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Old 01-14-2018, 10:22 PM
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Originally Posted by Pennguino View Post

I lived in Colorado Springs for just over a decade. I rode all year round. It gets cold but it being high desert, it gets tons of sun. Snow usually doesn’t linger long. I was more worried about the sand they throw down on the roads. It sticks around longer than the snow.

The good, was the location. I had the view of a 14000 footer staring at me in the mornings everyday. Beautiful snow capped peaks on clear blue skies. Northern springs always got more snow than the south where I lived. Northern side of town was more affluent. The Spring doesn’t get a lot of snow unless there is an Albuquerque low. Then it suck the snow in on us. We sit in a bowl. The storms usually push up over the mountains to the west. About 10 miles away from foot hills. Then it blows over us and dumps to our east. It gets hot 90’s 100’s. I like the atmosphere. Western cowboy rancher type. Country but not red neckish like the Southeast. I grew up in the south east and have a little hick in me. Huge military town. There are four bases within thirty miles of each other. Great renaissance fest up in Larkspur every year.

The bad, altitude and storms. The springs sit at 6200 feet and if you move west it raises quickly. Some medical conditions are sensitive to the altitude. I just turned 50 last year and I am in relatively good health. For my wife it affected her. We won’t be able to move back. We still have a house there. The storms can be violent. Major hail damage every year. Flooding seems to have gotten worse also. Crime also felt a little worse than other places. Nothing like Denver. But we still had gangs, shootings, and home invasions. The springs is a big city with crappy roads and bad traffic.

If you get out maybe to woodland park area it is real nice. Great riding through the mountains and exciting twisties. Still only 45 minutes from the springs but small town feel. Pricy and elevation is around nine grand.

I met my wife there and retired from the military there. So Colorado has a special place for me. I currently live in Hawaii. Heading to CDA this weekend to scout it out. Still ten years from retiring but we miss the snow and four seasons. Was looking at Leavenworth, we Lived in Bavaria for three years, but doesn’t look like enough infrastructure. Spokane, CDA, Sandpoint, Newport are on the list this weekend and next week.

Thanks for the detailed info. I hope your trip to NID went well. We got a pretty good dump of snow Thursday night up here, but the weekend was decent-hope you didn't hit bad roads.
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