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Offline jmason

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Quick ride into gold country
on: October 16, 2019, 11:28:45 PM
I had to go to a court-ordered mediation meeting this afternoon regarding a personal billing matter. It ended as we expected, no settlement, so I'll be in court in December.  Since I was in Golden, Colorado, it seemed like a good idea to ride up to Blackhawk/Central City, Colorado, at one point known as "the richest square mile on Earth".

If you're in the area, stop by and see Jesse at Vic's Gold Panning.  Here's a shot of his property behind the V.



Central City and Blackhawk now consists of a bunch of huge casinos and hotels, since Colorado legalized gambling a few years ago.there are still some cool historical features in town, including the United Methodist Church, that my wife's great great great uncle co-founded in the 1800s (that's old for Colorado history!)





from Central City there's a couple ways to get back to Denver, I chose to take the Virginia canyon Road.  first stop was Russell Gulch, where a lot of the gold was discovered back in the day. Still lots of small gold operations around the area, and cool old buildings as well.



The Virginian Canyon Road is also known as 'oh my God' road. It's The old stage route between Central City and Idaho Springs, and received its name from the steep curvy nature of the road and the stage passengers reactions while they were going down to Idaho Springs.you can see Idaho Springs in the background of the pictures below.





I also have some pictures from my Moto Cam that I'll try to upload a little later, but all in all, it was 65į and a beautiful day for a ride!

Offline jmason

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 05:26:55 AM
A couple more pictures.

They would have built from one side of the canyon to the other if the state let them


Shots of the older section of Central City - In the old days, the businesses were all 'tourist traps', selling souvenirs, clothing, candy, plus saloons.  Now it is almost all gambling related stuff.





Lots of old mine tailings along the Virginia Canyon road, and not a guardrail or safety berm in sight :D






Road edges don't scare me...

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 11:19:20 AM
Thanks for the pics   :152:

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 12:08:10 PM


 Superb riding country out there. Road edges do scare me, but less so on a bike  :008: .

 Rob.

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 03:16:01 PM
Nice pics,thanks.

What model is your tank bag?
Does it interfere with your handlebars at all?
would you recommend this bag?

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #5 on: October 17, 2019, 05:21:45 PM
*Originally Posted by DorsoDoug [+]
Nice pics,thanks.

What model is your tank bag?
Does it interfere with your handlebars at all?
would you recommend this bag?

It is a GIVI ST602 with the BF04 ring.  I like it a lot, plenty of room for glasses, flashlight, multi-purpose motorcycle tool, and other goodies.  The phone viewing slot works okay, great tactile touch through the plastic, but a large phone is a pain in the a$$ to put in the pocket.  I usually just throw the phone inside the case and zip it up.

The givi power cord is ridiculously over priced, so I just bought a small 4-port USB hub, and this cool volt/amp meter (  Palumma 24W/4.8A Dual USB  www.amazon.com/gp/B0773BYS6P. )

The only things the bag interferes with on my bars is the controller for my Moto Cam.  And all it does is push the controller upwards at full lock on a left turn.

I can no longer use a phone holder that mounts on the bars, but that doesn't bother me.



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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #6 on: October 17, 2019, 06:30:40 PM
Thanks for the reply. The one thing I really miss having is a tank bag. The Versys can be very awkward in the tank area. I find it somewhat of a pain to even fuel up with the high position of the gas filler. And handlebar clearance is exceptionally close.  I especially appreciate your remark regarding the difficulty in mounting your phone. That could be a deal breaker for me if I canít find a workable alternative.
Thanks again for your response.

Offline jmason

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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #7 on: October 17, 2019, 09:08:45 PM
And just because I just found this picture on Reddit "Old School Cool", here is Central City in the 1950s.  I'll try to grab a screen shot of the same location from my video when I get home tonight so we can see the difference :D


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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #8 on: October 18, 2019, 04:38:38 PM
60 - 70 years, not much change :)


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Re: Quick ride into gold country
Reply #9 on: October 18, 2019, 05:38:10 PM
great pictures, nicer cars in the 50's.
The street lamp on the left is still there

we've a facebook page for my local town and people post old and present day pictures, I really like to see how things have changed (or not).
Last Edit: October 18, 2019, 05:44:05 PM by Floydsz1