Bergs Over the Rainbow

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by HighFive, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    HF was whipping up another good breakfast, always appreciated. :thumb
    (it's a multi-day RR, you have to have food!)

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    Skill with the frying pan as well as the bike. No dab.

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    Mmm, bacon omlet with sositch!

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    Yes indeed, good eatin! Thanks again HF :thumb

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    About that particular set of photo's above... HF had stopped on a somewhat level place to take a shot

    I pulled up behind him and stopped on the steep slope and took his pic

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    But as I was taking a few shots, my rear wheel which I had locked, slid in the loose sandy soil and I slid backwards.

    Whoops! :eek1

    I dropped my camera to grab the bike and throw it into the hill, which is this pic. Can you see the camera?

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    I hopped off the bike to look around for my camera which I saw perched on a little rock in the sandy dirt, 5ft down the side slope and a pesky little chipmunk ready to steal it! :lol3

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    Just as I slid down a few steps to get it the dirt slid more and the camera started to topple off the rock and I swooped it up just before it plunged over the edge and down the many hundreds of feet of that slope! Saved!

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    HF to his credit was a bit concerned, but hey I was a mountain climber for a long time so a little vertical stuff is no big deal.


    Once stabilized again, off went High Five!

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  2. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    High Five shows us more of this great trail

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    We round a tight bend in the trail and HF sees a bit of an obstacle

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    Hmm, this needs some consideration and planning, trials type. HF ponder his route for a no-dab crossing. HTIL (Hairier Than It Looks)

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    then he goes for it!

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    Sure was lot of this lovely kind of trail...

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    We take a rest break, boots off ahhh


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    and High Five had to make a tough decision, I'll have to let him describe the agonizing choice. :deal


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  3. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Aaah yes....I remember now. It was the toughest decision along the whole Trail.

    A) Hermit cookie - old fashioned molasses, by Newman's Own
    or
    B) Druid Circles - oatmeal raisin, by Trader Joe's

    This was terribly troubling. Both were so good, and we only had two remaining from the survival kit Cyborg hauled down from Seattle. He wanted me to pick which one I like best. That's when I saw it...a big one. :eek1 Pointed over towards it as I yelled "BEAR!". This diversion was adequate to aid in the "decision". I ate both! :wink:

    And here's a video Cyborg crossing that same creek. It was a tricky one, if you got off your line. Thanks to a dry summer, more so than normal, all the creek levels were much lower & slower than usual.

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    I'm not understanding why my videos are flickering like this. The originals are fine. But both of my uploads to Youtube (in this RR) are doing this. What gives?

    HF :ear
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  4. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Up to this point, I'd say we have completed about 3/4 of the Rainbow. We popped out onto another pretty meadow, and could see the town of Salida below,

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    as well as something else.

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    A big afternoon thunderstorm was preparing to block our way. Soon, we would be hiding in the trees waiting it out. It became a daily affair.

    Lots more down & ups as we sneaked thru the woods.

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    MSTIL

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    CB was looking back at the trail here:

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    He said "skinny". I said "rocky". SKinny….ROcky…….SKINNy…….ROCKy. We were starting to have more moments like that. Maybe the altitude was getting to us.

    CB took this photo to show me, because I didn't want to look down.

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    Ok….Ok…."Skinny" wins!

    That settled, we can press on….

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    Finally, a place for another rest stop. Its raining. We're getting wet. We don't care.

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    Now its raining a lot. Time to put on a rain slicker. The trail had a "slicker" too.

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    We can finally see Hwy 285. Hip-Hip-Hooray!

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    Downhill all the way…….hold on good….its steep, slick, & tight.

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    We both sign guest register, as requested.

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    Then, try to figure out where in the world the trail went. It doesn't go straight across the highway. This took some back and forth, but we finally sorted it out.

    Turn Right and head a few hundred yards to the north on the pavement. Then, Turn Left and start climbing…..up….Up……UP!

    Somebody needs to post some better signs along the highway on both sides of the road in this location. Or, did another idiot steal the signs?

    HF :thumbup
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  5. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Hwy 285 to Sliver Creek junction would be the last segment of Trail to ride. A 9-mile stretch that will test your metal when its wet…..especially after covering the other 91 miles before getting here. Beautiful as can be, it didn't disappoint.

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    But you better bring your A Game!

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    And leave your KLR at home.

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    We made it.

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    But were not quite finished yet. Must perform important sacred ritual….



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    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ! ! ! :freaky

    A long slab run back to Basecamp at Hayden Pass. Here is one satisfied customer!

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    Still sporting his proud Koban wraps on the wrists. I tell you the truth, he wouldn't have made it without it. I'm just glad I never needed any out there, because he used mine all up!

    Addicted to the Rockies on his very first trip, and reluctant to leave, we spend a day in "debriefing".

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    Of course we went riding……all day long. I gave him a nice tour of the Salida country side.

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    And he watched it rain.

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    I think it made him homesick for Seattle, because he departed bright & early the next morning.

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    A finer trail mate I reckon you'll never find. I was very blessed to share this experience with him. Epic!

