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Old 07-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #31
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Thanks for the heads up. We talked to some locals here that helped me with my bike repair about the passes. We plan to take Cinnamon Pass if possible, they said Hancock was nice but nothing special. I have already called ahead to Fred at Arrowhead and we are set up to have him put on some new skins.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:17 AM   #32
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Hancock is a very NICE pass, a bit challenging for some(not to steep, but some rocks), and is the pinnacle of crossing the over the Rocky Mountains.

One in our group lowsided on the same stretch going into Salida, it's an end to a long day, and it looked HOT. Our guy(Bret) got stitches and was on the trail the next AM.

Kudo's for bending the bike back into shape, you guy's are highly motivated, ROCK on.

Thanks for the RR, the TAT is a war of attrition, as you can attest. I can't wait to read MORE.

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:24 AM   #33
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Laugh Go the mighty DR

Thanks for the heads up on the trip, i was busy with my thread & missed the start of yours (slap my wrist).

Fantastic ride/report with great pics & lots of them, i like this one.



That fork will be fine, my old fella did the same repair for me & i rode it for years after, no problem.

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Old 07-18-2010, 11:06 AM   #34
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Thanks for the heads up. We talked to some locals here that helped me with my bike repair about the passes. We plan to take Cinnamon Pass if possible, they said Hancock was nice but nothing special. I have already called ahead to Fred at Arrowhead and we are set up to have him put on some new skins.
Tell him the Australian on the orange KTM who came through a couple of weeks ago said HI..
If you have time in Moab take the morning and go up into Kanes?? canyon...one way in and out but a really nice ride..its the road in between the McDonalds and the burger King...and good food and icy cold beverages at Mcstiffs..I hope the wildflowers are still in bloom when you get up onto the Tundras, before McDermott..???... There are some really nice campsites when you go up and over Marshalls pass (the bypas for Hancock and Tamichi)..one just before you get to the top and then a couple about 2 miles after the top..When you come out of Eureka Nevada you will find the first section blocked off by mining pit expansion...(the bit where it says ..follow pipeline on your left and then go over second pipeline and turn right...alll blocked by new fencing).. I went on the pavement out of Eureka and joined back up where it says..cross the highway and go .52 miles..??? and take sharp left turn..the mileage is just from memory.. I will let you know if anything else springs to mind.. Great camping in Black Dragon canyon..after white creek???...it got quite cold at night from where you are onwards..the sections where it says there is deep sand is not too bad on the bikles you guys are on...but you will be glad when you are through it...LOL...
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:12 AM   #35
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I nearly forgot..

Cinnamon pass is open and a great run up...when you come down the other side into the old town and go to turn right at the bottom I think you will find the bridge is still out but you can cross the stream quite easily..after that I found the directions to be a little vague..after Talisco mill you will head up towards California Gulch or Pass ??...you can't see where the road goes or how it looks like you can get up there but it is the one in the lower valley to your right...a really cool ride but I found the mileages to be off...continue towards corkscrew pass etc...I found signage on trails is more accurate than maps/rollcharts..
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:55 PM   #36
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Colorado Continued...

Bandaged and repaired, we made our way out of Salida with the mountains on the horizon.







Now we had been told in salida that Hancock pass was closed because the original bridge is too "decayed" and the new one washed out. But we decided to make our own judgement as to its "passibility."





So after searching around I found this nice long rotted board to "bridge" the gap arond the gate.



Removed the softbags and one box on my bike and did this.







And success!



After looking more closely at the sign, I saw it read differently.



For those passing through after us, we stashed the board to the left of the trail under a tree.



I suggest you follow our lead. Missing Hancock and Tomichi passes is not an option. They were amazing as the following pictures will show.



Getting up to Hancock was definitely a struggle through the rock strewn path.




After the tough climb with the low oxygen and my previous injuries, I needed a rest. I found this nice comfy recliner waiting for me part way up.







And then back at it.




Do It!









Finally we made it all the way up.






It was awesome up there, until we realized we had to go down the rocky paths to get to the far trail along the mountain to Tomichi Pass...






And the sheer rocky cliff down...



Going back up, we were able to see what we just had to come down.







Then we were rewarded with the view from Tomichi Pass.







As we headed down, continuing on the trail, we came to a fork and saw this sign. In our opinion, its only 1-wheel drive.




It was all downhill from there as we got back out into the open valley.



Then we stopped to eat at this Trading Post, which has some pretty amazing burgers.



Not kidding.



Then we really got the open valley, and came across this nasty looking goat.




And took another rest in the shade.















After this we came to the long winding road down to the valley floor to Lake city. And what an awesome road that was to ride. Couldn't stop to take pictures. We continued along the trail to a National Forest campground for the night.



This is a really nice place, but no showers...we were told we could go bath in the 40 degree river...why not.







It wasn't that bad...
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:57 PM   #37
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Cinnamon pass is open and a great run up...when you come down the other side into the old town and go to turn right at the bottom I think you will find the bridge is still out but you can cross the stream quite easily..after that I found the directions to be a little vague..after Talisco mill you will head up towards California Gulch or Pass ??...you can't see where the road goes or how it looks like you can get up there but it is the one in the lower valley to your right...a really cool ride but I found the mileages to be off...continue towards corkscrew pass etc...I found signage on trails is more accurate than maps/rollcharts..

Thanks for advice. Tavis did a great job of putting the maps and charts into the gps, so I followed that the whole time.

We are in Utah now. We will get to Moab tomorrow around noon for new tires and some more rack repairs. I'll post today's happenings tomorrow.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:31 AM   #38
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Love it. Glad you were able to repair and continue!



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Old 07-20-2010, 06:14 AM   #39
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Here is a video of me almost hitting a deer in Oklahoma. Despite how the video looks, I did not go down. The deer just ran along side me briefly, kicking my boot, before jumping back in the ditch.

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Old 07-20-2010, 09:09 AM   #40
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Hancock Pass..

Now I am pissed at myself for listening to people when they told me it was unpassable and frozen over..dammit...that was a nice looking ride..
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:33 PM   #41
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Great Posts on the passes, and congrats on bagging Hancock and Tomichi.

This baby head collection point is a good ride, riding on big marbles,lol.

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Old 07-21-2010, 05:22 PM   #42
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Please give us more about this picture, it's not a very normal stopping point(loose and steep,lol)



Keep it coming, Great stuff Less and less Internet available as yo go West, but we'll wait for the pictures and story.

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Old 07-24-2010, 11:54 AM   #43
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Colorado Finished

The next morning we started riding with a great view.
















About mid-morning we reach the cinammon pass.












Then up to California Pass. The height of this trip. The view was incredible.





















Then on to Corkscrew Pass.












And then our final Pass, Orphir, and a rest break.










As we got down from the mountains it looked like we had just missed the rain.



Then we worked our way back up onto some ATV trails.





And then this happened. They were really rough and rocky.





The subframe mount broke again...and managed to shear off another bolt. So I had to limp to Monticello, UT where we stayed the night.


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Old 07-24-2010, 11:59 AM   #44
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No show pictures for me too.....did your subscription to 'seekingzero.com' expire????
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