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Old 11-25-2008, 04:32 PM   #2116
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Loco's U.S. trip on a XT250

US Trip part 4

I had arranged to meet my brother in Rock Springs, WY.
Where we would put my bike in the back of his truck
and then travel down to Durango, CO
He showed up just after 12:30 am
I let him in
he hit the bed, and started snoring
I had already been listening to Rob snore for two hours
so when my skanky brother started
Strange thoughts entered my head
The first
deal with them both
get a good nights sleep
make a run for the Mexican border
The second
put in some earplugs
I opted for the second
I am quite lazy :)



Our route would take us through the
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
into Utah, then back to Colorado



The wind was intense
I was quite glad that I was not on my bike



Storms came, and left very quickly







By about now I thought that I had heard all I could about the wonders of the
GREEN CHILE
but I had not reconed on the next
seven hours



The landscape lulled me



Bla bla bla green chiles



You would not be such a grump if bla bla green chiles



This is a photo of a photo of the dam
We could not get down to see it





By now the heat had started to climb
and I was wining







In Vernal
They have set up a memorial
For the Vietnam war





Woo Hoo Colorado









Great roads





This is leading into the town of Ouray CO.

















Now headed over
Red Mountain Pass










The painted line IS the edge of the road



A few thousand foot drop to the bottom







Looking back towards Ouray



This stream runs through quite a band of yellow stone
That is why it is such a lovely shade









Near the top of the pass
was another small mining town











The next town that you come to is Silverton

This is Jesus of the mines













A few shots of Silverton









Just outside Durango
Is this amazing mineral spring



After stamping around in the waters for a while
my brother said" come wash your face"



No thanks :(



It was dark when we finally made it too my brothers place
So, unload everything and have some beer
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:14 PM   #2117
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Loco's U.S. trip on a XT250

US trip part 5


The view from the balcony of my brothers townhouse
nice place to have coffee



We drove down to Farmington NM
Jepedo had some business to take care of
So we fired up the big diesel, and off we go
It was really boring, so I sat in the truck with the aircon on
listening to some great Mexican accordion music

On the way back we stopped in at the "Salmon Ruins"
It is named for the Salmon family who lived here and protected the ruins
In 1970 they were excavated
These ruins of the date from 1088 AD
More details here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_Ruins

Before we started the tour brodinski
decides to play with some cacti





For the rest of the day he was pulling the spines from his hand
it was quite amusing



Inside the center there is quite a number of artifacts from the site
plus, a history of natives from the area
What I found most interesting was the information on
the Navajo code talkers
During WWII Japanese intelligence broke every Allied military code
In may of 1942 a code was created using the unwritten Navajo language
Navajo code talkers, used their native tongue
to transmit secret military information



Looking south toward Shiprock NM
You can see it in the distance



The Salmon homestead



The walls are slanted in a the base
this is to keep the sun off of them
keeping the interior cooler



This is were they kept their children





Jepedo



The ruins





I was impressed with their stone craft









An ancient jacuzzi with one big ass jet





Jepedo trying to summon
the spirit of the
"Great Chile"



Native tools



In the center
there is a small square hole
it is the door to the under world

That is were all eternally happy people
end up





A red rock



Wildlife







Some of the displays around the site







early graffiti

damn kids





Yes they do serve Chihuahuas
they just call it chicken

"Spicy"



Mmmm Chihuahua



On the way back to Durango we passed this lovely fixeruper
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:14 PM   #2118
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US Trip part 6



With time to spare
I thought that I would check out the surrounding area
A short trip up Missionary Ridge





Fall colors have taken over the slopes



Great views of the valley as you climb



Looking north
Towards Silverton







A fire had gone through this area
the trees you see are standing dead



I found this sign at the top of a ridge
When it rains here it REALLY rains



The La Sal mountain range in the back ground
I will climb it tomorrow
but, that is tomorrow
Today I will just enjoy my ride







These skies





Looking over into a new valley







The road back down



Over looking Durango
Where the beer is cold







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Old 11-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #2119
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I pulled over to the side of the road to let some cars pass
at he back of the pack was a guy on a KLR650
He honked as he went past
I caught up with him at a gas station, and we went in to wait out the storm
Turns out he was Rob1313 (ADV) from Edmonton AB
on his way to Phoenix AZ to drop his bike off.
He plans to fly down during the winter and ride to New Mexico
We were both so wet, that we said we would share a room
in the next town we got to
The next town was still over a hundred miles away :(
The wind came up and blew me all over the road
One hundred miles of this... Woo hoo

It was so nice to get into a room, and dry off
It's great to meet people on the road, hear their stories
share pizza
Mmmm pizza






Yo Loco!!!
Some great shots in this report. I know you have more hiding away in that data base of yours. I'm flying out Friday moring for my first trip with the KLR. Going to do the baja this time. I don't think that bike is ever coming home.
Great to meet ya on the road, your brother too. I'll be out on the wet coast this summer once or twice, I'll PM ya when I'm headed your way

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Old 11-27-2008, 04:48 AM   #2120
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Turbo City Headlight rack free!

