Invading Cripple Creek, Pikes Peak & Garden of the Gods… – Part 4 of the Banner City Bikers in Utah


From Blake Scharine:

Followers of the BCBikers!

A half day at Cripple Creek and overnight. We kept ourselves pretty busy! I encourage you to read up a bit on Cripple Creek, CO. It was and still is a big player in gold mining. (Crazy how commercial mining is done nowadays.)

Our ride into Gunnison, CO is one to remember. Coming in on 92 on the scenic north rim of the Black Canyon. As has been nearly everywhere, the pavement was great and the canyon view was dark, massive with a big river meandering its way to the dam.

The Ol Miner restaurant in “Gunny” did not disappoint and the next day Russ & Mary Rogers along w/John Sanderson headed out early to shave a day off the return trip for a wedding and family commitment.

Leaving Gunnison through Monarch pass was great. We took advantage of a slow day at the trading post and took the cable cars up to 12,000 ft… very cool and also VERY COOL.

On to Cripple Creek, a gambling town, with lots of restaurants and numerous other activities

  • gambling
  • narrow gauge train ride
  • a little riding
  • gambling
  • feeding the loose donkeys
  • walks around town
  • oh, and did I mention gambling?

Pikes was great, part of the group opted out of riding up to 14,000′ but they did go part way up to visitor center and explored as they watched us through a telescope.

Lastly, before a Dairy Queen stop, we visited Garden of the Gods. This a great drive or hike through park and FREE!

We’re making our way east of Colorado Springs for 6 hours in Kansas then another 8 hours. That’s 14 hours on the bikes!

It shouldn’t be so amazing to me anymore, how God puts all these things in front of us to enjoy. Just a little heaven on earth.

Til next time!
Blake


The next installment of the Banner City Bikers’ trip to Torrey, Utah will be posted as sent in by members of the group. For part 1, ; part 2, ; part 3, 

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