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Calm before the storm

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:07 am



Yesterday was 66 and beautiful so my son and I got out to ride. Only covered about 120 miles but it was great. Today was blizzard conditions (welcome to Colorado) and 3-6” of snow, high winds so we are shut down again.

The last picture is the snow plastered on my truck. At least 2” thick and I had to scrape it off. The brush wouldn’t touch it it was so crusty.

Warm weather back next week. We will see.

Ride safe!



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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by brettchallenger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:37 am

The last picture is the snow plastered on my truck.
You forgot to add the pics Echinus!
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:40 am

Actually I forgot to let the pictures load. I have corrected that I think.

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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:42 am

Here they are at last I hope
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:43 am

Only took three tries. :oops:

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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by brettchallenger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:49 am

Lol, you got there in the end. Ask anyone in the UK about Colorado and it is the Grand Canyon or parched, very hot desert they speak of. Certainly not snow. Hopefully ours is gone for the season now. But you never know in March.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by Viking » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:39 am

brettchallenger wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:49 am
Lol, you got there in the end. Ask anyone in the UK about Colorado and it is the Grand Canyon or parched, very hot desert they speak of. Certainly not snow. Hopefully ours is gone for the season now. But you never know in March.
Actually, Colorado is Mountains, with very little desert. Arizona is the Grand Canyon and the hot dry desert. Colorado has the Royal Gorge, which is the beginning of the big ditch.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:42 am

Most of the misconceptions I'd heard in the past about Denver (been here 40 yrs now) were that it was way up in the mountains! I was forever explaining that it sits in the Platte River Valley on the high plains at the foot of the mountains.

Don't hear that so much anymore.. Denver has grown a lot in the last 40 years and is better known now than it was then.

The high plains from Denver east (the eastern 1/3 of the state) is semi-arid (about 12" precipitation annually) and would be considered desert except where it is irrigated and farmed.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by brettchallenger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:47 am

I apologise for my ignorance. Clearly I have never visited. Just looked it up on Wiki. Colorado is almost exactly twice the size of England! - 104 sq miles to 53 sq miles. Rather more people live here though. Looks great motorcycling country.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by Viking » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:49 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:42 am
The high plains from Denver east (the eastern 1/3 of the state) is semi-arid (about 12" precipitation annually) and would be considered desert except where it is irrigated and farmed.
Ya know, I lived in Colorado Springs for three years, and the one direction I never traveled from there was East. I did a lot of north, west and south exploring of the entire other 2/3 of the state, but never headed east. It is a great state for motorcycles, in the north, west and south, :lol: We went to all the states to the north, south and west - New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, and they are all great motorcycle states due to the mountainous terrain, with the twisty roads. The million dollar highway is great, black canyon of the gunnison even greater, four corners, great sand dunes. It was like a three year vacation. Many years later I got to live in New Mexico for three years, and it was the same all over again, and from there we did go east into Oklahoma and Texas as well as the other directions.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by oldmopars » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:02 pm

brettchallenger wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:47 am
I apologise for my ignorance. Clearly I have never visited. Just looked it up on Wiki. Colorado is almost exactly twice the size of England! - 104 sq miles to 53 sq miles. Rather more people live here though. Looks great motorcycling country.
It is strange how we think of other countries. I spend 2 weeks in Manchester UK for work. I had a rental car and took a little drive up to John O Grotes Scotland. Spent the night sleeping in the car,even thought the sun never really went down. I did this over a weekend.
I got back to the job on Monday and told the guys I was with and they all though I was crazy. Most of them had never even been to Scotland, let alone to the northern tip. For me it was no big deal.
I live in Washington (71,3000 sq miles) and I have explored most of it. I have to ride to another state to find something I have not seem. And now that is starting to become really long distances. I have driven from Tacoma to the middle of Baja Ca. Mexico and across the USA at least 6 times. But for these guys a 2 day trip up to the North end was something they had never even thought about.
As I talked to them they said that in the UK most people don't travel that was for pleasure due to the bad traffic and cost of gas.
I think many that live outside the US don't understand how big it is, or how diverse the country is. In Washington state alone we have a rain forest, a 14,000+ foot Mountain, Beaches and almost half of the state is desert. Oregon to the south is similar, but not as high of mountains and no rain forest.
The USA has a lot of really cool stuff to see, worth a visit if you have never been.

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Post by brettchallenger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:58 pm

worth a visit if you have never been.
I have been to the US a few times, mostly to the mid-West. Furthest West I have been is Chicago.

We are not keen on Manchester this side of the Pennines. A den of iniquity. And Scotland is too cold and wet for me.

I am only 45 minutes from the ferry docks, but then it is a 12 hours overnight (and expensive) journey to Belgium or Holland. Of course then, everything is more or less joined up right to China - I am not that enthusiastic though.
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Post by oldmopars » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:43 pm

I did not like Manchester either, but that is where the job was. It was a good jumping off point for my exploring. Because every structure in the US is less than 250 years old for the most part, I spent a bunch of time driving to every castle I could find as I headed north. That was cool for me because we just don't have anything that old here. I was lucky to be there in the "Summer", for what that is in Britain. So, I was able to go to Scotland and it was OK.
The Lake District was cool, but kind of busy, so was Edinburgh. I saw that castle from the park. Slept in my rental car right next to Hadrin's Wall. Woke up with a cow looking in the window.
Good times, but I was glad to be home. I prefer the wide open spaces.

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Post by redial » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:12 am

An excerpt from Wikipeadia:
South Australia (abbreviated as SA) is a state in the southern central part of Australia. It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia's states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people,[2] and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs. Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684.

South Australia shares borders with all of the other mainland states, and with the Northern Territory; it is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory, to the north-east by Queensland, to the east by New South Wales, to the south-east by Victoria, and to the south by the Great Australian Bight.[4] The state comprises less than 8 percent of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the six states and two territories. The majority of its people reside in greater Metropolitan Adelaide. Most of the remainder are settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and River Murray. The state's colonial origins are unique in Australia as a freely settled, planned British province,[5] rather than as a convict settlement. Colonial government commenced on 28 December 1836, when the members of the council were sworn in near the Old Gum Tree.

Big is all relative. We have 6 states and two mainland territories in about the USA 48 states, and a little bigger. Lack of water is one of the reasons.
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Re: Calm before the storm

Post by Sidcar » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:30 am

They used to say
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