Alpine Loop Next Week - Very Excited

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Mark R., Jul 30, 2014.

  1. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    Councilor, you take your professional reputation in your hands hanging out with irresponsible scufflaws like that bunch. I hope you have secured a sizable retainer for your services, just in case...

    :lol3. :wave

    BTW, do you know where your keys are tonight? :evil
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  2. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    Quote of the week from Selaznog to me.....
    As your attorney I advise you to leave the area immediately , after I gave some advice to some touristas downtown......
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  3. GS Dave

    GS Dave Chicken Farmer

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    :rofl:D:lol3:clap
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  4. rhollamby

    rhollamby Been here awhile

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    Be ready for rain. The monsoon is hot and heavy right now. Very heavy
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  5. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    We're headed in there the week after Labor Day for 9 days of riding. We are going to base ourselves out of Lake City. Hoping the rain will be over and most of the tourists, like ourselves :lol3, will be gone. This will be our third year out there, with the first 2 being centered in Gunnison. The first 2 trips were on the big GS's, did some of the easier passes, but this year they are staying home and just small dual sports for us. Can't wait to see and ride the area.
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  6. Mark R.

    Mark R. Been here awhile

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    I did not anticipate the amount of rain we are having in NM, and probably up there too. I am happy we are getting it. But we are prepared with full ADV riding gear, like I wear always anyway. I don't ride in MX pants and a jersey. The bikes are fully prepped and if it rains all day, well, that will be part of the experience.

    It's still going to be great!
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  7. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    Yes, I have a large retainer, paid in the form good times with good friends. And ribs in April. And, unfortunately, relentless ribs about my keys every time I have a beer in Santa Fe! As I have said for a couple of years now, I know where my keys are: at the lookout just on the Silverton side of Engineer Pass. By now they are probably down in the scree. :shog
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  8. Hair

    Hair Free to a good home.

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    Here is your summer time wind and rain stopper answer. Big enough to layer.

    I've been in some pretty big rain storms and this Jersey works.

    http://www.aerostich.com/windstopper-jersey-w-aerostich-graphic.html
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  9. Small's

    Small's Been here awhile

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    Well we may cross paths. Me and 2 buddies will be on tw200's
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  10. Mark R.

    Mark R. Been here awhile

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    Well, this was a really fantastic time. We got there Thursday around 1, and were riding by 2. Went to the top of Engineer Pass, then down towards Ouray on Engineer pass road. Took a side trip up Poughkipsie Gulch, but that was WAY too much loose rock. Turned back after about two miles, and took Engineer all the way to 550 near Ouray, then slabbed it back to Silverton.

    Engineer was really rough going down to Ouray, and I am glad we did not try to go up it. Lots of steps/ drop offs.

    Next day we went east over Stony Pass all the way to the highway, then up to Lake City, then over Engineer back to Silverton. That was a long day, but really spectacular.

    That kind of whipped my son, who is only an occasional rider. We both had trouble sleeping that night, so we got up on Saturday morning and came back to Albuquerque. I could have pressed him to ride Ophir the next day, but that would have soured him to riding, rather than being fun.

    I beat the shit out of the skid plate on my Tenere due to its lower ground clearance, so I spent yesterday straightening it out, and getting the bikes back to perfection.

    Thanks for the tips. Had a great time. Triangle Motel was great. I'm going back, for sure !!!!! :norton
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  11. boldham

    boldham Adventurer

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    My recollection is that coming down from Engineer, you can follow a sign toward Cinnamon Pass and take easy route down to Silverton or continue down tougher Mineral Creek Trail (which I presume you took). I rode that a few weeks ago on XR650L and it was well worth the descent. Incredible shelf sections and deep gorge. If you're on a heavy bike, I recommend not climbing that route and only descending if you've got the skills!
    Nice job!
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