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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rabbot, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    No pictures of Kebler pass. I did take some of/at Lost Lake which was a side spur we took from the top of the pass as an after thought.

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    Think Todd is trying to pinch one out in this picture.

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    Got to Crested Butte for fuel and saw this cool old truck.

    Bought some high quality zip ties in the hardware store to hold my luggage on after the locks failed in the tip over. Shot up the street to an outdoor store to see if they had a core lock for a Yakima style rack that might fit the locks that hold the luggage on my bike. No Luck, onward, Left CB and headed up the Taylor River road towards Cottonwood pass, then took a detour to the small town (almost a ghost town) of Tincup. Stopped there for lunch. I was convinced we could get to Buena Vista through St Elmo ( a true ghost town) via some pass not on my map. That pass turned out to be TIncup Pass and almost everyone told us we could not do it with our bikes. Last time I heard that was Mosquito Pass so after lunch we bypassed Tincup Pass and headed to Cumberland Pass and Pitkin.

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    Humming birds were everywhere.

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    The Summit of Cumberland Pass. My skid plate made a racket on the ride up this. Need to figure out what is going on and fix it.
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  2. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Found this side spur off of Cumberland Pass, It looked promising like it could take us over the range to Buena Vista. The only name we saw for it was Alpine Tunnel. Turns out is was and old RR grade most of the way and not too hard. Very Scenic particularly near the top.

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    Second on of these we have come across on this trip. Old water filling station for steam locomotives.

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    This is right after the hardest pitch on the whole climb. It's around the corner behind us. The trail forked right looked really hard. The sign indicated the Alpine Tunnel was to the left. That works, onward.

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    Took these a little farther up the pass. Within a half mile of the summit and the tunnel. I remember looking up at the top of the ridge and thinking, "thank God there is a tunnel." There is no way we are going to make it over this thing.
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  3. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    More pics headed up to Alpine tunnel.

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  4. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Todd, thought you would have filled in the part where we got to the top and the "tunnel" was closed. Uggghhhh! Down we go.

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    Headed to Salida via Pitkin and Monarch Pass. Stayed at a youth hostel. I was able to repair my shaky skid plate with a great deal of assistance from Todd and the Hostel owners vice.

    Funny thing was a lot of people left the hostel very early in the morning like 4a. We may have been snoring in 3 part harmony all night and could have been the only ones who slept.
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  5. shallowskiff

    shallowskiff Been here awhile

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    loving the report
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  6. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    OMG, is that Kansas? You know you can see it from the top of Pike's Peak, right?
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  7. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Yep it's Kansas.
    Posted this on my facebook wall as we drove through.

    Flatter than a tabletop
    Makes you wonder why they stopped here
    Wagon must have lost a wheel or they lacked ambition one
    On the great migration west
    Separated from the rest
    Though they might have tried their best
    They never caught the sun
    So they sunk some roots down in the dirt
    To keep from blowin' off the earth
    Built a town around here
    And when the dust had all but cleared
    They called it Levelland, the pride of man
    In Levelland
    James McMurtry

    Just seemed so fitting
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  8. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    Dang it! Where was I for THAT ride!?! I guess I'll have to go down and do it by myself. Is it easy to find Gold Camp Road on the map, or is it a number?
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  9. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    Must. Get. To. Colorado.

    Good stuff, Rob!!
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  10. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Dang it! Where was I for THAT ride!?! I guess I'll have to go down and do it by myself. Is it easy to find Gold Camp Road on the map, or is it a number?
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  11. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the tip on Gold Camp road. I am planning a trip for next summer, and will be going right past there on the way back. :clap

    ride safe.
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  12. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Forest Road 368 out of Colorado Springs also called Old Stage Road, turns into Gold Camp Road.:wink:
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  13. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Ahhhh! I forgot, It was an ATV log jam at the at the top near the tunnel.:huh
    The tunnel did not go through but was well worth the ride up.
    Hey Rob...I remember you taking some video while we were waiting for Rueben at the bottom.
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    After he hit the flat land again ....I since I ten to ride slow.. I saw a sign that said Indian Head Rock...and it pointed to this.. Rob was riding waaaaaaay to fast to smell the roses.:D

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    Then we were off to Salida Co, looking for an empty bunk at the Hostel:eek1 (I learned of this place last year when I hooked up with bigdadddy for a Colorado ride)

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    This is where we straighten and refit Robs splash plate..

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  14. WildTurkey

    WildTurkey Beast Master

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    I don't remember seeing your little green man at RMAR...waiting for the part where he get's returned to the mother ship...
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  15. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    Great stuff guys!!
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  16. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Huh?????:eek1:norton:huh:nod

    Wish we were smoking out of your bag.:augie:bubba:super:jose:jive:johntm
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  17. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Have you seen that Buffalo across the street? I think she likes me.
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    armskhatri n00b

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    :clap
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  19. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

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    This is great, keep it comin'!
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  20. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    It's about to get dirty. Hide your kids. Really
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