24-Jul-2000 -- I left Boulder for the
"confluence point" at 10 AM on Saturday, riding my motorcycle
on Rt. 7 past Central City to I-70 then Rt. 6 over Loveland Pass. Found
outdoor music festival in Frisco and decided to stay in Breckenridge.
The next morning I rode west on Route 9 over Hoosier Pass and witnessed
a spectacular view of mountains that glowed gold in the rising sun.
Passed through Fairplay and turned right on Rt. 285 to Pony Park Rd.
The glaciers that carved these mountain valleys left fine red sands that
are hot in the summer sun. The road cut across ponds of sage and
flowers and the boundary of Pike National Forest. At an unmarked fork,
a short distance before a water crossing, the road forked to the right
and off the GPS e-map along the most direct path. There was a barbed
wire cattle gate to open/close then a stream where I parked with 1.02
miles remaining. After second water crossing the road marked 155 forked
to the left and along a field of sage where a large well-fed coyote was
running parallel to trail. Spotted deer tracks and two eagles.
Gunshots heard from several directions. Confluence point located in
field about 15 ft North of road, 40 ft. West of aspen grove. Return
ride was very scenic, East along Rt. 285 then North to Evergreen and Rt.
9 to Boulder to complete the loop.