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Old 06-24-2012, 08:20 AM   #76
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Day 2 Moab to Denver

AM campsite at Marshall Pass:



After breakfast, we continued west. Our goal today was to make it to Telluride via Cinnamon/Imogene Passes.

Second mechanical of the trip, a nail through the rear tire of my bike…unfortunately, lack of practice, I pinched the replacement tire…and we had to patch it and replace it a second time





Here is a family of bicycle riders doing the whole Continental Divide trail from New Mexico to Canada stopping to exchange stories as we finished up the repairs.



Finally on our way, this is on the western side of Marshall:



Refueling at Poncha Springs:



Heading to Lake City through the northern edge of the Rio Grande National Forest:









Lunch break by Los Pinos Creek, right before Los Pinos Pass:







We then refueled at Lake City and headed to Cinnamon Pass. Below is the pass and the descent into Animas Fork. This was the first of several passes we completed in this trip that we had to abort three years ago on F-650's due to snow, mud and our inability to get the bigger motos through:





Animas Fork below with the climb we would take toward California/Hurricane/Corkscrew, three passes that we also were unable to complete on our F-650's three years prior:











This is descending Corkscrew Gulch:



We then headed to Ouray and up to Imogene. This is the classic "drinking cup" shot on 361 climbing toward Imogene. Lots of traffic, though.













Arriving at Imogene Pass which had opened just a couple of days before. I took the first of many falls this trip negotiating one of the small switchbacks before getting to the final narrow shelf road. We both stopped counting after the third or fourth fall





The descent to Telluride:











Black Bear switchbacks and Bridal Veil Falls in the background:



Luxury accommodations in Telluride at Camel's Garden, bathrobes and all. We were tired after flying NOLA to Denver at 6 am, starting to ride by noon and completing 340 miles of mostly dirt and 7 or 8 passes in one and a half days…plus changing two flat tires…no amount of weight lifting in the gym, walking, jogging, and sprinting can replace hard riding. Plus the last leg to Moab would be another 200 plus miles, including several miles of single track… I used to train to race bicycles…as I get older, now I train for my vacations...



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Old 06-24-2012, 08:56 AM   #77
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Great ride report.

But let me ask you, how do you plan such a long trip off road? I'd love to be able to make my own trails like this, but I don't know where to start apart from reading maps for hours on end. Is there a secret to it?
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #78
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...let me ask you, how do you plan such a long trip off road? ...I don't know where to start apart from reading maps for hours on end. Is there a secret to it?
No secrets, lots of research prior to the trip reading maps, NFS maps, MVU maps, Google Earth, Garmin for hours on end. 90% of the resources are on the internet. The TAT, MHC and SR, of course, you can purchase here. ADVrider reports are a huge help too. The rest, you can purchase the maps from the NFS, Public Lands Information Center, etc. Then transfer waypoints and tracks to a GPS so you don't waste too much time with navigation during the trip.

It takes me 10 months to plan a 10 day trip, and several weeks to do the road report, which means I am always on vacation
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #79
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San Juans opened early this year. See ya in Moab.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:37 PM   #80
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It takes me 10 months to plan a 10 day trip, and several weeks to do the road report, which means I am always on vacation
That is how I am.

If you don't already, you could contribute your trail(s) to http://dualsportmaps.com/ .
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #81
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Denver to Moab Day 3

Today was going to be a long one, about 230 miles to Moab. Quick breakfast in Telluride after a restful night and then head out to Last Dollar Pass, the last one we didn't make on our F650's four years back.





I looked for this snowmobile from what I remember last time in the area. They moved it a couple of miles east with a better background.



Here it is 4 years ago:



On our way to Moab we found lots of this:





And these:

















Resting, refueling and eating lunch:





More and more:

















On a tough single track climb trying to clear the rear wheel over what felt like a two foot step, when we were about without energy, I look back and see a horse and the rider asks, do you need help? And here he is after lassoing the WT and pulling it over the step. Unreal!





The La Sals in the distance?



Hmm, if not those, then these:



Now it's starting to look more like Utah:






Gateway somewhere down there:



And now on John Brown Canyon raceway!





Closer now to Moab:



In the La Sals:





Then just a little jump over to Moab for dinner at Moab Grill!
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:05 AM   #82
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thanks for the report and pictures. I'm going to be leaving from FL aug 14th doing some of the same stuff. How was the temps in Colorado? Any Tracks?

thanks keep it coming
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:07 PM   #83
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:01 PM   #84
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Excellent - you guys put down some mileage!
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #85
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Grand Utah Roulette- Day 1

We met jakbrand and 4 other riders from Florida upon our arrival in Moab Friday evening. Plan is to depart Saturday after basic bike maintenance and lunch. The Grand Utah Roulette route jakbrand prepared looked really good and not too difficult……"I did not expect this" was his trademark phrase all week…



...Lockhart Canyon Rd, Beef Basin, Abajo Mountains, Henry Mountains, Escalante/Burr, Smokey Mountain Rd, the North Rim, Bryce, Piute ATV trail, Capitol Reef/Cathedral Valley, then parallel I-70 from heading east and drop back to Moab a week later by Friday early afternoon using the Crystal Geyser jeep road. We would mostly bush camp and resupply gas, water and food at gas stations at 100-150 mile intervals.

So here it goes (photo's courtesy of jakbrand, ebarDP48 and ejtv):

Saturday lunch at Zax before the Grand Utah Roulette starts:



7 bikes start and arrive at Hurrah Pass...









First rough spot, after the Chicken Corners intersection, through a narrow steep canyon…the first WR ridden by my son Tbang makes it...



Dwip on his KTM450:



The second WR ridden by yours truly makes it too, but form? Not so good...



The vast dimension and remoteness of Lockhart Canyon is unreal. We did not see another car or motorcycle the whole afternoon in Lockhart:



Resting on the one little bit of shade we found….temperatures in June? Brutal:





Cool shades son...





After taking this picture of jakbrand I had my next mechanical…the moto would not start, it would crank, but would not start…we eventually got to a downhill, rolled it and it started on second…we had no idea why but suspected something with the fuel system…prelude of things to come…





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Anecdote of a Motorcycle…

I placed a motorcycle in Utah,
…the canyon rose up to it no longer wild
…it took dominion everywhere
...it did not give of bird or bush,
…like nothing else in Utah.

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Needles Outpost for gas, water, shade…Do NOT offer to pay with credit cards or else…no gas for you!



jakbrand attempts to pay with plastic and gets water-gun treatment:





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After Needles Outpost, one of the 7 riders choses to turn back to Moab due to what felt like a moderate heat stroke...

Next, the six would tackle Elephant Hill...







and find a place to sleep around Devil's Pocket…This looked as good as any:







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Old 06-26-2012, 05:58 AM   #86
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Really nice report & ride through some great country. We were out West through much of the same country a couple of years ago........need to go back!

Thanks for taking the time to include us!
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:40 PM   #88
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Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Love the scenery.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:06 PM   #89
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Edwardo, I wish things would have worked out differently, but I had a great time riding with you to Hite.
Here's a little video from Devils Lane.

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Well here's the video
http://youtu.be/dTlKVrjyU8g

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