Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT!!! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tuffenuff, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thank you so much, zoid!
    Other than an overnight camping trip/test ride in Mendocino, CA the weekend prior this was my first ADV ride EVER. And Jeremy's first ever ride 2up.
    I was freaked out but managed to stay calm, if that makes any sense:lol3, and just trusted in everything. It was a blast and can't wait to do it again! :clap
  2. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks, liviob!

    Yes, we were mostly offroad.
    Jeremy and I are both new to 2up and I am new to ADV riding period. And we both have a little crazy in us:lol3. So, I am not the best measure on what's doable 2up.
    But yes, we were able to do the trails for the most part 2up except for, as you mentioned, the narrow/steep/rocky/loose segments - particularly on Black Bear and Tin Cup. :knary
    I walked briefly about 5x in Colorado. About the same in UT.
    We did get very lucky with the weather & trail conditions.

    Total trip mileage was about 2,000 in 12 days.
  3. tuffenuff

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    DAY 9: 2013 KTM Rally, Steamboat Springs, CO
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    Day 3 of the Rally
    9/14/13



    After eating like Kings and Queens for breakfast, there was plenty to discuss.
    We met up with the UT riders we met last night. (I'm so sorry guys! My bad, I totally forgot to write down your names :(:)
    And they were able to pinpoint on their maps the section of the UTBDR that was closed when they had passed through a few days ago.
    They also provided us with their bypass routes. Thank you so much guys! You are awesome! :super
    I hope you are reading this and chime in and let us know how your ride home went and you made it ok!
    We lucked out with the weather and got to ride through Dinosaur Monument, a bit muddy in certain spots, but fair riding conditions overall - stay tuned for later post on that day.
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    Today would be touristing day, for me. Russ was going to be doing some riding lessons with Jimmy Lewis while Jeremy and Mike did the Kremmling Loop on their own.
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    Here are pics from their ride...
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    Tatonka...
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    A "little" bit of mud...
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    Some downed trees...
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    Wow. Seriously? I researched why this is so - fascinating!
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    And why is there a military helicopter on display at a high school? :dunno Pretty cool though.
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    Thanks, Mike! For remembering to take a pic of your food in Kremmling. I love food porn! :lol3
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    They didn't get too many pics as it was raining and the trail conditions were a bit sketchy and slick, but I was thankful for the pics they were able to get.

    In the meantime, I was playing tourist all day and did about a total of 10 miles hiking and walking all around town. I first started at the Visitor Center and planned my stops from there.
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    Neat covered wagon at the Center.
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    I went to hike at Fish Creek Falls. Highly recommend. Close to town and the trails are well maintained.
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    Very cool antique tractor/trailer/tiller? being used as lawn art on someone's front yard.
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    Then I went to the Botanical Garden in town. This place was awesome! Small but packs a punch! Excellent collection of flora and trees.
    Well maintained landscape. I wish I had brought a picnic lunch!
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    Here are some of the highlights. If you'd like to see more of this garden, you can find more pics I took here.
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    I was able to snap pics of these huge moths that behave like hummingbirds. Very cool!
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    I then had a delicious lunch at The Boathouse with a wonderful view.
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    I had to walk off some of the food from lunch and prior meals and just walked around town.
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    Hilarious gum wrappings at Fuzzywigs! :lol3:lol3:lol3
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    If you'd like to see more pics I took around town, you can find them here.


    After my day tour, I headed back to The Grand, cleaned up and met up with the guys for dinner for our Last Supper! :D
    It was Awards Dinner Night and it was going to be atop the mountain via Gondola ride. :clap
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    I missed the Gondola Ride in Telluride, so I was extra excited about this one. I love Gondola Rides, even though I have a fear of heights. :loco
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    Spectacular view of the sunset!
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    Dinner, drinks and dessert were delicious and non-stop!
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    Time to pass out The Awards!
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    Congrats to Joel for winning "The Tourist" Award for taking the most pics other than the KTM Photog and me! :clap
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    Congrats to Wolfy for winning Mr. Social, although he claimed, at the mike, to be anti-social. :lol3
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    Congrats to all the other Award Winners. You can find their pics here.


    Other prizes would be given as well!
    During the Rally, we were each given a punch card with your name on it containing the names of all the vendors.
    When you visited each vendor, they would hole-punch the card next to their name.
    Once you had all the holes punched, you turned it in and it would be placed in a drawing bowl.
    During the Awards Dinner, cards would be drawn and various prizes given.


    On the second from the last prize drawing, a KTM Tank Bag and Vest was being award.
    As soon as it was announced, the first thing out of Jeremy's mouth, "I want that babe. I really need a new tank bag."


