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Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-24-2014, 12:10 PM
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Views: 1,601,054
Posted By dougrender
My '96 VFR just crossed 86K miles. I'm the...

My '96 VFR just crossed 86K miles. I'm the original owner.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-03-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By dougrender
While it's true that there used to be one way...

While it's true that there used to be one way routes there a few years ago, they have all been converted to both directions and on the ground signage removed. I bumped into a LEO (i forget who has...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-15-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,038
Posted By dougrender
Love it. Great story telling. I feel like...

Love it. Great story telling.

I feel like we don't have as many ride reports in Rockies as we did 7 years ago. I am guilty myself of failing to compose anything interesting to capture my...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-08-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,074
Posted By dougrender
I was there the weekend of the 30th and noticed...

I was there the weekend of the 30th and noticed the bicycle logo had been scratched off the sign as well...note to self, Crest and RBT are very busy on Labor Day weekend...avoid that timing in the...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-25-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By dougrender
My wife and I should be there on the 30th and...

My wife and I should be there on the 30th and 31st riding the RBT and Crest Trail if you'd like to see some single track but not be on your lonesome. Camping up Poncha Pass, more than likely.

Hit...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-29-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,986
Posted By dougrender
Not a big town, that Craig, as you've probably...

Not a big town, that Craig, as you've probably noticed.

Lots of people commute daily between there and Steamboat every day though, so hitching a ride in the back of a pickup might work out.
...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-26-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,228
Posted By dougrender
Good luck, Jim!

Good luck, Jim!
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By dougrender
Boulderado is not cheap but cannot beat the...

Boulderado is not cheap but cannot beat the location nor the history...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 14,336
Posted By dougrender
Good to see photos of the banned one on these...

Good to see photos of the banned one on these pages!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/danbart/Rides/2014%20Medano%20Hard/P1020882.jpg
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-22-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By dougrender
voted mo' better.

voted mo' better.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-06-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 14,626
Posted By dougrender
Got it. Thanks, Rick! "Western Terminus" should...

Got it. Thanks, Rick! "Western Terminus" should have been my cue.

Karen likes that trail.

We'll have to see about getting down there and riding that and the Crest/and/or Green Creek although...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-05-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 14,626
Posted By dougrender
In Rick's designations on page 1, which is the...

In Rick's designations on page 1, which is the portion of RBT that runs west from 285 and ends near Silver Creek (non motorized) trailhead (that MTBs connect from Monarch)?

Thanks!

=Doug
Forum: Ride reports 03-27-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
I looked into Bali. Harder to get to, it seemed....

I looked into Bali. Harder to get to, it seemed. Plus I was told the food was only ho-hum. The surfing was appealing, but the surfing seemed to be in the most crowded and congested part of the place....
Forum: Ride reports 03-27-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Never been to Cambodia. We heard great things...

Never been to Cambodia. We heard great things about it from a number of travelers we met in Thailand.

I had previously heard it was kind of depressing.

Maybe another time!

=Doug
Forum: Ride reports 03-17-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
I've invited you on vacations with me the past...

I've invited you on vacations with me the past couple years...but you no longer own a trail bike....
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
"As the sun sets slowly in the west we bid a fond...

"As the sun sets slowly in the west we bid a fond farewell to all the friends we've made - and, with a touch of melancholy, we look forward to the time when we will all be together again." ...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
We had some outstanding Indian food on the...

We had some outstanding Indian food on the island, and spent a long evening with this fellow, who went to great lengths to try to explain to us what it means to be Muslim. The most lasting take away...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Our last stop is Lanta, which has probably 100...

Our last stop is Lanta, which has probably 100 resorts and feels much more like its neighbors to the north in the main tourist draw.

We're working our way back to civilization.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-13-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Kradan has beautiful beaches and water. The...

Kradan has beautiful beaches and water. The snorkeling is pretty good. We saw a sea turtle, which was cool.

I didn't take many pictures here. We only stayed two nights. We stayed at Paradise Lost....
Forum: Ride reports 03-05-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,596
Posted By dougrender
The Friendship Bridge looks, and sounds to be,...

The Friendship Bridge looks, and sounds to be, less friendly than I would have expected.

Dig the pictures from the boat.

=Doug
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Kradan is on the maps. It's on the tourist radar....

Kradan is on the maps. It's on the tourist radar. But not in a big way. Some big powerboats from Lanta come here to anchor and snorkel. At odds are the longtail boats that come from more modest ports.
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Sharing a boat towards Kradan with our new German...

