A n00b's first ride! Southern mountains of Colorado Denver > Salida

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by #1Fan, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    I am a new rider and took my first road trip last weekend. I rode from Denver south on US 285 to Salida. I met one of my bestfriends in the world who lives in Salida. He rides off road everyday so I knew he would know where all of the good trails are. I rode my '08 KLR650. Fun trip and I took a lot of pictures!!

    Here we go:

    First stop was in Bailey, didn't take any pictures. I did stop at my usual place on this trip, Kenosha Pass which overlooks South Park, where the last wild American Bison was killed.
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    Here is my nice shinny bike. Notice the Obama sticker! w00t!
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    I love this sign headed into South Park, elk crossing next 40 miles...lol
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    This is where I had lunch. Not too special.
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    After I got to the other side of South Park and down Trout Creek Pass, I stopped and took these pictures of the Collegiate Peaks. This is Mount Princeton, one of my favorite mountains in the world. The hot springs at the base of this mountain will be for some other ride.
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    Here is Mount Yale then Mount Harvard.
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    Shavano and Antero in this pic.
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    I finally made it to Salida and stopped in to see my wife's little sister Kristi. She is such a sweetie!!
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    With time to kill before my homeboy got off of work, I headed up Tenderfoot Mountain aka "S" Mountain.
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    I took these pics from the top of "S" Mountain.
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    A nice pic of Princeton.
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    A good one of Shavano.
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    Beautiful little Salida, the place I grew up. Mount Ouray is peaking out on the right hand side.
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    Here is a shot of the south east looking towards the Sangre de Cristos.
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  2. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    I laid my bike down behind "S" Mountain, dogging around on a toughass road. I scratched my bike up a little bit and found out what they call a Colorado Pinstripe paint job....lol
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    Here is a pic of the backside of "S" Mountain.
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    I headed back to town and made it to Tyler's shop minutes before he did. He works for the US Forest Service and repairs Off Highway Vehicle trails all over the San Isabel National Forest. He ride with a crew of 3 other guys. They mostly ride Suzuki 400 DRZs but sometimes ride their own bikes. They carry ax/pick and a chainsaw with them all day as well as a backpack with radio that weighs at least 40 pounds.
    Check out this mean ass bike, it has an ax bolted onto it!!! This is the bike he rode on our trip up Fooses Creek.
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    My boy Tyler had to fix his bike, he smashed a rocker earlier in the day and had a bleeder.
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    Ouch.
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    Nothing some JB Weld won't fix!!...lol
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    Here are some cool pics of his shop.
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    This guy lost his fender earlier, but fixed it when he made it back to the shop.
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    Trail Crew!!
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    Government plates. I asked Tyler for some of these and he said NO! I told him he needed a new one and he again said NO!
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    Cool sticker.
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    Getting ready for winter.
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  3. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Great Report. Thanks for the pics. The only other time i have seen a bike with axe bolted on was one of Mr.cobs. He had a macchette on his bike.
    Not to mention he also has machine guns to fit his Urals. But great report mate. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    After Tyler was done fixing his bike we headed up Fooses Creek. My KLR did good. The tires were kind of slick on the dirt. Didn't want to try anything to technical as I am a beginner rider. Plus it was raining a little bit.
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    We rode up to this point, and I said "no thanks"....lol It was a good stopping point.
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    Tyler having fun.
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    Here I am!!
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    Here's Tyler!
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    It was a good ride!
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    We headed back to town and ate dinner at the restaurant that Kristi and her husband Pablo work at. Pablo hooked me up with an awesome appetizer. House tomatoes with pesto, balsamic reduction, lemon sauce and goat cheese. I had the ono tuna and Tyler had the crispy chicken. No pics of this....sorry! We stayed at Tyler's house that night and he showed my his naked girl! His KTM stripped down getting an overhaul...lol
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  5. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Thanks man! :thumbup
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    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    The next morning Tyler had to work so I took some pictures from his porch and went on an early morning ride. Here are some pics from his front porch.
    Here is another great one of Princeton. In the winter, when it is covered in snow, the sun rise is so pink on that mountain.
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    Shavano.
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    Antero.
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    Taylor.
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    The Sangres were covered with clouds.
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    The road that Tyler lives on is pure sand. 2 miles of pure sand. I need to learn how to ride on that stuff!! He said that faster you go the easier it is...lol
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    I went for an early morning bike ride to Big Bend and Hecla junction.
    Hard part about riding in this area is every hundred yards you want to pull over and take pictures...lol
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    Interesting history along the river.
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    Hecla Junction is a nice fishing spot on the Arkansas River in Brown's Canyon.
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    I then rode back to town and hung out in Riverside Park until my wife and kids met me for lunch.
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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  8. Falder

    Falder XR650L plz?

