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Old 08-29-2012, 06:52 PM   #31
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A hardy WELCOME to everyone who has hopped on board. You're going to get to learn a lot about the Rainbow, which you might not have seen before....as so few people (in the grand scheme of things) appear to ride the whole thing out.

A few special notes:

Dingleweeds.....that was some trip you had with BigDog! Guess it was fitting for him to break-down instead of you.

Fotobo....glad you're having a good time out there. Go farther....longer....that WRR will go the distance.

Hardroad....long time, good to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed some good rides on the F8 this summer.

Now, back to business. Time to ride!

Standby....

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #32
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I had a whole new day to burn, while waiting on the Cyborg to arrive. At last communication, he was still about 800 miles out.

But I had planned for this fortunate possibility, and brought something very special along with me.



My beloved WRR, infamously known as R˛

One of my favorite dualsport bikes I've ever owned. So capable and faithful, she has her own fan club with more hits than my Facebook will ever see.

She badly needed some fresh mountain air in her face, after being so neglected since I bought the Berg. Thought all her fans might enjoy seeing her in action again.

So up…up…& away, we go climbing Hayden Pass to the top! Its an absolutely perfect day for a ride in the mountains.





If you look real close at this sign, you can see the Rainbow Trail drawn on this map.





I really like this pass, its a nice ride up on the east side with superb views.





Its a fairly smooth 4x4 jeep trail up to the top. Its big bike compatible. BUT the west side is a real bear with a huge boulder field on a long steep stretch. Don't take a big bike over the top and down there. I wouldn't recommend it. Cyborg would give you a little show-n-tell of the west side, if he weren't AWOL.



See that big green patch across the way…..on the other hill. The Rainbow Trail runs right across that meadow, and I can't wait to get there! I'm getting might antsy.

And, there is Hayden Pass Road down in the valley where I setup basecamp.



Drive Cyborg…..DRIVE. Hurry up already. For the love of ADV its time to hit the trail ! ! !

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Old 08-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #33
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Good stuff HF, since that happened before I got there. I'm back, 700 mile day, so gimme a chance to catch my breath and look at what I have and get with it. Anyone here who has done a ride report knows it's real work and HF has had a bit more time to percolate on it than this overcommited person.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:43 AM   #34
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Good to see the old WRR out. Don't want it to get jealous of the Berg. That is an amazing little machine. Rode mine up to the North side of Black Canyon yesterday. Over 200 miles round trip. Good thing I put my aux fuel tanks on, there was no place to buy fuel. That rack is big and ugly but it sure comes in handy.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:52 AM   #35
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Whos bike did you have to work on?
Wayne's 525. Turns out there was a big mud dobber nest in the cooling fan. I was thinking out about you Mon. I rode some awesome sandy roads starting at the visitor center for Great Sand Dunes natl park. Vehicles had to be licensed but luckily I was on the WRR. My KTM sure would have been fun there though. I'll tell you about it later, don't want to hijack Scott's ride report.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #36
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Good stuff HF...... I'm back, 700 mile day, so gimme a chance to catch my breath and look at what I have and get with it.
Hip-Hip-Hooray!

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #37
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Get on with it! Ah hell, I should probably wait.. I've only got so much more time to ride this summer before the white stuff starts flyin' up here.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #38
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Alrighty then, I'm still pretty tuckered out but here goes...

Yes indeed, Mr. HighFive did in fact visit me up in the Seattle area a few years before, under the guise of accompanying his daughter who is going to school in Seattle. Little did I know what his sub-agenda was until now, sly Southerner

However I messed with him good by taking him to a Husaberg shop just before he left, setting the Husaberg Hook. Then I tortured him by getting a FE390 myself and sending a picture. Oooh, evil. Of course HF couldn't stand it and soon after he drove all the way to Texas to get one, a 390 like mine
Then I sent him dual-sport conversion and bling part$ list to add gas to the fire and soon HF was busy with all that.

Revenge was soon to come back to me with a casual email from HF "How about we ride the Rainbow Trail in Colorado", "it's a purty trail and surely not as hard as those nasty trails in Washington you regularly ride." Somehow it did not register that Salida was 1450 miles away! Lots of luggage testing and prep was done and the day finally came and off I went to drive across 5 states in 2 days.



Day 1: Big Country








Day 2: In Colorado finally



Those bare tall 12 to 13K peaks in the distance as I got close to Salida






Finally arrival at Camp HighFive!



I was pretty worn out, so not many pix, HF may have more.


Here was HighFive's setup when I arrived. Where was the Berg?





I was too tired to ponder that, nighty night...

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #39
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And so it begins...

After sleeping like a rock, I woke up to this cheery scene!



None other than Chef HighFive, who I might add is pretty darn handy with his compact galley. Probably due to lots of practice in his many years of Trials competition out of his Portable Palace. We had some good eatin' this morning.




I looked around a bit more, aha! There was the HF Hussy, demurely hiding in the shelter of the trailer while that wench of a WRR was out in the cold, after being rode hard and put away wet the day before.

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #40
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Since I was still pretty tired, a warm-up day was in order.

After breakfast we grabbed the two Bergs and headed West up the road to Hayden Pass




Up the bumpy rocky road, with good views




Then we reached the summit. The day sure was starting out nice!





HighFive grabbed my camera and took the mandatory shot of my first ride in Colorado




(For future ID, HighFive has the white Klim pants, I have the blue ones...)


We decided to continue on over the pass going down the West side of the Sangre De Cristo range in this area. It was a MUCH rockier road than the East side of the mountains. This shot was a milder section, too busy riding in the rough parts. Some of the road was nothing but cantaloupe-size to larger rocks and very rough om 2 wheels, HF may have more pix of this area.





It was worth it with a nice view on the West side.

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #41
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:57 PM   #42
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Oh yeah....the shake down ride.....I almost forgot. This will be good.

Rocks? hmmmmm.....really?

I do have some photos of the Welcome Wagon committee upon your arrival.





A right proper Okie greeting it was, as I recall:








I think he liked it.

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Old 08-30-2012, 10:11 PM   #43
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We headed back up the super rocky West-side Hayden pass road which was a workout I was thinking inside, and maybe whining outside "this is no warm up day, this is serious work!" and had to stop and rest fairly often after hard sections. No doubt the effects of a sea-level guy huffing and puffing at 10,000ft.

Finally we were over the top and heading down the East side again.









We found a good rest break spot




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Old 08-30-2012, 10:34 PM   #44
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But the day was far from over.

We still had a hillclimb on Arkansas Mountain, that went a little wrong for me... (HF will have to fill the details in here)




HF goes for it on the 390. Piece of cake on the Berg, and definitely MSTIL (Much Steeper Than It Looks).






HF on top of Arkansas Mountain





The rocky upper part of the climb just behind me.






Yes it was MSTIL as HF illustrates by climbing down it a bit








HF styles it back down. Always amazing how the camera flattens slopes when in reality this hill was on the margin of sliding more than braking. Fun stuff.











Then a stop at the Cotopaxi Store for a treat.


HighFive going for it, stand back!






Do not get in the way of this guy when food is involved...







and HF grabs my camera again







Then finally back to camp, and a surprise evening visit from none other than Salida resident Ramz.




A good day!
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:36 AM   #45
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I can attest to the steepness of Arkansas Mtn. I was there a couple of years ago with HF and Gary. We all walked up then. Then HF rode his WRR up. The last section just before the top would be especially tough.
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