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Old 09-24-2011, 07:15 AM   #151
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Collect a bag of small, dry pine cones. Keep them inside until you know they are good and dry, melt some paraffin and then dip the cones in them. If you can find come candle wick, drape a piece on the cone beefore you dip. We used this in the mountains above Dubois and on Elizabeth Ridge and had no problem getting wet wood to - eventually - burn. Fuzz sticks help too.

I have a question too.

What is the gray Klim suit that you are wearing?
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #152
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Tyson -
Collect a bag of small, dry pine cones. Keep them inside until you know they are good and dry, melt some paraffin and then dip the cones in them. If you can find come candle wick, drape a piece on the cone beefore you dip. We used this in the mountains above Dubois and on Elizabeth Ridge and had no problem getting wet wood to - eventually - burn. Fuzz sticks help too.

I have a question too.

What is the gray Klim suit that you are wearing?
It's the 2011 Traverse jacket and pant. Klim's mid level Gore-Tex. Next step up is the adventure suit for like two grand. Although, I have heard that Klim is filling the gaps a bit more for 2012. I am very very very happy with Klim. Super high quality stuff from Idaho. I'm pretty sure it's made in the USA.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:04 PM   #153
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I bought one of their Gor Tex pullovers last spring and it's the best rain coat I've ever had. I'll take a look at the Traverse, thanks!
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:31 PM   #154
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Yet another ski town I have visited on my Tiger that I've never been to. Crested Butte. So many places to enjoy wasting life being a ski bum. One of the other things I really love is the women in these towns. I'm almost 30 and I still dress like a teenage skateboarder. I love the style women carry themselves with in mountain towns. There's just something about a girl that dresses like that....

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The first view of the ski area.

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We found Gothic Road without any trouble. This will take us to Schofield pass.

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The Aspens were just starting to turn in the high country. I was hoping to hit peak, but we were a little early. Still fantastically beautiful.

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Normally I fly down a road like this going at least 50. Today I was more than content doing 25 and taking tons of photos. And I did take a ton. Enjoy!

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Terry took the one below and it turned out great!

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See the moon?! How cool is that at 11:00 AM?

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Then we hit this.....

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Really? That's all ya got USFS? A wimpy little saw horse sign? Pshhhh. We'll see.....

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Oh. I guess the road is still a bit blocked by snow. It was actually the remnants of a humungous avalanche. You can tell by all the little chunks of tree mixed into the snow.

Decision time. Terry told me before we left on the trip he refused to ride in snow. This is a little different. I asked him if he wanted to press on. I got the usual, "I'd love to, but I gotta get home on this bike back to Idaho!"

"How about if I try it and see how it goes?"

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Well, it was fricking slick! It off-kilter to the downhill side with nothing to stop a 500+ pound bike from sliding off into the valley below. I started to lose it right at the end and had to gas it to make it to the dirt. I then, of course, downplay the difficulty of it to coax Terry across on the big GSA.

"You ready to give it a try?"

"I guess"

About 15 feet into the attempt, Terry drops the bike and it starts sliding downhill. We get it stopped, righted, and backed to safety.

We are both standing on the snow evaluating the options. Now, I had made it over the easy way and coming back would harder due the lay of the land and snow.

"If we only had a shovel!" Terry exclaimed.

We both look at the snow and start kicking it to see just how hard it is. After 15 minutes of kicking with our toes and heels we had created a little trough the entire distance.

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"Ready to give it a try now?"

We went slow and sure enough our little trough was enough to get the GSA across safely! True adventure motorcycling.

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The rest of the climb to the top of Schofield Pass was uneventful. The snow level turned out to be much higher than we would go on this part of the trip.

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After the pass we rode through a pretty high alpine valley.

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Then it was time for the part of the trip we had been anticipating since we left. I knew this was going to be rough. But, I think we can do it.

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We started down the treacherous descent. It was tough from the get go.

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We passed a beautiful waterfall that I think Terry blew right by.

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Then, there was a pretty decent water crossing. It was about to the top of my crankcase and I'd hate to try it in Spring when the water is really high!

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"Yes Terry, we have to go down that!"

