After a dissapointing winter snow storm on Saturday, Mother Nature made it up to us Uralisti here in Colorado by giving us a warm sunny Sunday.
I rode out in brisk temperatures, about 17°F or so, shortly before 8:15 AM from my house, and took city streets to cross westward through the Denver Metro Area for the town of Morrison, CO. The rendezvous point was the Red Rocks Grill in Morrison, and I was meeting up with Deana, Jay and Tim L, along with their respective URAL sidecar rigs.
The cold was just starting to seep in past my warming layers when I arrived at Morrison, I dismounted and as I removed my helmet, saw Deana and Jay arrive right behind on their '07 Patrol. I walked in while Deana and Jay de-geared and found Tim sipping hot tea at one of the larger tables in the back of the diner.
Breakfast was a leisurely affair, Tim had grabbed the biggest table and so there was plenty of room to stretch out and hang our riding jackets and such. Deana, in the course of conversation, mentioned to us that they'd failed to get her a Mimosa yesterday when they'd been at another place for brunch. She would be making up for that failure today, for she readily ordered the "large" Mimosa when asked by our waitress.
I am happy to report, that Deana got about $11 dollars worth of the $12 drink, though there would be consequences later.
Tim had to leave us at this point though as he and his family were going to go see the Colorado Rapids (Soccer Team) play today. That left Jay and Deana's Rig and my rig Valencia to challenge the snowy parking lots of Red Rocks Park.
The snow was not too deep, perhaps 12 inches in the areas where it had built up due to other vehicles having tried their luck in the snow.
You remember I mentioned earlier that Deana had ordered a "large" Mimosa? Well, the full effects of that drink, the bright Colorado sun and the fact that temperatures had soared into the mid-30s had the predicted effect on Deana.
Deana did wake up as Jay started their rig's engine, and they both waved cheery goodbyes as they left Red Rocks. Finding ourselves alone, Valencia and I motored over to the area near Ship's Rock for more pictures.
It was not late in the day as I exited Red Rocks myself, so Valencia and I turned right at the exit and proceeded to look for canyon sights along Bear Creek Canyon Road. Not sure why, but there was very little traffic heading into the mountains and a ton of it heading towards the city!
As you can see, a brilliantly sunny and beautiful day here in the Great State of Colorado. The company of good friends at brunch, fun riding in snowy conditions afterwards and warmish temperatures to comfort one on the way home.....
Ride Safe. Ride Aware.