“2010 Forever West” Featuring The Best Of The West On Big Trailies

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  1. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    You will LOVE this ride. If you do only one Adventure type ride this is the one. Mr. Huegel will work with you to make it "yours" depending on your desires, skill level and time.

    I'm sure Docking Pilot will chime in with his advice and maybe some of the others in the crew.

    1. Crew size. Difficult topic. Depends on how well the group gets along. IMO 6 is the maximum limit. Unless you consider breaking into smaller groups during the day with an agreement to rendezvous at the end of the day. Different personalitlies makes a large group sometimes troublesome to manage. Does everyone wake up @ the same time and get going at the same pace? If you have one or two early risers who like to get going quickly combined with a couple of sleep-ins who like a relaxed pace in the morning you have a recipe for conflict.

    2. Tires. TKC's should be ok. I thinke Mike may have been running TKC's. My personal motto is to have the most aggressive tire you cn get for those times when it's really needed.

    3. Problems. For us none. More than the usual number of flat tires, but no mechanicals, course errors lodging, weather, etc.

    4. Cut out a section. Damn. Difficult to say. The Transcontinental Railroad section maybe. It is very very cool to ride but maybe a bit long and monotonous at some points. But you should really do it all.

    Good luck!
    Enjoy.

    JB


  2. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Just finished reading this great RR. Im down in cold Antarctica working. In my spare time I'm doing research for my Alaska to South America trip I plan on doing when I return from here.
    I was looking for information and routes through Montana, Wyoming when I came across this write up. Great pictures and beautiful country side!
    I'm sure Ill be planing some of my trip through these areas.
    Look forward to reading your next RR

    Cheers Travelingaustralian
  3. DockingPilot

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    Thanks !
    Interesting I was just watching a show about these fellas racing to the South Pole in a outfitted truck called Polar.
    You won't get any more remote then that !


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  4. bomose

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    I've read this report for the third time now. One of the best reports I've read. My wife and I will be out that way this summer and were planning to do Yampa Bench road. We'll be 2 up on an unloaded 950 Adv. Are there any sections that would be very hard? We have ridden all around Moab,Taylor Park, and Ouray, so are pretty experienced. Would you go East to West , or vice versa? We'll be staying in Vernal. Thanks.
  5. DockingPilot

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    We rode east to west and we liked that and would recomend it. You will have no problem 2 up on the Adventure. A little soft now and then but really nothing to note.

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  6. bomose

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    Thanks, DP. I'm hoping to do the " Forever West" for my 60th in 2015, if I can convince some friends to go along.It's gotten hard to get them to go anywhere these days.Need to find some younger friends.:lol3
  7. byways

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    Bomose: There is this one spot along Yampa Bench Road, somewhere westerly, not far from the turn to Echo Park as I recall. I don't know if it's a perennial seep or just a wet spot. Photo was taken in late May a couple of years ago.

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  8. bomose

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    I guess Barb will have to walk that!:D
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  10. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Naaahh, you just need to add a few more riding buddies!
  11. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    It was dry as a bone last July when we went thru there.
  12. byways

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    Good to know
  13. bomose

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    We'll be there in July, so maybe it will be dry. I just hope all the fires will settle down by then. We're going to be around Canon City, too. I read that some of the planks on the bridge were damaged. I know that it's been tough the last couple of years out there. Good luck to all of you.By the way, Tony, I've got a couple of your books. Good job.
  14. 10Cup

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    Yeah me too, turned into bull dust about 4-6" deep.
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    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Yea, my brother had a bit of a rodeo in the bull dust and ended up in the sage brush. He did not drop the bike though.

    FYI, there was one section of the Forever West route after Echo Park when headed west that was closed when we went through there. I think it was the section where they talk about a really steep down hill in their trip report. We were able to re-route around it. That is where we got into to some deep sections of bull dust.

    Edit >> Lookin back at my route files I can't remember where the heck that closed road was, just before or after Echo Park there somewhere. There is also a good possibility my Garmine route did not accurately follow the Forever West track. No worries, there are not too many choices in there.
  16. byways

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    All of the roads on the route are designated public roads and right-of-ways, so if one follows the route correctly, a closure would likely be due to a:

    seasonal gate (often with a July 1 opening date);

    damage or hazard of some kind, or perhaps construction (I had to route Dockingpilot's group around three bridge-construction sites in Wyoming, but the reroute area burned in 2012 so the route's back to it's original course);

    or sometimes a temporary closure due to removal of hazardous beetle-killed trees (I've added a bypass for this season to get around just such an anticipated "rolling closure" in Colorado).
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    Looking forward to reading this! :freaky
  18. byways

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    I just got back from Yampa Bench. All roads that are legally drivable were open. That mud spot in my photo in a previous post is no more.

    It was kindly replaced with the below stretch of beach sand not far east of the turn to Echo Park:

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    The steep road mentioned above remains steep, with some sand now and then in the turns:

    [​IMG]

    It hit 100 degrees F in nearby Rangely, Colo., where I camped at the town's Rangely Camper Park ($15/showers/ants) just a few days ago.
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    "Showers/ants"
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    Not sure why they do it but I like the info. When I'm on vacation the higher the better.