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Old 08-01-2012, 08:57 PM   #211
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This video is RIDICULOUSLY LONG, but I wanted to document what everyone was up to on this particular day of the ride. Tim and I were running up and down that mountain for the better part of the day. Too many stops. The most on any ride I've ever been on. Ever. I even tipped over at one point having stopped too many times leading up to one section. Nevertheless, there's always something to learn from these rides... isn't there?

Ride up.
Hike down.
Pick up bikes.
Hike back up.
Repeat.

Carnage everywhere. Total destruction... for what? A few rocks? Looks easy enough..............

on video. Once you stopped, there was no traction on a heavy bike in this stuff. Good times for some. Total nightmare for others.



In all fairness, this terrain wasn't exactly on the menu when the trip was planned. It was supposed to be an 'easy' route with a challenging section or two. It took hours and hours to get everyone through about 18 miles!!!

Sorry for the long wait guys. I hope it was as enchanting as you remember it.
Oooohh yeah... Brings back the good memories...
Thanks for the footage Aram. I still have couple videos for you. I'll stop by one day.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:22 AM   #212
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Yep, Rough trail!
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #213
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Yep, Rough trail!

haha.......someone renamed "elbow canyon" to "7 men canyon".......


3 hours to do 18miles or a pace of 6 mph....


good times and see you all again on the next adventure....


thanks aram for putting the punctuation to this ride.....
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #214
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haha.......someone renamed "elbow canyon" to "7 men canyon".......


3 hours to do 18miles or a pace of 6 mph....


good times and see you all again on the next adventure....


thanks aram for putting the punctuation to this ride.....
Can't wait for the next one Joel. BTW, it looks like you are having your own adventure around Colorado...
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #215
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haha.......someone renamed "elbow canyon" to "7 men canyon".......


3 hours to do 18miles or a pace of 6 mph....


good times and see you all again on the next adventure....


thanks aram for putting the punctuation to this ride.....
You're forgetting that some of us hiked 30 miles up and down the canyon, so a 10mph hike is moving at a pretty fast clip.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #216
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haha.......someone renamed "elbow canyon" to "7 men canyon".......


3 hours to do 18miles or a pace of 6 mph....


good times and see you all again on the next adventure....


thanks aram for putting the punctuation to this ride.....
Glad there are still people reading this thread.

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Can't wait for the next one Joel. BTW, it looks like you are having your own adventure around Colorado...
Yeah, what bike were you on NSFW?

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You're forgetting that some of us hiked 30 miles up and down the canyon, so a 10mph hike is moving at a pretty fast clip.
Oh yeah, we were haulin ass.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #217
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You're forgetting that some of us hiked 30 miles up and down the canyon, so a 10mph hike is moving at a pretty fast clip.
tim, you started as a sweep and ended up as a slave.....

you' were the only one who was physically fit for that ride. damn, i need to work out.


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Can't wait for the next one Joel. BTW, it looks like you are having your own adventure around Colorado...
ers, i see you already peeking into my smug account.....

have 1015 pics to go through. will post a RR soon.

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Glad there are still people reading this thread.



Yeah, what bike were you on NSFW?

the ride we did at navajo lake and north rim at 9K feet made me adjust the carb for the RMAR ride. dropped the needle by a notch and the 640 ran crisply. i love this bike.

at 12,900 ft
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:04 AM   #218
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ers, i see you already peeking into my smug account.....

have 1015 pics to go through. will post a RR soon.


Already??? Always, always...
I also got your Spot OK messages as well.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:07 PM   #219
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Already??? Always, always...
I also got your Spot OK messages as well.

thanks ers for checking my share page.

2013 plan

instead of doing a gc ride next year, we do the silverton co ride. i bet you all will like it. it has all kinds of terrains for all skill levels and bike size within 5 miles from town. there are motels and campgrounds in the area.

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Old 08-08-2012, 02:55 PM   #220
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thanks ers for checking my share page.

2013 plan

instead of doing a gc ride next year, we do the silverton co ride. i bet you all will like it. it has all kinds of terrains for all skill levels and bike size within 5 miles from town. there are motels and campgrounds in the area.

IN!!

I spent last Thursday and Friday in Denver for a software conference. I have never been to Colorado. It's is freaking awesome. The Rocky Mountains are 15 minutes from town, completely networked with trails. As I understand it three quarters of the entire state is offroad paradise.

I think I could live there.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:00 PM   #221
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2013 plan

instead of doing a gc ride next year, we do the silverton co ride. i bet you all will like it. it has all kinds of terrains for all skill levels and bike size within 5 miles from town. there are motels and campgrounds in the area.

