MUD SWEAT & GEARS- 2 Noobs hit the CDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tele-steve, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    We headed towards Red Rock Pass on the Montana and Idaho border.

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    Flag Ranch Road was still snowed in with heavy damage from the spring run off, so we hightailed it through Victor, Driggs, Teton Pass, and down into Wilson. We stopped at the Cowboy Bar and quickly pulled down several adult beverages before getting a hold of my buddy we were going to stay with that night.

    My friend in Jackson had just gotten from his wife. They were only married for 6 months and he was having a rough time with it all. The ski shop hired him back and let him crash in the employee apartment/locker room/storage unit. The downside was that he had to share the space with 20+ other ski shop employees during the day. The plus side is that if you stretch your arms out you can touch the door to the apartment as well as the door to the Mangy Moose:clap. Needless to say, we did not venture very far that night.

    The next morning, we headed north to Togette Pass past the grand mountains of the Teton Range.

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    We headed up and over Union Pass and dropped in along the Green River and the Wind River Range headed towards Pinedale.

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  2. adventurecycle

    adventurecycle Been here awhile

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    Awesome so far....been waiting since 2008 for the finish though!:snore
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  3. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Ya, shit... life gets in the way sometimes....


    Anyways... we rolled down Union Pass and into Pinedale. The Windriver Mountain Range was to the east and the route takes you right down along the foothills. The views were mind blowing.

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    When we gassed up in Pinedale, we overheard some locals bitching about all the hippies in town. Hippies... in Pinedale?:huh It didn't make sense... but I was wrong, really wrong.
    Pinedale, for one week, was the hippie capital of the US. The Rainbow Gathering had set up camp in the foothills of the Windrivers 20 miles outside of town. The beauty of it was that the National Boyscout Jamboree was going on at the same time, in the same National Forest, at the same place.
    Now that put a smile on my face.

    The further we got out of town, the more we ran into. I swore I could smell them before I saw them. The majority looked like they stole their mom's car (i.e. 1989 Volvo station wagon) and someone's laundry on their way across country.

    Thankfully the views were good enough that smell didn't bother me.

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  4. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    We hit Highway 28 at the south end of the Windriver Range. We knew we wanted to fill up the tanks before heading out into the great unknown of central Wyoming, but it was roughly 20+ miles to Farson (west) and 34 miles to Lander (east). We decided to take our chances with Atlantic City...

    As luck would have it, even on the 4th of July, we found some gas.

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    Wild Bill was classic Wyoming. Not too tall, long white beard, and the downstairs room was filled with jerry cans full of gas. I don't remember what we paid, but I did not really care. It would get us across the Great Basin and the experience of meeting him was worth all the money we paid for those 4 gallons.

    By now it was getting later in the afternoon and we took off out of Atlantic City with our sights on Rawlins as storm clouds began to gather over our heads.

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    Having heard about what happens to the roads out in the Great Basin after it rains I was getting a bit nervous; plus the thought of being in a lightening storm without a place to hide for 100+ miles was a bit unsettling.

    It was with nervous anticipation and excitement that we hightailed it across the desert.

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  5. GnarlyKarle

    GnarlyKarle aka: ici_moto

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  6. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Are these dates correct???????

    Did this ride start over 1 1/2 years ago, plus what was the start date of the ride. I'm just trying to figure out my departure date since you stated that some of the roads were still closed due to snow.

    Keep it coming we are enjoying the RR.:ricky :thumb :ricky
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  7. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Stick-
    We did this whole ride in 10 days. It took 2 1/2 days of riding highways to get from the Front Range to the Canada Border at Roosville. We then took 6+ days of riding to get back down to Colorado along the CDR. We went around the end of June/early July. The only road that was still closed due to snow was Going to the Sun road up in Glacier National Park. This is not part of the CDR. If you do this ride in May / early June there possibly could be more. If you are planning on riding the CDR through Colorado, most of the high passes do not open till the end of June or even mid July depending on what kind of winter they've had.