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    Nice ride. Thats a killer job your buddy tyler has. Also got any pics of that rig behind Kristi?
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    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    lol... That is a nice rig. Only pic I took of it. Those green axles front and back look like they came off a John Deere. No kidding!
    It's getting late boys and girls, I will have to finish this thread tomorrow. Stay tuned for pics of my kids dirtbiking!!
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  10. GB

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    Colorado riding doesn't get much more scenic than this! :thumb

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  11. WilderRider

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    Very nice. Looks like a lot of fun. I need to spend more time exploring around Salida. I always seem to just be passing through.
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  12. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    I was suprised a visit to MR.& MRs ADv ( Duke and Tami) was'nt in your plans.

    Bestest folks in all o the Colorado region of ffs so far that Ive met!

    Sounds like your buddy has one of those " what, they get paid for riding?" kinda jobs.. Sweeeet!

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  13. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Salida is my favorite CO town of all time - still 'real' there.
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  14. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Nice pics....your buddy Tyler has is rough...get paid to ride and fix trails....dam I think that is better than being a porn star...
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    I was just up there last week too. Gorgeous spot.

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    Out behind the "S" mountain off Spiral Road there is a lot of great riding. You can take 4wd roads all the way around to Buena Vista, or the Ute Trail takes you east out towards Divide. Some of it is pretty gnarly though!

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    Nice ride report. It's great seeing other peoples pictures of the places I've been enjoying. Endless riding in the Salida area.
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    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Before my wife got to town, I rode down to Howard, where my wife's grandfather lives. It's about 12-15 miles east of Salida. Here are some pictures of Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Pure canyon land.
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    This is what it looks like from his front porch!
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    After I met my wife and kids, we went to Laughing Ladies Cafe for lunch. Best black bean burrito in the South West!!!
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    I love all the little art galleries in Salida.
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    Here is my daughter eating her polenta and goat cheese salad. Yum!!!
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    Here is my old boss Margie. She is the best chef in Colorado!!
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    When this is hanging in the window, you know they have fresh fish on the menu!
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    After lunch we headed down to the railroad tracks so the kids could ride their bike. My father-in-law bought my son and Kristi's son matching Yamaha TTR50's. My son took a spill on his and has not been on it since. He is only 6, so I am sure it is only a matter of time before he jumps back on it. My daughter loves riding it though!
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    Here is my daughter and I riding.
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    Here is my daughter.
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    We also hung out by the river and the kids played in the water.
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    The next morning my wife and I took a ride to Villa Grove. It's a bit further south on US 285 in the San Luis Valley. I love that valley, it's the most magical part of Colorado. Wish I had more time to ride around down there.
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    My lovely wife, it was her first time riding on my bike on the highway. She was so scared!! And cold...lol
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    When I got back to town, all five kids wanted to go for a ride. My daughter saw this deer, so we stopped to take a couple of pics.
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    After all of the kids rode it was getting late and I didn't feel like riding all the way back home in the dark. So I loaded my bike up in the back of the truck with my son's. Felt kind of silly loading the bike up and not riding home, but we were going to eat at Pizza Hut and didn't leave town until 8:30 and got home at 11:00, so I am glad I didn't ride home in the dark.

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    Here is a pic of my family at Pizza hut.
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    Here is Pablo and Kristi. Pablo needs a bike now!
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    Thanks for viewing my first adventure. Here's to many more!!
    Love,
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  17. Trailryder42

    Trailryder42 Long timer

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    Great first ride report. Sounds like you know your way around pretty good.

    Let me be the first to say, get yourself and your family some proper riding gear.
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    Doubletrackmind Been here awhile

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    Great job Ron! after reading this and spending the weekend in Ouray my itch to buy another bike all the stronger.
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  19. needles

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    Looks like you had a great time. I really enjoyed my ride through Colorado this summer and hit some of the same places you did. I bypassed Salida but from your pics, looks like I should have stopped there.

    Cheers!

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    Cool pictures and looks like everyone had a great time.

    Let me be the first to say, get yourself and your family some proper riding gear.

    Even before seeing the comment above from Trailyrider, I have to say that the first thing that struck me about the whole report was the pic of your daughter on the bike. Apart from the lack of a jacket, I winced at the lace-up shoes, no socks, nor even gloves[1]!

    I don't mean to preach, and I know you probably only going around at slow speeds, but even going slow, little[2] feet, ankles and hands can get pretty hurt...



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    [1] As a pianist, this was hit me first.
    [2] And big ones too!
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