Reise - For Adventure on the Trans America Trail

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Exile, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. WaywardSon

    WaywardSon Long timer

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    Nice report & pics! Looks like you guys had a blast.

    Thanks for taking the time......
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  2. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

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    The next morning we said our goodbyes to Mike, Ryan was still sleeping, and headed out to finish off Oklahoma.

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    And we got another look at the damage to Mike's bike.

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    Then we prepared ourselves for more straight roads, with an occasional cattle ranch. We also wrote some reminders on our bikes, see if you can spot them.

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    Then we hit some sandy paths and Tavis had a small spill but nothing major, then back to the straight, hot roads.

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    We finally got to Elkhart, KS and Cimarron River Campground in the National Grassland after 283 miles that day. We set up camp then I took a nap as Chris went to explore and somewhere along the way lost his 1 gallon reserve tank.

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    Finally the morning that we were looking forward to arrived. We would finally leave the barren wasteland of cows that is Oklahoma. After the rainstorm that night, the roads were nice and packed...for the morning anyway. At least the breeze was cool...all day in fact.

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    And we saw some more wildlife, and found an area that was a little too wet...and had some fun.

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    And saw the tracks of those before us.

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    After I tried to snake my way through this bog, the others decided to go around.

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    As we approach the New Mexican border we found a cow that tried to escape Oklahoma...it almost made it.

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    Then we were in New Mexico.

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    And saw hills and curves again.

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    About midway through NM we came to the rocky uphill climb. It was so fun, I couldn't stop to take a picture.

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    And the view from the top.

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    Early afternoon we made it to Colorado and the nice town of Trinidad where I sit typing this. Valcom Motorsports was first on the list where we changed our oil and Tavis got a new air filter. It was a nice stop off, as we talked with the owner about our trip.

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    Then we headed for Trinidad Lake state park. On the way I noticed another broken weld on my rack which caused a stress fracture on a second weld. Back to Valcom where I was directed across the street to the co-owners welding shop. His guys fixed the welds in no time while we talked with the other owner about the dirtbike and hare scramble scene in Southern Colorado. I want to move out here.

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    Here are some pictures of Trinidad's main street and Trinidad Lake. The state park was a very nice place but almost expensive as a motel. So we chose the motel and got some laundry done. I'm pretty sure a couple of the water holes we rode through today had a higher ratio of cow piss than anything.

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    The best parts are yet to come. Colorado begins tomorrow.
    #22
  3. mototwin

    mototwin Adventurer

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    37
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    East Tennessee
    #23
  4. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Louisville, KY
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  5. mototwin

    mototwin Adventurer

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    East Tennessee
    The accident happened after finishing Sam's charts, when they end follow Sam's advise and follow the map on paved roads to Alva.
    If it's raining avoid these roads, too muddy and slick, another rider before us burned his clutch trying to get through. In fact if it's dry I would avoid the second day on dirt and slab it to Alva. Not much to see, hot, dusty and absolutely straight dirt road for 60 miles with blind intersections every mile or so.
    Save yourself for much better ridding and scenery in New Mexico and Colorado.
    #25
  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Thanks guys...hope the rest will heal quickly. You all seem to be very compatible..which is a rare thing these days. Cheers to you all and ride safe.

    By your estimated speed you seem to cover about 200+ miles a day or more? I am a senior oldie and don't expect to try hitting 60 mph except on paved sections. Going 40 mph for 10 hours will entail to about 400 miles which I am sure you believe is excessive for a days run in the heats you're going through, right?
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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I really liked that section, it was a blast! :clap
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  8. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

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    As we left Trinidad, we were greeted with these twin peaks as we headed into the foothills of the Rockies.

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    Then into La Vetta for gas after 80 miles.

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    And back on the trail.

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    By mid-afternoon, we happened by some horses in the road. I'm not sure if they were wild or broken but they were used to humans, probably assuming we had food.