I posted this on the DR 200 thread as well. Turbo City needs to "borrow" a DR 200 to do a mock up/fitting of their headlight rack to the DR. If you live close by them and can let them use your bike to test fit their mounts then when they are finished you get to keep the rack. I found this out because I kept bugging them about buying a rack and they don't have one for the DR 200. So, someone will get a new rack and I when it's all said and done will be able to buy one for my bike. They said to email Tom at turbo@turbocity.com Wardie
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:45 AM   #2121
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your brothers in arms

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Dude. I love that thing. Must stop obsessing...but it's so fun. I could buy two. LOL.
I noticed where you are located and checked out your link to the photos. It reminded me of the sacrifices our troops are making. You have a great family take care and hope you see them soon. May God bless you and keep you safe. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:49 AM   #2122
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Yo Loco!!!
Some great shots in this report. I know you have more hiding away in that data base of yours. I'm flying out Friday moring for my first trip with the KLR. Going to do the baja this time. I don't think that bike is ever coming home.
Great to meet ya on the road, your brother too. I'll be out on the wet coast this summer once or twice, I'll PM ya when I'm headed your way

Rob
Hey Rob
Good to hear from you. So leaving the cold and snow for baja... nice. Have a great time, and make sure to post a RR. (Oh and no leaning over the front fender to take photos.)
I went back to Durango and took bro's bike out. I did a short RR here.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...41#post8468041

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:55 AM   #2123
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Loco's U.S. trip on a XT250

US Trip part 7


A neighbor of my brothers took us on a ride
It was up La Plata Canyon



I rode out
they had to trailer theirs
not set up for the road



A Honda crf, and Yamaha wrf



Jepedo





We rode along a very rocky road for quite a few miles



Lots of time to look around



As you head up the canyon
the walls start to close in



We saw some tracks heading up
and thought why not



As we were climbing you could see a nice smooth trail
on the other side of a ravine





We rode back down a headed up it



Woo Hoo
fun



It did not lead us very far
we had to go back down and take the rocky path up

It lead to someones gold mine
that is the white box thing in the back ground



Looking down to the point we had started from







This is the cirque at the top of our climb



Some old guy had ridden his quad up here and offered
to take some photos of us

This was the least crappy



We rode down
and headed further up the canyon





We took the trail to the pass





And what a pass



At this point we were just under 12,000 feet



Looking over



A bit of a drop



Checking out the trail down



Durango in the distance



The trail had been wiped out by snow slides over the years





The gap in the pass



Me dying from the heat



Back down
Me hiding from the sun





View from the trial head





On the way back to the truck
we passed an old homestead


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Old 11-27-2008, 09:57 AM   #2124
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If you could get two and then go ride the TAT with your wife, then that choice blows every other option away.
It does. It would. I will explore. Kids are 7 and 10. They'd have to ride pilion.

On a TW200? Wow.

Imagine that thread title. We will reconcile wants and capabilities. Happy Thanksgiving Klay.


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I noticed where you are located and checked out your link to the photos. It reminded me of the sacrifices our troops are making. You have a great family take care and hope you see them soon. May God bless you and keep you safe. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks Mike, thanks all. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you too.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:12 AM   #2125
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As John Cleese said (french accent), "I don thin ee's too keen" on the idea of coming with.

But...I could ask. And now for something completely different, Bill answers an unasked question that no one gives a shit about:

I think the hard truth is that I've already made good decisions that preempt my fantasies...a wife, two young children, a house and my job--they are at odds with such.

I am at peace with that. The legacy I wish to leave is that of a good husband and father. I still get time behind the throttle and achieve that "center" that I seem to only get behind the handlebars.

TAT is likely a bridge too far. But it's on my list nonetheless. Your point makes me ponder. Honey and I decided that we'd not let an edifice (house) stand in the ways of dreams--only real obligations.
Great attitude you have. Stay safe.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:56 AM   #2126
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:09 PM   #2127
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Loco's U.S. trip on a XT250

US Trip part 8

My brothers bike "still had not come in
so we took his truck to Mesa Verde



I wanted to see where the Anasazi had lived
so we took a trip to Mesa Verde







This sign talks about the effect pollution is having on the mesa
from this spot at one time
you would be able to see clearly for hundreds of miles
now there is just a haze









I was praying for that storm to come out way
It is so hot



Shots from the lookout
It is the highest spot in the area









These trees are all that is left from a fire
that swept through this area
In the past seven years 50%
of the park has burnt