I have been to Colorado only once while I was driving from LA to DC 2 years ago. It is my second favorite state after Cali. I'd love to live there if not Cali. Beautiful scenery, beautiful trails...
Funny thing is one of my GF's thought I was a stoner because I liked Colorado.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:17 PM   #222
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I have been to Colorado only once while I was driving from LA to DC 2 years ago. It is my second favorite state after Cali. I'd love to live there if not Cali. Beautiful scenery, beautiful trails...
Funny thing is one of my GF's thought I was a stoner because I liked Colorado.
That's because John Denver was famous for singing Rocky Mountain High.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #223
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Guy, I am so sorry to tell you, as a result of a heavy influx of near psychotic Californians, Colorado now requires a tourist visa for any Californians who plan to stay longer than one week. You will have to start working on that now, and immigration visas are nearly impossible to get at this point without a forced move from your employer. Gosh, sorry guys...



It used to be Texans who really liked CO, and now it is CA who seem to think their state is going to fall into the ocean, so they come to prettier grounds.


One of the things people worry about with more folks moving in, is the legislation that comes with them. The state is getting more and more concerned that the open public lands, in which vehicle based recreation is going away at an alarming rate. Not as bad as Utah, who lost some seventy percent of their open lands with a stroke of dirty (federal government) politician's pen. Obviously Colorado does not want that.


If you are thinking about Silverton, may I submit checking into Ouray Colorado? It is just down the road, and has the same access to the same trails, but is (IMHO) a superior town. Ridiculously beautiful, and nestled into a box canyon. It is on the other end of the Million Dollar Highway from Silverton (about 30 miles).

Also if you get onto Funtreks.com you can check out their books, one of which covers the area nicely. "FunTreks Guidebooks provides books and electronic trail guides that cover backroads and 4-wheel-drive trails for SUV owners, ATV/UTV & bike riders, and ..." (From their web page) This link will take you to the correct book for your trip!

It would seem your skills are good enough as a group that I would highly recommend (from Ouray) Ophir Pass down into Telluride, and then Imogene Pass back into Ouray. Imogene is an amazing road, and the view is stunning. The peak takes you to 13114' above sea level. It is almost always cold up there, though I was there two weeks ago and was comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt (only two of us in our large group felt that way however.)

The campground 4J+1+1 is a great campground, and the Best Western hotel is a really nice hotel, and they really take care of you. (Plus a natural hot springs fed swimming pool and hot tubs).

Last note for you on the area, obviously the trails all get snow covered there, and MANY of the trails do not open until the 4th of July weekend. This is because it takes that long to get up the trails with the bull dozers and cut the roads out of the snow most years. If you go at that time the snowy sections of the trails will be like rivers oft times, and the canyons of snow are easily 30' in places.

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #224
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i rest assured the folks of co that this california adv rider from sunny socal has no intention of moving there.

why?

1. i like to wear shorts and thong sandals everyday
2. the mountain dirt riding areas are within 20 minutes from my house and we ride year round
3. plenty of job opportunities for my profession, and the pay is not bad
4. the ocean, less than hour away, i like deep sea fishing and scuba diving
5. culturally diversified and enjoy international food
6. the desert is wide open and provides lots of riding terrain; dirt cheap
6. we love our cars and they don't rust significantly
7. i don't have hvac in my house, never found a need for it in the last 30 years

many desirable places are like beautiful women....nice to look at cuz they are gorgeous..... but...... expensive and hard to maintain....


thanks for the info about ouray and the fun treks guide books (already have it). hope we could hook up at northern ut, that 's on our list
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #225
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Well said, Joel!

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i rest assured the folks of co that this california adv rider from sunny socal has no intention of moving there.

why?

1. i like to wear shorts and thong sandals everyday
2. the mountain dirt riding areas are within 20 minutes from my house and we ride year round
3. plenty of job opportunities for my profession, and the pay is not bad
4. the ocean, less than hour away, i like deep sea fishing and scuba diving
5. culturally diversified and enjoy international food
6. the desert is wide open and provides lots of riding terrain; dirt cheap
6. we love our cars and they don't rust significantly
7. i don't have hvac in my house, never found a need for it in the last 30 years

many desirable places are like beautiful women....nice to look at cuz they are gorgeous..... but...... expensive and hard to maintain....


thanks for the info about ouray and the fun treks guide books (already have it). hope we could hook up at northern ut, that 's on our list
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