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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by eakins, Nov 23, 2011.
Heavy rains yesterday morning nixed our plans to ride Ophir Pass from east to west on the big bikes. Took 550 then around the north and west to Telluride.
Once again ours plans got pushed, we now hope to leave OKC Monday morning headed for Salida. I really hope we make it this time, we are using up September.
Ophir Pass from east to west on big bikes, no thanks, I've ridden Ophir and I somehow just don't like downhill on loose rocks on a heavy bike with a rather steep drop away slope just a couple of feet away. Uphill not so bad so we will ride west to east. We should get to that about Thursday, surely the rains will pass by then?
We'll be in the area next week. Leaving from Eagle Nest NM and making a big loop up thru CO. Worried more about snow than rain.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=838980829595494&set=p.838980829595494&type=3 ...
Lynx pass like was stated above. Also Buff Pass just east of Steamboat. Sees house area east of Clark also
Be happy it rained
check out Pearl Lake campground north of Clark. Stunning
Just south of Lake City is Wupperman Campground. Stunning setting right off the COBDR route. Ask for site #9 - right on the cliff overlooking Lake San Cristobal with a view to the San Juans. The manager will set up your evening fire wood.
Telluride to Ouray via Imogene Pass tomorrow on the big bikes.
Get Subcomm to video you on your big fat GSA climbing the west side of Imogene, either at the switchbacks just past Tomboy or right after those on the steep scree, and I'll buy you two steak dinners! I saw a super skilled GSA rider do it when I was up there. It can be done!*
(*I predict you'll report more rain)
We just got back from an 8 day trip which included the southern half of the COBDR and we spent an extra day in Ouray, removed the luggage and rode Black Bear and Imogene. Those two passes are a lot of work on the big bikes!
Heading down the steps on Black Bear.
It had been a while since we rode those passes on the DRZ's and we didn't remember them being too difficult so we thought we'd try it on the big bikes... A lot more challenging and we were worn out by the time we got back to Ouray. The funny thing was when we left that morning we thought we were going to do two more passes after Black Bear and Imogene WRONG!
I had about the same experience, rode BB on my DR650, thinking it was a piece of cake.
Came back a month later and rode BB and Imogene on my S10 and felt totally beaten.
Still felt great to have FI and all that HP on those passes
Starting the BDR from the North tomorrow. Should be an awesome time; CAN'T WAIT!
Tomorrow?? Bring some snow gear and tires. Need lots of warm clothes and gloves.
Yeah.... I'm not sure you want to do that...
I'm incredulous some of you are undertaking this in October. It's supposed to snow in Telluride on Monday, let alone whatever the weather decides to do on the high mountain passes. The mountains in view of have been snowcapped for Denver for weeks.
I'm all about doing the crazy stuff and did a speedy COBDR solo in August but it can easily turn into a survival situation on some of those mountain passes at this time of year. Snow and low visibility combined with any bike issues (flat tire) could be disastrous. Be safe and don't be afraid to call it and reroute some areas. And post some photos!