Really enjoyed your rr. We rode the CDR in 2011 and, thanks to Byways, did the Gravelly Range as an aside. Your excellent photos and words reminded me how beautiful and spectacular it was and makes me want to go back and do it again. Thanks for posting.
Oh yeah, we were headed north to south and rode Fleecer Ridge. We were riding lightweight dirty bikes that weren't heavily loaded and it was a lot of fun,,,,,, but I sure was glad I wasn't on my 1150GS. IMHO, that's no place for a monster trailie (unless you're one of the Osos.)
"I can't think of nothing better than riding a fine horse through new country. It's what I was meant for,,,,,", Gus, Lonesome Dove