Colorado Highway 9 in December - Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum
Harley-DavidsonForums.com is an independent enthusiast website owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc. Harley-DavidsonForums.com is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with Harley-Davidson Inc.. The Harley Davidson names and logos are trademarks owned by Harley-Davidson Inc.

Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Forum > Rides, Rallies, and Riders > Ride Suggestions and Ride Reports

» Insurance
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
On a ride
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rockies
Posts: 4,999
Colorado Highway 9 in December

Hey, thought I would toss a recent ride in here! Colorado 9 entertains those on two wheels just about its entire length. Enjoyed a scoot this week (not bad for December) following 9's lonely journey through southern Park County. Just me, the bike, and the road. Me thinks you would like the same, eh?

Here's the map of where the images below are from... https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=G...sz=11&t=m&z=10

At the "A" on the map the bike sits still for a portrait under a low December sun. The 13,000 ft. monarchs of the Mosquito Range are in the distance. We're not far below timberline here. Oh look at that scant snow up high. Been mostly a dry winter so far. Good for riding, not so good for many reasons. Fortunately, as I type this, snow is smothering these peaks...


Now, just a few miles SE of the image above is the ghost town of Garo. Perhaps more accurately... the ghost building of Garo. The town site of Garo was named after Adolph Guiraud, a nearby homesteader. I suppose it was easier pronouncing and spelling "Garo" versus "Guiraud". The old Garo school was moved to a museum. The other structures succumbed to the high altitude winds and weather.

Chub Newitt founded the general store in Garo, and its decaying remains can be seen easily from Colorado 9 between Fairplay and Hartsel. The store actually thrived for a few decades from the late 1890's to the 1920's. Chub didn't fare as well, or as long. I believe it was some ranchers who came into the store looking for some guns to buy. A shotgun was given to them to examine; it fell to the floor and it happened to have a shell in the chamber. The gun discharged, peppering Chub's rear end with buckshot. According to historical archives, he died of "blood poisoning".

Here I am pausing in front of the old Garo General Store...


Some of you know I sometimes find old pictures of a place, stand where the photographer stood many years ago, frame the image as close as patience and cold fingertips allow, and let the pics tell the tale.

Local residents stopping by the store between 1890 and 1910...




__________________
The Colorado Book
sfarson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
On a ride
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rockies
Posts: 4,999
And other locals who came by when a camera happened to do the same...






Further south the approach to modest Currant Creek Pass is made. Note Colorado 9 ascending the saddle in the distance. This pass is only at 9,500ft. elevation, but in my opinion, pass elevation quantity does not necessarily equate to pass riding quality...


At the pass summit, a pause looking back, with the road weaving a path through the lumpy carpet of sand colored meadows. I know some of you might be wringing your hands in apprehension, concerned how I have parked the Milwaukee steed. Well, be relieved knowing there isn't anyone coming or going. Besides, who wants to put a sidestand down on that soft, sloping shoulder!


The road continues with its ways, with more forested fur on the hillsides...




If ever placing your bike on this sweet new pavement, and you find yourself near Guffey at lunchtime (at the turn on the map above), check out this very small, authentic, historic town, and pull into biker friendly Rita's Place. A Triumph Bonneville rider who is 70 years old, had the same idea as I did this December day...


At the B on the map above is where the last pic is taken. Park County 102 leading east towards the shy, not oft seen western sides of Pikes Peak in the distance. Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas everyone!
__________________
The Colorado Book
sfarson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 12:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Larker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 179
Very nice. Looks like a great day.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Motorcycle.com Free App
Larker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 08:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South Charleston, WV
Posts: 294
Very well done!! Makes a fellow want to take off for parts unknown, thanks for posting.
Instructor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 08:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
buckanear007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: lacombe louisiana
Posts: 505
great pictures thanks for sharing
buckanear007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 09:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
Imperial Wizard...
 
lakeforktx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Emory,Tx.
Posts: 4,694
Great job Steve....you allways have the coolest pics and post....
__________________
2012 Ultra Classic White hot Pearl..... 2002 Fatboy Concord Purple,
lakeforktx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
On a ride
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rockies
Posts: 4,999
Hey thanks, and good to hear from you all! Nice to be out on two wheels, and especially when a couple of points are scored against old man winter.
__________________
The Colorado Book
sfarson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 06:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Sportster883Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 261
On roads like that how far apart are the gas station's.
Sportster883Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
scspartan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 2,003
Images: 14
Great pics and descriptions as always, Steve. Like the effect of placing poeple from old pics into todays pictures. Ghostly.
scspartan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2012, 03:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
On a ride
 
sfarson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rockies
Posts: 4,999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sportster883Bob View Post
On roads like that how far apart are the gas station's.
From a fuel stop in Hartsel, south to just east of Canon City, about 50 miles.
__________________
The Colorado Book
sfarson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:06 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
This site is in no way affiliated with Harley-Davidson
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum