Scarlett's engine oil.  It was a bit early for both but the oil was looking dirty and this way I can now use their respective odometers to schedule future maintenance.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fathers Day Uraling on Mount Evans

Spent most of the day Uraling with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig on North America's highest paved road, CO Hwy 5 or the Mount Evans Road.

Once can reach the parking lot at the summit, which lies at 14,420 feet or a bit over 4340 meters above sea level.  A fair altitude yoCou might say, but less than three hours away by Ural, there's also the road up Pikes Peak: America's Mountain.

You can drive all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak as well, and I've done so with all my motorcycles over the years.

Conditions were very crowded at Mount Evans, I attributed it to it's recent opening for the season and the fact there'd been a foot race on the mountain that morning; the race had closed the road to motored traffic until 11AM.

Got there at 12:30 after a 10AM departure from home.  Once I got clear of the usual congestation at the fee station, it wasn't too bad in terms of crowds and cagers.  Note:  If you tell the attendant you're just going up to the summit and back down without "stopping", you don't have to pay the entrance fee.  It's a Colorado Highway you see; now if you park at the summit or use any of the fee areas, then yes you have to pay.

I turned around just short of the summit (been there before many times) as I could see if was just jammed with cagers and crowds.  Here's the pictures I took as Scarlett and I made our way back down, usually stopping at the apex of the several hairpin turns.


 Approaching Summit Lake

 Summit Lake

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Published: Sidecar Traveller #32

For the second time now, Martin Franitza, publisher of the magazine "Sidecar Traveller", a Germany based publication has used my photo in his latest edition.

He asked to use one of the photos taken during the April trip to Moab, Utah where fellow Uralisti and other sidecar riders had a bunch of fun riding the trails.

Here's a link to the specific day's riding:  LINK

Here's the picture selected by Martin:

Here's how it appears immediately after one turns open the cover of the magazine:

source: Gespannfahrer-Shop / Sidecar-Shop

On page 68, there's a blurb about myself and the photo:

source: Gespannfahrer-Shop / Sidecar-Shop

You can order the magazine here:  Gespannfahrer-Shop

Finally, here's the cover page for issue number 32:

source: Gespannfahrer-Shop / Sidecar-Shop

My thanks to Martin for using my photo in his publication.

Here's the last time one of my rigs was published in Martin's publication:  LINK

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Ridgway RV Trip: Telluride and Home

This post serves to wrap up the last three days of this RV trip.

Day Three kind of sucked, stuck doing work all day with only a short ride into town for fast internet access which proved slow.  Ridgway, at least for us, proved a bit "lacking" in fast Internet access.

Day Four was a lot better, there were still work crisis events but since we were in Telluride, their Internet access options were much faster than Ridgway's.

Martha wanted to check out Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride and it turns out to be right at the exit route for Bear Pass Road!  You can see the zig zag marks made by the one way road up the side of the mountain to the left of the falls picture below.

 I remember thinking the tub on Fiona looked a bit crooked
but chalked it off to just a weird angle induced by the camera.

Work done with, we exited Telluride around 4PM and rode under mostly clear skies back towards Ridgway, enjoying the sight of snow clad mountain peaks near the Dallas Divide.


The last day was spent driving back to Denver via US50 to Grand Junction and then jumping onto the I-70 Super Slab.  Took longer to get home this way unfortunately, due to road and tunnel maintenance operations in the Eisenhower Tunnel at the Continental Divide.

The day before, after we got back to the RV park from Telluride, I was tying down Fiona onto the trailer and saw this:

Yep, one of the four bolts that are threaded into the final drive's case had worked loose and fallen off!  Dammit.  Parts will be inbound soon, hopefully the threads inside the case are not damaged.

So, this evening, after putting away Uma the URRV, I headed out with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol (it's good to have a spare rig) to catch the sunset.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Ridgway RV Trip - Day2: Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the Million Dollar Highway

We were out of the Elk Creek Campground by the crack of 8AM and by 9:30 had parked at the South Rim Visitor Center for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

The Dillon Pinnacles as we cruised
through the Blue Mesa Reservoir area

Fiona unloaded and ready within minutes, Martha and I set off to explore the overlooks of the South Rim.  The North Rim was apparently still closed for the season.

It's extremely hard, nigh impossible to pose one's rig with the Black Canyon's scenic rock formation in the background.  The canyon though very tall, is also very narrow and there's not many spots besides the overlooks where one can see into the canyon.

So, no pics of Fiona with the canyon in the background.

 Black Canyon of the Gunnison

 A better view of the Gunnison River, parts of 
which apparently you can tour by boat.

The tour of the canyon done with, I loaded up Fiona onto the trailer and a few minutes later we were driving out of the National Park and headed west on US Highway 50 towards the town of Montrose, CO.

It was at Montrose that we then headed south of US Highway 550 towards the town of Ridgway.  The Ridgway State Park where we had reservations is about 10 miles north of the town itself.  

After registering and setting up camp, we relaxed for a bit till about 3PM and we headed out to show Martha the Million Dollar Highway.

After cruising through Ouray, a scenic tourist town along the 550 highway, one starts to get into the mountains that are crossed by US 550 or as this portion of it is called: The Million Dollar Highway.

 Million Dollar Highway, the stretch that used to be
a toll road back in the stagecoach days. 

 Just north of the town of Silverton

 Silverton, CO

The furthest point to today's ride was Molas Pass, about 36 miles south of Ridgway

 Grand Turk Mountain from Molas Pass' parking lot area

Snowdon Peak forms the backdrop for Martha and Fiona

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Ridgway RV Trip - Day 1: Blue Mesa Reservoir

Martha and I were on the road again, this time to the Ridgway State Park in the SW portion of Colorado.  We left at the crack of Noon on Saturday and by 5:00 PM we'd made it past Gunnison to the Elk Creek RV Campground along the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Before sunset, we walked to the nearby shore of the Blue Mesa Reservoir and enjoyed cooling breezes and some rather nice cloud colors; courtesy of the setting sun.

 Martha sitting by the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir

 The setting sun highlighted the clouds to the east nicely

Friday, June 09, 2017

A Gorgeous Thursday Sunset

After a long day at work, I think the fates took pity on me and presented me and the rest of the residents of Colorado's Front Range with a gorgeous sunset.

I rode Fiona, my '99 Bural Rig (she's got a BMW R80 engine) to the usual sunset picture spot.  This spot is becoming quite popular now, there were already two cars ahead of me but I was able to snag the usual spot to pose my rig.

Silly cagers, all of them left shortly before the sunset's lighting of the clouds got really nice and intense!

The colors got so gorgeous, two cars stopped to take pictures.  I just kept shooting, ending up with a "plethora" of pictures that required very little post-processing.  It was difficult but I cut the list of pictures to be posted down to these.

 The interesting cloud formations to the south were highlighted
in pink lighting as the yellows changed to reds

 It seemed like the other side of the 
Front Range Mountains were on fire.

 Same angle as above, but using the camera's "sunset mode"
to really bring out the colors

 And then, the skies just turned bright red and orange....
 Same as above, but using camera's sunset mode

the sunset's last bursts of light....