|02-15-2014, 05:15 PM||#1|
Joined: Feb 2014
Location: Bettendorf, Iowa
Tamagali Colorado Tour 2013
I started riding at 14 when I bought a 1980 KX 100 for $50.
Riding a GS1200 over Mosquito, Ophir and Hagerman Pass in 2012 opened my eyes to a whole new world. I will not ride Mosquito on a weekday by myself again.
Wanted to share this love of AVD riding with my closest friends (but they don't ride). That will change I thought and it did.
Joe who bought his first bike off of me in 2011 (VFR 800) and then got a F800GS in 2012.
Chris who has not ridden before bought his first running bike (KLR 650) one month prior to us leaving for Colorado on this tour.
I have been in some tight spots before and have gotten out by being prepared. I hoped that experience could get my friends through their first adventure.
This is the story of that ride.
We left Iowa on a sunny Saturday morning in late August so that we would miss the college students and families on vacation.
Now some say it's only normal.
Chris and I break up the monotony of the great plains by accosting inanimate animals.
When we get to Denver we drop off Joe's GS and spruce it up a bit. He'll fly in later that day and then meet us in Almont.
We are lucky enough to find a guy named Mark on the Forums who lets us park the trailer and truck for the week. Super guy, busts out some maps and gives us some heads up on where to roll. His recommendation is to stop in Ouray for the Beaumont Burger and so we set a path for some beef.
Warm up for us is Cottonwood pass that leads to the Taylor reservoir and then to Almont to stay at the Almont River Resort. Bikes are still nice clean and full of cooking spray!
So we roll into Almont, get something to eat and drink. One drink, two drinks, three drinks, Four. Japanese girls dancing to 1980's Stray Cats and late to bed.
It's a bit hard getting going and the breakfast leaves something to be desired.
Now onto Cement Creek Trail to have some fun.
Link has Map and GPS files.
Then when we get just above the tree line and the rocks start getting bigger Joe discovers that you shouldn't put your foot down on a big bore bike. His ankle and foot buckle and he thinks it might have broken. Well the boot has to come off for an exam and lucky for him its just ligament. It doesn't feel any better and its unstable so we work field magic and tape the hell out of it to immobilize it enough for him to ride. Put him on the smallest bike and ride out.
We make it back to the cabin and cook dinner. We will have to see how much his foot swells and whether he can get his boots on in the morning.
"If you can keep your head while all those about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you"
DrZhivago screwed with this post 02-15-2014 at 07:36 PM
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