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New night time speed trap on Interstate 70 at the Twin Tunnels

by G. Kunkel

Seems the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department has spare time on their hands.  There’s a new I 70 speed trap.

I discovered this new beauty on the way home from work Saturday night from the ski resort.  There was no ski traffic at 8 pm so I guess they needed something to do or generate some revenue.

It’s never wise to speed on a holiday weekend and this was no exception.  I was tired after a long day of work so I kept the pickup at a nice steady 55 mph where the speed limit is lowered near Idaho Springs.

Traveling in the middle lane of eastbound I 70 just before the new (twin) tunnel, I looked over to the side of the road and saw a big pow-wow of Clear Creek Sheriff Dept vehicles.   I looked down at my speedometer and I was definitely going 55 mph.  No worries – I thought.  I just traveled on about my business.

About a minute later, I saw flashing lights coming down the interstate.  Thinking it was an emergency call I signaled and moved to the far right lane.  Next thing I know, the cop decided to line up behind my truck and stayed there for about 300 yards or so.   I’m thinking – ‘what the heck are you doing?’.   I really hadn’t done anything except look at their little speed trap set up in the old construction area before the tunnel.  Didn’t even hit the brakes.

The cop sat back there and I’m looking for a safe place to pull over all the while in disbelief.   Before I could pull over I guess the cop realized he had targeted the wrong vehicle.  He moved to the middle lane and scoped out my vehicle.   He then moved on up the highway.

The cop car traveled to the all white SUV just in front of me and sat on his bumper.  That guy knew he was guilty and immediately pulled over.

Thank you Clear Creek Deputies for recognizing the difference between an all white SUV and my white pickup with a black topper.  I really didn’t want to argue with you guys.  I was tired and just wanted to get home.   I do appreciate the difficult job you do too.

So the lesson to all you Interstate 70 travelers – the traffic jam may have stopped at the eastbound Twin Tunnels but the speed traps hasn’t.    The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Dept looked pretty content holed up on that shoulder.   Nice wide place out of traffic for them to set up some enforcement.

Welcome to the new Twin Tunnel speed trap.

And on another note – the Colorado Highway Patrol has set up new enforcement on Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass.   I guess he couldn’t get any speeders on the north side of the pass so he’s now on the south side of the pass to keep the Clear Creek Deputies company.

He sets up anywhere between Empire and Berthoud Falls.  The past month I’ve noticed he’s pulled people over just outside Empire and those foolish enough to go 60+ in the 35 mph zone through Berthoud Falls.  That’s usually where the CCC deputies set up at the bottom of the pass.

So all you aggressive lead-footed BMW drivers and Texans are now forewarned.  Uhm, don’t speed through the town of Winter Park either.   If you look at the weekly police blotter you’ll understand why.

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Winter Park Resort 50% off Tubing Hill Voucher 2013/2014 Season

Who needs a coupon for 50% off the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill at Winter Park Resort?   I got a few of these as a perk and don’t really need them.

If one is not a winter season passholder, the hourly rate is $20 – $22 an hour.  Winter Park Resort winter season passholders get an hourly rate of $10/hour.

To get one of my vouchers, I’d like to get a favor in return.   Buy an item on my eBid.net auction website or let me send you an invitation to join eBid.net.  It costs nothing to join.  Upon registration at eBid, I’ll mail you the 50% off coupon for the tubing hill.  I’ll even pay for the stamp.  Purchase an item and I’ll send the coupon with your purchase.

Nothing more complicated than that.  I won’t spam you, pester you, and neither will eBid.

eBid.net is a great alternative to eBay.  The fees for small sellers have become prohibitive on the Bay and I’m trying to let people know about it.

The two websites are different but eBid is definitely a friendlier and more customer service oriented bunch.  If you do try it out, one will have to learn the differences before trying to sell there.  Registering to buy is not an issue unless one is up to no good.  Scammers are quickly banished from the site.  No need to worry about 21 day PayPal holds for sellers on eBid either.

To be successful selling on eBid one needs to learn: SEO, the use of keywords, writing for the internet, and writing good item descriptions.  Those who fail to sell refuse to follow or learn any of these techniques.  eBay relies on sheer traffic numbers, eBid.net relies upon organic Google searches.

If one wishes to sell on eBid.net, upgrading from a buyer to a basic seller is free.  Selling can be inexpenise if one chooses not to have a thumbnail picture show up in website search results.  For a mere 3% final value fee, one can sell to the world.  There are no store fees or recurring listing fees.

Anyway, the offer of the 50% off coupon for the WP tubing hill stands.  You’ll save $10 – $12 with little effort on your part.  And that tubing hill is alot of fun.  The attendants will even spin you around at the top so you’ll go spinning down the tube hill.

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Nevermind the bighorn sheep herd – keep driving

by G. Kunkel

Encounters with wildlife in Colorado are quite common.  Especially along roadways.  One can spot deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep herds along Interstate 70.

If you spot wildlife, don’t slow down to take a picture.  You will create major traffic jams and delays.  Interstate 70 is for interstate commerce, not wildlife viewing.

If one desperately needs to take a picture of local animals, pull off at the next exit and take the frontage road back to the herd.  This is for your safety and those using the Interstate highway.

On Friday I needed to drive to work at the ski resort.  When I got to Floyd Hill, there was a traffic jam.  It didn’t end until the US 40/ Empire exit on Interstate 70.

I was thinking major wreck, multiple vehicles, lots of cop cars.  No, it was stupid drivers and tourists.

I got off at the Dumont exit to get to Highway 40.  I looked towards Interstate 70 to see if I could spot the traffic jam cause from the frontage road.  The cause of the jam then ran across the frontage road in front on my vehicle.  I calmly used my brakes and stopped.

A herd of bighorn sheep was licking salt off the road on the side of the interstate.  Idiot drivers were slowing down to look at the sheep.  This herd of sheep do this all the time.  They are not going to jump in front of your car.

If you need to looky loo at bighorn sheep, please exit to the frontage road and backtrack.   Doing otherwise will cause a traffic jam from Denver to where you showed your stupidity and clogged the highway.

Thankfully, someone in this instance finally took action and shooed that herd of sheep away from the highway to keep the brain dead from jamming traffic.  Don’t be that idiot that causes traffic jams.

Unlike bighorn sheep, deer can be a hazard along I-70.  Deer will jump out in front of cars.  Carcasses can be spotted all the time.  Look for deer at dawn and at dusk.  Slow down for deer but not bighorn sheep.

Moose and elk?  They really are not afraid of anything.   If a moose is in the road, stop and wait quietly for the chance to drive around it.  If you honk at it, that will anger it and it will attack your car and destroy it.  I’m not joking about this.

Elk in the road?   They travel in herds so yeah, you’ll be wise to stop.  I encountered a herd crossing Trail Ridge Road at midnight one time.  I stopped and waited.

There are legitimate times to slow down for wildlife.  Bighorn sheep licking salt next to the interstate is not one of them.

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