So it began......

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by SquirrelyGrl, May 26, 2011.

  1. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    A few photos on the way down;
    Such a feminine pose :evil

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    Yarrow growing in abundance at our break spot;
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    Sign at the bottom of the trail, which didn't show the road above that we were on.
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    We drove on up and over one pass on pavement towards Alma to head to Mosquito Pass :clap

    The North London Mine:





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    The roof of the mine;
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    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    Way up on this photo below; you can see the building atop the hill that was part of the mine;
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    Great places & pics!
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    I seem to have a fancy for wood :evil

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    Eventually a house was build for some of the workers, and these photos below are from that house. It appears to have been a chicken coup attached to the house.....


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    A few more of the house;

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    The Out House:



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    One last look at North Londo, before we ascend Mosquito Pass..

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    It was pretty rough to get to the next mining spot on Mosquito, I wasn't too sure I was gonna make it up in one piece. But the DR was a trooper and made it to the next break point, where lots of equipment is still there and rusting away...

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    In the above photo, this was the actual railroad that led to the mine shaft of North London Mine. The slope was slight, and made it that much easier to walk out on, while the backs are to my back & slightly lower than the road while taking this photo (hope that made sense).

    A structure of the mine operation from the rail bed;
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    Looking back the way we had come:
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    These little guys where everywhere!!! I finally could get one on camera;
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    We left again and as I was getting closer to the top, I kept thinking it was a breeze. Until we got to this spot, talk about jarring you bones! This rock never let up. Brent was in front of me the whole time, riding faster than I was up the bulky rock, not remembering his Happy Trails were sticking out :eek1

    He banged the hell out of the left side case on a massive rock, just below where the DR is in the below photo and man! I'm surprised he was bounced right of the mountainside! Nearly gave me a heart attack, it happened so fast.

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    But we got rolling again... towards the top.
    Just shy of the the summit we stopped at the marvel of this;
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    I reckon people from out yonder don't wonder at the marvel of a patch of snow atop the mountain in only one spot. But it was pretty neat....

    Our view from the parked bikes;

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    We walked over to the ice...

    to find it really was ice!!! :eek1

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    All that lava rock...

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    The summit we made it!! :clap

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    The grave of Father Dyer, who's sub drove a Scout....

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    & Me at the summit, I don't own a Scout, but I can drive one, in 4-wheel drive if need be...

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    Beginning the descent towards Leadville...

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    The mole city, in the side of the mountain ..

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    A photo from the detour getting into Leadville;
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    Lunch at the Tennessee Pass Cafe in Leadville on the main drag...
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    & Seriously?? Kum & Go Gas?? :lol3 I couldn't help myself...
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    OBIWAN Been here awhile

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    Because this is called a "power pose" . It gives you energy. Good pic.
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    Obiwan ~ That is my favorite photo of myself. I'm not a good, "photogenic" person, but that really is my favorite.

    Thanks
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    Cuttle me? what?

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    Oh boy! A gal who rides a DR, appreciates International Scouts, AND fancies wood? What's the quickest route from WY to TN? :lol3

    Loving the RR!
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    Thanks guys :norton
    Hey Scoutin Wyo ~ I've learned a lot about those types of trucks; Travelall, Travelette, Scout II's, 800's
    Hey Brown Dog! :wave

    On our way up the mountain from Leadville towards another pass we found another cool mine place;
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    A nice scenic view I believe on the Hagerman Pass road, although it looks like my motor bike is pointing in the wrong direction :huh
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    Brent setting up the camera across from the summit sign;

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    A cool patch of dirt heading towards Meeker, Colorado:
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    I don't know exactly why I took this one below, maybe for reference for something;
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    Brent looking up some place to purchase some groceries in Meeker & a place to eat;

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    We ate the Meeker Cafe and it was cool. It had been an establishment since the early 1900's ~ ish It had nice furniture in a large dining room and a bar with round backless stools.
    The entrance is next to the green Drugs building;
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    After a good sammich lunch in Meeker (which I saved 1/2 of my turkey sammich for a snack later) on towards Dinosaur, Colorado! :clap
    Golly the wind was horrible! Semi's didn't help a whole lot either, but most were nice and passed at good spots.

    We rolled into the Visitor's Center located in Coloradp & it was kinda sad, they had a nice display of a mini model of the park and roads & the little gift shop. The Ranger lady didn't have much information about the Yampa River Road where we wanted to camp in the backcountry of the park. Poor girl, I felt bad when she didn't know anything about the campground, she said the road was closed, but the campgroud was open :huh.
    But we kept on the road into the park and that was our first sight of sand and desert country ~

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    A photo of Brent whirrring past me, seeking out a dirt road. Did I mention I had no idea at the time we were on this road, that it's actually a dead end?

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    Our road led us right in amongst those mesa's? Are those mesa's? :

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    This asphalt walk way was a short hike located just off the pavement. I considered riding on it, but Brent gave me a stink eye :lol3:

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    A good photo of Brent on a dirt trail we found, there were lots of hunters camped out and some of the road looked like it had been washed out from the heavy rains (a reason why Yampa Rd was closed).
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    We kept on riding.... Kept on ...... riding...... more desert........ lots of cows open range atop the mesa...... & a gamekeeper too!!!! :eek1 Some Gov't truck was in his truck keeping an eye out on the cows as we drove on by.

    Finally we get to the state line into Utah and it's 25 miles to the end of the road, a dead end. we were only at 22 or so miles into it. I was running low on gasoline and Brent didn't feel like worrying about my tank so we stopped right on the side and pulled out my handy dandy map I purchased at the Canyon Visitor Center.

    We decided to turn around and head onto some vague, dotted line off road lines marked on the map, a closer route to town, rather than go all the way back to Canyon Visitor Center.

    Woa!!!! What a ton of sand in that area! I hadn't ridden in that much sand ever! slipping and sliding and struggling, boy it was a blast!!! :clap But it was nothing compared to what we did in Moab off the White Rim Trail.

    Anyhoo, we gas up and purchase a couple things and head back onto the sand trail we came off of, it was the only primitive camping we saw and had this great spot;

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    Our camp spot below;
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    Some picturesqe mountains;
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    Brent pointed out the pine cones and commented on how they look alot like dried flowers;
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    Another wood pic for RedBud :evil;
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    Our camp on a full moon night;
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