3 Kaboom's, 3 Dudes, and a Chick ride Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Montana

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by zeegman, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. byways

    byways byways

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    It's good that you mention the heat. Folks need to be aware that even here, it does get hot. And because of cattle, I wouldn't count on drinking the water of the Sweetwater.
  2. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Well, after a summer riding break I decided to try and finish this report so here is Day 8 Aug 28

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    Day 8 would see us riding across more big vast emptiness of Wyoming through oil and gas fields, chasing more Pronghorn and wild horses, our first flat in Wamsutter, visiting Aspen Alley, torrential rains and hail on Battle Pass, and ending up mercifully in Encampment, Wyoming. The distance was just over 200 miles.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    After rising and shining near South Pass/Atlantic City, we headed further East on the big open empty plains.
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    This is the Big empty &#8211; no trees, or water, just vast open desert.
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    <o:p>The roads were fast so we made good time. Here is a sample video of the fast roads<o:p></o:p>
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    This is also oil and gas country and we saw numerous oil pumps extracting the black juice in their slow head bobbing rhythms.
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    <o:p>This looked like a giant balloon &#8211; so it must be filled with gas!
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    <o:p>Jeremy on the open road ahead!
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    <o:p>Then Jeremy spots a bunch of wild horses racing around</o:p>
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    <o:p>Meanwhile Paul and Jill meet up with some racing Pronghorn &#8211; lots of fast animals in this area &#8211; I guess you need to be fast if there are no trees for cover</o:p>
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    <o:p>We were fast too &#8211; as you can see from the dust tails
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    <o:p>Mike and Jeremy in the distance taking a short break</o:p>
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    <o:p>At about noon time we reach Wamsutter,
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    <o:p>and our first flat &#8211; on Paul/Jills rear tire. Lucky we were at a gas station which is a good place to have a flat if you get one.
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    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Boy, for a guy who has to fix a flat Paul sure seems happy!<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We found the puncture &#8211; he picked up a rusty old nail.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]After we fixed the flat we checked out Jeremy&#8217;s arm &#8211; he had this nasty swollen bump from an insect bite &#8211; yikes! Visions of Ewen MacGregor on the Long Way Round.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=black][FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It was time for food so we went to the local Mexican restaurant next door.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It was pretty good plus it was nice and cool inside after sweating fixing that tire. Just ask Paul what he thought!<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]One last trip to the restroom for a pit-stop and to restock the Horny Goat Weed.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]After lunch we came outside and noticed a few drops of rain &#8211; hmm could be a sign of things to come.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]So we hit the road which was a bit of pavement between Wamsutter and Rawlins.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Highway roads are boring so we took some action shots on the road.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It took several tries to get a few good ones of Paul/Jill<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Jeremy[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]And Mike[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Hmm more rain headed our way [/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest8/DSC01092.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]But as our luck turned out we just had light sprinkles as we reached the town of Rawlins[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Some interesting rock formations in the middle of town <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]After a brief stop we headed on a dirt road South into the Medince Bow forest<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had this huge vista while riding on the edge of a big hill.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Eventually we reach a famous spot on the Continental Divide trail &#8211; Aspen Alley[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Paul and Jill, Watch out for the leaned over tree![/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Looking up through the tree tops[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]On the other side[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Once we got through it was looking mighty dark and ominous![/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had to get to Encampment and it was in the direction of the darkest part of the sky.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]So we headed out and hoped for the best.But the best it would not be as we had to gain elevation to reach Encampment and the skys opened up with rain.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]At first it wasn&#8217;t too bad but we could see lightning in the hillsides and as we continued to climb the rain turned to hail.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]By the time we reached the top of Battle Pass the hail was pelting us really hard to the point of wanting to jump off the bikes. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Our clothes were soaked, it was pretty cold, we could hardly see where we were going, and the hail actually hurt as it nailed us on our exposed arms and thighs.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]I took a quick pic at the top of Battle Pass but we just wanted to get the heck out of there! <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We finally reached Encampment and tried to find a hotel as soon as possible to get out of the foul weather.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We found one called Vachers Big Horn Lodge<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]

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    </o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Times New Roman]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Paul was mighty happy we weren&#8217;t camping that night![/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]There was a whole lot of water coming out of my boots[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It was awesome to take the cold wet clothes off and get into dry ones. The hotel people really helped us out but letting us use their dryer and hair dryers to dry out clothes and boots.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had a nice home cooked meal of pasta in sauce thanks to Paul and Jill, and talked about the days adventures and passed out pretty quickly after that.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Preview to Day 9 - nice forests, a big detour, entering Colourful Colorado, and an awesome campground.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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  3. Tijuana_Taxi

    Tijuana_Taxi Been here awhile

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    Thank you for coming back to finish this ride report! I really enjoyed the first part and looking forward to the rest! :clap
  4. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Some more pics from that long hot day of riding that ended in a hail storm in Encampment :puke1
  5. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I started reading this from the get go.. We (5 of us) did a week out west last month covering much of the same ground. It's fantastic out there. I wish we were still riding, ha.. Does that feeling of wanting to be back there ever go away.. :wink:

    Thanks for finishing the RR!

