Very fun day exploring Boulder, such a wonderful city.
Started the day off with a nice breakfast. Luna played in the backyard while Mark’s daughter waited for ballet practice. Maybe Luna needs a tutu…
After breakfast Mark asked if I’d be interested in a photo shoot, sounds fun to me and when else would I get to have a professional photographer/teacher take our photos?? We unloaded my bike to have it look more retro and ride up to the National Center for Atmospheric Research just outside of town. Weather was really on our side! Can’t wait to see the shots but here is one “behind the scenes” I snapped. Luna is a bona fide model 😛
After the shoot we checked out the museum in side the research station, lots of cool exhibits in there including a tornado simulator. From then on we relaxed as the heat was building up by grabbing some lunch and watching the World Cup. Brazil lost to the Netherlands pretty badly. Some clouds rolled in and a bit of rain, after the rain stopped Luna and I went to the dog park. Met another ADVRider fellow there and learned about some nice local roads. Having some time we cruised around Pearl Street and the walking mall.. such cool shops and entertainment there.
Then took the suggested route of Flagstaff Road just west of Boulder. This would give me a little experience on how the Ural would do in the switchbacks and steep inclines. We made it to the summit without issue which gave me some more confidence in the rig.. although it was only about 7000 ft, so quite short compared to some other mountains we may go on.
Boulder down below.
A cyclist interested in the rig let me know of some roads beyond the Summit so I followed those.. and glad I did! They soon turned into some dirt roads with some nice scenery. I’ll post these photos in a random order.. just a small fraction of the neat views along the way.
Here are my tracks, and some other information.
An older man in a Ron Paul sweater gave me directions back to town, talked to him for a little while and he was a good character. Highway 72 along Coal Creek was a super awesome road twisting through the mountains and great pavement. Some very nice houses along it as well. Made it home just before dark and in time for some burgers 🙂 Staying in the guest room/play room, maybe I should trade tents with Mark’s daughter?