Sharing a boat towards Kradan with our new German friends.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mrSm60NqZtQ/UvMoyc5E7sI/AAAAAAAAHIc/hBQHdkKo-GQ/w733-h549-no/DSCN0893.JPG

Would you know it. Some...
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Rubber plantations and agriculture are more...

Rubber plantations and agriculture are more important to Sukorn than tourists.

Doom Machine can plow fields.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
I've seen these sheer limestone cliffs before...

I've seen these sheer limestone cliffs before recently...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-UO0ZYm4W1eo/UvMot71S3RI/AAAAAAAAHHc/QEF5uZRVhhk/w413-h549-no/DSCN0872.JPG

Commercial fishing boats...
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
The most amazing thing about this picture is that...

The most amazing thing about this picture is that I've had these sunglasses for 14 years. They've already been to Thailand. Twice. And Spain once. And about 300 times to the mountains and desert. And...
Forum: Ride reports 03-04-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
This is a really ghetto map, but working...

This is a really ghetto map, but working clockwise, we took a van from Trang to a pier, a boat to Sukorn, where we stayed for several days, took another boat to Kradan, stayed for a day, then another...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
This is the last we'll see of our HJCs. We left...

This is the last we'll see of our HJCs. We left our boots and a few other items in VTE, and now we leave our helmets with a gal-we-like-who-runs-a-coffee-shop-adjacent-to-the-train-station. I'm not...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
There is a weekly street festival in Trang, some...

There is a weekly street festival in Trang, some great street food.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VAarZXLIZIk/UxJuOtEgizI/AAAAAAAAHO4/CNomUxY7CKg/w387-h516-no/DSCN0824.JPG
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Destination Trang, Thailand. Be cautious booking...

Destination Trang, Thailand. Be cautious booking travel etc. to "Trang". There is a "town" of Trang, but most internets searches will return results from the numerous Andaman Sea islands in Trang...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
It's December 31st, 2013. Our flight back to BKK...

It's December 31st, 2013. Our flight back to BKK leaves very early New Year's Day.

If you are only interested in motorcycles, stop here. But there's some motorbike action, Doom Machines both...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
What images of Laos will burn most vividly with...

What images of Laos will burn most vividly with me?

I'll go with these.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iu4U1XSsgQw/UxVhGOXkTnI/AAAAAAAAHPo/9zqEzESHpgI/w733-h549-no/DSCN0596.JPG
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Here is a map of our route. Sort of. If you...

Here is a map of our route. Sort of. If you depend on google to get around Laos, good luck my friend.

We start in VTE and travel clockwise with stopovers in VV, Phou Khoun, Phonsavan and Pakxam.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Karen rode like a boss--I am very proud. ...

Karen rode like a boss--I am very proud.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-3X3ZURKmui0/UxJuOkToDAI/AAAAAAAAHO4/Gc-iSLopayo/w688-h516-no/DSCN0764.JPG
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
In the Riverside, I take it? I think that's where...

In the Riverside, I take it? I think that's where Jim puts everyone up.

Glad to hear your trip went well. I'd like to see pictures!

=Doug
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
This is our 5th and final day, following the...

This is our 5th and final day, following the Mekong from Pakxam back to VTE.

Oh, right. Before it was dried fish, it was drying-in-the-sun-half-fish like this. Oddly attracting neither flies nor...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
We've followed a river south. Makes for great...

We've followed a river south. Makes for great twisties.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fODy9I8_V2o/UxJuOjnyAsI/AAAAAAAAHO4/-Bqir0HN97Y/w733-h549-no/DSCN0696.JPG

The river began clearer and...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Head south in near freezing temperatures. I'm...

Head south in near freezing temperatures. I'm told this is exceptional.

I'm also told it's a great respite from the normal daily high of 105F. Which does not help me.

Karen would be wildly...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Grab breakfast heading out of Phou Khoun. ...

Grab breakfast heading out of Phou Khoun.

This is typical of a place-to-eat-food in Laos.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/h7BDZWrYjeYTb3mUr5zGm5vjJ2qmfGvm7LS4uNhSfA=w413-h549-no

We're in...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
There is less-than-nothing going on in Phou...

There is less-than-nothing going on in Phou Khoun. We're not even in Phou Khoun, we're a couple miles south. We're glad to have a bed, some chips, and a few Beer Lao. And this notice for guests.
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-02-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,561
Posted By dougrender
Turn north, head for the destination. Grab some...

Turn north, head for the destination. Grab some fuel where it's available.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NsonX98lkUk/UxJuOhYnNYI/AAAAAAAAHO4/-PUmnbEBFgI/w733-h549-no/DSCN0626.JPG

The...
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