    Our RR is here.. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=826706

    Jeff
  6. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Thanks for sharing your RR Jeff, looking through it brings back memories of our own ride :thumb

    We're only on day 8 of 13 here so this RR is far from over. Stay tuned!
  7. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Welcome Jeff and welcome back Tijuana_Taxi.
    Glad to have you along for the ride.
    6 more days of report to come!
    Starting reading your report Jeff - looked like a fun time too!

    thanks,
    Mike Z
  8. staudio

    staudio Time for a ride...

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    now that was a good ride report :thumbup
  9. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    brings back great memories !
  10. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Day 9 would be about 230 miles due to a local road closure. The intended route was suppose to take us South of Encampment/Riverside on Blackhill road and pass by<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Hog Park dam. Unfortunately the road past Hog Park Dam was closed due to construction (as of Aug 29, 2011 - this might be different now - plaese check local road conditions if heading this way). We were’nt sure about the correct way to route around so we ended up<o:p></o:p>
    retracing to Encampent/Riverside and taking hwy 125 East and South to Hwy 14 South and then Hwy 40 West to Hayden. This took us through Steamboat Springs and<o:p></o:p>
    got us to the Chapman campground West of Yampa quicker since we had lost a bunch of time with the backtracking.<o:p></o:p>
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    The rains had cleared away and the sky was a bit cloudy but decent so we were enthused about the day after our damp end to the previous one.<o:p></o:p>
    We had a good breakfast at the Bear Trap Café
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    and gassed up in Riverside
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    We had some nice scenic views off Blackhill road
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    We ran into Purgatory gultch – sounded like a bad place so did not stay long.
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    It wasn’t too long after this we ran into our Hog Dam Road closure. We backtracked back to Riverside which wasn’t a bad thing since this was such a nice road to ride.
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    Was saw some interesting rocky outcrops along the highway South of Riverside
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    Closer looks exposed some choice hiding spots
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    Then we reached the Colorado border – have’nt seen a snowplow sign for a long time!
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    So we headed South Hwy 125 and then West on Hwy 14 and West on Hwy 40 through Routt forest
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    Saw several farms and ranches along the way.
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    And skihills – now we were getting close to the winter resort town of Steamboat Springs
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]And we were greeted with a full rainbow[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We were hungry and decided to stop in Steamboat for an early dinner.[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We stopped at a Mexican restaurant called Fiesta Jalisco - the food was great<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]The Interior was just as impressive[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]After the meal we hit the road and headed further East towards Hayden .<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Some more nice farm country[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We spotted a train and had a race![/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]At one point we spotted these strange rocky bumps[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    </o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]From a different angle[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>
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    <o:p>Anyways we kept on going until we hit Hayden, and then turned South on some more dirt – yeah!</o:p>
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]And passed by this overlooking cliff face[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Looks like some Hoodoos in there[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]At this point we reached Oak Creek and Paul/Jill and I wanted to camp and Jeremy wanted to hotel it.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]So Paul/Jill and I went off to Chapman Reservoir campground and Jeremy stayed at a local hotel.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We would meet up at Peggy’s Diner in Yampa in the morning.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]The road to Chapman Reservoir was nicely forested.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We reach the campground[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
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    <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]What a perfect spot. There was hardly anyone there, it was quiet, and very picturesque[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Summer flowers were out[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had a late snack and sat around talking about the days adventures over a night cap[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It was a bit colder there but that was OK since it made up for all the hot days we had earlier in the trip.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We bundled up and said our good nights and passed out.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had to change up the route a bit but that is what makes these trips interesting - you never quite know what to expect until you get there. That is all part of the Adventure! But this day turned out all right.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Day 10 would have us heading West to hang out with large dead animals and the ghosts of bad men and wild west women in Meeker, Echo canyon, Dinasour Monument, and end up in Vernal Utah. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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  11. byways

    byways byways

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  12. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Good stuff.. Fun to see the pics.
    Just curious, how was the service at Peggy's Diner? We ate there twice, at day 1 and at day 8.. The food was great, but they were in no hurry to get us anything.. I remember begging for coffee, with a reply, "I know you're there." :cry

    Looking forward to your impressions of Echo Park Canyon, and see if you took the big downhill the next day 2 up?:eek1
  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Not that you were asking me but now that you mention it I also remember the waitress was the same way! Lol

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  14. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Yes the service was a bit slow but they were friendly and food was good. We have a few pics.

    I think we were served by a male waiter.

    The downhill will come up in the next days report.

