Take a look at what is going on up the Loveland trail this Summer?

My ride starts with a self portrait of course!

Several years ago I sold my mountain bike and purchased a hybrid bike. I wanted to get some exercise but not as much as the smaller tires and gears that my mountain bike was giving me. So I I purchased a hybrid bike. Half Mountain bike half road bike.

 

 Window Portrait of me, Dave Likes

Window Portrait of me, Dave Likes

I love taking it for a spin up the Loveland Trail. I typically start in Loveland and go towards Kings Mills. One of the interesting changes to the landscape in Kings is that the old powder factory is getting renovated. They are going to put apartments in that old building.

 My Trek Hybrid Bike

My Trek Hybrid Bike

I had not been up to see the changes since last year so I took a spin up that way to see what the progress was? I always have my trusty Canon G15 powershot camera with me (An older top of the line point and shoot camera that I keep handy). And decided to do a quick video of the changes as I came in close proxmity to the old buillding.

Here is what the place looked like back in September of 2015. They had just started doing work on the place.

 Kings Power Factory Renovation September of 2015

Kings Power Factory Renovation September of 2015

Back then it was kind of a pain to try and go through this area as construction work would block off the trail certain times of the day. And so you never knew when you could ride up past the factory?

 Difficulty getting past this point last year due to blocking off of the trail

Difficulty getting past this point last year due to blocking off of the trail

Here is where I park and start from. C. Roger Nisbet Park. It is a few miles up the trail, maybe 10 miles to the old factory location. I have to ride through the tiny town of Fosters to get to Kings Mills.

 Here is where I parked to ride up the trail

Here is where I parked to ride up the trail

Riding up the trail is not bad even in direct sun as there is plenty of shade from the overhead trees. By bike, depending on my speed, it may only take 15 to 20 minutes to my destination? Here I stopped to take a picture of where the train would stop on the trail back when it was a railroad line.

 Underground railroad stop where runaway slaves were transported up north

Underground railroad stop where runaway slaves were transported up north

Here is a panorama shot I stitched together in photoshop of the area just past where I shot video. The main point shaped tower is called a "shot tower." From the highest point in the tower shot is dropped hitting water at the bottom to make a bullet. At one time this was called the Peter's Cartridge Company where they specialized in gunpowder and ammunition production. Later it was bought out by Remington Arms in 1934 and later expanded for world war II production. In 1944 it was sold to Columbia Records where they produced vinyl records. Remember Records?

 Panorama shot of King Power Factory

Panorama shot of King Power Factory

I went to school just up the road. Kings High has become a top notch school since I went there. Enclosed is a couple of youtube videos I found on the project. one is a birds eye view of the building using a drone. Pretty cool!

Click here to see a birds eye video of the factory from a drone camera.

Click here to view channel 12 video on plans for the renovation.