Boulder to Dillon to Leadville and back. 2 KTMs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by svenoman, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    We started the trip on July 5th and returned to Boulder on the 7th.

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  2. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    The plan was to fly out of Phili on the 4th, punch out of work a couple hours early and catch the 2:00 PM Denver flight.

    Everything went well, the plane left about an hour late and we had to circle for about an hour because the Denver airport was shut down, due to heavy thunderstorms.

    One of my best friends Chris Jones picked me up at the Airport and had
    the plans for ripping in the mountains laid out for the next 3 days.

    We had been planning on hooking up for this ride for about 6 months.

    On Sunday morning we headed out of Boulder and up the Canyon to grab
    some breakfast at a really cool spot.

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  3. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    The adventure begins when things don't go as planned.

    About 1/2 an hour after we left the breakfast stop we were ripping up
    one of the first section of foot hills and my left foot peg fell off the 525.
    We back tracked down the mountain and found the foot peg.

    We passed a small cycle shop and the doors were open. We figured it
    would be worth it to double back and see if he had a foot peg or a welder.

    When we got there we talked to Earl the owner, no foot pegs or welder but there were 3 places just down the dirt road we could try. I just rememberd it was Sunday. He said there may be someone working on there own
    stuff and we may get lucky. We drove down the road and found the
    lights on in a auto service shop.

    We were in luck, Mason was working on his boss's truck to make some
    extra cash. He was putting in a supercharger. They had a welder
    and he offered to weld it up for us. 20 minutes later we were on our way. He
    said he would take $10 bucks for the fix but Chris gave him $25 and
    we were on our way.


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  4. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    funny ! :D
    the french tv logo sticker on your bike !
    where on earth have you been ? :D
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  5. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    My buddies bike, I don't know about the sticker.

    The bike Rips though. :D
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    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Now we were in good shape and heading up hill on our way to Kingston
    Peak.

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  7. GB

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    Colorful Colorado.. :thumb

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  8. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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  9. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Then we popped out near the highway to pick up some power bars
    and Chris had a Coffee.


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  10. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Next we were off to get over Argentine Pass. We had heard it
    was still closed in from snow but we figured we would give it a shot.

    Argentine Pass

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    <!-- start content --><TABLE class="infobox geography vcard" style="CLEAR: right; BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; MARGIN-TOP: 0.75em; BACKGROUND: #ffffff; FLOAT: right; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0.75em; MARGIN-LEFT: 0.75em; BORDER-LEFT: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 305px; BORDER-BOTTOM: #999966 1px solid" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5><TBODY><TR class="fn org"><TH style="FONT-SIZE: 110%; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; TEXT-ALIGN: center" colSpan=2>Argentine Pass</TH></TR><TR class=note><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Elevation</TD><TD style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">4205 m./13,207 ft.</TD></TR><TR><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Location</TD><TD class=label style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">Colorado, United States</TD></TR><TR><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Range</TD><TD style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">Front Range</TD></TR><TR><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Coordinates</TD><TD style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">[​IMG]39°38.2&#8242;N 105°47.0&#8242;W&#65279; / &#65279;39.6367°N 105.7833°W&#65279; / 39.6367; -105.7833</TD></TR><TR><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Topo map</TD><TD style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">TopoQuest</TD></TR><TR><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #999966 1px solid; BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; BACKGROUND: #e7dcc3; WIDTH: 85px">Traversed by</TD><TD style="BORDER-TOP: #999966 1px solid; WIDTH: 220px">Unpaved road</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Argentine Pass (el. 4205 m./13,207 ft.) is a high mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.
    The highest named vehicle-accessible pass in the state, Argentine Pass is located on the crest of the Front Range along the boundary between Clear Creek and Summit counties southwest of Georgetown. The pass is flanked by Grays Peak to the west and Argentine Peak to the east. It is traversed by a rugged four-wheel drive trail that is passable only on foot or with a sturdy vehicle in good weather during the summer. It is much too rough for regular passenger vehicles. The pass was the location of silver discovery in 1864 that led to the growth of Georgetown as an early center of the silver mining industry in Colorado. The region on the east side of the pass became heavily mined in the following decades, with many remains of mining activity visible today.
    Note: Vehicle travel is only possible on the Georgetown side, the Horseshoe Basin side may only be traversed by foot.
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  12. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    We started up the mountain from the georgetown side.

    We got pretty soaked from the Thunderstorms that were moving in.


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    This is where we ran into our first snow crossing on the way up.
    I think it was about 2pm at this point in the day.
    We figured we would give it a shot and try to cross the snow.
    Thinking that the weather would clear up and the South side of the
    mountain would'nt have much snow left on it.
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    i just got back from 2 weeks riding in the rollinsville area. awesome riding and really nice people. earl's is always open!
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  17. ironbrewer

    ironbrewer Hopefully Riding

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    I thought you were gonna ride GS's over it???
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    I would love to see somebody get a four wheel drive truck over Argentine.
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    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    I want to see the pictures that go with some of the Argentine/Mosquito snow drift stories I heard!
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    :lurk :lurk More pics please!
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