Lucky 'n Flux off-road some pigs in Colorado

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  1. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    I'm not gonna bore you all with everything it took to get ourselves going on this trip. Let's just say we have been talking about this for a few years now. Since my brother, Lucky, was moved to Kentucky and then to Arizona for work we have not gotten to ride together very often like we used to. This trip was perfect. We ride great together. We are interested in similar things, want to stop at the same times, eat at the same places, sleep and camp at the same types of places, and have a love for pushing our big pig bikes to the gnarly stuff.

    We both needed this trip. And it did not disappoint. Lucky will jump in where he can, so sorry if the order of this stuff skips around. I know you guys just want to see pics anyway, lol.

    I can't thank StevG57 and his fantastic wife, Kristy, for letting us park our trucks in your driveway all week. Thanks again, Steve.
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  2. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    In the interest of time, I decided it was best to load the 950 into my 1994 Toyota T-100 and drive it west. We would meet at Steve's place in Colorado Springs.

    The first day, from where I live in Dawsonville, GA, I drove 1100 miles and stopped somewhere in Kansas.

    But along the way, I passed through a town I couldn't NOT visit: Metropolis, IL. Home of Superman. Aaaand... that's about all they have going for it. This statue was pretty rad, though.

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    Things didn't get much interesting between Metropolis and Colorado Springs. Part of the reason I didn't RIDE the 950 out there is because I used to live in Omaha... I had no interest in riding across KANSAS. I did see some cool stuff though like this abandoned motel that had my attention. If this was back east, they would have destroyed it totally or at least barricaded it off so you couldn't TRESPASS. This was a recurring theme I noticed about west v/s east. People out west are a LOT more chill about things. People around here are uppity yuppies for the most part. Anyway... the motel...

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    Storm off in the distance while I was taking pics. I had forgotten what Great Plains storms were all about. They are BIG as is everything out there. Love them.

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    I got going again and came to another fantastic storm in the distance, before seeing the windmill farm along the freeway. I have seen these things before, mostly up around Coal Creek in Tennessee. NOTHING like the size of these farms. This stuff went on forever and made the scenery way better (IMO). I would pass through another one in Texas on the way home at night.... that was very cool too.

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    The 950 wants OUT!
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  3. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    just made a batch of popcorn and stocked up on beer ,,,,, in
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  4. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    After more of I70, I got off on HWY 40 in Oakley, KS. The signs state this to be the fastest way to CO Springs. I have my doubts as to the integrity of that sign.

    There are some interesting farming towns and actually the road is really nice at first. It eventually deteriorates and as you turn onto HWY 94 in CO it is utter crap.

    My excitement built up when I hit this sign:

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    But then it was more of KANSAS only it was now called COLORADO. I believe eastern CO might actually be MORE boring than KS. You just keep waiting to see mountains. Eventually your eyes play tricks on you and you think things like CLOUDS are them. But they are not. And the boredom continues.


    Eventually, though, you DO see some mtns start to rise up. Just happened to be I was behind this Son of Anarchy and his girl, whose shirt just wouldn't stay down. :lol3 ATGATT, darlin'. :eek1

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    A few more "first contact" shots...

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  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Did you guys ever meet up with Wheedle while you were out there?
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  6. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Lucky can probably fill in a few more pics here. Basically, though, we met each other and stayed at the Motel 6 in Colorado Springs for the night, stocked up on a few supplies, and headed out for dinner at Phantom Canyon Brewery on Steve's advice. It was pretty good. Bartender did a good job of ignoring us (we didn't have horn-rimmed glasses on) :lol3 but we had a good time and the building was really cool.

    One thing to note here is that it rained the night we drove downtown for dinner. CO does not believe in street lights, road reflectors, or proper paint stripes. The whole way downtown I could't see jack or shit and it was pretty dangerous, I would have hated to have been riding.

    Anyway, the next day we met Steve's wife and ditched the trucks.

    I also want to say I bought Steve Larson's book "Motorcycling Colorado" and the Butler Map of CO. These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone planning a trip out there. I almost didn't buy the book but I am glad I did. Use the 2 of those items together and it was great.

    Heading out from Steve and Kristy's place... it didn't take long to find cool stuff. First up was Garden of the Gods. Its a free park to the public, its was crowded, even on a rainy weekday, but very cool and unlike anything I had seen.

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    Lucky is impressed, I can tell. And I am too.
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    Then we hit was Old Stage Rd and Gold Camp Rd to the old mining town of Victor. We dodged rain all day. I know these folks needed it badly so I'm not going to complain about it at all.

    Old Stage and Gold Camp are really scenic, easy riding dirt roads. A great introduction to Colorado and a good warm up. Along the way we came up on this old train tunnel... one of the original 9 that hasn't fallen apart, according to Steve's book, and over 110 years old. It was very cool.

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    Lucky about to enter.
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    The view from the opposite way.
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  7. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    No we were going to but as you'll see, Lucky's GS had a problem with its monocle. It got lost and had a little oil hemorrhage (but more on that later).
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  8. lucky_strike

    lucky_strike whose flux?

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    no, unfortunatley our paths didnt cross. however he was in buena vista the day after we were.

    just a teaser shot of whats to come...

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    ya know they always say the trail never as steep, or as technical in the pictures as there were in real life??? its so true
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  9. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Another really cool thing about Old Stage / Gold Camp is these huge dirt bridges they built between mountains. It was like riding across a giant dam of dirt that was holding no water back. Really cool and a neat sensation to be riding on the treeline.

    As you can see, the rain just kept following us.

