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?
Campsite was next to a fair grounds which was open so as I used their modern facilities Luna slept in. She must have been having a good dream from all the drool!
The ride from Holyoke to Fort Collins was quite scenic but wow it was a heavy industry road.. Many semi trucks and commercial equipment rolling down the road at 65mph. URAL maintained speed of about 60 but still was being passed frequently.
Stopped after running out of fuel, the tiny towns along the road have no service stations but thankfully I had my jerry can full. That was enough to get me into Fort Collins.
She’s a lover not a fighter.
In Fort Collins, stopped at Unique Rides and Randy with his family set me up with replacement parts. I rolled the bike up under a tree for some “shade tree service” and got the new parts in while working over lunch. Bike does breathe better now, perfect for being up in the higher elevation!
After the repairs the temperature was rising into the 90s so made a pit stop at PetSmart to relax in some air conditioning and Luna pick out a treat. She got some busy bones and a pink harness. From then it started raining which helped cool the temps, we ride along Pearl Street to check out all the cool little independent shops.. spotted a cured meats shop so I know where I’ll be heading before leaving town!
While out cruising my cousin Mark who lives in Boulder gave me a call so now staying with him and his family for a couple nights. We went to a nice Thai food restaurant last night. Had the spicy papaya salad. Asked for it to be extra spicy. Mmm.
Rain cleared up and left behind this great sight. Mark’s daughter replied after seeing the rainbow about something with rainbow goblins drinking rainbow juice. I’m lost there.
Well bad news was dealer in Lincoln didn’t have the parts needed for a repair, and the other shop is on vacation until next week… called the other dealer in Fort Collins and they do have it, just 500 miles away.. luckily my ugly repair is holding up great. Today covered 409 miles and not a single stall. Will make it to Fort Collins 🙂
Today was definitely a long day with the lack of scenery of southern Nebraska.. There were good 50 mile stretches of just flat straight roads. The heat didn’t help much either. Oooh, and if you other guys ever buy a Klim jacket, remember which pocket you use!! No joke I literally spent 30 minutes trying to find my keys after getting gas. Dang Klim Badlands jacket has like 30 pockets! The UDF (URAL Delay Factor) from strangers asking questions must have caused a short circuit in my brain placing they keys in some random pocket. For a while I thought someone may have stolen the keys!
Lunch pit stop
Made it 🙂
The lovely campsite.. $25/night!… ouch.
At least the view is decent.
Finally have a decent enough signal to upload a post. In western Iowa right now taking Iowa hwy 2. First day I left was Tuesday about noon.. off to a late start due to rain. Made it near Peoria Illinois for camp. Then yesterday rode to camp in Clarinda, Iowa. About midday I noticed the bike would die when I would come to a stop, and starting I had to keep the revs high. When rolling down the road at 4400+ rpm I could see fuel droplets coming out in front of the carb, not good! Inspect it and both carb boots were cracked. There is a dealership one hour away in Nebraska so giving them a call once they open up. Thankfully a local auto parts store opened after hours for me and was able to supply some high temperature gasket goo. At camp I spent the night mending the boots and so far this morning they seem to be working great.. Bike even idles with no issue and no stalling!
Stopped to say bye to my mother.
Luna taking a nap while I work on the Ural.
Pioneer county park in Iowa. Camped here for the 2nd night. Had a shower too!
Gasket material on a boot.
Bike is all loaded, stuck around today to pack and load and hitting the road to tomorrow morning! Took it out for a test drive to check the luggage and how the pup would do without the seat. Installed power port on handlebars to keep my phone charged (using it as a GPS when needed).. oh and most importantly, added some stickers 😀
Ready for takeoff!
I’ll post later on the items packed.
After work today my ADVRider friend Kurt (seriousracer) came over to give a hand on the Ural and ever so glad he did! He is a way more knowledgeable mechanic than I, and he doesn’t mind my stupid questions (I think…)
List of things we accomplished before the storm rolled in.
Changed engine oil
Changed transmission oil
Changed final drive oil
Checked and adjusted valve clearances
Inspected spark plugs
Inspected popping noise at start up, turned out the carb boot was loose. Fixed.
Repaired auxiliary electric port
Kurt and his dog Jag
Well today was the day to leave, but it’s been postponed until Monday.. but not all that bad of news 🙂 Work needed staffing for the holiday weekend and I worked it out with my supervisor so that I would work this weekend and in return I was allowed to ‘shift’ my travel dates plus even get a couple more days! The holiday/overtime pay from this week alone will cover a BIG portion of the trip’s expenses too. Can’t beat that.
Even with working the entire weekend I’ve been able to enjoy the holiday by hanging out with friends. Riding bikes/quads, bonfires, great food, and fireworks. Even got to take the Ural and my Big Wheel out for a ride through the woods.. Ural got stuck a couple times from the deep mud and running on road tires, but it was a blast.