OK, this is the event we have all been waiting for. That’s right; it’s our Annual Spring Drive, Sunday, May 14th, 2017. Dust off your M3, M Roadster or favorite Bavarian iron let’s get out on the kind of roads all that expensive machinery was designed for. As promised, this one will be another tour for lots of grins and outstanding scenery. By popular demand, it’s back to the Northern Colorado Roads! You should plan on spending the whole day away from home. Return time to Denver should be before 6pm, weather and traffic permitting.
This drive is exactly the same route we have enjoyed on other Northern Colorado Spring drives but I never get tired of it, and nobody has ever complained about the open roads or varied and outstanding high mountain scenery. North Park and the spectacular mountains of the Rawah and Zirkel Wilderness are just breathtaking, and the roads amazing!
The tour will start out at the Colorado Visitors Center (3745 E. Prospect Road) in Fort Collins, just west of I-25 at the Prospect Road Exit (exit 268) and go about ¼ mile west to the first light, turn left to the parking areas. This is where the groups will gather to use the facilities and take a brief break to freshen up and re-fuel for the exciting drive ahead. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out the exhibits at the visitor’s center, there is always something new on hand. Here, we will divide the group into four different subgroups so that we can better manage all level of drivers. There will even be a group for “tour” drivers that are along for the social and scenic aspects of the drive, we will have a group that fits your drive goals.
The actual drive will begin with a trip north from Fort Collins on Hwy 287, where we will turn west (Hwy 14) and travel up the Poudre Canyon to Cameron Pass. This road is a very special two lane ribbon of twists that will satisfy all true car enthusiasts. The scenic road, and the Poudre River provide a special gateway for our trip into the Rockies. We’ll plan a brief rest stop on Cameron Pass and then on to Walden for a special buffet feast at the famous “River Rock Café” in beautiful downtown Walden, tucked into the heart of North Park and surrounded by mountain peaks. A hard surface parking lot is tucked behind Main Street where we can park our “special” cars.
After lunch, its south to Rand on Hwy 125 and over Willow Creek Pass. This is one of Colorado’s premier Sports car routes; you really don’t want to miss this road with long sweeping curves, beautiful high alpine meadows and great mountain scenery. Just keep your eyes on the road! It ranks as a must drive in my logbook every year. Then we come back down to earth in Granby where will stop to share some afternoon Ice Cream treats.
I can’t decide if I’m in for the drive, great friends or all the good food! Come to enjoy all, and you will be impressed by all the above and the wonderful spring scenery and open roads in Northern Colorado. A real gem of the Rockies, by all accounts.
The Denver group should plan on leaving the 120th Ave Park and Ride (Wagon Wheel lot) no later than 8:30am, plan on showing up at 8:15am. We “lucky” Northern Colorado Homeboys will be meeting the Denver contingent at 9:15am for a 9:30am departure time. Please call or e-mail for lunch reservations by the evening of May 6th Expect soup and sandwich bar to cost about $12-$13/person with tax and tip included (final costs will be determined by total numbers). If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to be the Denver brigade commander call me at 970-219-9821 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org