A Solo Flatlander Rides to Colorado With An F800GS to Find Some Snow!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by EnderTheX, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Godzpwr

    Godzpwr n00b

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    Awesome report! I think my wife and I ran into you last August in Silverton. We had just arrived into town from Alabama, I was on my XR and my wife rode a litle KLX250 all that way. I decided after that trip that I needed a GS for a trip like that :) Trailering this year. Cant wait for the cooler climate!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. jdfish2279

    jdfish2279 I like-a da boobies

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    Yeah, we know. We are the group that went right before you guys last year. I had a hard time with my DR650. :cry This year Im on a DRZ400E so it shouldnt be as bad. :clap

    Thanks for the heads-up on the conditions. Should make for an interesting time this year.
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  3. Fast1

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    excellent videos
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  4. EnderTheX

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    Small world! Yeah... when Chris and I take the 250s out there we may use the truck. Even though it's physically possible to ride the small bikes that far it takes up some vacation time!



    Good luck out there! I think everything may be open by now but I would check with the local ranger station just in case... it was a late year for the snow. I hope I get the chance to attack Black Bear with my WR250R later this year and finally conquer it properly!






    So last night I was playing around with picture-in-picture video and I started on a really cool vid. Luckily it is easy to do so I will have another video for yall tonight!


    Here are the rest of the day 2 pictures:


    I arrived at the Heron Reservoir and found a mostly deserted campground and a camp site on the lake. This was a cool spot but there was a fire ban in effect so no burning stuff tonight :cry

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    Setting up camp... I love my tent, compact and very robust! I did a time-lapse sequence of me throwing it up so I will have to see if I can get it into video too!

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    Dinner was tasty! I carried these tuna packets and MREs to eat along the way, a low profile and energy dense solution. The tabasco is an absolute necessity! :evil

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    The lake was very calm and I had plenty of time to sit in silence and contemplate life in general. A couple flocks of geese were paddling around the lake very slowly, the temperature was perfect, no campers around... the perfect end to a long day!


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  5. jdfish2279

    jdfish2279 I like-a da boobies

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    Excellent pictures. I hoping to make good use out of the new DSLR I bought and try and get some good photos this year. We had several point and shoot cameras and one DSLR last year and did fairly well. Im curious to see how well they turn out this year!

    :wings:wings
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  6. GISMAN

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    Great video's and pictures!

    I am the guy from the group from LA and TX riding the 1200GS's and 1 Ducati Multistrada (we were fixing his tire) who had just come over cinnamon from the west and chatted with you.

    Question.....would you have felt comfortable doing Engineer's on a bigger bike such as the 1200GS? Personally, between Ophir and Cinnamon. I think I had enough of 500+ lbs of bike vs. trail.
    Thanks for indirectly helping us document our trip and keep the updates coming.

    GISMan
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  7. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice!
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  8. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Cool! Glad you found the ride report! I was impressed that the Multistrada made it over the pass... Looked like you guys knew what you were doing and I was anxious to stay in front of a large jeep crowd so our conversation was short but I got it on video! A quick video below sums it up... (most of the rest of the conversation was too garbled, the GoPro isn't that great at low audio with the waterproof cover).

    To answer your question... yes! I think a 1200GS can do Engineer Pass with a reasonably experienced rider. The very first moment in my highlights video was the hairiest part of Engineer Pass (it sure surprised me though!). I would recommend going with smaller bikes to have more fun but the big bikes are an experience you will never forget!!

    :freaky


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  9. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    OK... finally got the PiP video done from last night. This is day two when I was experimenting with the cameras. You can view it in 720 and it has audio... a bit of music at the end over the wind noise too!

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  10. Red Leader

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    Great report Oliver, and spectacular video, looking forward to the WR250 trip, hope you document that one.
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  11. GISMAN

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    Thanks for the video clip of our meeting and for the info on Engineers....maybe next year.
    definitely will have one of those cameras for our next trip! Here is a picture I snapped of you.....If thats all the gear you had that's pretty impressive....thanks again

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  12. Tn. Walrus

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    Looking good Oliver. :clap
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  13. EnderTheX

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    Hey Cris! I will have to send you pictures of what I've done to the WR, I almost have the last accessories on and you won't believe how much it has changed!

