Estes Park/RMNP On The KLR
Glad to finally be able to contribute something to this thread. It's been a long time since I went on a vacation aside from going to Wisconsin with my wife where her family's from.
I decided on a tour out to the Estes Park region to check out the town and a guest ranch called The Aspen Lodge where I worked a couple of Summers after I got out of high school; kind of a nostalgia/sightseeing combo.
I was originally planning to ride the entire route, but reality set in and I admitted the fact that my aged, torn-up back would never handle it and while I could have done it, it most likely wouldn't be too enjoyable. So, I opted to haul the KLR out in the back of my Tacoma and ride when I got there.
For old time's sake, I took Highway 36 out across Northern Kansas and if you're considering travelling it, it's not a bad road. The speed limit is 65, so you can run 70 or so. There are a lot of small towns to slow down and pass through, but I bet I didn't pass 200 vehicles coming the other way across the entire span of Kansas.
I stayed in Loveland because I figured available rooms in Estes Park would be hard to find and expensive, but there were vacancy signs everywhere. I travelled up Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon every day to travel the areas in and around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
The culmination of the trip was a ride over Trail Ridge Road through RMNP over to Grand Lake and back. Unfortunately, it was too early in the season to travel the old Fall River Road, still closed due to snow.
Here are a few shots I took on the trip.
Left To Right
-The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. The coolest hotel you'll ever see. Built in 1909 by the Stanley who invented the Stanley Steamer automobile. It's where Stephen King was staying when he got the inspiration to write the book "The Shining."
-Snowpack on Trail Ridge Road
-Big Thompson Canyon and the kind of highway signs you never see around here.
-The KLR overlooking the Rockies from Trail Ridge Road
-Not to lower anyone's self-esteem with my stunning good looks and physique, but that's me on the upper parts of Trail Ridge Road