Riding the COBDR on the ANVIL...

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  1. Mooney 78865

    Mooney 78865 Been here awhile

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    After checking out Telluride, I jump back on the bike took off and did the last bit of off road and then went into Ouray for the evening to meet up with the national Moto Guzzi folks that were holding a biannual rally.
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    Had a great time! They were pretty shocked when they found out what a BDR was. A couple guys were "local" and knew The area I would be riding the next morning. I explain to them that I had done Ophir pass that afternoon and I didn't think it was that tough, one of the guys told me I hadn't done anything until I had ridden up the corkscrew and started doing some of the Taller passes like California, hurricane, and cinnamon.
    He was right! The 64 mile ride from Ouray to the other side of cinnamon pass was probably some of the most intense adventure bike riding I have ever done. [​IMG][​IMG]
    The pics don't do it any justice. I couldn't stop to take any going up or down. The trail was a solid 45 degree climb and when it would switch back on its self you had to make the turn on a 8' road that would pitch even steeper. There was more than once when I was asking myself what the hell am I doing![​IMG][​IMG]
    To give you an idea on how steep some of the sections were, the bike would literally not accelerate in first gear.[​IMG]
    But the views were fantastic, even stopped in a couple ghost towns.[​IMG][​IMG]
    Tonight I am in Buena vista, studying the map for tomorrow, There's been a bunch of rain in the mountains and most of the passes are impassable when wet, so I'm trying to see if I can do a work around and get into Leadville and then on to Gypsum .
    Stay tuned...


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  2. Dracula

    Dracula Festina lente

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    Dude you are insane.. glad you are OK and having fun! .. people trailer small dirt bikes to do those passes you just mentioned.. I stay tuned, for sure! More pictures would be just a great bonus for us armchair adventurers.
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  3. Mooney 78865

    Mooney 78865 Been here awhile

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    Well to make a long story short, it rained off and on all night last night. I wasn't able to pick up the BDR track as I had hoped, too much information to try to post off of the phone so I'm just gonna set up a couple of pictures and I'll catch everybody up when I get back.
    I'm in Steamboat Springs tonight, I'm good, the bikes good, weather sucks, but that's normal… Here's the pictures[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Tomorrow will be the final leg, 104 miles and I'll be in Wyoming. Then just a short thousand mile blast back to the house…


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  4. Dracula

    Dracula Festina lente

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    Thank you for sharing it. All I can say based on my experience is that (speaking for myself) we live so intensely during these journeys of freedom, that it's very hard to share allot of the details and truly convey the experience. Yet, I think I am getting your "dimension" of the adventure.
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  5. Jbrjbr21

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    Is your bike carb or fi? Saying it won't accelerate in mountains makes me wonder.
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  6. Dracula

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    The Guzzi Stelvio is Fuel Injected. It has plenty tractor power, so I think he was over emphasizing how steep the"road" or trail was some places.. hopefully we hear soon from him and that he made it home safe.
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  7. Mooney 78865

    Mooney 78865 Been here awhile

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    Like Dracula said, they are FI. I was and was not joking about the acceleration. The terrain IS very steep, the bike had to cart me 240lbs, gear, 65 lbs, and deal with the 12,000 ft altitude without spinning the rear wheel. That means I was running in the bottom of the rev range. I also had the traction control on which may have over emphasized the issue. Actually it wasn't an issue. If it was I'd still be there.
    The Anvil still lives...
    Not home yet, but thought this needed a response.



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    Dracula Festina lente

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    I think traction control *may* help prevent from flipping the beast backwards on extreme steep hills as you probably experienced (I know because I flipped a GS 1200 once, going up a steep hill and nearly killed myself) yet I always keep mine off as I like it that way.. can't wait to hear more of your tale of this amazing adventure. As far I know, not many, if any, did those passes on a 700 lbs beast, I could be wrong, but am certain if true they are allot more the exception than the norm. Kudos, I really admire your courage to go it alone, and the skill and physical stamina to pull this off.
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    Haha! I am with ya on the serious need for coffee!! Now that you found it, on this fantastic voyage, life is good. Happy trails and looking forward to reading more.
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    Mooney 78865 Been here awhile