    Next thing you know...
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    I guess, "ask and ye shall receive". :lol3


    Jeremy kept the tank bag and Mike got the vest.
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    To cap off a great day and evening... REMATCH!
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    Mike still dominated in hockey. And Russ, well, he most definitely did not want to play with me anymore! :lol3


    Not sure how they roped me into getting on this saddle, but I must have felt bad about playing well against the guys :wink:, so I indulged.
    Thank goodness it was not mechanical! Although... that might have been a little fun!
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  4. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    The entire Rally, Jeremy had been eyeing Rottweiler's intake system package.
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    On Day 3, he finally caved and bought the system.
    He was going to install it that day, but it was too involved and we still had a week of riding left in UT.
    It still sits in the garage waiting to be installed, someday... soon... :gerg
  5. vintagespeed

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    that's kindof what we do.....gather parts and look at them in their hermetically sealed packages.... until that one day, when motivation strikes.

    cool RR, gonna get me a 990 one of these days... :D
  6. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    :lol3 That is so true, vintagespeed! :lol3 With anyone that has a passion. :D Everyone has to have a healthy collection of parts for that "rainy day", whenever, sometime... :lol3
  7. tuffenuff

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    DAY 10: 2013 KTM Rally Finale, Steamboat Springs, CO
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    Day 4, Final Day of the Rally
    9/15/13



    Well, today, this morning marked the end of The KTM Rally. Vendors were taking down their tents and the only thing on schedule were more Self-Guided Rides and Demo Rides.

    We were on our own for breakfast. So we ate at The Cabin and indulged one last time on their Sunday Brunch. :dg:dg:dg
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    Mike and Jeremy were going to Demo the 1190. I will let them chime on for their review. Sadly, no pics of them...
    I was going to do our laundry and hit the pool.
    We'd meet up and pack up and head on back on the trails by 1pm-ish...



    Sadly, we'd be losing Russ today.
    He would be heading back to Canada, for something called work. :(:
    Russ - it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and we completely enjoyed your company, humor and quick with about you! :wave Hope to see you next time!



    Well, I had the laundry room all to myself this morning. Gave me a chance to catch up on my journal while I waited and waited and waited patiently.
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    I got a chance to walk around the hotel mid-laundry cycles and listened to this gentleman playing on the piano a lovely tune...
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    With the laundry done, I hit the pool and hot tub. Ahhhh... finally... my reward. I get to RELAX... :jkam
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    A few hours later, it was time to pack up and head out. :(:
    But that also meant - back on the bike! :clap:clap:clap


    Our afternoon destination - Dinosaur National Monument & Echo Park.
    And hopefully, the trails were open...
  8. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    DAY 10 Continued: Destination Dinosaur Monument Valley/Echo Park En Route To UTBDR
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    9/15/13



    I'm back everyone! :eek1 Lol! Sorry for the delay. :gerg Hope I haven't lost you.
    Life kinda got a little hectic (in a good way) for a bit but all is now in order. :D


    I left you back in Steamboat on the last day/morning of the rally and we were packing up and headed back out on the ride! :clap :ricky


    The goal this afternoon was to make it to Dinosaur Monument Valley. Hopefully, the trails were open and passable. It had been closed the previous days.
    The goal this evening was to camp in Echo Park. Say what?! :huh Did you say CAMP?
    That's right folks! We were going to FINALLY camp - weather, terrain and conditions permitting...
    I know, I know... I'll believe it when I see it too! :lol3



    And away we go... :lurk:1drink



    We're riding along when I snapped this poignant reminder, for me, of the sacrifices of the many service men and women in the world, past and present. Much respect.
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    We reached the town of Maybell where we took a quick break and had some snacks.
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    Mike checked with the clerk if she knew anything about the park conditions and by the sounds of things, the conditions were in our favor today. :clap
    Except for this little guy... this was not his/her day. :(:
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    Although there continued to be dark clouds looming above us, the weather was kind and remained overcast with just the threat of a downpour.
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    We're finally here! :clap
    Mike and Jeremy had been here before a few years ago on their Forever West Segment ride. But it would be a first for me.
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    W-O-W! The scenery is just amazing!
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    The scenery was quite simply breathtaking and reminded me a bit of the Grand Canyon which is just uber-spectacular!
    I just realized... I was nearly standing up in this pic trying to take a pic. Man, I'm short! :lol3
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    The park beckons you to continue and enjoy it's beautiful and serene landscape.
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    And as we proceeded to heed it's call, we were welcomed with this glorious rainbow!
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    We continued on... :lurk:1drink
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    As we neared the location of our camp site, Echo Park, I was ever so thankful that the trails were open and I got the chance to visit this amazing place!
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    Jeremy let me know that we'd be heading straight to camp to set up while we had daylight. And we'd explore the scenery and surroundings tomorrow morning on our way out. :clap
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    As we entered the campsite, I noticed another KTM in the distance!
    It belonged to Fabrioli (if I heard it correctly). He was at the Rally and was just passing through the park en route to Salt Lake City, he hoped.
    He was also planning on doing a race but can't recall which.
    Fabrioli - it was nice running into you! I hope you made it to SLC and to your final destination OK and that you did great and are happy about your race!
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    Here's our camp site where, yes, we'd be camping! For the first time on this trip! :clap:clap:clap
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    While setting up camp, Jeremy tended to his boot - recall about nearly halfway on Page 2 of this thread, he asked for advise on how to glue the soles back together on his boot?
    Well, today, he had the brilliant idea of rubbing his boot on the ground to get some mud off of it. :fpalm I still love you babe!:raabia :lol3
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    Back to camping!
    First of all, I can't believe we're actually camping!
    Second, we had the whole campsite to ourselves!
    Lastly, I sure hope we remember how to set up camp! :lol3
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    1) Tents up! :clap
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    2) Fire's roaring! :clap
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    3) Foods out! :clap
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    4) Bottoms up! :hmmmmm
    All right, all right, the guys deserved it! Cheers! :freaky
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    As we sat around the roaring fire reminiscing about our trip, we were all genuinely thankful to have had an awesome and safe journey thus far!
    Jeremy and Mike had always talked about coming back here someday and actually camping here at Echo Park since they just passed through years ago and here they were! :norton
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    We went to sleep under a full moon, in full view and full brightness tonight. We were blessed. :snore
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  9. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Awesome Ride Report you guys! An amazing trip for sure! Nice to see you representing your Trailjammer Designs shirt Mike, on post #98. ha! Nice to see!
  10. lqgsrider

