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Old 10-27-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Colorado Shakedown, or, Lets meet in the middle!

Two guys, two busy schedules, two mad drives to save time and spend more time riding... and two mostly unproven bike builds! Handful of tip-overs, two good crashes, and whole lot of fun in all sorts of weather across Colorado and a touch of Utah!

So that's the intro!

The crew:

Riding his well farkled G650Xchallenge, Sean, (chokozip)



Has driven nearly 1033 miles, in under 20 hours to meet up "in the middle"... or Colorado Springs, to set off on a very very over-ambicious route that I have prepped, of then seemingly doable 1600 miles over 9 days. Little did we know...

...and myself, on my own fancy G650Xch, Vitaly, (flying.moto)



My drive was about 1093 miles. Same about time. To meet up "in the middle"..

MANY THANKS! to Mike (assfault) for taking care of our trucks while we play! We owe you much

Many thanks to Walter Colebatch, for inspiring and helping along with my bike build, directly or not, i owe you many a pint!

So, let the story begin
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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A little bit of a first day, this is the highest my truck has ever been to!



The drive up was quite brutal, but the adrenaline was pumping hard, and 18 hrs later I was riding into Springs!



Shortly after, (we are allowed only two unrelated pics, right? ) the bikes were unloaded, packed, and warmed up



The start was a little rough, as we dragged out, late, or early, considering the drive, but nonetheless, proceeded, just to find a cop and a locked gate near the "START" marker... sorry no pix, but we chatted him up into letting us onto a not-yet-open road which was completely fine!



Here, Sean is demonstrating an interesting mounting technique that mostly replaced my old-school ninja-kick...

During the report you will see, many detours, and detours from detours, courtesy of me, that got us lost a few times...



The pavemenet was minimal... the necessary evil..



but it connected us to many interesting spots, like this one! Does anyone need a spare knobby? It lasts you long time!

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Old 10-27-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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The town of Victor, CO, has a huge old gold mine. That operation opened in 1892 and is still active.



It has landed nearly $37 billion to date! There is a little guard shack on the way, where you sign in, and you may ride up all the way to the top,



to the old shaft lift, which was steam powered



and the main thing it hauled up and down was.... people! not equipment. So, the operator had to be really skilled not to overdo it, as it would shoot the lift basket up so fast it would ram in the top of the tower... ouch!

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Old 10-27-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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The Mine has a very well made little parking lot, and an observation deck, made out of and old truck bed and other bits.



The whole thing can be viewed from there. Lots of big dump trucks moving big chunks of land.

After the mine tour, we picked up a little canyon dirt road that put us a little off track but promised more dirty miles, so on we go!



There were many thoughts about fishing, as we crossed anything and everything that reminds us of a creek...



But then, placing for a photo-op, Sean decides to turn around, and ends up in a ditch. But yours truly, has to one-up him, and show him how it's done



This shot is called "Getting the odds out of the way in the soft dirt"

Your turn, Sean!
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:39 PM   #5
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:26 AM   #6
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:45 AM   #10
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Great start off V!

After relocating from Oregon to Minnesota I was having some serious mountain withdrawls. I mentioned to V that we should do a ride. Where was the question. V is located in Cali and Colorado fell right in the middle. It sounded good to both of us as we had never ridden there. Plans were hatched over the winter and V knoced out a great route incorporating some of the TAT and COBDR routes that would take us around the state and into Utah for a few miles.

Day one was a long one.After getting out of work on Friday at 3 I was headed to Colorado. V had a jump start and had left in the morning. It all sounded easy enough I figured 14 hours down. well that turned into 20 with road construction, accidents and two hours nap. We meet up at 9AM and headed to Assfaults home to unload and get on the road. By noon we were off.

Enough jabber onto some pictures.

The drive down.


Dropping into Denver.


















More day one pics to follow.

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Old 11-02-2014, 07:53 AM   #11
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Looks good. Keep it coming.

That pic with two bikes on the ground was very special. Don't see that all time.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:04 AM   #12
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Yeah. I stuffed right there and as I am picking myself up V is laughing at me then proceeds to eat it. Carma:)

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:15 AM   #13
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Looks good. Keep it coming.



That pic with two bikes on the ground was very special. Don't see that all time.

Well, don't tell me you haven't ever tried to one-up your riding buddy ;)


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Old 11-02-2014, 08:18 AM   #14
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More of the first day.

More of the mine Pictures.





























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Old 11-02-2014, 08:21 AM   #15
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First day











Thats all I have for the first day.
Not bad for a half day ride after a late start. We grabbed a motel room that night so we could be rested and ready to roll the next morning. The drive wiped us both out.

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