This is the Cliff Palace
The largest of the dewellings





A group was already down,
and I could not take the heat
we did not do the tour









If you look closely you will see some small
square holes half way down





Views of the canyon











God
the heat





We could not get down to balcony house
but they did have this lovely plaque
you could grub your fingers over



nice



We finally made it inside where the sun could not fry
my brain anymore

I felt like this dog



Inside the visitor center
there was quite an assortment of crap
collected from the area



Some dead things



I saw a few of these dudes
circling me outside



More buzzard bait



Things in stone







I guess I should have told him







I was amazed at how many people
were down here



It was a huge challenge keeping them from messing up
my shots



These next shots are of spruce tree house
It was constructed between AD 1211 and 1278







The over hanging cliff has kept these dwellings
in great shape



















By the time we left the park
the heat had changed my normally sunny
disposistion





The brother had to go down to Farmington
So I tagged along... again

It was really boring
"again"
As we left we stopped at Burrito Emase

picked up our lunch

then left for Pagossa Hot Springs

En route
we came across this winery



It did not look like any winery I had seen before
But, the wines were a pleasant surprise



With this sign hanging above the door
They believe in their product



I wonder if they heard the one about
the man from Nantucket

We made a stop at this church
so I could repent
and change my evil ways
(or so I was told, I don't think Jepedo
likes the accordion music I was playing.
heathen)



Everything in this town is named after Abe










We found a nice shady spot overlooking the water
to eat our burritos



When they were putting the salsa into these small cup
they forgot to tell me that
THIS IS THE BEST SALSA EVER
"num num num"



While we were eating
we could here someone
"trying"
to start a boat on the water

To persuade the motor to start
they use colorful language
the motor does not care
it will not start
It just lays there taking their abuse
as they drift further, and further from shore

They are not happy men
They must not own a XT



One must not enjoy the misery of others
I was soon to find out

Jepedo had gone for a walk saying
something bla bla Sun bla bla vitamin D

A couple of "ladies" sat down next to me
They started to give a running comentary
on the boat with the motor that would not go
It went on and on and on
Then talked about all the ailments they could expect
to have over the course of their lives

We were in the only shady spot for miles
it was a hundred degrees in the sun
I felt like a rat in a cage




On the way to the hot springs you pass chimney rock



For some reason I did not take any photos of the hotsprings
they were great, and when you get too hot
you jump in the river
:) :)



Another burrito shop



This colorful place was just up from a cold beer store
where
I bought the wrong beer
I went in not listening to what my brother was blabing about
I spy my favorite beer



But, knowing that Jepedo likes
"lite beer"
I buy some that looks ok
I get back to his truck, and he go's off
"Why did you buy that crap"
"I hate that s#@t"

But I am too lazy to go back in and change it
so we settle for crappy beer
and a nice drive back to Durango





"Bugs on the windshield headed south"










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Old 11-28-2008, 04:34 PM   #2128
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Hey all,
Being in IA they won't let me get tags for my KDX220 so I just found a good
deal on a leftover 07 KLX250s. Went out to run it in today (42 deg, needs
heated grips) to get a baseline test for upgrades.
Hope to hook up with you local guys at the river ride, and a few more, next
year. Posted todays pics here.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #2129
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Loco's U.S. trip on a XT250

US Trip part 9



The day started off with a nice rain storm
but, I was filling my bike at the time
so I just stayed under the canopy till it stopped' then
headed out on the 160 to Cortez



The entire way these storm clouds
were waiting to dump their bountiful goodness
upon me



From Cortez I went northwest to Moab
Nice temp for riding



As I got closer to Moab
the landscape changed drastically





This arch was right along the road to Moab





As I was taking photos
A man and his wife drove up
pulled at teddy bear from the car
then put in poses for photos with the arch

I tried to get away
but,they were to quick
they had me hold the bear

"Would you like us to take a photo, with your camera, of you holding the bear?"
My reply
" The arch will fine"



My XT







I took a short break at a rest stop
to enjoy the fall colors









Just entering Moab



These cliffs adorn the east side on the valley



The other side just seems to sweep away



I hunted around to find suitable lodgings
I want to do some riding
with my kit safely locked away
I found this place



It is where "The Duke" stayed in the early 60's
while filming movie masterpieces
such as
"Comancheros"


I was glad that I did get a room
The storm that had been following me
found me
It rained so hard that I was not able to see across the street

Next day clear blue sky
A few shots of espresso
then



The entrance is just 2 miles from Moab



From here the road climbs
about 500 ft



Looking back at the gates



These cones make me unhappy







I knew the cones were there for a reason
They were re-topping the road :(



The landscape is so vast I was not able the get the
scope of it with my camera



I will not cloud the photos with words

enjoy



























I parked my bike here and walked up to a view point











I tried different setting on my camera
to get the color of the rock













The La Sal mountains





















Yes to get back out
I had to do this again





Back to the "Apache"



After a short rest
Time for dinner
and beer


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Old 11-29-2008, 09:54 AM   #2130
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Very cool. The turnaround and redo...classic.
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