CO Backcountry Discovery Route

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by flashgv2012, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. flashgv2012

    flashgv2012 Adventurer

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    Hello everyone,

    My friend and myself will be leaving the northwest, Seattle and Portland, July 4th to head for the COBDR. Anybody else here that we might cross paths with along the route? We'll be starting at the four corners going north. I estimate we'll get to the starting point around Sunday the 7th or so. Probably take about a week to cover the route. Hope to see some other adventure riders out there.

    Gordon
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  2. byways

    byways byways

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    You should be connecting with many fellow COBDR travelers soon. It's a terrific route, with some of the best moto-camping I've ever done. The Advance Scouting Team did it in seven days in August 2012.

    Bon voyage ... :thumb

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  3. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    We area leaving GA on July 26th to head to Durango in a truck with our small DS bikes in the back and start the COBDR around Delores, CO on the 29th. So we won't be there when you are, but we are definitely looking forward to it.
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  4. flashgv2012

    flashgv2012 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the picture! :clap Can hardly wait. Anyone happen to know how the snow level looks at the moment? Any parts of the route not passable?
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  5. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Two of us will be leaving Divide, CO on July 10th to head for 4 Corners and the start of the ride. Leave some good tracks for us to follow (don't make any wrong turns!)
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  6. byways

    byways byways

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    The COBDR Advance Scouting Team hard at "work" ...

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    You guys are going to love it!
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  7. flashgv2012

    flashgv2012 Adventurer

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    Right behind us. No wrong turns. Got it. :D
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  8. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    When you are on one of these long adventure routes and follow someones knobby tracks for days, literally, and then they disappear, it makes you scratch your head. TAT 2011 that happened a number of times. We would wind up on a track that we would swear hadn't been used in years, with absolutely no sign of disturbance, and feel like the only humans on earth. Some time later, voila, tracks would show up again. We never did figure out if someone cut the corners, or if they were using different routing. Maybe some of each. Regardless, we did spend days riding what appeared to be virgin tracks. Enjoy!
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  9. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    Finished/got home last Friday. First accross Cumberland (other than plow driver), Hagerman Pass was still snowed in on the East side. Ophir Pass, was, well, Ophir Pass. No issues with water crossing, beaver pond was only nutsack deep. We started on Sunday 9 June at Four Corners, completed route (other than Hagerman East side and a couple areas closed for elk calving) on Wednesday the 13th.
    We started with 4, finished with 2 (blown Racetech G3 shock and seperated shoulder on a rider).
    2 F8GSs, 1 1200GSA, and a KTM990.

    Awesome ride. 2 wheels, 7 days, 2700 miles.

    Not sure if I mentioned this before but I hate Wyndoming.:eek1
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  10. mollymayhem

    mollymayhem FNG

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    Leaving SF on the 10th headed to COBDR. Insanely excited.

    Kinda worried about the fires, though. Do the current fires intersect with the route at all?

    If you run into me out there, say hi. Flat black KLR with hot pink fork boots and CA plates.
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  11. flashgv2012

    flashgv2012 Adventurer

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    From what I've looked at, we should avoid the fires. Not 100% sure though. We'll keep an eye out for you. We're going from south to north starting around Monday-ish. Leaving Seattle area early Thursday morning July 4. Two of us, one on a green 2006 KLR WA plates and one on a white/black XR650L OR plates.

    The heat going through Nevada concerns me a little.
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  12. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I'm in the hunt for a lovable, kind, gracious fellow inmate near Cortez, CO. BigDog, Dingweeds and I need a place to park our vehicles while we ride the COBDR....

    Also, I see you can fly out of Cortez.. any issues with that. I need to fly out to get back home to St. Louis while BigDog and Dingweeds head for the UTBDR..

    Mucho love!

    :freaky

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  13. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Bash3r you should contact Harry Hill, Basin Motorcycle Works, at Mancos,CO for you place to park. Harry does all he can to help out us off road type. His phone# 970-533-7005

    ride smart
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  14. eddyturn

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    Riders... about the fires. The only section that I have heard is closed is the easy bypass from Ridgeway over Owl Creek Pass on the day 2 section. The East Fork fire is burning about 3 miles away from the road so they shut it down last week. You should look for some CO fire info.

    If you wanted an easier route than the official easy part... go over Ophir Pass then into Silverton then over Cinnamon to Lake City. That would bypass Corkscrew, Hurricane, and California passes.

    For flying out of Cortez, that probably routes to Denver or ABQ or maybe even Salt Lake.

    Have fun.
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  15. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Thanks for the update. Hopefully they won't get any worse.

    Doesn't your monsoon season start about mid July?
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  16. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Thx for the responses, we are all set! see ya on the trail....
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  17. eddyturn

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    looks like Owl Creek may be out but other scenic was are out there. Options will be developed that will not suck.
    Molly - when you going and where you starting?
    dingweeds were your starting and when? Got your place to stay yet?

    Bob
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  18. byways

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    eakins Butler Maps

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  20. eriojas

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    My son and I in two klr´s hauling them from Mexico to Dolores, leave truck there and start riding our bikes july 14 ,planning to get to Gypsum-Eagle on july 16 , go back to Dolores.

    Hope to see some people on the route!!
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