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    And then this happened...again.

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    Caused by another one of these.

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    But soon enough we were back at it. After getting gas in Westcliff, we headed into the Rockies toward Salida.

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    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-045.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-045.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 045" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
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    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-060.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-060.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 060" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
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    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-071.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-071.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 071" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
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    At this point we were 10 miles from Salida, CO. Since it was all downhill, we shut off our engines and coasted down in neutral. Then the unthinkable happens. Three miles outside of Salida on CR175, I was bring up the rear and coming around a left hand blind curve on a cliff side when I collided head-on with a Ford truck.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-080.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-080.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 080" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>

    This accident was caused by my own stupidity and I will own up to it. I was still coasting downhill as I had been for the past 5 miles. Then the genius idea came into my head that I should take a video of this serene setting. So riding one-handed, without my helmet on, I took the inside corner of the curve...I was later ticketed by the state police for not driving in my lane. This has reinforced a lesson that should have already been known. Don't be stupid.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-081.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-081.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 081" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-086.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-086.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 086" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>

    Since both myself and the truck were going about 10 mph upon collision it was like hitting a brick wall. The accident bent my right fork inward and the rim hit the truck's tow hook, saving the tube and tire but bending the rim. The truck had a very small dent in the bumper. My right mirror was broken, the right hand-guard came off, and my driving lights were broken.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-083.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-083.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 083" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
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    I suffered minor injuries with a nasty scrap on my inside forearm below the wrist, a six inch bruise down my chest, and a lot of pulled muscles in my leg at the knee. I was lucky.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-087.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-1-087.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 1 087" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-961" /></a>
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    The bike was ridable, and I was able to get it down into Salida to find a motel. So we spent an extra day in the tourist trap of Salida working to get my bike fixed. Again we were very fortunate to run into a guy that new another guy who had a work shed with a hydraulic press. There we were able to bend the fork back in place with the advice of mx_rob from ThumperTalk, and bend the rim more or less back in place using a big vise.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-001.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-001.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 2 001" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1058" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-002.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-002.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 2 002" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1058" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-003.jpg"><img src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-2-003.jpg" alt="" title="Chris Colorado 2 003" width="800" height="533" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1058" /></a>
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    And then we went to eat in historic downtown, took a nap and rested, and here I am at the local cafe posting. We leave tomorrow morning to finish Colorado.

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  9. EndOverEnd

    EndOverEnd Adventurer

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    You got pretty lucky to be able to walk away from the crash in relatively good shape man.

    I'm liking the riding so far, makes me want to do it the more I read and see the pictures.

    Thanks for posting.
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  10. DIRTDUC

    DIRTDUC Banned

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    Hey guys...good luck on the ride...I just finished the trip a week ago...did from Arkansas onwards solo as my riding partner fell off too many times in the ozarks and ran home..had a big off just outside of Battle mountain nevada where the road is terribly rutted out...be careful where it tells you to go down gasoline road I think it called it (turn left onto gasoline road)... You have probably already found out the Hancock and Tamichi passes are closed...from St Elmo you can go up to Tin Cup pass but ask in the store if it is still closed...but it is a nice ride up there, but unfortunately you have to go back into Salida if they are still closed..My pic of the dead cow in Oklahoma was a little less flyblown... god I was glad to get out of that state... I have started writing a little road report under the heading of just finished the TAT solo...I will see if I can remember any other pointers for your trails ahead...from where you are on it starts to get really good....challenging in spots but well worth the efforts...If you need stuff in Moab Utah call into Arrowhead Motorsports,,,really nice guy and has everything you need...
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  11. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

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    Thanks for the heads up. We talked to some locals here that helped me with my bike repair about the passes. We plan to take Cinnamon Pass if possible, they said Hancock was nice but nothing special. I have already called ahead to Fred at Arrowhead and we are set up to have him put on some new skins.
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  12. NOTAR_520

    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    Hancock is a very NICE pass, a bit challenging for some(not to steep, but some rocks), and is the pinnacle of crossing the over the Rocky Mountains.

