Colorado/Moab 2012

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  1. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    A buddy and I decided to plan a week of riding in Colorado and Utah. We thought we would ride some mountain passes in Colorado since neither one of us had done that.The riding started in Silverton, CO. Trailered the bikes from Arkansas to there and the plan is to ride the Alpine Loop out of Silverton, then ride the TAT from there to Moab, ride a few days there, ride the TAT back to Silverton and then trailer the bikes home. Day one of the riding commences in Silverton as we head out on the Alpine Loop.
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    Sounds like fun. I will be out there on my GS the first week of June. Will be staying at the United Campground in Durango as a home base for a few days.
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    Great..but better served in "Trip Planning" Forum so that we can learn your preparations. Then once acutually having a "Ride Report" to report then tell us about it here!
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  7. OLEARY

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    I had origianlly planned on posting up daily photos and such but I found out when I attempted to do so that my mini-computer was limited in its video and software capabilities so I am posting Day 1 now. That is May 27th in Silverton, Coloroado. My buddy Bo and I rode the Alpine Loop the first day or at least most of what we had planned. Poughkeepsie Gulch was not open so we had to reroute a bit around that but it was all good. Started out Sunday morning early up Porcupine Gulch on Cr-2 along the Animas River. It was about 27 degrees with a high forcast for about 60 but we had heated gear and grips so no problem.

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    Came up on the ruins of Sunnyside Mill in Eureka, CO.

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    The following photos are on up the road to Cinnamon Pass.

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    Some old mining ruins and continuing on to Lake City.

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    Cabin along the way and the Animas River from high above.

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    On Cr-20 on the return side of Lake City. An old dam and landmark along the way.

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    Henson Creek from high above and on down the road.

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    Getting up high at Engineers Pass.

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    Heading on down to Animas Forks on Cr-2.

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    The ruins of a mill at Animas Forks and some mining ruins nearby.

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    Enroute to Hurricane Pass on Cr-19.

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    More ruins on the way to Corkscrew Gulch and the Million Dollar Highway.

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    At the intersection of Cr-20a and Hwy 550 which leads us south back to Silverton.

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    It was a great day of riding. I have a bunch of videos that really give you a sense of what it is like riding these mountain passes if anyone is interested. I will place a link in the thread as soon as I get them all downloaded. We are off to ride the TAT tomorrow about 212 miles to Moab where we plan on riding for a couple of days. I will post the first day of riding there tomorrow. So long for now. :norton

    Here are several videos, one of the climb to Engineers pass and Hurricane Pass and the last part of the ride prior to hitting Hwy 550.

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    Excellent! Looking forward to the rest of your ride report.

    Wow, what a difference from this time last year. This time last year my wife and I were in that same area on our touring bike. They had near record late snows. It still looked like winter with all the jeep passes still closed. Leaving Silverton on Tuesday morning (19 degrees!), we headed for and went over Independance Pass. It had just been opened a day or so before. The sun on that snow was beautiful... it was like being there in the dead of winter!

    Love Colorado!!!


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  11. OLEARY

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    Jumping to the first day in Moab as Day 2 we rode the TAT from Silverton to Moab and Day 5 we rode it back. I had my Contour Roam video camera set on continuous photos and kept forgetting to turn it off and I had a gazillion photos and it was too much work to try to figure out which to use so I stuck with the videos on the Roam and still photos with my camera on the way back. I will post those for Day 5.

    Arrived at Moab about 4 pm on Monday May 28th. It was warm compared to what we had been riding the two day previous but it felt pretty good actually. Took off about 8 am Tuesday morning the 29th and headed for Gemini Bridges. I have been to Moab previously but it was Bo's first visit so I was out to show him some of the sights close to Moab. We stayed at the Apache Motel. John Waynes hangout back in the day when they made western movies out here. Probably because it was the only motel in town. They still do make movies in the Moab area as you will see later on.

    Climbing to Gemini Bridges off of Hwy 191 North of Moab.

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    It wasn't long before we arrived at Gemini Bridges and there were already some folks checking the place out.

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    There are actually two bridges there hence the name Gemini named after the Zodiac twins I guess.

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    Looking down the canyon from the bridges. You don't really get the scale of it all until you see a vehicle or a person in the photo. It is probably 800 to 1000 ft drop from the top of the rim to the canyon floor below.

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    I swear Bo is part mountain goat. He walks casually in places that I fear to tread.

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    We left Gemini Bridges and headed for Long Canyon. The entry to Gemini Bridges had moved from where it was a couple of years ago and it was more of a hike getting to the bridges. I worked up quite a sweat with my gear on. The first photo is looking at the road that descends to the canyon floor. There was a pickup stopped below and we would find out later when we headed down just why. There was a sandy spot there that was a bit deep and tricky and could be a clearance problem getting high centered for a vehicle if you weren't careful.

