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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:27 AM

Baptism By Fire, Colorado and Utah
 
Here is a ride report for my first big adventure, though not my first moto trip. I rode to Colorado from Oklahoma to meet up with some friends to ride some dirt roads in Colorado and Utah. I say this is my first big adventure, because this is the first time for me to head out so far from home with the bike fully loaded heading down and over and through some of the most amazing scenery in the world only viewable from back-roads!

Being the most green on this trip as the others had done countless trips before including The Continental Divide, The Trans-American Trail and Utah Backcountry Discovery Route to name a view. I felt privileged to be invited along.

I had every intention of taking a thousand pictures and making tons of videos, but quickly switched to SURVIVAL mode! Pictures took a back seat as I tried to keep the bike upright and I had trouble getting my Go-Pro to charge. Hopefully the others will post some pictures and Brad had his Go-Pro going most of the time.

Here is the original plan, but “there is the plan and then there is what really happens”.

Day 1 Glenwood Springs to Taylor Park - through Grand Mesa, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Kebler Pass, Crested Butte

Day 2 CB to Ouray - CB to Taylor Park on pavement, Tin Cup Pass, Cumberland Pass, Pitkin, Ohio City, Parlin Hwy 50, Lake City, Engineer Pass to Animas Forks, Silverton, back-road or Hwy 550 Red Mtn Pass to Ouray

Day 3 Telluride to Moab, Gateway then John Brown Canyon

Day 4 Utah Backcountry Discovery Route- Moab to Cleveland - into the Lasals, Castle Valley, Dewey Bridge, Kokopelli's Trail, Green River

Day 5 Wellington, 9 Mile Canyon, Argyle Canyon, Soldier Summit (site of the famous crash), Currant Creek, Mill Hollow

Day 6 Mill Hollow to Evanston WY, Evanston to Garden City

Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:29 AM

About crashing… I crashed about 4 or 5 times and dropped the bike another 4 or 5 times. At times I became really frustrated, tired and out of breath in the high altitude. I broke a mirror, tweaked my side cases and bent a few things. The whole time my friends, three of whom are from Colorado, were kind, patient and full of helpful advice. I ended up turning my pre-load down but it was not until the second to the last day on the trail while rolling over some heavy washboard roads that figured out what was wrong besides my lack of experience. The heavy washboards were causing me to shift forward, it was like I was braking. I have been over lots of washboard roads before and this is when it dawned on me that something besides me wasn’t right. So I pulled over to the side of the road and adjusted my damper back down, which I had adjusted up before the trip. That made a 100% difference, and good thing because shortly after we once again hit some very rocky and technical areas, just like I was crashing on. Made it through the area with no problems even did a hairy river crossing! I can kick my self in the ass for that…

About almost dying… that only happened twice, one time on a tricky switch back on Cinnamon Pass I hit a rock which swung me around perpendicular to the road, and I’m not exaggerating I muscled me bike around just two inches from driving over the edge…

Below is picture of one of my side cases where it fell off during one of my crashes. Looking back at the pictures the roads never look as steep or as rocky as they really were.

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:32 AM

Bob's House
 
I left Oklahoma and headed to Pueblo, Colorado to stay with my friend Bob on day one. He had just moved to Colorado from Oklahoma… He and his wife are the nicest people, I’m sad he moved away, and glad for him at the same time.

Here is my Princess camping overnight with a corvette...

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:36 AM

Heading to the mountains
 
The next day we took state highway 96 to Westcliffe to eat breakfast at a little Amish type bakery. The scenery sure changed on that ride. Bob went back to Pueblo and I head on to Glenwood Springs to meet up with the others

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:37 AM

Toto, were not in Oklahoma anymore!
 
I think this is going over Independence Pass… Toto, were not in Oklahoma anymore!

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:41 AM

Brad's House
 
I arrived at Glenwood Springs where Brad’s wife Jean treated my like royalty, and everyone made final adjustments to their bikes.

Here is a pic of Brad’s front yard, and backyard… Toto we are REALLY not in our little ghetto neighborhood in Oklahoma anymore!

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:43 AM

The Crew
 
Here is the Crew… Dave a wild Australian from Snowmass Village, Curt from North Carolina, Brad (The Ringleader) from Glenwood Springs, and Myself, Peter, the little dork from the flat-lands of Oklahellma. There are two others not pictured here who we meet up with on day two, crazy George from Nebraska and Al from Crested Butte.

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:45 AM

The Trip Begins!
 
Isn’t this scenery amazing! This is the beginning of the trip heading over Grand Mesa…

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:50 AM

Dave's Flat Tire...
 
Dave had flat tire ... a little road side repair...

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:54 AM

The Road Less Traveled
 
This river crossing is symbolic because this is where it all changes… This is an ATV trail 260, can’t remember the full name, maybe Brad could fill in the details. The pictures of Curt going across don’t tell the whole story of how steep the road going down to the creek is… see those rocks on the side of the road… that is what is under the water… no one took a bath, but my boots filled with water… This is where I switched to survival mode, as the road became very rocky and was the most challenging of the whole trip.

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 09:58 AM

Survived
 
Well I survived, and we kept on to Crested Butte… One note: we went over Kebler Pass in the pitch black of night as we were running late. Kebler is nice dirt road pass and not very challenging though very scenic in the daytime… (I have been over Kebler before)…

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This is the lodge on the ranch estate that Al runs… Here we add two more to the crew, George and Al are on the left.

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 10:02 AM

PICs
 
As you can see from the background of these pictures, rain is a common theme for this trip. The last picture is at the beginning of Los Pinos Pass and Slumgullion pass… This was so incredibly beautiful even if it did start raining… I would love to see it in the spring or summer… Hopefully some of the others will fill in with their pictures…

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 10:05 AM

Rugged Life of Camping
 
It was raining in Lake City so we rented a little rustic cabin instead of camping, which was wise choice as it rained hard that night and would have been much fun holed up in our tents… Plus there was a bar with food and good beer on tap, a half a block away…!

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Dadayama 10-02-2012 10:12 AM

Cinnamon Pass
 
On top of Cinnamon Pass, snowing-sleeting-raining... You should of seen the expressions of the folks on four-wheelers or in their heated four wheel drives when we showed up and we headed down. They looked confused and amazed at these idiots on motorcycles...

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Going down it started snowing good...

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Rusty Rocket 10-02-2012 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dadayama (Post 19727770)
Here is a ride report for my first big adventure,


Being the most green on this trip

:lol3 When I got to this point, I thought it was going to turn into a recycling and gas mileage thread. :lol3

Funny how the meaning of green has changed so that the first definition is such.:cry

Great report. thanks for posting it. I was in CO in 1993 for a 6 day trail riding advnture. I hope to return again.

Following along for the rest of the tale.


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