Monday, April 14, 2014

Skyline Drive

This video was taken from the sidecar on Skyline Drive, just west of Cañon City, CO. Ever since I first heard about it on Dom's blog redlegsrides.blogspot.com, I had wanted to see the actual road. We went there last Saturday on his Ural sidecar rig, Scarlett. He had generously offered his immaculate '87 R80 airhead for me to use but since I hadn't really ridden on two wheels since October 2012, I passed on his offer. After all, this may not be the best place to learn how to ride on two wheels again.

I wasn't able to capture the entire road as I quickly ran out of memory on my phone. The original was captured at 1080p/60fps and I have never looked for a way to change the default resolution. The transitions were added as we stopped several times along the way for pictures.



I really want to thank Dom and enabling spouse, Martha (the smiling one), for their wonderful hospitality. They opened their home, banished one of their children to the couch, and gave me the run of the kitchen. Plus, all of the transportation around Denver and beyond. Plus, a loaf of wonderful chocolate chip-banana bread to tide me over at the conference.

This is the highway on the way to Denver International Airport at ~6:30 Monday morning. A nice sunrise developing on the horizon and a surprising (to me) amount of snow. The highway itself was clear but most of the surface streets were still full of clumpy, slippery snow.

By the time my flight left, it was blue skies and they persisted most of the day until I caught up with the storm at my destination. It has been raining here most of the day, I'm told, but it should be clearing up by tomorrow. It rained during the hour+ shuttle ride to the hotel and on my walk to grab a bite to eat. I found a middle eastern place only a half mile or so from the hotel and the food was very tasty.

This was taken at the airport and should give a hint to where I'm at for the rest of this week. 

12 comments:

Martha said...

I know where you are...

Fun video!

RichardM said...

You must be psychic…

I hadly ever try video due to bandwidth challenges while on the road but it uploaded to YouTube using the free Wi-Fi in the Denver Airport in only 10 minutes. They must have a decent connection.

Bluekat said...

Cool video! I would love this road. Ron would hate it. One side dropping off is bad in his book, let alone both sides.
Nice photo of Dom and Martha. It's tough to get Dom in a photo I think.

RichardM said...

I think the attraction is the drop off on both sides of the road. The road was pretty wide but the were a couple of steep downhill hairpin turns.

In order to get a photo with both smiling, I'll need to photoshop the photos as I took a burst of photos and have some with either smiling but none with both.

redlegsrides said...

You are always welcome at Casa Chang, RichardM, a no maintenance guest....helps with sidecar alignments, what more could I ask? Nice video, you've a very steady hand....

RichardM said...

And you can hear the engine in the video. Even better than when you are wearing a helmet. The first thing that struck me is that it sounds kind of like a lawn mower…

Trobairitz said...

Great post. Cute picture of Dom and Martha too. That is Dom's happy face. Neat license plate map in the background of that photo too - quite original.

I could guess where you are, but I may be wrong....

RichardM said...

I didn't ask Dom if I could take their picture but asked Martha. I figured that there was a much higher probability of a positive response. No comment on the "happy face".

redlegsrides said...

Why does no one believe I am smiling?

RichardM said...

Cultural norms within the U.S. recognize Martha as smiling and you as tolerating the activity.

There were other photos from the 15 photo burst that showed more of a smile but much less from Martha. Apple decided that this one was better than the other. And Apple is always right. Right?

redlegsrides said...

a. you know how I feel about Apple....
b. I care so much for the wellbeing of my fellow moto-bloggers, that pics of my face are rarely published.....

RichardM said...

a: I suspect that I added the Apple comment for that very reason. But I'm never sure about anything.

b: I think that you are a positive contribution to any post.