    Adios amigo. I'm sure gonna miss those Hermits & Druid Circles. :cry

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    Shucks….all by myself again. It could get lonely out here. What's a guy to do?

    Its my 50th Birthday. I think I'll go riding! :D

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    But this is a another whole story……I got trapped in a canyon with bears! :eek1


    The End


    HF :thumbup
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  6. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    I'll chime in here before I disappear into the mountains again, this time in WA and on foot with my better half, packing the camp.

    This was an awesome ride and well worth the drive. High Five/Scott is mighty fine company and a great rider. I never saw him fall (believe me, I had my camera ready...) and rarely take a dab, that 25+ years of trials competition showing through. :getiton

    Thanks for wrapping this up nicely HF and if I git round to it, I have a few videos to process I'll eventually pop up here if I can remember. I hope this RR gave you all out there a taste of the Rainbow Trail, a very worthy stretch of trail if there ever was one.

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  7. Hardroad

    Hardroad Been here awhile

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    Hardroad Enjoyed
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  8. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    Excellent RR you two!!! Really enjoyed reading about the Rainbow. This RR has it all, expert riding, cooking and storytelling telling.

    Seems like the government trend these recent years has been forest use segregation, so refreshing to know there's still at least a few trails, like the Rainbow, left in FS inventory that allow multi-use.
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  9. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    Great RR-------lots of great pics............great the way both of you contribute.......happy five ohhhh, just gets better here on out....... :clap:freaky
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  10. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    It looks like you guys had a blast. I'd like to make a trip like that someday. Thanks for the great photos & RR.

    Where's your next trip?

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  11. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Yep pretty darn epic single track RR:clap:clap:clap

    Pot of Gold!
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  12. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Great job guys. That section between Salida and Poncha is not the most difficult but certainly is the scariest part to me. Although I have not ridden the whole trail as you guys did, just different sections. One of my buddies once rode that section on a 650L. Rufus and I had to stop and help him a couple of times though.

    Once while we were in Salida, some of my buddies decided to ride down to Westcliff spend the night in a motel and ride back to Salida the next day. You guys are the only ones I know that have done the whole thing though.
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  13. ModalGuy

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    Great ride report! WHen I saw the first few pictures I thought "I'm never gonna ride the Rainbow, that looks too hard" The scenery and your ride report are so compelling I may have to add the Rainbow to my bucket list.

    HighFive, you have at least 3 bikes in your stable. Can you give us the rational behind all your bikes? Of course I have a huge WR bias, but that 'berg sure is a pretty bike too. I think my next bike will be a tDub, but that's because I want to have an easy-to-ride bike for my children, wife and friends to come ride with me. We all have our reasons, I would just like to hear yours.
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  14. lm248

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    HF,
    You have a PM
    Thanks,
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  15. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Modal, remember, we weren't taking pix on the hardest parts, and they were much worse than anything we showed on this RR.

    HighFive can answer this, though he's away for a few days too. I used to have a WRR I rode on tough trails in WA and will say that I took HF's very nicely setup WRR up a few miles of the very rocky Northbound start of the Rainbow from Hayden and I rapidly turned around. Yes you could do it geared way down, but it was MUCH more work. It's a lot heavier than our Berg 390's, and a lot less torque for the really rocky sections, so constant tiring clutch feathering. Having a Rekluse also helps a lot. Just sayin'.
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  16. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    I am not HighFive and I am sure he will give you answer when he can. I ride with HighFive and have three similar bikes in my stable. I have ridden his Husaberg and it almost feels like I am riding my 400KTM when I am on it. It is amazingly similar. I have also ridden his highly modified WR. I have a stone stock 09 WR. His WR is way above mine in handling and performance but it is no match for his Berg or my KTM, when we are talking tough single track.

    Don't get me wrong the WR is a great little bike in it's element. I love mine. In fact I just returned from a trip to Co myself and I chose to take the WR instead of my KTM and KLR. We did one one stretch of very technical single track. 12 miles took us three hrs. My two buddies were on KTM525 and a Honda 450. I was really wishing I was on my KTM for that 12 miles. It was great on the jeep roads though, and even did a little highway riding on it. So it just depends on what kind of riding you are doing.
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  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Speaking of WR250R's, I don't understand why Yamaha chose to make them so heavy. The specs say 295 lbs (wet).
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  18. Scribe

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  19. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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    "remember, we weren't taking pix on the hardest parts"

    Why is it nobody takes pictures of trail sections that:

    1] Make them nearly black out from holding their breath so long
    2] Make them wish they had taken that leak 5 minutes ago before they pulled the helmet down and rolled instead
    3] Got them distracted and forgot clutch from brake because they were trying to recall where the latest copy of their will is
    4] Make them forget form and technique and roll forward on only a cocktail of adrenaline, gut feel and horror

    :rofl Gets a little busy sometimes on the trail.
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  20. PDL

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    Wow! What a trail! The Berg's looked great up there. Happy 50th! I hit 50 a few days ago myself:freaky