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    good RR thanks for posting
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    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    I'm a bit late to the party but great ride report! Thanks for taking all the time to post this up...I know it's a monumental amount of effort.
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    Well, after a long hiatus, I'm finally back to updating this RR.
    Sorry for the long delay folks - life, holidays, projects & a bit of laziness :rolleyes - got the best of me for a while...


    Now, let's see if I can remember how to do this... :type






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    DAY 11: Destination Wellington En Route To UTBDR.
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    But we ended up in Green River instead... read on...
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    9/16/13



    RISE & SHINE! We woke up to an amazing sunrise. It was going to be a great day... what could possibly go wrong? :eyes :eyes :eyes
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    It was such a warm and gorgeous morning, I joined Mike on his morning walk while Jeremy woke up and got started on packing up camp. Thanks babe!
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    When we got back to camp, I finally noticed the Caution signs on active animals in the area and how to properly pack away food items and anything with a scent.
    So we're not quite sure why Mike's seat was attacked overnight... :dunno
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    We finished off a light breakfast of protein bars and juice, packed up camp, cleaned off a little mud off the bikes and were finally on our way... :clap:ricky
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    Since we didn't get a chance to play tourist yesterday, we took the opportunity this morning to fully appreciate the historical sites available to peruse in this beautiful Park. :lurk:1drink
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    And the day kept getting better...
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    And better...
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    Quick! Can you find the lizard? :D
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    We made our way to the overlook where the views continued to get better...
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    Hey! Could this be the magic school bus?!
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    The canyons were spectacular.
    I had been warned that the ride out of the canyons was going to be a long one and hot, but I didn't mind one bit... not with such a peaceful surrounding.


    :dg:dg:dg Taking a little dinner break... brb... for real... I will be right back...
  13. tuffenuff

    tuffenuff a.k.a. "Tiny Dancer"

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    Thanks guys! I've been MIA for a while but I am back on the update mode, again! But this time, I'll update daily until it's complete! :D
    And bonus for me, I just now figured out the multi-quote icon! :clap :lol3
  14. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Just tuned in....Went from page 1 to here today. Looking forward to the rest.
    Good stuff
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    Hiya Bgunn! :wave Thanks for tuning in! One more update coming up, shortly... :type
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    DAY 11 - Continued: Destination Wellington En Route To UTBDR
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    But we ended up in Green River instead... read on...
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    9/16/13