    One in our group lowsided on the same stretch going into Salida, it's an end to a long day, and it looked HOT. Our guy(Bret) got stitches and was on the trail the next AM.

    Kudo's for bending the bike back into shape, you guy's are highly motivated, ROCK on.

    Thanks for the RR, the TAT is a war of attrition, as you can attest. I can't wait to read MORE.

    :D
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  13. Mezo

    Mezo Banned

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    Thanks for the heads up on the trip, i was busy with my thread & missed the start of yours (slap my wrist).

    Fantastic ride/report with great pics & lots of them, i like this one. :D

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    That fork will be fine, my old fella did the same repair for me & i rode it for years after, no problem.

    Subscribed. :lurk

    Good Luck.

    Mezo. :thumb
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  14. DIRTDUC

    DIRTDUC Banned

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    Tell him the Australian on the orange KTM who came through a couple of weeks ago said HI..
    If you have time in Moab take the morning and go up into Kanes?? canyon...one way in and out but a really nice ride..its the road in between the McDonalds and the burger King...and good food and icy cold beverages at Mcstiffs..I hope the wildflowers are still in bloom when you get up onto the Tundras, before McDermott..???... There are some really nice campsites when you go up and over Marshalls pass (the bypas for Hancock and Tamichi)..one just before you get to the top and then a couple about 2 miles after the top..When you come out of Eureka Nevada you will find the first section blocked off by mining pit expansion...(the bit where it says ..follow pipeline on your left and then go over second pipeline and turn right...alll blocked by new fencing).. I went on the pavement out of Eureka and joined back up where it says..cross the highway and go .52 miles..??? and take sharp left turn..the mileage is just from memory.. I will let you know if anything else springs to mind.. Great camping in Black Dragon canyon..after white creek???...it got quite cold at night from where you are onwards..the sections where it says there is deep sand is not too bad on the bikles you guys are on...but you will be glad when you are through it...LOL...
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  15. DIRTDUC

    DIRTDUC Banned

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    Cinnamon pass is open and a great run up...when you come down the other side into the old town and go to turn right at the bottom I think you will find the bridge is still out but you can cross the stream quite easily..after that I found the directions to be a little vague..after Talisco mill you will head up towards California Gulch or Pass ??...you can't see where the road goes or how it looks like you can get up there but it is the one in the lower valley to your right...a really cool ride but I found the mileages to be off...continue towards corkscrew pass etc...I found signage on trails is more accurate than maps/rollcharts..
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  16. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

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    Bandaged and repaired, we made our way out of Salida with the mountains on the horizon.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-001.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 001" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-001.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
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    Now we had been told in salida that Hancock pass was closed because the original bridge is too "decayed" and the new one washed out. But we decided to make our own judgement as to its "passibility."

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-020.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 020" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-020.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-022.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 022" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-022.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-023.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 023" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-023.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    So after searching around I found this nice long rotted board to "bridge" the gap arond the gate.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-030.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 030" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-030.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Removed the softbags and one box on my bike and did this.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-031.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 031" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-031.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-032.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 032" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-032.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-033.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 033" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-033.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-034.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 034" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-034.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-036.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 036" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-036.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    And success!

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-039.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 039" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-039.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    After looking more closely at the sign, I saw it read differently.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-043.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 043" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-043.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    For those passing through after us, we stashed the board to the left of the trail under a tree.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-041.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 041" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-041.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    I suggest you follow our lead. Missing Hancock and Tomichi passes is not an option. They were amazing as the following pictures will show.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-047.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 047" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-047.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Getting up to Hancock was definitely a struggle through the rock strewn path.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-053.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 053" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-053.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-052.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 052" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-052.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    After the tough climb with the low oxygen and my previous injuries, I needed a rest. I found this nice comfy recliner waiting for me part way up.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-055.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 055" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-055.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-059.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 059" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-059.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-060.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 060" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-060.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-061.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 061" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-061.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-062.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 062" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-062.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    And then back at it.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-065.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 065" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-065.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>


    Do It!

