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Dodging the Roadkill: Colorado – Riding up Mount Evans

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyColorado Springs, CO – On the first day of my trip to Colorado, my crew and I awoke to the beautiful Pike’s Peak that overlooks our hotel.  Right off the bat, I could tell this was going to be a good day.

Preparing for the change in temperature to be expected during the day, my common question was, “just how cold does it get up there?”

A beautiful ride to get to our destination, we found ourselves in Idaho Springs before we headed to the top. 

Mount Evans is the highest summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  The 14,271 foot peak is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness.  

Mount Evans

Mount Evans

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Dodging the Roadkill: Riding Skyline Drive in Canon City Colorado

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyCanon City, CO – During my first trip to Colorado, one of the things that I had to see, was Skyline Drive in Canon City Colorado.  After riding up and over the Rocky Mountains, and Mount Evans, I didn’t expect this to be much of a trip.

I was wrong.

We left Colorado Springs and headed down highway 115.  It was early in the morning, so there was little traffic, but we could tell it was going to be a hot day.

The ride to Canon City was different from the others we had taken earlier in the week.  The scenery was more “brown and tan” as opposed to the beautiful green colors of the mountains.

Hank on Skyline Drive.

Hank on Skyline Drive.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Riding the Rockies

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyColorado Springs, CO – I just returned from my first trip to Colorado.  What an experience!  I’ve never seen such beautiful country!

One of the many day trips I took was through the Rockies.  It took me a couple of miles before it REALLY hit me that I was actually in THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS!  Almost a surreal experience.

The first thing I noticed was the smell.  The cool crisp mountain air filled with the fresh smell of pine trees.  It’s a beautiful entrance to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.  

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Nashville Sounds clobber Colorado Sky Sox, 11-7

 

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Nashville SoundsColorado Springs, CO – Renato Nuñez launched a pair of home runs and drove in a season-high five runs to help the Nashville Sounds top the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 11-7, Thursday night at Security Service Field.

The Pacific Coast League All-Star belted a two-run homer in the first, and another two-run blast in the third to bring his season total to a league-high 24. Nuñez finished the night 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored and became the fifth Sounds (41-46) player with a multi-homer game in 2017.

Nashville Sounds Infielder Renato Nunez Drives in Five Runs in Series Finale Against Sky Sox. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Infielder Renato Nunez Drives in Five Runs in Series Finale Against Sky Sox. (Nashville Sounds)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Saltgrass Steakhouse

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyColorado Springs, CO – I traveled to Colorado recently and after a couple of hard days of riding, I was yearning for a good steak.  The Saltgrass Steak House was just down the road from where I was staying, so I had to give it a try. 

They refer to themselves as “the original Texas Steakhouse” and after slicing into my rib-eye, I could understand. 

Their story dates back to the 1800’s, according to their website, when millions of Longhorns roamed freely throughout Texas.  With the taste for beef becoming a newfound favorite in the North, Texas ranchers prospered as never before.

Saltgrass Steakhouse Rib-Eye

Saltgrass Steakhouse Rib-Eye

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Nashville Sounds drop Doubleheader to Colorado Springs Sky Sox

 

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Nashville SoundsColorado Springs, CO – When it rains, it pours and while the Nashville Sounds weren’t in Music City for Wednesday night’s rain storms they found themselves under a storm of hits and runs from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The Sky Sox took game one 10-6 and game two 13-6.

Starting pitching struggled on the night for Nashville. Corey Walter and Dalton Sawyer combined to allow 17 runs on 17 hits in 5 1/3 innings. When all was said and done the Sky Sox tagged Sounds pitchers for 23 runs on 17 hits in the two games including a pair of inside-the-park home runs.

The Sky Sox took game one 10-6 on the back of an eight-run third inning. That frame was the worst inning of the season for the Sounds as the Sky Sox erupted for eight runs on nine hits as 13 batters came to the plate to take a 9-2 lead.

Nashville Sounds Pitching Yields 23 Runs on 27 Hits in Twin Bill with Colorado Springs Sky Sox. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Pitching Yields 23 Runs on 27 Hits in Twin Bill with Colorado Springs Sky Sox. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds’ Renato Nunez to participate in Triple-A-Home Run Derby

 

Nashville Sounds Slugger Leads Triple-A Baseball with 22 Home Runs

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville Sounds’ infielder Renato Nuñez was named as a participant in the 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby scheduled for Monday, July 10th in Tacoma, Washington, Triple-A Baseball announced today.

Nuñez joins Dan Vogelbach (Tacoma) and Christian Walker (Reno) of the Pacific Coast League, along with the International League’s Bryce Brentz (Pawtucket), Danny Hayes (Charlotte), and Richie Shaffer (Columbus) as sluggers to participate in the annual home run hitting contest.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Colorado

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyColorado Springs, CO – I have always wanted to take a trip out West.  This year I got my chance when I was invited to join a Tennessee couple who venture here each year.

Stephen and Rosemary Walker are a true motorcycle couple.  They both love to ride, and through a mutual friend, we connected and they invited me to ride along.

It took me two days to arrive in Colorado Springs.  I traveled through Paducah Kentucky, to St. Louis MO, and on to Columbia MO, before a severe thunderstorm caused a 90 minute delay.

After resuming the trip, I made Topeka Kansas for the night. 

Wind Farm in Kansas

Wind Farm in Kansas

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Colorado Springs Sky Sox nab 9-8 win over Nashville Sounds

 

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Nashville SoundsColorado Springs, CO – In a game with plenty of fireworks on Independence Day it was the Colorado Springs Sky Sox who emerged victorious over the Nashville Sounds 9-8 Tuesday night. The two teams combined for 17 runs on 24 hits but it was a costly error in the bottom of the eighth inning that pushed the Sky Sox over the top.

With the score tied 8-8, one out, and a runner on second base for the Sky Sox in the bottom of the eighth inning, Lewis Brinson grounded a ball to Sounds shortstop Marcus Semien. Semien collected the ball smoothly but air-mailed the throw over the head of first baseman Matt McBride to put runners on the corners.

Late Inning Error Costs Nashville Sounds for Second Straight Night. (Nashville Sounds)

Late Inning Error Costs Nashville Sounds for Second Straight Night. (Nashville Sounds)

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My Two Cents: Riding for Cody

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterColorado Springs, CO – I’m currently on a motorcycle trip to Colorado.  I’ve joined a husband and wife who make this trip each year and invited me to come along.

Stephen and Rosemary Walker are motorcycle enthusiasts who love to travel and this year, their trip took on a different purpose.

Rosemary “Dusty” Walker never imagined she would be taking this kind of motorcycle trip.  A trip to remember a young man who lost his life way too young.

Hank Bonecutter with Stephen and Rosemary Walker when they met for the first time near Colorado Springs Colorado.

Hank Bonecutter with Stephen and Rosemary Walker when they met for the first time near Colorado Springs Colorado.

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