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Old 07-16-2013, 04:51 PM   #121
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A run up through Victor to Cripple Creek.


During the peak of mining operations, Victor had 18,000 residents. I think now it runs something less than 400.


In 1899, the downtown burned down in five hours. Not sure if this was the opium den fire or not. The town quickly rebuilt with the brick you see today. When they went to lay a foundation for a new hotel, they found rich ore and put a mine in instead. I think this is the mine. Tunnels for the mine ran under the town.


Other mine works.


When Victor was cooking back in the day, they had two trolleys running in the area (also three trains). They had 6 churches and 48 saloons too. 20 doctors, 15 attorneys, and 12 labor unions were also part of the program.


This hotel was built right after the 1899 fire.


Jack Dempsey (the fighter) was a miner here. He used to practice boxing at the fire station. Lowell Thomas (the broadcaster) is also from here. Soapy Smith (the con artist) ran some kind of promotion or scam here.


A mine at Victor.


Looks like someone is getting ready to blast some rock.


As we rode into Cripple Creek, the satellite radio station I was listening to coincidentally played "Up on Cripple Creek" by The Band.


If you want to tour an old mine, check out the Mollie Kathleen. This mine goes down about 1,000 feet and ran nearly continuously until 1961.


Nearby heritage center.




Cripple Creek is a casino town now. Reminds me a lot of Deadwood.


They had some nasty labor disputes here with the miners. For the first time in history, the Governor called out the National Guard in the 1890s to protect the striking miners from the mining companies and the goons they hired. By 1903 that had been reversed and the National Guard was protecting the mining companies touching off the Colorado Labor Wars.


They are proud of this old fire station.


This guy felt like an ass because he was holding up traffic.


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Old 07-16-2013, 04:53 PM   #122
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I love Phantom Canyon! Been camping there a few times. I could tell you some stories...
Thanks for joining in! That seems like a popular spot with some nice camping. I'd enjoy riding that again.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #123
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A few hours earlier, Ben and I were getting gas and were warned by the gas station guy "Not to ride the Shelf Road" when we asked where Phantom Canyon was...
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A trip down Shelf Road.


The Shelf Road was constructed by Canon City as a stage road to gain access to the mining district. They built it in 1892. The toll for a horse and rider was about 30 cents. A six horse stage coach cost about $1.75 to use the road. Once the railroad went up Phantom Canyon, the need for this stage road fell off.



In the old days it took about six hours to travel north on the road and about 4 hours to travel south (down).


This was a nice ride. Not too difficult. A little mud and water on a few of the corners. Just don't go over the edge.




Kind of sporty in some places.


Window Rock.




There is some excellent rock climbing along the cliffs in this area.










Camping about half way to Canon City.


Nice night for camping. I don't remember what the maintenance or repair was tonight, but I see the tools out.




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Old 07-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #125
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Nice night for camping. I don't remember what the maintenance or repair was tonight, but I see the tools out.




Vent hose to keep the fuel from boiling into my face. Rerouted it down to the skid plate.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #126
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Great pics and i especially love the history you provided on the area and towns. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:48 PM   #127
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Very good write up sir. In for the duration.
I had free lodging set up last year in Manitou Springs with some folks I know well. They called me at 2am and said forget about it. "we just got evacuated"
I was down in Rico so just stayed there for a couple days. Their house was fine and I get to try and visit them again in a couple weeks.
Thanks my friend. Glad you are enjoying the report. Hope you have fun out there in a few weeks!

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Great pics and i especially love the history you provided on the area and towns. Thanks for the info.
Thanks. Glad you are enjoying the report. The history can make it a little more rich for those that like that kind of thing.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #128
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Very nice report ,now I need to get out there even more. Can't wait to read more.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:04 PM   #129
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Very nice report ,now I need to get out there even more. Can't wait to read more.
Thanks Roger. It gets a little more "fun" as we get further along.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:29 PM   #130
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The battle mountain area was once the richest mining district in Colorado.












Still is the richest district in Colorado, here is my wife holding a 93 lb Dore Ingot.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:35 PM   #131
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We should chat a bit about clothing.

I wore a KLIM helmet. I liked the excellent ventilation. It is important to note that I had an oversized windshield so for the highway portions I didn't suffer any buffeting related to the motocross style helmet.

I had a liner along for the helmet, but never installed it. During rain I only took on a little water through the vent holes - not as bad as I expected.

I never felt hot in the helmet.

I had OTG goggles Quickstrapped to the back of my helmet but only used them in dust and rain. Otherwise I wore safety glasses or sunglasses.

I wore the KLIM Badlands riding suit. It was comfortable and adequately ventilated even in the 106 degree ambient air on the interstate. I had a 3 liter in the bladder pocket in the coat. With all the cargo, armor, and water the coat felt heavy to lift but was very comfortable to wear. Vents are on the forearm, upper arm, underarm, and back. The collar can be velcroed open a bit more. With the vents open a lot of air moves through the coat doing a decent job of cooling and keeping you "dry".

I wore the pants with suspenders and used the two pairs of vents on the hips/thighs to be well ventilated there as well.

When rain threatened, it was easy to zip up the necessary vents and the waterproofness was fine.

When we stopped in the heat, it was a good idea to pull the coat off.

The armor was fine, but I had only low speed mishaps.

Mostly I wore mesh gloves but during rain I wore Gore-Tex KLIM gloves.

I wore waterproof Sidi Adventure boots which were handy for rain and water crossings. They were comfortable to hike around in at points of interest.

One key element was wearing the right fabrics as undergarments. I wore wicking fabrics that quickly dried with the ventilation of the suit. These garments (and socks) could be easily washed out with camp suds and then air dried within a few hours. I carried a mesh bag in the event I needed to let them dry while I was riding the bike.

I have a sheepskin on the bike seat and between that, the undergarments, and the ventilation did not suffer a sore backside.

The worst discomfort was sore knees on the long highway stretches to and from. I installed some road pegs for the trip but they didn't allow enough leg extension to relieve the fatigue of the knees.

I carried sandals, a fleece jacket, and lightweight hiking pants for campwear. I also had a boonie hat along as the sun can be brutal without one.

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Still is the richest district in Colorado, here is my wife holding a 93 lb Dore Ingot.
Pretty cool stuff!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:05 PM   #133
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:28 AM   #135
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" I carried a mesh bag in the event I needed to let them dry while I was riding the bike."

Oh that is a good tip! I like that! Thanks!
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