Grand Junction area Rides & Riders thread

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Greg@RME, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Colorado Uli

    Colorado Uli Motociclista Non Elegante

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    Agree, too early for Baxter. Last year I called the Garfield County roads department to get the official scoop before attempting it.
    Also too early for the Divide road (near Gateway). It should still be gated shut right now.
    But, it's drying out fast, so keep checking.
  2. adventure girl

    adventure girl Donde esta la playa?!?

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    Hey, I just saw this! Nope, not me, but I am glad someone thinks i am feisty!!:toney
  3. Greg@RME

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    I got out this afternoon on the DR650, even though my back is still hurting from a pulled muscle a few weeks ago. I passed up a weekend ride in Moab with Uli & friends, thinking I better try to heal up and take it easy. That's easy to say, but this nice weather has been KILLING me, I've been wanting to get out for awhile on the dual sport.

    I rode out of Fruita West, on Hwy 6 & 50, to the turnoff for Hay Canyon. I made a quick stop at the Antione Robidoux Inscription at the mouth of the canyon, then started climbing into the Bookcliffs. I picked up the Bookcliff Ridge Road and started making my back East along the ridgeline... it was COLD up there, I'd guess 38* or so? Windy, too! I found my way to San Arroyo and dropped back down towards the valley. I did some exploring on some interesting side roads that ended up going nowhere, but at least I've seen them!

    After getting back out of the canyon, I started working my way back thru the desert... taking random roads I've never been on before. One after another, the roads turned for the worse... eventually I stumbled on some sweet desert singletrack! The DR650 was more than a handful on the soft singletrack, but eventually I found a main road which lead to asphalt. 4.5 hours and 125 miles later I was home...


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    Found some fun little single track today
  5. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Greg@RME, looks like a good time. Seems, like me, a lot of your rides are spur of the moment type, wake up and then decide where you'll go. I do a lot of that too. But we have the same interest, get out and see where that road there goes to. Currently I have Sundays and Mondays off, so if you're going to head out on one of these days my XR650L is ready. I also do small bike exploring if you're interested too. Uli can come along but he'll have to buy beer. :D
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Looked like fun... :huh but... bare hands?!! :huh
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    You nailed it, many of my rides involve last minute planning and deciding where to go on a whim. I do love making rides from home and seeing what's in my own 'backyard', IMO there are a LOT of places to see around here. I love exploring, even more so when there's something historical to see.

    There is so much territory to cover in the Bookcliffs, I do want to get back up that way again soon. I love it up there!

    We should plan a Sunday ride one of these days, get that XR out! I've also got a plated WR450 for shorter, more technical rides. I'm game for either, next weekend probably won't work for me, but any weekend after that should.
  9. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Greg, Uli (and others that know me) going to do some riding 4/22. Send me a PM if you think you may want to ride that Sunday. This will be 650 type riding. Not high speed but interesting. I don't pre-post my rides because AAN trolls make efforts to stop them. I'll only respond to people I know or that Uli or Greg know. :1drink
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    PM coming your way!

    **EDIT** - I can't PM you, looks like you're not taking them? PM me and we'll get the ball rolling.
  11. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    sent.
  12. Colorado Uli

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    I think I got roped into this one by default. :D Will someone please will me a small bike. I promise not to contribute to your early demise.

    OK, must get a bit more serious about fixing up the 625SXC (no jokes about how long it's taken please).
  13. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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  14. Cloud9

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    Probably just fine on the 950...if that's running. :evil
  15. Colorado Uli

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    OK, OK! I'm getting on the project tonight with CrossCountry. :patch

    Happy now? (I know I will)
  16. minerbill

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    Rode up Missouri Creek yesterday from RBC 109 and then up and over the saddle on Oil Spring Mountain. I noticed the roads in Calf Creek and West End Draw have been completely reclaimed. Without the need to connect Oil Spring to the lower country the road has been completely neglected. I think it was the gas companies were the only ones grading that road. Right now there are several place where small drainages have cut completely across the road and some of the ruts have gotten very deep. I don't believe a pickup could make this trip any more. Some of the washouts are deeep and right up against the brush on the high side.

    The BLM was nice enough to put up signs.

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    A few more spring storms without any road word may make this country a real ADVenture.

    As it was, it sure was a nice day for a ride.

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    East side of the saddle looking at the Cathedral bluffs and then south towards Douglas Pass.

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    This was an easy going 'see the area' ride. Got to the camping spot in the evening. Started with eight riders for Sunday.

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    Sunday was a perfect day for riding. Started cool but was warm but 9:30.

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    New and improved Adventure Granny was there and ready to ride.

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    Showed some riders who haven't been in the area before how to get to the Dolores Crossing. Came back and on with the ride.

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    Stopped at the west end of Granite Creek for lunch, then went on down.

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    Out the east end and on with more trails.

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    Half the group went home Sunday evening to get ready for Monday. The next day four were left, Adventure grandma and grandpa, my brother and myself. Rode some higher country.

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    Adv granny and grandpa went back to the trucks leaving my brother and me to finish up.

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    You go Ronn! More pictures please.
    Did you go down Sheep Creek? If yes, how is it looking these days?
  19. Colorado Uli

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    Thanks for the updates, Bill. That'll come in handy as the riding season is ON!
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    We didn't go down Sheep Creek road so I don't know what it looks like. The idea was to stay in the northern area of the triangle and enjoy the trails there. All two track but fun seeing the area again and revisiting areas I haven't been to in years. Low elevation was 4100 ft at the Dolores crossing and just about 8100 ft on the high trails. The weather was perfect and so was the camping.