    Mike Z
  15. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I love the choice of roads you guys take. Great RR, im totally in till the end! :freaky
  16. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    chapman ! Great campsite
  17. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Day 10 Aug 30
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    Day 10 was a 155 mile trek from Yampa through Routt Forest to White River up to historic Meeker, along White River again to Rangley.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Jeremy stayed in a hotel in Oakdale and Paul/Jill and I stayed in the campground at Chapman reservoir.<o:p></o:p>
    We met in the town of Yampa &#8220;Gateway to the Flattops&#8221; (mountains not the haircut) the next morning and had a great breakfast at Peggy&#8217;s diner in Yampa <o:p></o:p>

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    The menu looks good &#8211; I think I tried the Mikes American skillet
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    <o:p>I was not disappointed as here it is </o:p>
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    <o:p>Jill had a heap of biscuits and gravey but I think she got way more than she expected</o:p>
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    <o:p>Some fun signs on the walls.
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    <o:p>Yampa has a dirt main street with large old fashioned lamps
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    After breakfast we hit the road and enjoy a view of the flattop mountains
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    <o:p>Routt National forest</o:p>
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    <o:p>Zooming West along nice forestry roads
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    <o:p>We reach Dunckley Pass Overlook
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    <o:p>And have a look
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    <o:p>A sign at the overlook tells the history of the area
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    <o:p>Shortly after resuming, &#8220;Flats&#8221; comes up flat.
    <o:p>[IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0470.jpg[/IMG]</o:p>
    <o:p>O Boy we get to fix another flat!</o:p>
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    Now we know why Paul brought Jill along &#8211; to fix his flats!
    [IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0472.jpg[/IMG]
    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]After fixing the flat in record time &#8211; thanks Jill &#8211; we sped along West [/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>
    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01225.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>
    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]again and reached a high point at about 10000 feet in White River Forest[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0473.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Moose warning! We didn&#8217;t see any moose except for one unfortunate one which you will see later.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0474.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Summer flowers were out in full force[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01234.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]The roads were pretty nice through here[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01239.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Some red rocks on the roadside for contrast[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01243.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Big clouds that day &#8211; I think I can see Elvis![/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We reach pavement and head towards Meeker past a big river and massive ranch houses.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01260.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]This guy&#8217;s house is huge &#8211; his BBQ is big than my garage![/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0477.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd]Video of Paul/Jill flyby[/COLOR][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd]<IFRAME height=480 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BshgzL5c0dk" frameBorder=0 width=853 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>[/COLOR][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd]We reach the outskirts of Meeker and ask a local at the gas pump where to get a good lunch &#8211; he says Meeker hotel &#8211; of course &#8211; you don&#8217;t want to miss it![/COLOR][/FONT]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0478.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We had lunch in the hotel under a giant moosehead[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0481.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]There was an amazing assortment of stuffed animals in there &#8211; deer, elk, wolves, porcupine, fox coyote, owls[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSCN0935.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Paul was getting friendly with the &#8220;wall elk&#8221;[/FONT][/COLOR]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0494.jpg[/IMG]</o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]The hotel has a long history since being built in 1896. Several famous guests visited the hotel including Theodore Roosevelt, Dick Chaney, Gary Cooper, and Billy the Kid[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Several other famous outlaws such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid of &#8220;Hole in the Wall Gang&#8221; visited the area[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/IMG_0480.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We enjoyed the time at the hotel but it was afternoon and time to move on<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    <o:p>[IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSCN0939.jpg[/IMG]</o:p>
    <o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Some free roaming horses[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01281.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]And canyons below as the terrain started to change as we headed further West[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    A cool overlook
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    A video of the overlook
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Then we run into what looks like a deadwood forest[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSCN0942.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]A rift in the earth&#8217;s crust ahead[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01302.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]A big heron pond[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSC01306.jpg[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We are just outside Rangley and spot this peak[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p>[COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]A short video of our arrival in Rangley<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    <IFRAME height=480 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1Pz4DXDcuc8" frameBorder=0 width=640 allowfullscreen></IFRAME>

    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We are greeted by an old rake.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]and a rainbow[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [IMG]http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy214/Mike_Zieglmeier/foreverwest10/DSCN0944.jpg[/IMG]


    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]We stayed that night in a community run campsite in town.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]It was a good day touring in the countryside even with the flat that Paul had<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]And the Meeker hotel was a highlight as well. <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#eaf1dd][FONT=Arial]Day 11 would bring Echo Canyon, Dinosaur monument, another flat, some hard slogging, and would have us end up in Vernal Utah.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][/COLOR]
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  18. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Glad you are making progress with the RR!:clap
    We missed the hotel in Meeker. Big miss too.. We gassed up and headed for Echo Park.
    Keep it coming, we're waiting.

    Jeff
  19. byways

    byways byways

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    Glad to see the journey resume!

    Regarding the Meeker Hotel: The lobby and cafe are appealing, but the rooms themselves upstairs are in bad shape ... very run down and even dirty. I've stayed there twice over the years. Seems not much has been done to maintain and upgrade it as a lodging since Teddy Roosevelt's day. I don't recommend it for an overnight stay.
  20. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Ah...yes, the Meeker Hotel. Great place to stop for lunch and lots of history to enjoy while there. Not a very technical day of riding, but the next day sure made up for it. Dinosaur Monument, here we come :evil A few more pics of this day...