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    Then as you enter the canyon on the other side...
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    Then its time to start descending. Before the descent though you get to ride through some Aspen forests, and I wish I had taken more pics there. They were neat, not something we have in Georgia.

    On the way down...
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    You get to cross this cool wooden bridge.
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    And another tunnel....
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    From there we hit the old mining town of Victor. I will have to come back to this town sometime with a lot of film. It was raining pretty hard by this time, and a little chilly. I did not stop (regretfully) or take any pics of the next road, Phantom Canyon Rd. I do think Lucky got some pics of the neat RED bridge on this road though. It was another scenic road, not too challenging at all, that headed south towards Canon (or Canyon apparently) City where we got a room at the Travel Inn for the night. We stayed at mom n pop motels most of the time. We took camping gear but camped only 2 nights. Afternoon rains really became a pain in the butt for setting up camp, and at the end of the day, a hot shower and a bed were great to have. We decided next year we'd abandon the romance of camping each night and instead get a cheap mom n pop motel room each night. We met some great people at these places. Loved it.

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  10. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Lucky is gonna get us caught up on his pics and story to this point, that is all the posting I have in me for tonight. More to come tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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  11. lucky_strike

    lucky_strike whose flux?

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    ill add some pictures up to this point. but im too tires to write what each photo entails. enjoy. p.s. good shots flux

    so this is flux's first offroad picture taken of hime ever in colorado
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    some shots of inside the tunnel
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    another tunnel
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    then it was time to find camp...the storm was really getting to be a bad one
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    we opted out for a cheap room which the use of a swimming pool that was closed for the seaason:norton a hot tub that was tmeporarily out of order:norton and a mini put put course poured from concrete and pvc pipes.

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    we did manage to get into town and eat some of the pizza i have ever had. forgot the name of the place...but dam was it good !!
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    so that fills in the other side of the camera until now....tomorrow bears eerrrr.....cows. rattlesnakes, and rocky terrain:deal
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  12. StevG57

    StevG57 Rocky Mtn surf patrol

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    Lucky and Flux, it was a pleasure to meet you both and I'm glad we could store your vehicles. Peace of mind is everything on a trip and I hope we helped by keeping the trucks safe.

    Now, more pictures!
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    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    keep it coming i'm taking notes for, if i ever get to go back
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  14. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Great pics, Lucky. I'd say you definitely took more than me. Of course, my camera did break halfway through. I actually had more pics on it than I thought I would.

    So, we wake up from spending the night in a room next to a villain from James Bond who is there giving free dentistry to kids who can't afford it. His teeth were like Jaws so we found this a little strange. Anyway, nice guy nonetheless.

    From Canon City we tried to ride Skyline Dr, however its a one-way road, and we didn't know which direction of travel it went and we guessed wrong. For anyone wanting to ride it, you need to enter off US 50 and ride INTO town, you can't ride out of town on it. Bummer we didn't know that.

    So we rode up to the Ute Trail. This road has a lot of history to it that is worth reading into if you feel so inclined.

    But what we ADV-type care about is its over 40 miles of dirt. :evil . The road is easy to ride. I bet any bike could do it easily. It has some nice views. Some twists, some super-fast straights. Some cows in the road. Check it out:

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    A little video to show how desolate it is out there. Love it.

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    About 3/4 of the way down the Ute Trail, I was bored with graded easy gravel and out of the corner of my eye managed to find us something that ended up being more than we were looking for.... :p3rry
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    Lucky? on a GS? Hmmmmmm



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  16. Willy-B

    Willy-B onebudwiser

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    Nice pictures.

    You guy's are both very lucky.

    Keep it rollin'.:nod
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    Great pics so far:thumb Looking forward to the rest.
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  18. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Lucky, that pizza joint was Pizza Madness and you are right, it was great.
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    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    So, Ute Trail got a little boring as far as being on a graded easy to ride gravel road. I saw a smaller road to my left and without too much discussion, we took it. It was a little 2-track deal. Not too technical, just the right amount for some fun.

    Started to get a little hairy with this hill but still not too bad.
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    It opened up into a nice wide view where we stopped for a breath and a stretch.
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    But before long we were ready to roll again. The trail narrowed a bit and got a little more rocky. It was definitely headed down the mountain at this point.
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    I lead the way, and Lucky was close behind.
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    Things were getting even rockier and a little dicey if you chose the wrong line. This is the kind of stuff I live for.
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    I've been able to convince Lucky over the years that this is fun. :D
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    We started seeing a decline in the "road" at this point. Still not terrible to me, I think Lucky may have been getting nervous by now. But the dude is a trooper and was a champ in wrasslin' his pig around the obstacles.
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    We were eventually rewarded with a nice view of Salida. Salida would become my favorite town of the trip. More on that later.
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    Lucky has some vid of me leading the charge down this boulder-fest. We paid the price for that view of Salida around the next curve when we were greeted with this:
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    Obviously, all the rainwater from the mountain was using this as its pathway downhill. Lots of ruts and lots of rocks. This was a sketchy section. I can't believe the bags on my 950 didn't ever hit the ledge and tumble me down.
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    Lucky's victory pose :lol3
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    Eventually it let out north of Salida where we rode into town for a well deserved cold beer at Victoria Bar. "Vanessa", the well-inked bartender there, was pretty cool and knew a lot about the history of the town. She had a pretty rad book that had lots of very cool old pics in it. We sat there drinking a cold beer for awhile before walking across the street to grab a pretty dang good burger before jumping back on the bikes to find our campsite for the night....
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  20. el' hefe

    el' hefe Been here awhile

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    Yo mo-fo's!! I am in! It is always refreshing to see adventure bikes ridden like.....well...adventure bikes!

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