Grumby Ranch Riding

One interesting thing we’ve discovered about the Denver metro area, aside from the incredible population density and SUV population, are the large number of designated Open Spaces and parklands located in the foothills and mountains. Yesterday we drove from our cushy apartment in Centennial (suburban Denver) to 5500 acre White Ranch Park, which has 21 miles of multi use trails and two free walk-in campgrounds. Free is good, and the 1.5 mile hike or bike access helps keeps drunken hillbillies and 35 foot RVs away.

We had a great time, and saw very few people. We made camping reservations here for later this month, so we will be able to explore more of the park then.

Mrs. G looking at the gravel road ahead. There is also single track, some of which are beyond the capabilities of our Surly LHTs (and their operators)

 

 

Although it looks like I’m calmly taking in the scenery, I’m really trying to suck in oxygen in the high Rocky Mountain air. Heart rate=365.

 

 

Jen came within a foot of crushing this guy with her front tire. Not sure what type of snake it was, but it had no rattle, which was comforting. Maybe Mr. Shaneyfelt is reading?

 

 

 

Mrs. G is more comfortable in the low-oxygen death zone than I am .

 

I am a veteran of one long bike tour along the Lewis & Clark and TransAmerica trails during the summer of 2018, and numerous shorter tours around Oregon. I'm currently settled in suburban Denver with Mrs. Grumby and am looking forward to exploring Colorado by bicycle.

21 response to "Grumby Ranch Riding"

  1. By: Rocky Posted: June 14, 2019

    Looks like a great ride! Thanks to both of you for all your wonderful comments on our trip. They really help on those hard days. I sure hope we get to see you again!

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 16, 2019

      It’s been fun reading your journals. We will be in Portland some this fall. Safe travels.

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 15, 2019

      The LHTs do fine for much of what we’ve ridden on around here but we are starting to get interested in more of the gravel/trail stuff lately so we might have to consider our options.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 15, 2019

    Hey Mr. Grumby, those parallel contrails streaming out of the clouds in the picture at the top of the page are fantastic. Wait, the contrails aren’t fantastic, the picture is. And yes, I think Bill Shaneyfelt is EVERYWHERE. He makes it so that no bike tourist has to do his own plant and animal research. I like that.

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 15, 2019

      I wish I could say that I planned the contrails but they just happened. Hopefully Mr. Shaneyfelt will weigh in on the snake.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 15, 2019

    Beautiful place to ride!
    I agree with Greg, that first photo is fantastic!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 15, 2019

    It’s great to have pretty close getaways – glad you are finding nice places to ride. I am always dumbfounded by Denver’s growth each time I travel in and out for flights from DIA.

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 16, 2019

      We were stunned by the congestion in the area. It’s similar to what we experienced in Portland over the past few years. But the proximity to paths and trails like this is great.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: June 16, 2019

    Great ride, nice photos to share it with us. So nice to be able to ride near home and feel like you are so far away!

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 16, 2019

      Thanks. The long Colorado winter made me stir crazy(ier), and it’s nice to get out and ride.

  6. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: June 16, 2019

    Great ride! How nice to have places you can ride off the roads. And yes you better get Trolls or similar because you can never have too many bikes, and also right tool for the right job etc.

  7. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 17, 2019

    Not Mr Shaneyfeldt here. I think that’s a Bull Snake. I’m impressed, you guys have almost as many bitey creatures as us.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 17, 2019

      Almost as many bitey creatures as Australia? Maybe, but not when it comes to bitey creatures that can KILL you. Not even close!

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 21, 2019

        If you stay away from water you’re pretty safe. The only bears here, koalas, just pee on you.

    • By: MrGrumby Posted: June 21, 2019

      Thanks for the info. I’m glad she didn’t crush the poor guy, or gal. I didnt stop to check.

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