Salida ColoRADo...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Hayduke, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    We crossed over Marshall Pass and continued on the Continental Divide Trail. More singletrack= good.

    Miguel headed around Windy Peak:

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    Me on the backside of Windy Peak (photo by Miguel :thumb)

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    The aspens are changing:

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    We worked our way over to Sargents Mesa and enjoyed the views from the top. There was alot of smoke in the air, so we couldn't quite see the normal view all the way to the Great Sand Dunes, but it was nice.

    Headed out from there to Big Bend Trail:

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    Then on to Milk Creek Trail, then Long Branch, and over to Sargents for a cold soda and snack.

    At this point we'd been making great time; we'd done 60 miles- 20 up Monarch Pass, then the rest almost entirely singletrack.

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  2. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    From Sargents, I wanted to check out a couple of trials to the north. We crossed Tomichi Creek, then headed up through some beautiful aspen groves to Quakie Mountain Trail. Saw a few hunters up there on the way to the singletrack- sort of unexpected, but I should have known. Sorry guys. I did feel less bad, because they they were all on quads making noise themselves.

    Quakie was fun- then it was on to Waunita Singletrack, which then connected to Canyon Creek Trail. What a blast! :ricky

    Up near the top, we stopped for a break. At this point, we'd been riding for quite awhile with no stops. A quick look around was in order.

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    Somehow, I got a little dirty. :lol3

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    Up!

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    Find Miguel:

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  3. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    At this point I was starting to feel the effects of the last 90 miles, and the elevation. I was already riding sloppy and just not feeling like myself. We kept on, though.

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    Maybe it was the elevation:

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    Starting down. My slow camera missed the shot. :bluduh

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    Hancock Pass far far below:

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  4. Hayduke

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    This is where the trail gets rough. :uhoh

    Steep downhill, rock infested switchbacks. I. was. bonked. I rode up to the first one and knew that riding it would just mean me falling, with a possible long tumble; it's a long way down from up there. I got off the bike and walked it around the first couple of switchbacks, rode one, walked another, then it's a blur. Thanks for waiting for me, Miguel. Damn I was feeling old about then. :bluduh

    Of course, we didn't take any pics of the tricky switchbacks. Miguel did get a shot of one rocky piece- not the hardest spot by any means, but it gives you an idea of the relentless rocks:

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    We finally hit the Tomichi Pass road, and I took a little break. Cliff bar, water, cool off without the helmet for a minute, and I was ready to roll.

    Over Tomichi pass:

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    ...and onto Hancock Pass:

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    From there it was down through St. Elmo and county backroads to Salida, where a cold beer or two were waiting. :beer

    Thanks again for going Miguel. I can't think of a better way to spend a day! :D
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    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Livin the life, Duke! Days like this are what it's all about, Thanks for sharing. :thumb
  6. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    doooooood - excellent report(s) :clap:clap:clap

    Forgot about the day trippin' thread - glad I came back to it - inspiring!


    hey Tami :freaky
  7. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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  8. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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  9. Hayduke

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    Thanks Dave! :beer
  10. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Got together with some friends for a "leaf peeping ride" yesterday. Started off with Tami (Bonnie Abbzug), Tatterhood, Dysco, XC700116, and Snowmule, then Tatterhood split off to do her own thing (watercolor painting down by the Arkansas River!)

    Tami headed up Poncha Creek road:

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    Tami, Dysco, and Tatterhood:

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    Tami on the singletrack...

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  11. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    The aspens just kept getting better and better. :ricky

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  12. Hayduke

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    Down from the high country to the desert and back again...

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  14. Hayduke

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    Blurry pic, but I like it. :D The road winding through the forest, my sweetheart looking through the curves. I live for this! Braap!

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    Got back just before dark. Sorry for keeping you guys out later than expected! :uhoh Great ride! :thumb
  15. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Nice stuff Hayduke! :thumb

    I gotta go out and find some Aspen trees to look at. :ricky
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Q~
  16. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I haven't updated this for a long time, but we never stopped riding this winter. Well, there were 2 weeks in January that were too cold, but other than that, I've been wearing the bike out. :lol2

    A few highlights;

    Christmas Day 2010:

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    New Years, riding with a buddy that came to visit from England:

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    Random January ride:

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    Big group ride I led on Jan. 26th:

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    Video 309 took on that group ride:

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    Recently we picked up a trials bike, and have been doing alot of this:

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    And summer is on it's way!!! :clap
  17. enjine

    enjine Been here awhile

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    Fun writeup Hayduke!

    Here's a question for you Colorado folk-- I'm an east-coaster but my fiancé's dad has a house near Carbondale. I want to get a bike out there and I'm thinking of a BMW G650 XChallenge. I want to do some mountain riding like this but also desert riding. Anyone ride an XChallenge or something comparable size-wise?

    I know it mainly depends on rider skill but any insight on that size/weight/power bike in theseterrains would be greatly appreciated.

    I can move to another thread if this is considered a hijack :ear

    Oh and btw duke, my dirt bike out east is an XR400 and I'm very familiar with your writeups from your XR days
  18. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    It really depends on what terrain you want to ride. I think as a dual sport, for exploring big sections of the state, the Xchallenge would be a great bike. Personally I wouldn't venture on too much singletrack with one, but for most of the riding around here, i.e. jeep roads, two-tracks, two-lanes, the Xchallenge would be an excellent bike.
  19. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    Salida is one great place to play, Thanks for the RR and please keep it going this year. I need something to keep me going while I am in Oklahoma.

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  20. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    I WILL NOT BE JEALOUS
    I WILL NOT BE JEALOUS
    I WILL NOT BE JEALOUS




    I lied. I am jealous!

    So sue me :lol3

    Great stuff, Hayduke!