    The ride out of the canyons was long as promised and hot, but the scenery made it worthwhile! :lurk:1drink
    Plus, my Motoport Kevlar Jacket and Pant kept me cool and comfortable. :D
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    Once again, we were blessed with excellent weather conditions! :bow
    Apart from sections of rocky/sandy/swirly/steep/narrow conditions, the rest of the trails were in fairly ideal conditions for comfort cruising. :gyro
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    The ride continued on smoothly... too smoothly... :eyes :eyes :eyes
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    We finally reached the entrance/exit and decided to make a pit stop at the Dinosaur National Monument Fossil Bone Quarry. I highly recommend it!
    *Note 1: The original smaller building is closed (top 2 pics below), replaced with this newer facility (bottom 2 pics below). The blue/turquoise/teal dino is still up at the old site.
    *Note 2: Do not exit the park if you want to see the new Monument Quarry site. Go to the building before you exit, otherwise, you'll have to turn around and pay the park entrance fee, like we did.
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    At the old quarry site, I noticed the following plaque and was curious to learn more about the history marker. The name sounded familiar but my recollection of History class escaped me. Hello Wiki! :deal
    This was part of the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition conducted in 1776 to find a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Spanish missions in California, which would later become part of the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe.
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    Mike and I decided to take the quick 15 minute tour while Jeremy caught up on his work email inside the air-conditioned building. It was hot, but the tour was well worth it!
    There was a quick 5 minute shuttle ride down to the Quarry Building. The building itself was modern and air-conditioned.
    The shuttle and tour was free. You can donate as well as purchase from the gift shop, which I happily did.
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    Wow! What a treat this was!
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    Careful, Mike! They probably have a "You break it, you buy it!" policy! Yike$$$!
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    I am ever so thankful to have been born in this time as opposed to the dinosaur age - OUCH! :eek1:eek1:eek1
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    As I said, what an excellent tour and one that I highly recommend!
    Once we showed Jeremy the pics we took, he was bummed he passed on the opportunity (next time babe!).

    But alas, it was time to get back on the road! :ricky :lurk:1drink

    So, we're riding along... day was great... ride was smooth... when all of a sudden Mike pulled off and stopped on the side of the road... with no fuel... :doh
    And Jeremy's tank was tethering on empty too... :doh :doh


    Thank goodness for Buddy Tow! :clap
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    Thankfully, we only had 5 miles to go to get to the nearest gas station (Sinclair) and we were praying Jeremy still had enough in his tank to make it. :knary:knary:knary
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    Time to catch some :snore:snore:snore... be back in the morning to continue with the updates. :norton
  17. bomose

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    Great photos and report! Barb and I were there in July. An amazing place. Were you able to take in Yampa Bench Road?
    I need to get on our RR. As you say, it takes a lot of time. Thanks for taking your time.
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    Thanks bomose! And you too, great pics! I am trying to recall Yampa Bench Road but all I can remember is the Yampa River. Where was it exactly? Maybe Mike or Jeremy will remember...
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    That was the first time Jeremy and Mike used the Buddy Tow! Thank God it worked! :knary

    Lesson learned for next time... :lol3
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    After that little bit of oopsies, it was time to eat! We were all starving. :dg:dg:dg


    We stopped at the Naples Country Cafe and chowed down on breakfast and lunch fares. And there is always room for pie!
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    I thought the use of vintage advertising as table covers was clever!
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    After filling our bellies, we were back on the road and headed to check out 9 Mile Canyon. :ricky

    Mike had heard good stuff about it and we were all jazzed to be back on the bikes. :lurk:1drink

    But we weren't too jazzed about the darkening sky, rain, thunder and lightning... :eek1
    We got rained on but I stayed nice and dry. And bonus, no lightning strikes! :knary
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    Nine Mile Canyon started out lovely and smooth...
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    And then it became a little rocky, mucky, wet and slushy... :D
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    And then it became nice again... too nice... pavement... :bore
    But the scenery was lovely...
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    We made it to Wellington by about 5:30pm and started looking for camp sites.
    We stopped at a Chevron and got a tip from the cashier (an avid local hiker & camper) on a nice camp site.
    He gave us pretty good directions but we still managed to take a wrong turn.

    Back on track, we found the site... umm.... :dood
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    For some reason, Mike decided to go ahead of us and check out the site and got himself stuck... :doh

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    It wasn't too bad though - nothing compared to what Jeremy would have to deal with the next day. :fpalm:fpalm:fpalm

    Jeremy was able to ride Mike's bike out of the muddy muck. :clap
    And there was no way we were going to camp in there! :nono

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    We decided to ride on and on and on :ddog and on and on and on :ddog to look for a camp site...

    Finally, after a loooooong day of over 400 miles and 15 hours of riding (not the plan and never doing that again) - we ended up in Green River, where we almost ended up being SOL on rooms as everything was booked up.
    The last hotel we stopped at was the Super 8, and fortunately for us, there was a screw up with someone elses booking.
    Super 8 accidentally booked 3 rooms in their names and they only wanted 1 which was awesome for us because we got the 2 rooms (the last 2 rooms in the whole town)! :clap


    We were all super tired and cranky and agreed to never doing that again, cut off at 5/5:30pm.


    We tried to order Pizza but they had just closed... ugh... protein bars and gummies will have to do.


    We needed a good night's rest after that! :snore:snore:snore




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    PREVIEW: We needed every second of last night's rest because in the morning,
    Jeremy and I would find out exactly how long it would take to dig out an 800 lb +/- bike out of a bottomless slushy mud pie!
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    Anyone care to guess on how long??

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  20. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    Yampa Bench runs from Echo Canyon east to Elk Springs, Co. So I guess you didn't catch that road. It's all great out there, though. Except the mud!