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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kirkster, Jun 16, 2013.
Thanks for the ride report. Great pics too! Keep 'em coming.
great report, I did the TAT last year, It was very dry for us.
Day 15- Rico- ~80 miles
Welcome to the Rockies
We tried to make it to Dove Creek today. We lost. The Rockies won. After four or five mountain passes we were toast. Breathing and picking up 400 pound bikes at 12,000 plus feet is tiring.
Our first pass was Cinnamon Pass
Did I mention the crowds? The Fourth of July is no time to try these passes. There are jeeps, quads, dirt bikes, and UTVs everywhere.
We can move faster than anything other than dirt bikes. Its obvious a lot of the people we passed never four wheeled. They always waved you by in the worst places. Kirk stopped with no place to put a foot down during a pass and got a helping hand picking up the bike from the one of the biggest 4x4s we saw.
Yup, that is an old Chevy Suburban. Imagine taking that around switchbacks. That guy is the man of the mountain!
After summiting Cinnamon, we go down. Down is much worse than up. We spent most of the day in 1st gear. We used it for brakes. We also used our regular brakes. We still slid in many areas
Next we summit and go down California Pass at 12,960 ft
Along the way we see this. I have no idea what mining equipment this is, but it is perched on top of the mountain all by itself now.
Two more pics of the road up
BTW: Here is what July 5th snow looks like
Next up Hurricane Pass at 12,730 ft
And back down
Somewhere along the way we go over Corkscrew Pass. We take a break at the top and Kirkster tightens up some loose bolts on the KTM. I wisely keep my distance and talk to some locals.
As Karma will have it, on the way down from the Corkscrew I bit it on a steep, baby powder dirt covered rocky, switchback. At first I could not pick up the bike because it was facing downhill and the front brake was in the dirt. Kirkster could not help because there was no place to hold his bike. When you are tired and winded, things you know dont come easily to mind. Finally I remembered the trick. Drag the rear wheel down the slope so the front wheel faces the hill. Pick up the bike and the hill stops it. Easy once you remember.
Onward to Ophir Pass at 11,789 ft
More of the Rockies to admire on the way
We then went down. Finally Tarmac. We slabbed it over Lizard something Pass. We were tired. But not to tired to stop and get a picture of a nice town down the mountain.
We were way short of our destination and we had no reservations if we even made it there. So Kirkster zoomed out on the GPS. Found a good sized town about 6 miles off the TAT. We went there and grabbed some rooms for the night.
Been following you all since the first post. Thank you...my start is August 3rd. Only doing first three states, but you have provided great insight to the journey!
sweet pics of the mtn passes!
i hope your tire luck changes!
Well the tires were good today.
The back sides of those passes were just kicking our butts, esp41 was just being nice. At one point I had my rear locked up, the front locked up and was still sliding down. Between the baby powder dirt and the baby head rocks it was a real thrashing. It's hard to believe just how hard it would be to ride a big GS down the back sides of some of those passes. More than once I was wishing for my WR...
Not that the holiday traffic helped us any.
and just think...now the real fun begins..Utah and NV..... then there's the "navigating" Oregon....
You go where eagles dare!
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I've been wanting to do this trip for a while.
Just wondering if I should sell the 525 and get a 690 instead.
I wanted a husky 630 but was not able to find one. The oil change interval is the key with the 690 vs. the 525, there are threads about oil coolers but then you have one more thing to break on you. Just like the big fuel tanks on my 690 which had a bolt come out today...
There is no such thing as the perfect bike. I HAD to have FI. My bike still had plenty of power where Esp41 was struggling a bit because of the carb and not rejetting it. Or it could be the dust killing his air filter again.
Not sure a Harley with a side car would have a chance in hell with the passes we saw today.
We should be in Utah tomorrow . We can do rocky as we do ride Hatfield and McCoy fairly regularly... I think it was the 12,000 feet that whipped our butts, seeing as how we live at 400 feet ASL.
yeah, its gonna be tough. I'll have to take some spare jets along.
I took my sportster over a 15k + foot pass in tajikistan, we were both wheezing a bit at the top.
Great report.............keep it coming and remember to drink water. Part of your tiredness is lack of water which you need even more at altitude, especially since you guys are flat-landers at just about sea level. :eek1
Wow guys, just wow. Post a vid of the nasty part to convince me the GS would be a bad idea on those passes, for when I move back to Denver!
I have video of at least one pass and maybe two. Will go through it and condense it for posting tonight if I am lucky and not dead tired when we get to our next stop. I think we should have time though, next stop Utah...
Great updates, guys. My experience mountain-biking in that neighborhood was that, at a certain point, breathing hard was a waste of time, there just wasn't enough air for someone used to sea level and it was just more exercise. Try not to inhale each other .
The hydration tips above held true to my experience. You're losing water not just from sweat but from breathing, but you probably know that.
Keep it up!
...what will living back east be like for you?
Living in the midwest has been murder for me after exploring the Rockies on a dual sport. I'm retiring next year and moving to Salt Lake City. I don't know anything beyond that. I don't care. All I know is I just have to "be there." Can't wait...
just checked the Spot.
have fun in Utah. if you're killing time there's an easy ride right off 191 south of Moab.... if you're into the history kind of thing. Steen's Road. Leads to the Mi-Vida mine that put Charles Steen (and Moab) in the history books.
(actually just north of Monticello. just before 191/46 junc)
its a maintained road to within about 1/4 mile or so of the old mine. after that, it had some ruts. no idea of the condition of the road out there now.
N38* 11'24.41 W109* 15'36.34
(38.190114 -109.260095 depending on the coord type)
there was some old abandoned equipment leftovers up there way back when i was up there.
pics are on panoramio / google maps / google earth
have fun!!! :)
Thanks for the tip. We will go check it out as we are in TAT / sightseeing mode now...
there are some open shaft, possibly for ventilation east of the main shaft, down the trail near the old air pump thing. also, nice views of the La Sal mountains if the visibility is clear. I love Moab. truly. i've gotten to go twice in my life and i hope i get to do so again... many times more.