Bikes guns and shine

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

  1. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    I heard of this really cool lunch spot in Pine Grove. (pablo83 told me about it):wink: So the four of us (land,Ruben me and advtenn wife) were headed there from Mt. Evans when we got caught in a Forrest Gump kinda hail storm.:deal
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  2. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    While still at WestFest, we were fortunate enough to run into this guy. Some will recognize the bike some will not. There is a thread here on ADV rider about it.

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  3. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Prior to heading west and knowing advtenn was going to branch off and need some alone time with advtenn wife, I put out a post or two looking for someone riding to RMAR from WestFest. I corresponded with Roland and Bumknee (Scott). Ran into them both at WestFest. They, advtenn, and I rode back to Salida together for lunch and to the cowboy fortress and back to WestFest. Riding styles were a match.

    Sunday morning when everyone was packed we packed our gear and discussed where we would go to that day. Rolland had a plan and some track loaded into his GPS that were suppose to be fantastic. Only problem was he wanted to camp about 5 miles away from where we were. Scott, who had paid for his cabin another night stated, he would just come back to the ranch and stay there. Not wanting to set my tent up 5 miles from where I just had it set up, asked if there was more then one bed in his room. Bottom line, we all came back for one more night after riding some really cool, high bermed atv trails. We did not even make it to the end of the driveway, before we vectored off onto a trail and out into the national forest. Sorry no pictures. The group and I separated in Jefferson, I think. They were headed to Breakenridge and right into a very dark sky and a place I had already been to three times in the last few weeks. I headed south to Buena Vista or Salida to see if I could source a lock core to repair my luggage. We would meet back at the Ranch and site of WestFest.

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    My view from the front porch where I slept very well in lieu of the snoring room.

    Next day we rode over towards Buena Vista riding some of the same trails from the day before. We were trying to connect the other half of the loop we abandoned the day before due to rain. It was excellent riding a little less fun because we were on fully loaded large adventure bikes. I knew of a NFS campground or two up Chalk near Mt. Princeton.

    Rolland who had been riding with this as his rear tire, decided it was time to change. I think he got tired of airing it up twice a day.
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    That night we endured the scariest electrical storm I have ever been in. The Camp, NFS Cascade was full so were the lower two camps. We were forced to camp higher up near St Elmo at NFS IronCity. We were greeted by out host and immediately warned about the bear who had been visiting the camp, Great. Roland changed the tire shown in the above pictures and then we all headed down the hill to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs where we had dinner and soaked up the heat of the spring. The women weren't bad either. At least we were clean and well fed. Thought it was very considerate of us to do this so as not to upset the bears delicate stomach. Gathered some fire wood lit a white mans fire, used gas, multiple times, that the Cherokee of NC could have spotted. (for some reason there was not a fire band.) Probably because it rains 3" a night there. at least while we were there. (don't worry no children, animals or pine beetles where harmed in the making of this fire). Then right on cue the rain started. We retreated to Scott's motorcycle condominium. Really. We hung out in what was supposed to be the garage, waited for the rain to stop then returned with the fire persuader and got it going again. Enjoyed the fire for another 15 minutes before the lightning. All off to our tents to lay on our backs and feel the ground shake with every strike. It felt like it was hitting the fire pit it was so close.
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  4. Land

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    Great report.:clap
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  5. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Great report.:clap
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    Welcome home traveler. Looking forward to your report if you write one. PM me a link please.
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  6. reubenRN

    reubenRN Been here awhile

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    Pumping:evil...see post #57 for additional details! :deal

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  7. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Thanks Rueben. Thought I dodged that one.
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  8. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    The campsite at Iron city was a good one. No bear, and we already dealt with the bad electrical storm and since everything was wet, we decide to keep it as a base camp and ride a loop out of there. We start by visiting the ghost town of St Elmo

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    Then we were off to conquer Tincup Pass. No pictures on the way up. I believed we could get over it, since I had in a VW Bus some 20+ years earlier but was warned against it again and again. After the the miscalculation on Mosquito Pass I was feeling gun shy. It was now a week later and countless miles of the best Colorado had to offer in riding, I was with a strong group of riders, that's not to say that advtenn and Rueben were not solid, we were just fresh and unacclimated to altitude when we were riding together. They are strong riders as well and you shall see in future posts. Roland, Scott, Brandon and I threw caution to the wind and give it a try. It was challenging but still doable. No dropped bikes and we made the summit in a reasonable amount of time. Passing Jeeps and quad's all the way to the top. It would have been much harder had we tried with loaded bikes.