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Looking back up gives an idea as to grade of this descent.

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This was the really bad section. Every several feet had to be evaluated before making a move. The line was picked foot by foot for the last 500 yards.

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Falling off=BAD! The Devil's Punchbowl below.

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We made it! And I only put one large dent in my skidplate!!

Time for break at the bottom! We were both sweating profusely after guiding our machines down that steep and rocky road.

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More later.....
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:41 PM   #155
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:55 PM   #156
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Dude, I'm impressed as hell that you guys rode Schofield Pass. I've been over it in my Tacoma and then again in my FJ. It's not easy in a lifted 4WD. I can't imagine riding it on my Tiger. You've got a bigger set of balls than I do, that's for damn sure. Great ride and pics, as usual!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #157
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Goats wouldnt go down that "road"
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:02 PM   #158
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That road looks like fun, I think I'd opt for a slightly more aggressive tire though.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:31 PM   #159
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That road looks like fun, I think I'd opt for a slightly more aggressive tire though.
No shit! I think I'm going to start a poll titled, "Who thinks Tyson should run a set of real dirt tires if he's going to keep trying to ride it like a dirtbike?" Is anyone else curious as to what he can actually do on an adequate set of tires? Or is this like NASCAR and we're just waiting for the crash and pictures of broken bodywork?
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:18 PM   #160
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After our short break we continued losing altitude as we headed for Crystal, CO and then Marble.

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The Jeepers and Quadtards said the worst of it was over. But, the next few miles were just as challenging.

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This was a place I had seen on postcards. I was stoked when I was route planning and recognized it. We decided this would be a great place for lunch.

Read about the Crystal Mill HERE.

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After our lunch was eaten and Terry added some air to his tires, we were on our way.

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We came into Marble, CO and picked up the pavement. It would have been cool to see the marble quarry, but maybe another time. There were huge chunks of beautiful marble displayed in everyone's yard. I guess the shipping is cheap.

We got on 133 and headed North past many beautiful red rock outcroppings.

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At Carbondale, we turned South in the direction of Aspen. Mt. Sopris is a massive mountain to the South of Carbondale. It only stands at 12,660 feet, but man does it have a vertical rise. I never got a pic because of the sun's location. My camera isn't spectacular looking into the sun.

At Basalt, we again turned away from civilization and headed up Frying Pan Rd. At lunch Terry was telling me about the damages that can be done to tires when you run low air pressure and really heat them up. Something about it changing the compound and possibly causing the tire to come apart. I really should have listened and added some air when he did. I was only running about 25 lbs and pushing them hard on this road. Oh well, I burn though tires fast.

More red cliffs and fast pavement.

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Ruedi Reservoir. There's a pretty big sailing club on the lake where all richies from Aspen come to play.

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We saw a lot of these kiln's on this and the previous section of pavement. I'm guessing all the red rock in the area was high in clay content and they made a lot of bricks here at one point.

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Soon the road was deserted and we had it to ourselves again.

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Ahh... dirt again. We began heading up Hagerman Pass. It's an old railroad bed so the grade is easy and road packed gravel for the most part.

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Just above this meadow was a big elk camp. Several large outfitter tents and smoke rising from middle. What a beautiful place for hunting.

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Ok, so I may have lied to Terry about this pass a bit. All I read was "Railroad grade" and I stopped reading. Well, the train went though a tunnel and the road goes over the top and is bit rough. Oops. It wasn't bad considering what we had conquered earlier in the day.

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Yep. Top of the world here. At least the lower 48.

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I couldn't stop photographing that mountain. It's Mt. Massive, 14,421 (third tallest in the lower 48) and Mt. Elbert, 14,433 (second tallest in the lower 48 and tallest in Colorado) is just to the South.

Turquoise Lake in Leadville.

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This tells about the railroad and tunnel.

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The tunnel.

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Mt. Massive to your right and Mt. Elbert to your left. I'm proud to say I have climbed Elbert. It was a spectacular climb.

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Just past the lake, a truck pulled a U-turn right in front of Terry. I couldn't believe it! Terry had time, but jeez. Then this asshole pulls out right in front of me! He got the bird twice in 30 seconds for being stupid twice in 30 seconds.

