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Warning!!!! Mostly non mtb material.

I guess it's not much of a mountain bike ride when your not riding a mountain, or a mountain bike. Then again, the old steel commuter POS bike is a kind of a cyclocross bike and I did ride a little dirt with it.

So, after everyone bailed on me, I was determined to spend a day not eating roasted garlic and tomato bruschetta smothered in olive oil on french bread. It's kind of my new favorite snack food and I need to seperate myself from it. Too much procrastinating about a ride and never leaving the kegerator.

I opted for the POS because I had mileage in mind and well, the road bike had a flat. With temperatures on their way up to the mid 50's, I kept to a couple of easily removable layers. Starting from the house, I glanced over at the Fairmont Trail (the only bit of dirt on this ride) and since things were still semi-frozen from the night, set the skinny tires on the dirt.







I picked up the Clear Creek Trail path and headed East. It is about then that I realized I would have an ifatuation with bridges today.



Once you get passed Wadsworth, it's pretty much the point of no return (at least it is in my mind).





I got a flat sometime around here and had to patch it up. I didn't want to use my spare tube, just in case. The patch geld the whole ride. Yeah, Park patches!

I must be crazy. Every bridge on these paths look exactly the same, yet I must take a picture.



It was after this point that my mind drew a blank. Where I should have turned left, I went right. So, after ending up on 92nd Ave, I figured maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to shorted the trip. So I made my way down Sheridan to 38th Ave and again pushed on to the city. Just before the highway I turned onto Klamath and wow was I glad I did. A Church was just letting out and there were food stands set up all around it. It was all different Mexican foods. I opted for some kind of fried bread covered in powdered sugar (kind of like a Zepolli). HEAVEN!

With the sugar high now in place, I had Coors field in my sites and croossed (you guessed it) another, albeit bigger bridge to pick up the South Platte Trail.



There was a guy fishing in the river. I don't think I would even want to stand in that water (it smells funny). Oh, and there is a picture of a bridge in the background.



Then it's a stop at my favorite store. Especially this one. It is the nicest REI I have ever been in. The old Trolley house is a perfect cool looking building. I spent $19 an assorted trinkets. That's probably the lowest amount I have ever spent there, by a longshot.



Rolling on, I came upon Invesco Field. I knew the Broncos had a game later, but I had no idea people would start tailgating that early. Crazy. Well, mabe not. As I was riding by the parking lots I got up some nerve to ask one of the bigger setups if I could buy a hot dog. He asked if I was a Broncos fan. I said, sure I am a Broncos fan (I am a Giants fan - but I don't pass up opportunities). He gave me a hot dog and a beer, gratis. Thanks Mr. Broncos fan..



Now fully nourinshed with nitrates and alcohol, I continued my journey.



I guess the beer called nature.



I turned onto the Bear Creek Path for the ride into Lakewood. Some people may see a waterfall, I see a bridge!



Bear Creek.





Ta da!



Climbing over the dam in BCLP. By this point I was feeling a little wasted.





I was pretty glad to see the C470 bike path.



It meant that soon enough, I'd be going down Rooney Road and the Taj would be shining in the sun.



A quick trip down Golden path, through downtown via the School of mines, and back up the Tucker Gulch trail back to home. 55 miles!



 

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Nice report! My road ride was only 1/2 that or so, but still good to get out.

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He gave me a hot dog and a beer, gratis. Thanks Mr. Broncos fan..
Good thing you asked for the dog before the game! If they did some after game tailgating, I doubt they'd have been in such a giving mood!

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Sweet ride, schnauzers! I especially liked the bridge pix -- all of them! :p

I'm planning on a skinny ride tomorrow -- ceptin that I never stop to take pics since I just get into a brain-dead ride mojo (happens when I get on skinnies for some reason!)

Thanks for the grins! :thumbsup:
 

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55m- solid work :) I agree too-- the Platte often smells nasty-- I often (well not that often ;) wonder how much water kayakers ingest? IE-- I am bummed I couldn't go- I am really curious now about DUI-- I have done some stuff on CU campus (years ago) but thinking about downtown I started seeing the potential.
 

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Nice! I put 50 miles on the commuter yesterday. Came up from the the DTC on the cherry creak trail, up to REI, past all the broncos fans going in to the stadium, probably around the same time you were there. Then I cut left over the bridge at the Bear Creek split and wondered down through the high line canal trail in Cherry Hills. Beautiful day out!

-Simon
 

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Nice! I put 50 miles on the commuter yesterday. Came up from the the DTC on the cherry creak trail, up to REI, past all the broncos fans going in to the stadium, probably around the same time you were there. Then I cut left over the bridge at the Bear Creek split and wondered down through the high line canal trail in Cherry Hills. Beautiful day out!

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That's a nice ride too. I used to do something close to that when I lived at Colorado and 8th near the Cherry Creek trail.
 
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