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-066.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 066" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-066.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-070.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 070" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-070.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-072.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 072" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-072.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-073.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 073" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-073.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-076.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 076" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-076.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-081.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 081" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-081.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-084.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 084" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-084.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Finally we made it all the way up.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-091.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 091" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-091.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-092.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 092" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-092.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-103.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 103" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-103.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-097.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 097" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-097.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    It was awesome up there, until we realized we had to go down the rocky paths to get to the far trail along the mountain to Tomichi Pass...

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5323.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-391" title="IMG_5323" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5323.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5325.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-391" title="IMG_5325" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5325.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-109.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 109" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-109.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-110.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 110" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-110.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    And the sheer rocky cliff down...

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-112.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 112" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-112.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Going back up, we were able to see what we just had to come down.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-114.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 114" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-114.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5329.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-391" title="IMG_5329" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_5329.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-117.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 117" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-117.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-120.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 120" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-120.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-123.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 123" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-123.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Then we were rewarded with the view from Tomichi Pass.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-124.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 124" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-124.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-127.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 127" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-127.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-131.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 131" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-131.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-133.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 133" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-133.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-140.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 140" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-140.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    As we headed down, continuing on the trail, we came to a fork and saw this sign. In our opinion, its only 1-wheel drive.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-146.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 146" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-146.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-147.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 147" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-147.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    It was all downhill from there as we got back out into the open valley.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-149.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 149" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-149.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Then we stopped to eat at this Trading Post, which has some pretty amazing burgers.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-157.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 157" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-157.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Not kidding.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-158.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 158" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-158.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    Then we really got the open valley, and came across this nasty looking goat.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-160.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 160" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-160.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-166.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 166" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-166.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    And took another rest in the shade.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-171.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 171" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-171.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-173.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 173" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-173.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-175.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 175" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-175.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-176.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 176" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-176.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-177.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 177" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-177.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-182.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 182" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-182.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-187.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 187" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-187.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-188.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 188" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-188.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-192.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 192" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-192.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-193.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 193" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-193.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-195.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 195" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-195.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-196.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 196" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-196.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-197.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 197" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-197.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    After this we came to the long winding road down to the valley floor to Lake city. And what an awesome road that was to ride. Couldn't stop to take pictures. We continued along the trail to a National Forest campground for the night.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-201.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 201" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-201.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    This is a really nice place, but no showers...we were told we could go bath in the 40 degree river...why not.

    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-206.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 206" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-206.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-215.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 215" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-215.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-219.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 219" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-219.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-220.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 220" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-220.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>
    <a href="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-222.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-408" title="Chris Colorado 3 222" src="http://seekingzero.com/reise/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chris-Colorado-3-222.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a>

    It wasn't that bad...
    #36
  17. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

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    Thanks for advice. Tavis did a great job of putting the maps and charts into the gps, so I followed that the whole time.

    We are in Utah now. We will get to Moab tomorrow around noon for new tires and some more rack repairs. I'll post today's happenings tomorrow.
    #37
  18. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Love it. Glad you were able to repair and continue!
    :clap:clap
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    John
    #38
  19. Exile

    Exile The Mundane and The Magic

    Joined:
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    Here is a video of me almost hitting a deer in Oklahoma. Despite how the video looks, I did not go down. The deer just ran along side me briefly, kicking my boot, before jumping back in the ditch.

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    #39
  20. DIRTDUC

    DIRTDUC Banned

    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    644
    Location:
    Ft Lauderdale Florida
    Now I am pissed at myself for listening to people when they told me it was unpassable and frozen over..dammit...that was a nice looking ride..
    #40