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    The way down was a little harder in my opinion. We sent Brandon out as a scout on the KLR and he returned with a favorable report. Down we go.

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    The above shot represents the worst of it with the exception of one small ledge we all had to ride over. The tiger had more then enough ground clearance to make it. The only bike not to drag if I remember correctly. This is also much steeper then this picture shows.

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    We make it to Tincup and while waiting for Scott and Brandon, Roland takes this shot of me.


    Wait some more. Wait some more. I get a bad feeling and turn around and head back up the trail. I stop a passing jeep and ask if he saw two riders. He told me they were on the side of the road with tools out. Well at least it seemed everyone was OK from that report. I arrive on the scene and find Scott and Brandon, using bailing wire to wire on Scott's auxiliary lights which had apparently rattled off on the decent. Back to Tincup and lunch.

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    If memory serves me it took us a couple hours to go about 15 or 20 miles. Can't underestimate what these passes hold terrain wise.

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    From Tincup we head over Cumberland Pass which I had already done, earlier in the trip with advtenn and Rueben, and down into the small but more developed town of Pitkin. Scott elected to take the easy way back to BV because he had ordered a new skid plate to replace the stock splash plate his BMW came with. Forgot to mention somewhere along the way he knocked that completely off and used bailing wire to hold it on.

    We decided to ride out to Hwy 50 and then vector off to Marshall Pass and Poncha Pass back to Salida then north to BV and home to our camp. It started raining almost as soon as we started up Marshall Pass. After about 10 miles the road was grease. We had no choice but to turn around and slab back over Monarch Pass to Salida. Even then Roland an I were having trouble keeping the rear tire behind us. Brandon had full knobbies on so perhaps it was not so white knuckle for him.

    We made camp and put brandon in charge of starting the fire. No sign of Scott. Still daylight so no problem.
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  9. Land

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    Thanks!

    I'll probably do a ride report, but who knows when. It took me about 10 months to get around to doing the RR from my 2011 trip, and I still haven't done one on the big trip from '09.:lol3

    I'm looking forward to more from your'n, though.:lurk

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  10. advtenn

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    Ok..so while Rob was off getting lost,:norton and looking for buffalo, Lori and I was headed to Mac's for dinner and to drop off my camping gear. Lori and I would be staying in motels or cabins for the rest of the trip.:wink:

    We had dinner with Mac's family and headed to Manitou for the night. This place is near Pikes Peak and is a cool little town. I want to revisit this place sometime.

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    Just a couple of drive by shots (note to self "take more pics on your next ride")

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    Then the next day we headed to Gold Camp Road and Cripple Creek again, where Lori took some nice pics that were used earlier in the report....(post #12)
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  11. advtenn

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    After stopping for a little gambling at the Brass Ass in Cripple Creek, we headed down Phantom Canyon toward Canyon City.

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    Very nice ride! Lori grabbed some more nice shots on the fly.
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    Once we got to Canyon City, we rode over to the Royal Gorge that Rockin Roland was telling me about!


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    After this we headed over to St. Elmo hot springs and tried to get a room here. They were all booked up!
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    So we went on to Buena Vista and found this cute cabin instead.
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    The owners of the cabin directed us to this nice little bar for a burger and an adult beverage.
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    It was called the "Larime"
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    Then to satisfy the sweet tooth we walked on over to K's for an ice cream and a peanut butter shake. That place rocks!

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    end of another day....
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  12. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    I'm glad I caught up with this thread. Looking forward to more. :lurk
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  13. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    We were just leaving when you were getting there.:wink:
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  14. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Next day we are off to Breckenridge...

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    This photo was actually taken in downtown Breckenridge.
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    Next stop was Frisco.. for lunch. ( another cool town)


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    Then Lori says that she would like to see Vail Co.

