Mary Carter Greenway

February 8, 2014 by ·  

Skull Tunnel on Lee Gulch Trail

Skull Tunnel

    This post was made with a stash of photos from November of last year. On that beautiful Denver day I took my bicycle and my camera out on the Mary Carter Greenway Bike Path for some fun in the sun. I really noticed and appreciated the ways that bike paths have been accommodated in the Denver metro area. Anyway as I approached and rode through the tunnel you see above, it struck me that it looks like a skull. The electrical tubing seemed to add to that effect as well, as if it was an ornament or a scar.

Bikers Over A Bridge On Mary Carter Greenway Bike Path

Bikers On A Bridge

    This bike path crosses the South Platte River many times and there is a sturdy bridge at each of the crossings. All the little things that made Denver great when I left 8 years ago have turned into big things that now make the mile high city absolutely awesome; I am so glad to be back.

Mineral Bridge Over Mary Carter Greenway Bike Path

Mineral Ave. Bridge

    The way Denver has made it possible to travel all over the metro area in a train, on a bicycle, on foot and by bus is very intelligent and since it is still growing will certainly be a model for other cities around the world. Above is the bridge on Mineral Ave. near Santa Fe Blvd.

Mary Carter Greenway Bike Path Roundabout

Roundabout On Mary Carter Greenway

    This is the trail I rode on a separate occasion when I posted some photos from Confluence Park a couple months ago. The roundabout pictured above is in Littleton, facing north. Anyway it’s been so cold recently that I went digging through the stash looking for some photos to remind me that soon I’ll be able to ride my back whenever I want. I am very excited to experience my first Denver spring and summer since 2005. Cheers!

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Globe of Death

February 1, 2014 by ·  

Globe Of Death Denver Motorcycle Expo

Globe Of Death Before The Show

    Today I went to the Colorado Motorcycle Expo where watching the Globe Of Death stunt riding was by far the most interesting thing to see. Aimlessly wandering the National Western Complex led me to the stadium where I got my first glimpse of the globe. The near empty building made the thing look like a lunar lander with motorcycle riding astronauts. Walking up to the globe I met Monte Perlin, the stuntman who commissioned the construction of the globe in the early 1980s at a cost of $15,000.

Monte Perlin Enters Globe Of Death

Monte Perlin and Globe Of Death

    They call it Globe of Death because one or both riders could die performing this stunt. They ride motorcycles inside the 16 foot sphere using centrifugal force to ride upside down and every other direction.

Inside Globe Of Death

Inside View – Globe Of Death

    There is a hinged panel that acts as the door. It’s not big and the riders have to duck way down when riding the bikes in and out. The globe is just a metal sphere and metal rib exoskeleton held together with bolts.

Monte Perlin Exits Globe Of Death

Getting Motorcycles Ready For The Show

Globe Of Death Denver Motorcycle Expo Monte Perlin

Monte Perlin About To Enter The Globe Of Death

    The photo above is Perlin warming up the crowd with some tricks outside the globe before finally going inside to ride gravity defying loops and horizontal donuts. The video below shows the bikes riding inside the globe. Cheers!

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