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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2012, 12:44 am Thread Starter
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Seven Years With the K1200S - A Celebration Ride

Have never owned a bike for so long. It has exceeded in every measure mattering to me. Last year I needed to replace the headlamp bulb, and I lost a fuel strip. That's it. Many shared memories with this bike. So, a ride to celebrate the 7th year anniversary since bringing it home. I treated it to a very special road and ride where it could run free.

On the way to the "special" road there is the pause atop 11,306ft. Berthoud Pass. We're looking north here and to get to where we are going, we'll have to suffer through that coiled road below. From the cell phone...

At the bottom of the pass, looking back from Winter Park at what was descended...

Well, there is that side of me fascinated with the reflections of history, so along the way I treasure hunt two locations a photographer stood at long ago. The Swedish built this church 100 years ago in the North Park community of Fraser. About 70 years ago...

A few days ago...

Now how about this. Granby almost 90 years ago...

The Granby/Grand Lake area is the gateway to the western sides of Rocky Mountain National Park. Several quick dashes into the traffic, and this image came closest to what is above...

All righty then! Berthoud Pass was tasty, finding the old locations was sweet, but these were just appetizers along the way. The KS and I are here for the main course... the great, lonely, sweeping, twisting, Colorado 125 up and over Willow Creek Pass. The pass is modest, the road is not. If you ever wander this way on two wheels, it will be you and the road alone in a dance.

Here's the map link of this anniversary ride. We'll be enjoying the kinks south of the "B"...

A capture from the vid. Oh, a bug sideswiped the side of my helmet and it subsequently and delightfully disintegrated into three pieces on the cam lens. At least it had the presence of mind to separate mostly to the sides!...

If up for a minute or two, or the whole six minute recording...

So on the return I give the thoroughbred a breather with a pause on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the horizon are the southern peaks of the park...

And you know, one of my finest lunch destinations is a bench outside, munching away while life passes by, and perhaps gazing at, oh, what brought me there. Back at Granby. An HDR (3 EV bracketed) capture. Thanks for the seven...
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Mine is a keeper too. I just need to get it fixed...

I'm getting red x's, though, for your pictures.

Your pics are always first rate.

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Yes, a keeper. Perhaps reload the page? The images are there. And get the bike fixed!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 19th, 2012, 7:43 pm
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My K1200s and I are still getting to know one another. I've had it for about 6 months and 3K miles. So far, I couldn't be happier with it. I'm no stranger to Berthoud Pass as we ski WP about 3 times a year. Some buddies and I have been trying to get our schedules to coincide for a ride out there and your pictures are giving me the bug again!
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