    It did not take a year and half to complete the ride, I've just been extremely delinquent with my ride report updates.

    -tele
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  8. Charlyno

    Charlyno Been here awhile

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    ...great report and magic pics !:clap :clap :clap
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  9. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    The ride through the Great Basin was incredible. Remote only begins to describe it out there. The only thing that you come across is the occasional sheep farmer.
    The clouds kept forming overhead and winds picked up. Squalls formed and chased us across the plains. The smell of wet desert sage fill the air and we somehow managed to stay ahead of the rain.

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  10. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Oh ya, Flag Ranch Road was still closed when we got there.

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    We might have been able to sneak through, past the washouts, but we did not take our chances and REALLY wanted a cold beer & shower which was waiting for us in Jackson.
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  11. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Eventually, the dirt road stops and spits you out onto the paved Mineral X road. We could not figure out why this road, out of all of them, was paved. Once back home we found out that there is a uranium mill another 20 miles east of this junction.

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    We made to Rawlins around 8pm on the 4th of July. Most of town was closed down, but we managed to find a place for dinner before heading out of town to find a place to sleep in the dirt for the night.
    It is funny how I feel much safer when camped out in the middle of nowhere, far from anything, rather than near a town... especially on a holiday weekend.
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  12. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    We found a spot several miles south of town along the route and laid awake through the night listening to some local kids 4 wheel their 92 Bronco through the sage brush and up onto bluffs. I just laid there ready to bolt out of bed if they started making their way towards us.
    Thankfully they eventually took off and we finally got some rest.
    We woke up to a really beautiful sunrise and made some coffee.

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    The roads south of Rawlins heading towards the Colorado border are wide with a healthy layer of gravel. It was not the easiest thing to ride on and took a serious amount of concentration to keep the bikes tracking the way we wanted them to.
    It was along this stretch that we came across 2 individuals, hiking along the road. The were about 10 miles apart from each other and had the large internal framed backpacking packs on. Both people as they heard us approach turned and started walking away with their backs to the road. I was immensely curious about what they were up to, how long they had been hiking, where they were going, where they came from... but they obviously were not interested in chatting.

    So, we motored on towards home.

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  13. rednax

    rednax Been here awhile

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    :yikes what a place, what a ride ! Envy envy envy:cry
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  14. gldfamily

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    AWESOME RR!! Talk about going all-out for your first real outing!:clap
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  15. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    We rolled through the sage brush of southern Wyoming. The topography starts to change when you start approaching the Colorado border. We hit the famed Aspen alley early in the morning and ticked on through past Hahn's Peak and down into Steamboat Springs.

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    We hit Steamboat Springs just before noon on the Saturday of 4th of July weekend. Town was packed. It was a bit of a shocker to be in a town of that many people.
    The plus side was that they had a pretty good farmers market going on and we grubbed on a mean pulled pork BBQ sandwhich for lunch.

    Knowing we were really close to home but not quite ready to end the trip, we headed out of town towards Buffalo Pass which would take us through North Park, Walden, and onto the Front Range.

    The amount of traffic on Buffalo Pass was unbearable. It seemed like everyone and their brother had decided to go camping that weekend somewhere on the pass. It was choked with slow cars and road had been pulverized into a fine dust.
    After finally getting our way around most everyone, we round the corner and find that the NFS had decided to not unlock the gate and open the pass that weekend :huh. That was it. Game over. We hit our wall.

    The temperature was easily in the high 80's, swarms of people, dust, traffic, and closed public access to our National Forest. Being only a couple of hours from home, we turned tail, hit the highway, and made it down to the front range to celebrate with a cold beer at the Second Largest Brewery in Golden.

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    We had ridden 2800 miles in 9 days, from our homes to the Canadian border and back, and lived to tell the tale. The route provides a really incredible experience of the Rocky Mountains.

    As a "first ever", the experience of this trip will stay with with me for a long time. It has given us the confidence to plan more daring routes and petition for longer time away from the families.
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  16. stimmer6253472

    stimmer6253472 Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed it.
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