Sunday, April 02, 2017

April Fools Day Ride to Perry Park

A bit over seven years ago, I met with a small group of Uralisti for breakfast.  These folks would come to form the core group of the DAU: Denver Area Uralisti that eventually morphed into CZAR: Colorado Zidecar Adventure Riders.

I was still very much a newbie when it came to sidecaring on a URAL you see, riding Natasha at the time, my '96 Ural Sportsman.

Link to the blog report on that initial meeting and subsequent ride with Uralisti:  LINK

This past Saturday, April Fool's Day, we met again as a group, though this time lacking the attendance of Craig and Julie H. who couldn't attend.  We met once again at O'Brien's Diner in Sedalia and for once, I was the last one to arrive.

It had been quite a while since we'd met for a ride.  In attendance were John and Cookie S., Jay and Deana and yours truly.

It was decided to somewhat re-create the riding we did over seven years ago after we finished breakfast.

 Gearing up after breakfast, that's Cookie smiling...

We rode at a pretty sedate pace due to wet weather conditions from Sedalia where we had breakfast and down to Castle Rock where we got onto Hwy 105 via Wolfensberger Road.  There was nice frosting on the trees as we entered Perry Park but active snow fall......yet.

Photo stop at Camel Rock

Jay and Deana
the "youngsters" of our group
photo courtesy John S.

A view of the frost covered small trees
photo courtesy Jay and Deana

We meandered briefly through the rest of Perry Park but there were now
"no trespassing" signs where there had been but muddy/rutted dirt trails.
Progress, I guess.
Conditions were quite muddy as you can see.
I ended up having to engage 2WD to get myself turned around.
photo courtesy Jay and Deana

 A view of the main rock formation of the Perry Park Golf Course 

At the lake in Perry Park
photo courtesy John S.

 In the parking lot of the Perry Park Country Club, the snow was
starting to fall in earnest at this point.

 The view behind us had been quite nice, when we'd first arrived 
at Perry Park.  Now, it was hidden in the dense snow fall that was
ongoing as I took this picture.  

We left Perry Park as it continued to snow on us, still the temperatures were not that cold and we soon rode north of the snow fall into even warmer (seemingly) temperatures.  Our last stop was back in Sedalia by the Buckskin Saloon where HD types congregate during warmer weather.

We accidentally arranged the rigs red-white-blue
which complemented the US Flag behind us well.

The ride was over at this point as we all had stuff to get done back at home.  It was great riding with these long-time Uralisti friends of mine.  I look forward to the next ride, where perhaps we can be joined by members of the CZAR now that nicer weather is in the horizon.


SonjaM said...

The red rocks really stick out in the white and grey but it's looking quite cold, Dom. Meanwhile spring is in full force over here.

redlegsrides said...

It wasn't really that cold SonjaM, temperatures stayed at or above freezing. More snow tomorrow supposedly.

Oz said...

Great looking ride. I have not visited Perry Lake, but will add it to the list.

redlegsrides said...

It's a pretty neat area Thomas Osburn, getting more developed by the day though....beautiful rock formations, marred by the presence of houses.

deanahop said...

Great pix as always, Dom, and really nice to see everyone again!

I really love that Perry Park area. Perhaps the Uralisti should pool resources and buy a lot out there as a destination for future rides. ;)

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Deana, I don't think our meager resources, pooled together, would afford one of those parcels!

tiger xc1200 exploring said...

other than a coolish looking ride it looks a great one

redlegsrides said...

That's Spring riding in Colorado, dpknightdunc....thanks for commenting.

Trobairitz said...

Brrr, that looks like a chilly ride.

Nice line of of rigs in front of the flag.

redlegsrides said...

It really wasn't too chilly Trobairitz....