    This was the one day I left my larger bag at the base camp so that is only 1/2 the gear. I was riding with the Giant Loop Great Basin bag on all other days... very stable and an awesome bag!

    Hi Larry! Thanks... I need to get on with the report! Editing these videos is taking much longer than anticipated. I think I will continue with the pictures and then catch up with the video later.





    Here is a quick time lapse of myself setting up my tent on day 2. This is my first try with the GoPro on a time lapse and I think it turned out alright except the camera ran out of battery before I finished!!

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    The dull glow of the morning woke me and I wasted no time breaking down camp. I knew this would be the first day to see real mountains and get over 10k feet. The ride towards Colorado is long but I soon found a familiar sight. Readers of my report from last year will recognize this as the same restaurant Chris and I stopped at for breakfast.
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    I saw two ADV bikes outside and went inside to chat. The two riders had finished their meal and and I learned they had completed a week (or two?) long trip with friends in the same region I was about to explore. They looked weather-beaten and jaded… reluctant to return to civilization and glad to be safe. I watched from my plate of eggs and bacon as they strapped on gear, said goodbyes and roared off in different directions. I wonder if that is how I appeared in the final days of my trip…
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    Weaving through the hills I let my thoughts run wildly until I couldn’t take it anymore. Time for some music to distract myself… I almost blew right by the welcome sign!
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    Making my way into Colorado I knew the first off-shoot trail I had scheduled was a medium difficulty out and back trail called “Devil Mountain”. I figured it would be a good start to the trip and at the least I could tell impressive stories about running Devil Mountain around the campfire.
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  15. PDL

    PDL Adventurer

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    Wow, I can't believe you rode through the Puerto de Luna (PDL) valley from Sumner lake. I was raised in that little village, on the west side of the Pecos. That ride to the lake was one of my first on my Yamaha Mini enduro in about 73'. My son and I ride it now when we are at the farm.
    Looking forward to the rest of the report! We also do the San Juans when we can.
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  16. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Neat place, really hot! I chose to ride through that area because it had some interesting topography compared to the surroundings, a good end to day 1!




    Day 3 continued:

    Devil Mountain highlights:

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    Devil Mountain wasn't too bad, some interesting sections and lots of trees!

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    There were tons of huge flies at the top of the mountain and I stayed only for a minute to get a picture. This trail can be done on a big bike and would be fun to rocket up on a smaller dirt bike. Although... if you are on a tight schedule you may want to pass on this trail because it is long and almost all in deep trees.


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  17. aDave

    aDave Lovin' Life!

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    For some reason I enjoy scenes of long desolate highways.
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    But I also love the mountains... Sure do appreciate all of your hard work in bringing us along:clap

    I'm in...

    Dave
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  18. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Thanks Dave! It means a lot to me... I love documenting my journeys but the video editing is wild... so much good stuff to go through to bring you a couple minutes of vid! :rofl




    Day 3 continued...


    After Devil Mountain I was feeling great and I was on familiar ground too! Heading west on 160 I met up with 550 and started north. Now I was really in the mountains and the past two days of desperate heat and long miles were all worth it!!

    I had decided to ride a road we bypassed last year... the Old Lime Creek road that paralleled 550 going north. This would turn out to be one of the most surprising and rewarding rides of the trip. If you have time... DO NOT pass up this road!!!

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    Towards the start of the road a serine lake full of lily pads helped me pause for a minute and admire nature...

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    Further up the trial I found rocky cliffs lined with giant blocks of bonded rock... This is the first time I've seen anything like this on a mountain road. I didn't need guards to remind me of the treacherous edge... but I could see why the cages driving this road may need them. The edge was sudden and spectacular!!! :freaky

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    Looking back at one of the sections... I really hope the missing pillars are from rock slides and not ambitious jeepers :eek1


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  19. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Here is the highlights video from Old Lime Creek... please enjoy the music :D


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    Old Lime Creek held a lot of surprises and I am glad I took the time to run it!

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  20. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Really enjoying this RR so far, Oliver. And it looks like your suspension is getting a nice workout. :D

    Keep it coming!
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