It looks like you may have to waid for two more years to try your 16 touring out on the Glen Haven switch backs. The Loveland Newspaper had a headline Friday that the Glen Haven Road would be closed until 2015, The last few days the County has been letting some the Glen Haven home owners go down the switch backs to Glen Haven. I believe they would have to walk the last mile or better to get to town. Pictures of Glen Haven are really bad. The town hall is noting but lumber washed up against the General Store. There are piles of threes washed up against both. I wonder if the general store will ever open again. I used to really enjoy sitting on the front porch eating cinnamon roles and drinking coffee and watching two cars an hour drive up the main street
The locals that are going down to Glen Haven from Estes Park are starting from Devils Gulch. I understand the Glen Haven Road from Drake that you were going to take your T on is gone. There was even a fish hatchery about a mile or so from Drake that the house and shops are gone. The fish hatchery was not being used for awhile and one of the Game wardens was storing some of his Antique cars in one of the shops. Fortunately he had moved his cars elsewhere.
My grandson is a bridge engineer for the Colorado Dept. of Transportation. He had to inspect all the bridges that had any damage to determine what it was going to take to fix them. He finished Friday at Drake. He said he had to go to Drake down river from Estes Park. He had to drive part of the way to Drake using the river bed in places where the road was gone. If you remember the Bridge at Drake where you turn to go to Glen Haven, he watched cars being pulled out from underneath the bridge. There is no Highway 34 from Drake to Loveland, its all washed away
Maybe by the next time you bring T out to Colorado the County will let us take some Ts down to Glen Haven from the Devils Gulch and we can still try our Ts against the 18 degree switch backs.
We saw photos and some videos of both Glen Haven and Big Thompson canyon before we left home. The damage was hard to believe. I know it will take some time to rebuild.
We really enjoyed the trip this year, and appreciate all the work you put into it. Look forward to next years tour. Who knows, maybe at least route 34 will be open then, as well as the road to Walden
Hows the wrist doing?hope you are doing ok,did you get rad repaired?thanks again for every thing!
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This is really sad.
If you notice in Fred's picture the town hall is against the General Store. There was 20 or 30 feet between them before the flood. In Fred's pictures I see large bare spaces on main street where there used to be shops.
By looking at the pictures of all that water coming through the main street of town you would not believe how small fish creek usually is. Most of the time Fish Creek is about 10 or 12 inches wide and a couple of inches deep.
Our family went to Denver yesterday to our Grandson's for snacks and see some of the pictures he took while inspecting the State Bridges. He was finished Friday. One of the pictures that was the most disturbing was of a picnic area about 8 miles west of Loveland on the highway 34. It was one our families favorite area to drive up in a couple of Model Ts. It had big trees, nice lawns, and picnic tables, paved walks and parking areas. It was very popular with people from Loveland. There was a nice area for the Kids to wade in the river.
The area is now just bare river rock with not a single blade of grass left. The tables and standing fire pits are also gone.
The park belongs to the city of Loveland and I wonder if it will ever be rebuilt because it would take hundreds of truck loads of top soil to ever bring it back.
I have been told that highway 34 will be open on December 1st. but it will only be a gravel road on much of the way to Estes. I am anxious to get back up to the mountains, I hope it is open