The recent spate of really nice riding weather had made me think it was time to take Brigitta, my '87 R80 Beemer, up to Loveland Pass before Winter arrived.
The day was beautifully sunny and in the low 60s down in the metro area, and I would see a low of temperatures in the high 30s at the top of the pass. Great riding conditions!
Well, except for the first mile of the Loveland Pass Road, on the east side where I started up towards the pass. The road was wet from melting snow and it had not evaporated as this portion of the road is in the shadow of the mountainside. I chose to go nice and slow and steady, stopping twice to either let cagers get past me in their rush to the top; or to "evaluate" going further or turn around.
Mind you, I wasn't feeling slippery conditions, it just looked "icy" at times. Still, once I rounded the first main turn on the road up, it was sunny and 99% clear road conditions. The top of the summit was crowded with lots of cagers and folks snowboarding, but I was able to find a good spot for Brigitta.
Brigitta and I then motored on past the summit, enjoying the lovely dry road conditions. We rode down towards the hairpin turn that marks the lowest point of the pass area.
At this point, it was time for me to turn around and head back towards the summit. I really didn't want to be negotiating the wet roads near the bottom of US6/Loveland Pass Road when temperatures dropped.
Brigitta and I cruised once more through the summit area, and then made our way down towards I-70. I had to stop on the side of the road a couple of times to let cagers pass me as I was going near the speed limit and apparently that's only guidance to those cagers. The last stretch over the wet section of road was thankfully without a cager behind me.
Soon Brigitta and I were motoring along at 65 mph on the I-70 Super Slab heading back towards Denver. The ride back was uneventful, traffic was light to medium and the weather warmed nicely as I approached the city. Brigitta elected to use I-70 all the way through the metro area and then took back roads back towards home.
I would end up basically doing a big loop around the metro area, with Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide being the "highlight" of the ride. About 140 miles or so I believe, and Brigitta ran great.
Ride Safe. Ride Aware.