Next in the BDR series - COBDR

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by eakins, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Fred-O

    Fred-O Adventurer

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    Sparky (my Wr250R) is getting anxious and would really like to make some new friends. Plan on Departing from the store in Meredith, CO on 11 Sep, 2017. Riding Southbound & joining section 4. Then Section 3 on 12 Sep, via the detour. Then Alpine Loop on 13 Sep. Returning to Meredith, via slab on 14 Sep.

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  2. Stizzlechips

    Stizzlechips Defective Gene

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    I am starting the COBDR September 11th also. I am leaving Denver after a tire change and plan to start at the end of section 4 in Gypsum. I will be riding south to Ouray then back north on the 14th to Crested Butte for the KTM Rally. I am riding this alone. Would be nice to bump into someone on the trip.
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  3. MotoChron

    MotoChron Making bad decisions since 1967

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    I'll be out there sometime, leaving Michigan tomorrow. Hauling the 690 out and gonna base camp somewhere, either Ouray or Silverton. Might head over to Crested Butte Wednesday/Thursday and camp somewhere if there's a spot. Missed the registration for the rally though.
  4. Fred-O

    Fred-O Adventurer

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  5. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    Heading out Tuesday for Salida, two of us, we will park the van there and ride south on the CDR to the New Mexico border then pick up the NMCDR south to Cuba, NM, then take 550 to 4 corners and start up the BDR. Not sure how far we will get but we're hoping to get north of I-70 before we have to head home. We have a week.
  6. Stizzlechips

    Stizzlechips Defective Gene

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    From what I have heard you should still show for the rally. You will miss the breakfasts and dinners but you should be able to group up with folks for the rides.


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  7. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    My Girlfriend Dee and I just ran it from Wyoming , maybe the oldest bike to try it ? 71 R50/5
    We made it onto Hagerman till it gets a bit nasty then elected to save the sump of the R50 and come back next year with her Beta Alp to finish off .
    Camped every night except one in Gypsum where I waited for front wheel bearings for my bike that were overnighted .
    Got to see 3 bears and many other critters . Great ride , cheers !



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  8. eddyturn

    eddyturn Eternal Wannabe

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    *** Fire Update *** PSA that there is an active fire burning in the first section of dirt north of Dolores and you may not be allowed on FSR 527 at the north end. About 120 acres and it's a low intensity fire that they are keeping contained with existing roads 527 and 528. The BDR uses 527 right at the eastern edge of the fire. Here is a link to the map of the fire area. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd558261.pdf You can bypass the fire section by staying on the Dolores/Norwood road 526 as the fire is pretty far to the east of that road. You end up on 526 anyway after the Draw fire area. That is all.

    Wait... here is more:

    Travel should not be affected on roads in the area. Some sections of the Boggy Draw trail system may be temporarily closed if fire is directly adjacent to a particular trail. The public is asked to respect any signage related to temporary closure of a trail for their personal safety. Roadside signs will be posted alerting the public to fire operations.

    For more information, contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970 882-7296.
  9. Fred-O

    Fred-O Adventurer

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    You starting in Salida on Tues? I hope to camp North of Salida (on detour) Monday Night. Maybe we could meet up Tuesday?
  10. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    Sorry, we are leaving Oklahoma City about noon Tuesday headed for Salida. Should get there Wednesday morning.
    Would have been nice to meet up though.
  11. sick_boy

    sick_boy I follow you.

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    Just got home from two weeks on and around the COBDR. Great trip. Saw quite a few riders I expect are inmates. I was riding a red Africa Twin and accompanied by an orange Tiger. A bit more challenge on the bigger bikes I suppose, but we got through it. I am hoping to get a trip report in but have to catch up with work first.

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  12. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    Well, as often happens to me, we need to delay our start for a few days so with a little luck we will be on the road before the weekend.

    But we're both retired so schedule for us is mostly just whenever we can, start.
  13. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    My wife and I are currently camping in an RV in the Wilderness Expedition RV park right in Salida. The entrance to our campground is on the road just across Hwy 50 from Walmart just over the bridge to the right. We are in our Raptor 5th wheel toy hauler, the only one in here. Stop by and say hi if you are in the neighborhood. I work from 6am-2pm locally each weekday in the RV.
  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    IMG_7461.JPG IMG_7436.JPG Started the COBDR last Tuesday in Dolores after Labor Day weekend and finished in Steamboat on Sunday. Spent an extra day in Telluride. Perfect weather.

    Camped in Dolores, Telluride, Lake City.

    Zero issues on a KTM 500 modded out including Rekluse.

    Favorites included Corkscrew (actually all the passes) and the fall changing of the aspen leaves.

    Hiked up the Barr Trail from Manitou to Pikes Peak as a warm up before the start in Dolores.

    For the record: not a drop of rain from Dolores to Steamboat

    The jump into the hot springs at Steamboat was a prize feeling for the ages
  15. Patj551

    Patj551 Motorcycle & Empowerment Coach

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    FIRST EVER ALL WOMAN COLORADO BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTE TOUR! This was a "teaching tour" and these ladies killed it! Video compliments of, Robin, one of the riders
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  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Knowing people's riding skills and bike capabilities differ, and the vagaries of the weather, I'd be interested in riders opinions on what constituted the more challenging segments of the COBDR. While on the ride last week we met some riders who thought the sugar sand just north of I-70 was a bugger, for example. Others claimed the rock scree on the west side of Ophir was a challenge. Comments?
  17. sceep

    sceep Been here awhile

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    When we ran it the mud on the first dirt section outside of Dolores just about ended our trip on the first day. It took us almost 5 hours to cover 4 miles. It was TERRIBLE.

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    The rest of the route was a piece of cake, even in the rain. We ran into some riders riding N to S north of lake city on our 3rd day. They were a little muddy and warned us about "almost un-rideable mud" ahead of us. We all thought "great, this is going to suck". It was a little damp, wouldn't even call it slippery. It differs for everyone.

    Ophir was like another gravel road for me, but one of the other guys in our group struggled a tad.
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  18. BadBrett

    BadBrett Son of a Combat Veteran

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    We rode North to South and stopped the COBDR at Telluride. Then rerouted back to Boulder. It was all good with a mixture of terrain. The sand trap that lots of riders mention outside of Buena Vista was no issue but guessing some have had issues with sand.
    Fully loaded KLR, I had to take advantage of the switchbacks on corkscrew and others in that area.
    Off of The COBDR, I DID NOT make it over Imogene pass. I had to turn around above TomBoy as the rain made it slick and the heavy ole KLR and I couldn't make it over. It wasn't turn around don't drown but instead turn around and quit falling (down).
    Loved the COBDR as I had really no idea of how much different terrain types the state offered. Heck, there are even Mosquitoes in Colorado at altitude. However, not in the size and swarms as we have in ARKANSAS.
    Thanks to all and Ride safe..
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  19. Hicountryrider

    Hicountryrider Been here awhile

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    Loose rocks on west side of Ophir, although if I had a smaller front sprocket it would have been a lot better.
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  20. samalama

    samalama Where we going?

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    Does anyone have camping tips for the Steamboat area? From what I can gather, there is Dry Lake and Granite campground. Anything else nearby that is possibly a gem and not too well known? We will be 2 riders coming in maybe tomorrow or Sunday from the north on the BDR.
    Thanks.