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    Not staying here tonight......."Champaign taste with a Blue Ribbon income":wink:
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    Then we just had to do Tennessee Pass:deal

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    now on to Aspen!
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    SHeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!:eek1

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    at the top!
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    Ok this next part.........I didn't get a pic......."I know, I know, I know no pic's or it didn't happen"

    We were walking around Aspen and was on our way back to the bike when we saw Vince Gill and Amy Grant and her parents. :eek1

    Well being from Tennessee and all, we just had to stop and chat with them. It really did happen......Scouts honor..


    ok, now on to Keebler pass again! Boy did we get our arse wet!:deal

    But we saw one beautiful rainbow!:clap

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    We pass through Crested Butte and head on down to Gunnision for the night!

    Cool car in Gunnision....It was "jacked up"

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  15. advtenn

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    Another day with Lori before we meet up with Rob and his gang in Silverton for the RMAR.

    Today we take in the Black Canyon of Gunnision. Simply awesome!
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    Bottom of the Canyon! Duh...
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    Box Canyon...Town of Ouray...I wanna go back!
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    ok...1st time on the Million dollar highway....:clap

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    Ok this is the END of mine and Lori's time alone in Colorado..We are arriving in Silverton for RMAR.:freaky




    Hey Rob, tell us about how the rest of your week went.:ear
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  16. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Funny thing is we went to a lot of the same places. We were just a day apart. I believe it was possible to be in the same area at the same time. Surprised we did not run into you.

    Our next morning after another night of rain and a leaky tent, we take Cottonwood Pass,
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    Past Taylor Reservoir, and down the Taylor river road to Hwy 135. Left turn and on to Gunnison for lunch. Roland knew of a bar in town. (of course he did). After lunch we headed off to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where we would make camp on the south side.We stopped at the smallest Walmart in Colorado to stock up on beer. It began raining lightly Scott geared up.
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    We arrive and drop down a spectacular road with 16% grade to the bottom and our new camp. It took being in second gear most of the way down to not melt our brakes.
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    View from the bottom close to our camp.
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    We are greeted at our camp with a bear warning stapled to the table. (Great) Set up camp and headed up to the rim for some sunset shots.
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    Scott and I stop. I take this shot
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    and while he is taking this shot of the rainbow,
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    A bear runs across the road right behind him. That thing was hauling ass and neither of us got a picture off in time.
    Take a better rainbow pic and move on
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    I was taking all these landscape and distance shots I decide to slow down and took a few like this.
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    Beauty was everywhere you looked. I was very inspiring, almost overwhelming.

    Scott decided to head back down to camp, I guess his liver was growling. So Roland I continued on alone.
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    Started getting cold and were were not geared up just short's and t shirts. (Note; Hope the ATGATT Police don't get their panties all wadded up) So we headed back to camp. Truth be told, my liver was growling. I'm pretty sure I was an Alcoholic by this point in the trip.
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  17. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Had a freeze dried backpacker meal cooked over a JetBoil. Those stoves are Amazing cold water to boiling in a minute. Not unbelievable but amazing. (In the words of Isle of Man competitor Guy Martin, "unbelievable would be seeing a man eat his own head.").

    Rain, at this point I'm really getting sick of rain every night. I had really hoped to sleep under the stars most every night.
    At some point fairly early I could hear a commotion at the far end of the camp. Figured it was the kids group putting their food in the bear proof storage. Turns out that was not the case. After getting totally pissed off and frustrated, I hear him pass my tent. He then proceeded to try and rape the bear proof food storage container across the path from my tent. I got pissed off since it was past quiet hours so I yelled at him. That worked, by the time I had my shoes on and unzipped the tent he was gone. My neighbors, had there flashlight out and were shining it everywhere. Figured it was a good time to walk and drain the lizard. The bear never came back or at least it did not wake me again.

    In the morning we rode the river road to the end and back up out of the canyon.
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    After messing around on the rim for a few hours we headed to Ouray for lunch and up and over the million dollar highway to Silverton. All I can say is a million dollars was a bargain for that road.
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  18. advtenn

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    This pic is cool!
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  19. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    :clapGreat report & pics guys!!!:freaky
    Todd your subtle sense of humor always gets me. You mentioned Rob fixing his SPLASH plate:roflyou crack me up bud:lol3
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  20. Mike_drz

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    son mala guns :D