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    There was quite a vantage point of the canyon from the point but we had to do a bit of rock hopping to get there.

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    There are actually two dead end canyons there.

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    Didn't get too many photos of the descent. I got a video of the tricky part which I will link later.

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    Took a few photos of the Colorado River on the way to Schaefer Switchbacks.

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    This is the junction of Potash Road that one way leads to the Schaefer Switchbacks and the other to the White Rim Trail. Today it was to the Switchbacks tomorrow was going to be the White Rim Trail.

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    From the top of Schaefer Switchbacks.

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    We ended up going back thru Long Canyon on the way back to Moab. Made a short day of it on this day and got back about 2 pm. I spent some time poolside chillin out and workin on my tan. That sun is brutal. I didn't stay out too long for fear of getting a severe sunburn. I have a video or two I will post as soon as I get it downloaded. The White Rim Trail ride to follow. Stay tuned. :norton
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  12. Pickup man

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    Fantastic pics and video! More more!:clap
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    I know, we were very fortunate finding the passes open that we rode. They had record low snowfall this past winter in this area. Ophir pass was open as well. We rode that on the way to and from Moab. Black Bear was not. 10Cup clued me in on a website called Bushducks.com that had status reports of all the passes in that area and they all showed to be open except for Poughkeepsie Gulch. We visited a ATV rental place and they gave us some additional info that was very helpful. Can't remember the name of it but it was a few doors down from the Brown Bear Restaurant. A very kewl older gentleman and his sister were working it. The sister actually owns the place the brother was just helping out. They were from Mississippi. I could tell right off he wasn't from around there. :norton
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  14. 10Cup

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    :lurkAwesome Oleary! Loved the videos was like being on the bike almost. Thanks for taking us along. Great report. Keep it coming.:thumb
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    Excellent report, Oleary. Keep up the good work.:thumb
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    Thanks for the kind remarks guys! Here is a video of Shafer Switchbacks. The fella on the F650GS that I passed on the corner of that one switchback we ran into on the White Rim Trail the next day. I think his name was Don or Dick or something like that from Oregon. When I stopped about halfway up that was my riding partner Bo coming up around that switchback that I last came around. :norton

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  17. Copperjohn1962

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    Great report Oleary! Those switch backs are awesome! I was all puckered up watching the video. One screw up and a fella has a very bad day to say the least.
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    This is the 4th day of riding and our 2nd day in Moab. Bo and I start out about 8 am for the White Rim Trail. We head out on Potash Road and one of the first things we see is a large group of support vehicles and people and some scaffolding up in the rocks. Bo stops and asks someone what the story is and he finds out they are there to shoot a movie. I asked him who was in the movie and he says "You and I".

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    Somes scenes along Potash Road.

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    We reach Musselmans Arch and stop to take a few photo ops. Some of this is a repeat of a ride 10Cup and I did in 2010. The White Rim Trail was not open all the way thru due to a landslide at Potato Bottoms. I had only been riding about 6 months when I rode it last and wanted to ride the entire trail as well to see what my impressions were this time around because I was a wide eyed wonder the last time I rode it.

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    Bo is wanting to try out his wings.

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    A glimpse of the Colorado River and a photo op or two.

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    Didn't see quite as many bicyclists on the trail this time and more dual sport bikes. Did see a few bicyclists and for the most part were pretty friendly.

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    Here is Don from Oregon that I passed and Bo stopped and talked to on the Shafer Switchbacks the day before. He was solo doing a commemorative ride for one of his friends that had passed some time back. We spoke for a bit then we were off and we stopped for a bite along the trail about a half hour down the road and Don joined us. It was good to have some company on the trail. He was good enough to take a photo of Bo and I. I guess that is a FG650 like Nates.

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    The rim is pretty impressive. There are a lot of places where you can just ride your bike right to the edge of the rim of the canyon.

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    We stopped above one of the fairly short but steep sections where I passed a bicyclist and after we stopped I caught a few of them out rock climbing soaking in the sights.

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    Bo on the rim above. There is no shortage of photographic material out here.

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    Now we are on the Green River side of the rim. That greenery is sure a stark contrast to the rocky terrain all around it.

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    It gets a bit sandy down in here especially at Upheaval Canyon. I have some videos I will post of some of that to illustrate what a sand crab I am.

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    That is about all of the still photos that I took and I know there were a lot but what the hey! If it appeals to you fine, if not then Oh Well! Thats it for Day 4. Day 5 to follow. :norton
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  19. 10Cup

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    What a bicyclist and you didn't roost him???!! Man your getting pretty mellow in your old age.:lol3
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  20. OLEARY

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    I know! That is half the fun of riding that trail. I got such a blast last time I rode there of blowing by a group of those ECO Freaks! :norton
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