Entering Leadville. We got gas and put the tire pressure back to road level. We were tired and decided to take the Interstate. Boring as it may be, it's still nice in the Colorado. We did agree that we had to take Loveland Pass to rock some fast pavement before heading home to catch the Sunday night game.

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This was the last shot of the day as we traveled on 91 North to the Interstate.

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But, the story isn't quite over. As we passed through Keystone, we were passed by and ambulance and then saw a Summit County Sheriff flip a bitch in front of us. I'm guessing we are gonna see the aftermath of an accident ahead.

Terry and I enjoyed our ride up the pass. We'd catch up the emergency equipment traveling up the pass and slow way down, let them get ahead, and then rock a few more switchbacks. As we got to the top, the scene was revealed.

Two motorcyclers were stopped along with a few of those cars Detroit was testing at high altitude all covered in black padding to disguise the next years model. As we passed, Terry and I stood on the pegs to view the crashed Harley and body 15 feet below the embankment. Let's just say the paramedics weren't in any hurry.

Best I can figure, he tried to pull off in the turnout that was there and carried a bit too much speed. The bike didn't go sailing off the 15 ft ledge. It was right at the bottom and the guy was right next to the bike. He couldn't have been going more than a few miles and hour when he went off the edge.

Ahem.... Where's my soapbox? Here it is and here we go. I'll describe the scene a little further to you. These were Harley riders. Guess what they were wearing? If you said assless chaps and a thin vest with patches on it, you're right! Guess what they didn't have on? FUCKING HELMETS!!!! This guy goes off a little ledge and would have easily survived if he had a helmet on. Colorado doesn't try to be a "mother" to you and "make" you wear a helmet. It's a personal choice. Well retard, today your personal choice was to die. One less idiot on the road.

Ok, I feel bad for his family if he had one. But sure as hell not for him. My brother and I had an "intervention" with my dad before our big trip. We told him if he didn't get a full face helmet he couldn't come. Period. He did ride with a 3/4 religiously before. The full face is just so so so much better. That's what a family is supposed to do.

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See those scratches on my helmet? My face, as well as my girlfriend's face, would have been scarred for life from a 15mph low side last summer. I don't take the bike around the block or to the store. Hell, I don't even commute on it. It's too much time to put ALL of my gear on every time I ride. And I do wear it every time I ride. ATGATT PEOPLE!!!!! Improve your chances.

Off my soapbox now. As soon as Terry and I were past the accident, we were right back to having fun on our bikes. Scraping peg and enjoying LIFE!!! I hope that last rant didn't overshadow any of this trip. It was fantastic and Terry has really become one of my best friends over the past year. We share a passion for this type of riding and it's great to ride any time we can.
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No shit! I think I'm going to start a poll titled, "Who thinks Tyson should run a set of real dirt tires if he's going to keep trying to ride it like a dirtbike?" Is anyone else curious as to what he can actually do on an adequate set of tires? Or is this like NASCAR and we're just waiting for the crash and pictures of broken bodywork?

Hmmmm..... Could my brother be foreshadowing something from this past weekend's ride? Probably. I have brand new TKC 80s that have been sitting in my garage all summer. They WILL be getting mounted.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:04 AM   #162
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Excellent job Tyson! Thanks for putting your photos up!!
I am now (this very second) officially IN on a Divide ride next summer, and your photos did it! Now I have to pick the right bike! 800gs, 800xc, or my 650gs thumper. I am like a kid in a candy store!!!
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:40 AM   #163
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:48 AM   #164
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Tyson,
I'm really enjoying the ride report. I've been using your thread to compile a list of "must do" rides.
So much to do, so little time!

Excellent photos too!

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Old 09-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #165
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Excellent job Tyson! Thanks for putting your photos up!!
I am now (this very second) officially IN on a Divide ride next summer, and your photos did it! Now I have to pick the right bike! 800gs, 800xc, or my 650gs thumper. I am like a kid in a candy store!!!
Hey Jax!
How about a 950 ?
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