Father-Son ride SW Colorado's San Juan Mountains

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  1. ejtv

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    Father-Son ride late June 2008 in SW Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

    THURSDAY-FRIDAY:

    Preparing the F-650's and trailer in Baton Rouge LA...


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    After 2 days trailering the F650's through LA, TX, AZ and CO, my son Alex and I finally make it to Lake City, Colorado for a week of riding as little asphalt as possible, hiking and camping. For those South Texas Adventure Riders reading along, Lake City is right next to the same Rio Grande River, but it's much prettier (and cleaner) up here in Colorado...prairies, pine forests, snow capped peaks...

    Arriving at the Silver Spur Hotel late Friday:

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    SATURDAY:


    The plan is to load up the bikes with all the gear and head out west over Engineer Pass, do a little hiking and camp out somewhere along the way down to Silverton.


    Preparing the bikes:

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    The ride up from Lake City to Engineer Pass:

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    Wasnt'expecting this much snow...

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    Last few switchbacks...


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    Arrival at Engineer Pass:

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    A short hike up one of the summits near Engineer:

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    The ride down the western side of Engineer was a bit harder than expected... but we made it without a fall...

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    Down by Mineral Point looking for a place to camp,

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    relax,

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    deal with the effects of altitude sickness,

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    and wait for the sunset. Here's a view of the campsite way in the distance:

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    More to come...
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  2. zadok

    zadok Long timer

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    Magnificent scenery.:lurk
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  3. enigmatic

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    Good start. The only sad part of this story is that I did not come along.:freaky

    Keep it coming!
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  4. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Beautiful pictures of a great area. Pulled my DR350se up there behind my Buick in '98 and had a great time exploring that area.
    Thanks for sharing your trip. Waiting for the next installment now:clap :clap :clap
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  5. KHVol

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    XLNT ride..can't beat an event like this w/ your son..
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  6. enduro-ince

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    Very Cool, got to love those father son trips. Was that you two I saw on Ophir Pass on.........Thursday I think??? I was coming down the pass on the Ophir side on an "orange" dirtbike.

    Lookin forward to more Pics!!
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  7. WindRiver

    WindRiver Been here awhile

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    Hey guys -- take a look at these ADV dudes....look familiar? Snapped a quick pic of you guys coming down Wager Gulch --


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  8. GB

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    Spectacular Colorado scenery and riding!! Looks like an awesome ride and quality father and son bonding time :thumb
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  9. felixcasio

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    awesome trip, wish you were my dad!!
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  10. TheMule

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    +1 (but that would make you about 80)
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  11. ejtv

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    Yes, that was the two of us on the west side of Ophir Pass and also coming Wager Gulch. And I hope to be riding at 80 too!
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  12. ejtv

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    Sunday AM, I hiked down Mineral Point to the abandoned mine. Thanks to these entrepreneural nuts from the 19th century we can enjoy the sites and their dirt roads.

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    Another view of the camp site and the 650's

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    Loading the bikes:

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    The plan was to climb down to Silverton via Animas Fork and follow the Animas River road for lunch:

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    Down by Mayflower Mill:

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    Silverton:

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    After lunch, we planned to go up CR110 to Glandstone and Hurricane Pass to California/Picayune Gulch...

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    But as we were getting closer to the pass, the road getting steeper, norrower, gravelly, and our pants wetter...we stopped to try to figure how to turn around as the pass was blocked by a parked tractor that was working on clearing the snow...As always, the picture doesn't do justice to how steep it was, at least for two novice riders on heavy bikes...

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    So always ask the locals before you go climb a pass...which is what we decided to do when we got back to Silverton. The ladies at the information center were very knowledgeable of the current condition of all the passes...and recommended we try Ophir. So our plan was to climb up Ophir and find a place to sleep on the other side Sunday night.
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  13. ejtv

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    The climb up from Silverton to Ophir Pass:

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    at the top of Ophir:

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    The climb down was a real treat:

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    Town of Ophir below:

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    By chance we explored a side road that took us to Alta Lakes, which turned out to be a great camping spot. Place was empty.

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    Improvised backpacks:

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    Sun setting at Alta Lakes. See you tomorrow!
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  14. enigmatic

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    Outstanding:clap
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  15. ejtv

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    A little hiking Monday AM:

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    a little hail:

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    On our way to Telluride, we took a side trip to Wilson Mesa:

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    But a rut betrayed Alex:

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    He hit one of those decorative tree stumps after losing control of the front end. No major trauma..., a broken front fender and a slightly bent radiator. Alex? Nothing good Mexican drugs left over from our trip to the Sierra Madre last year couldn't mask:

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    "where am I man?"

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    Trip back down to Telluride was like floating on a cloud:

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    Once in Telluride late afternoon, we located a good Mexican grill to continue with the Mexico theme with Margaritas and a great Bed & Breakfast to shower, catch up on the Euro Cup 2008 and rest.

    Tuesday's ride report coming later tonight.
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  16. Redhead

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    Wife and I must have just missed you somewhere a long the line.

    great report!
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  17. ejtv

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    After breakfast and a late AM start waiting for the rain to stop, we rode up the Bridal Veil Falls. We chickened out and didn't climb to the base of the falls or Black Bear Pass (would have been going against traffic anyhow):

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    We also didn't go up Imogene Pass, which was closed. So chasing dirt to get back to Lake City, we tried Last Dollar Road. Telluride airport hidden behind the trees on top of the mesa:

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    It was a treat watching planes take off and land:

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    Up toward Last Dollar Pass:

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    And back down. Again we chickened out as the last couple of KM's were narrow, steep, muddy, with what looked like a good size drop off on the north side and weather turning rainy. We were too scared to take a picture trying to turn around the F650's quickly before the rains turned the road into a mud bath...so these are later further down with the sun back out.

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    Further down the valley on CO 145, we took another road connecting Sawpit to Last Dollar after the pass.

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    Couldn't resist:

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    Eventually we hooked up to the Uncompahgre Wilderness via a few miles of pavement on CO SR's 62 & 550 and then dirt on SR's 10, 858, Owl Creek Pass, 860 and the Cimarron River's West Fork, where we found another great place to camp.

    Here we are on 858 around Owl Creek Pass:

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    Arrival at camp site with Chimney Rock in the background:

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    Here's the campsite, a picture of our hike to Chimney (too much snow to make it to the base of the formation plus it was getting dark) and sunset on the way back to camp.

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  18. mesaliving

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    Yes Yes Yes - Gentlemen welcome to our backyard and you did it justice. Awesome pictures. Great father/son trip.....my boy is only two right now and I'm having visions of the future.

    Thanks for sharing :lurk
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  19. Fitty

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    This is just great! Thanks for posting.
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  20. racer 07

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    Great ride report and pictures. Nice preview for Westfest. Thanks! Racer07:ricky
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