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Old 08-15-2012, 06:15 AM   #2026
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Boy, you guys have my respect! I still have to tighten the front suspension on my Jeep back to tolerance after doing that bit going up! And on a 'Strom and KLR??? OK, now I don't have any excuses (besides foreknowledge of the route?) to do something like that on my 690

Glad you had fun and got some great memories...

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Rough??

Yes the two Flatland Noobs. Jailor8 from Illinois on the KLR and 4STAR from Iowa on his V Strom followed me!!! On Wednesday we took off and decided to do the Alpine loop Cinnimon- Lake city - Engineer. Well we didnt ask anybody, Bought the map gear up and GO!!!

We started late, 9 - 10 ish, Buy the time we were half way back to Engineer from Lake city we could see it was gonna rain. Ok we learned about the Afternoon monsoons the hard way.

It started pouring while we were on the top of Engineer. Down we went. There was a couple of Aussies around for just a bit, Then they passed us and last I saw them they were drifting corners.

We get to the bottom of Engineer and dutifully following the map turn North on 878 toward 550. We didnt study the dotted lines close enough to see we could haved turned south and went thru Animas Forks and below Cinnimon and back to Silverton in about 20 minutes. No we are dumb we are following a loop. Ok I had the map and the lead I'm Dumb.

We start down along the Mineral and cross a granite huge baby head rock field thats part of the road, I'm worried about pinch flats, Allan I found out later is worried his Skid plate is coming thru his cases! We cant see, I'm on the pegs so much my legs are killing me and I cant watch Allan in the mirrors to see if he has trouble. I stop where I can and tell him I cant watch you this is all I can handle but I will stop and wait at the turns and come back if you dont show up, He's game and tough in my book.

By the time we get to the turn off to Pougkeepsie Gultch (876) I stop on the bald knob of the rock in the intersection, I cant see Allans headlight thru the trees. I shut the KLR off, I cant hear him and he's got nice pipes. All I can hear is the rain on my helmet and the river beside me. I wait .... nothing... I get off and decide to start walking back as it was not that far since I last saw him and I really dont want to ride back up. I got about 30 feet and I heard him. He had to stop and take his glasses off because of the rain on them was screwing up his perception and he was beating his Strom to bad on stuff he could have misssed. We are setting there trying to figure out how much farther it is to the highway with the map and a jeep comes up from the north. Guy sez I been thru here a lot and I have never seen it this rough. "how far to the highway?" 3 -4 miles. Ugh. Lets go!

Then we got to the steps, not so bad on the KLR but the Strom was getting a beating. Finally 550 and the construction zone. You should have seen the 4 Harley riders waiting at the light stare at us when I "YEE HAAAWED" our arrival at the paved road!!!

Rough ? Plenty for this noob!!! but it was fun, I was scared but felt Alive!!

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:57 AM   #2027
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Joel,
Thanks for posting the great pictures. I sure enjoyed riding with you all. See ya' next year.
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It was a great, if at times terrifying, ride! Thanks for everything and I hope to see you next year!
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #2028
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I am really amazed at the awesome photos.....

Keep 'em coming.



John

hi jonn, thanks again to you and crew for hosting this event and raising funds for cohvco....

http://cohvco.org/

any chance we can see the photos that was shown on the big screen. if you need a hosting site, i have another smugmug account that we can use. send me the disk and i will upload them.


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+1 to that...we went DOWN that steep part of Ophir, and were a little nervous, but made it fine. Always wanted to try Lippencott, but TOO SCARED !! What's the easiest way to do it (Lippencott)......east to west, or west to east? I would much rather ride UP a steep section, than down it.....

many people prefer riding down, east to west to avoid pinch flats. others like the other way.



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I typically live in San Diego for 3 or 4 months out of the year, and it always takes me a week or so to get acclimated once I get back here. It just means you'll have to come out earlier next time and play at altitude for a while beforehand!

Thanks for posting all the great pics Joel!! You took some awesome shots, and the color turned our beautifully. It was fun to ride with you--hope we get to to it again next year!
not too many high altitude riding here in socal, probably 5-7k feet. there are many trails in the sierras as much as 11k ft, but not readily accessible.

in this event, i took over 1k photos and only 1/3 came out good. doing them on the fly with a cheap camera doesn't yield a lot of good pics..........

you're welcome lois. i have the tendency to post more pics than most. writing a RR is tedious especially finding the right pics and appropriate commentaries.

you rode good on that saturday with street tires. i prefer dunlop 606s front and rear for my 640, unless i'm doing 80% pavement. but there are times that the 10% i still want to have knobbies.

i'll surely will look for that pretty smile next time.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:27 PM   #2029
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Wally
It was a great, if at times terrifying, ride! Thanks for everything and I hope to see you next year!
+1

haha, when i saw our ride leader in this jacket, knew right away i was in good hands.....
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:31 PM   #2030
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It is such a beautiful area, I am glad we are going back!!!!

lots of good pics there. i missed these 2 places. we didn't do black bear pass but that gave us a reason to return.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:03 AM   #2031
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This is for all of ADV not just an RMAR thing. So happy shopping,
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:16 AM   #2032
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #2033
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Oh goodness! I wish I could have come on this trip! Next year
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #2034
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Adventure Riding is hard!

We were on Black Bear Pass just a little bit above the Steps when Adventure Girl decided to show us just how difficult Adventure Riding can be...

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #2035
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Eh? Adventure Girl Does Black Bear!

Cover your children's eyes as we look at the first in a series of "Adventure Women Gone Wild!" videos...

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #2036
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For next year if you guys go I sat down and did the GPX files:

(Right click and select save-as)

Corckscrew & Black Bear Loop, back by way of Imogene Lead by modette
Rating: Easy to Difficult
Corckscrew = Moderate, Some steep sections
Black Bear = Easy up to the "Steps" (you can turn around before them). The Steps is the difficult section with sever drop to your left. Walking big bikes down might be the way to go. After the "steps" its not hard at all but there is still sever drops should you screw up.
Imogene = Moderate to Difficult, Steep rocky section.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6036376/GPX...kscrewLoop.gpx

Stony Pass Loop (Lead by Dirtydoug)
Rating: Moderate, Typical Rocky Jeep Roads, some steep sections
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6036376/GPX...nyPassLoop.gpx

WDKR (Lime Creek Rd, Hermosa Creek, Jones Creek and whatever it was to get out) Lead by modette
Rating: It goes from Easy to Extreme.
Lime Creek = Moderate Rider
Hermosa Quad section = Moderate Rider
Hermosa Single Track = Difficult, skinny trail, serious drops, various rock obstacles
Jones Creek = Difficult, Skinny single track, log obstacle
522 = Extreme, Crazy Hill Climb heading south to 550, also steep section on 740 down to 550
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6036376/GPX...aCreekLoop.gpx
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #2037
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We were on Black Bear Pass just a little bit above the Steps when Adventure Girl decided to show us just how difficult Adventure Riding can be...

Looks like a 3-7 split to me, thats an easy spare to pick up!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #2038
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More Black Bear action

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Buddy Holly gets a little scratch from the Black Bear
...probably didn't help that I was barking at him on the way down...
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:42 AM   #2039
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #2040
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Rats who throw rocks

I was enjoying the ride up Cinnamon Pass following Rat734. It turns out he either doesn't like people following him or he developed a very effective method to avoid being passed. I added a little stop action to show the flight of the meteor as it approached planet WildTurkey.

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