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    OK! I'm back at the homestead!
    So, to catch everyone up on the last few days. I spent the night in Buena Vista which is on the COBDR route, with the intention of riding Haggerman Pass in the morning, then stopping in Leadville for lunch. As luck would have it, it rained off and on all night, just sprinkled where i was at but looking at the clouds, it was dumping in the mountains. IMG_0566.JPG
    So, I used wisdom over valor, and rode into Leadville for breakfast the next morning. The trail map said that the mountain passes were impassable when wet, I trusted their judgement.
    As I was leaving Buena Vista for Leadville I had a nice send off with a group of antler rats roaming the middle of town.
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    I had a nice breakfast at the local bar, grill, souviner shop, the Golden Burro, then off to pick up the trail north of town and continue on my way.
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    Next stop was Gypsum about 120 miles down the road. Which actually was a really easy ride. the "off road" was actually a maintained county dirt road.
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    I made really good time and was in Gypsum around noon. Filled up, and headed off towards Steamboat Springs with the thought that I would set up camp along the way if it became dark, the weather went south, or I was just not feeling it anymore. As luck would have it, I made it to the Steamboat Springs KOA before dark and was able to go into town for dinner then come back for a shower before going to bed.
    The next morning dawned clear, but a bit chilly, so off I went for the last 106 miles of the BDR. It started off with the usual graded and maintained county roads that I had been riding off and on the past few days. but at mile 40 or so there was a "jeep trail" that was thrown in just to keep you honest. As you would expect, with the rain we had been having over the last week, there were sections that were pretty muddy. Most seemed to be on the downhill side to boot. It made it a bit interesting in a couple of places trying to "whoa" the beast up!
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    After about 5-6 miles of the jeep trail it was back on maintained dirt. I had thought I would be done with the last 106 in short order, but that was not to be. the Jeep trail really slowed down the average speed and instead of taking 3-3 1/2 hours, it took me nearly 5 hours to get to the highway and the finish.
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    But finish I did, and started the 1200 mile ride home.
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    To recap the whole ride, I found it actually quite enjoyable. The morning I did the high passes being the highlight of the trip. There is something about being able to say that "I did that on a fully loaded Adventure bike." I didn't see a single motorcycle on that day until I was on the back side of Cinnamon Pass, the last pass before getting to Lake City. There I ran into a couple guys doing the TAT and were wondering if they should start over or wait until morning. My advice was to go in the morning as the afternoon rain was coming and life would be hell, especially on "The Corkscrew". Pretty sure they waited.
    The total ride distance for me was 2,691 miles.
    I was able to meet up with more Moto Guzzi riders than I have in my life for dinner in Ouray, met a couple guys at a gas station who were headed to Monument Valley and wanted to know if there was any good riding in Colorado. I felt they should do the "Passes" so I gave them the web site for the COBDR, a few ideas on strategy, and told them to kick those slacker tires, (looked like desert scorpions) to the curb for a real 50/50 off road tire setup, and for God's sake, get those KTM 1190s off the trailer... made me want to weep!
    The best interaction I had on the whole trip was meeting a gentleman, George, at the Donner Summit rest stop, who's grand daughter was driving him around to see some of the places of his youth. The gentleman was in frail health and not able to get around well, but really took an interest in the Guzzi, and really enjoyed hearing about the COBDR and the others I have done as well. Seems he rode a Harley 45 from El Paso TX, to Grass Valley Ca , shortly after the war, WWII.
    I thanked him for his service, and he thanked me for mine. I could have spent the whole day talking motorcycles with him, very nice guy.
    So there it is, the COBDR on the Anvil. Hoped you enjoyed, and if given half the chance, you should do it. If it's your first, it's probably the easiest of the BDR's I've done. Not to long, the hardest being the "passes", and there is a alternate easier route for that. Other than that, it's really not to hard. Well, if it didn't rain everyday it would have been slightly better....
    Cheers!

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    PCUtah Happiest on two wheels

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    Thank for the great ride report! I'm a recent transplant to Utah, and looking forward to doing all the BDRs. Its great to read experiences like yours!
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    Mooney 78865 Been here awhile

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    You will love the UTBDR! It's still my absolute favorite BDR.


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    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Well Done!
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    Glad you made it home safely and he ride went well. Thanks for sharing your experiences and the report and pics were inspiring.
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    Amazing Dan.

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    Great job....have a beer and relax :D:clap
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