The Adventures of Tyson and Hobbes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by av_mech, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. flyboats

    flyboats Adventurer

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    Chilton is about 1 1/2 hr from us.
    No Fear, yes! Riding with the boys is like being in a road race! :eek1 They wait for me though.
  2. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    On my last ride up Rollins Pass as I was enjoying the beautiful views from 11,000+ feet, I saw a road that went high above treeline and over a ridge. I looked on my map and figured out what road I was looking at. It was Kingston Peak. That's where I'm headed next week.

    Well, it's next week. September 11th. I started out taking a road out of Denver that I don't normally take. Highway 6 out of Golden to the casinos of Blackhawk. There is a ton of traffic on this road and no chance to enjoy the road handling prowess of the Tiger. I guess that explains why so many Harleys ride this road. They can drive 5 mph less than the speed limit, like they always do, and people don't get pissed cause there's a solid line of traffic.

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    I made it past all the old people gambling away their social security money and turned left on Apex road.

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    353 is the one that I want. The road up Rollins Pass is just a few short miles to the North.

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    A pretty good view into the flat land to the East of Denver.

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    This is a 4WD drive and my research told me it may be interesting, but not a problem.

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    Getting a little more "interesting."

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    The views are always fantastic above treeline.

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    This was an awesome scene.

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    Hobbes always likes the workout I give him at high altitude.

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    Well, he does get tired and have to take a dirt nap every now and then.

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    Yeah, it got pretty tough for a 500 lb moto with street tires. I enjoy the hell out of the challenge though.

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    There was a big climb after that really rough section. I'm getting really good at climbing the nasty stuff on this bike.

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    The first dusting of snow on the peaks of Colorado.

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    There was an easy descent as I crossed the barren high altitude meadow.

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    Another pretty decent hill climb ahead. Photos never do the climb's difficulty justice.

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    When I crested the top of the hill I cam across four Jeepers. They had been planning for a year to come up here on the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and plant an American Flag. They had a pretty good system and I think the flag will withstand the harsh conditions of the high country.

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    They also had a rocking playlist blaring. Toby Keith was playing when I took off my helmet.

    "Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue (The Angry American)"

    American Girls and American Guys
    We’ll always stand up and salute
    We’ll always recognize
    When we see Old Glory Flying
    There’s a lot of men dead
    So we can sleep in peace at night
    When we lay down our head

    My daddy served in the army
    Where he lost his right eye
    But he flew a flag out in our yard
    Until the day that he died
    He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
    To grow up and live happy
    In the land of the free.

    Now this nation that I love
    Has fallen under attack
    A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in
    From somewhere in the back
    Soon as we could see clearly
    Through our big black eye
    Man, we lit up your world
    Like the 4th of July

    Hey Uncle Sam
    Put your name at the top of his list
    And the Statue of Liberty
    Started shakin’ her fist
    And the eagle will fly
    Man, it’s gonna be hell
    When you hear Mother Freedom
    Start ringin’ her bell
    And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
    Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

    Justice will be served
    And the battle will rage
    This big dog will fight
    When you rattle his cage
    And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
    The U.S. of A.
    `Cause we`ll put a boot in your ass
    It`s the American way

    Hey Uncle Sam
    Put your name at the top of his list
    And the Statue of Liberty
    Started shakin’ her fist
    And the eagle will fly
    Man, it’s gonna be hell
    When you hear Mother Freedom
    Start ringin’ her bell
    And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
    Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue


    In 2002, for the one year anniversary, a buddy and I went with a crew of people and planted a huge flag on top of Peak 1 in Frisco, CO. You can see it from the Interstate several thousand feet below!! I hiked the year after to replace the flag, but haven't been back since. I'm sure it gets replaced every year, cause it's always there. I wish I had pics, but that was back before the days of digital...

    I was just out for a short afternoon ride and it was time to head down.

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    The trees are severely wind blown here. It's a wonder they survive. These little trees are probably well over a hundred years old.

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    I LOVE MY LIFE AND I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!

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    I got to bottom and had a fun ride on Fall River Road. Although, I did have to ask how to get out of the mountain sub division. I got a little lost. It's not like there are signs out here telling how to get back to Denver.

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    Back home in time to catch the afternoon football game. I'm not religious at all, but God Bless America.
  3. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    It took me a while to read through this report, enjoyed every minute of it. Great Job! :thumb

    I am looking for another bike, this Triumph Tiger just could be the ticket.

    How many miles do you have logged now?
  4. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    Getting close to 8000 since I got it in May. Not a single problem so far except a blown headlight fuse that I think popped when I was screwing with some stuff mounting the Cycra hand guards. I've never any issues with the stalling problems that has affected a few of the Tigers. It's been great! Highly recommend this bike.

    Thanks for reading! I sure enjoy sharing my stories. Stay tuned for the next report from this past weekend. It was an incredible over-nighter! Processing the photos now.....
  5. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    Damn, I'm running out of superlatives to describe your rides. For me, a ride like that is what it's all about—a few challenges and the world at your feet. Well, that balanced with the friends and family rides also. Great stuff again.
    :clap
  6. flyboats

    flyboats Adventurer

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    This is to Jason

    Just went through a couple of years worth of your pics - couldn't stop. How do you chose which ones go on the wall? Awesome! :thumb
  7. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    It was a beautiful Saturday in Denver. If we worked though lunch, we could get out at two. Great! Three more hours than I had initially planned! I hurriedly got changed into all my gear at 2:01 and crammed my work clothes in the Wolfman dry bag. I was excited!

    Terry was back in Denver to join the workforce here for two weeks. That meant I had exactly one Saturday and one Sunday to have a riding buddy. I guess I should really meet some people here in Denver.

    I met Terry at the hotel he was staying at just as the heavens opened up. It can, has, and will rain really hard in Denver. Terry's 1200GSA was warming in the cool rain.

    "Wanna wait it out?" he asked.

    "Not really."

    "The sooner we get going the less we have to ride in it as the storm is heading the opposite direction."

    "I'm kind of a glutton for punishment anyways."

    "Me too," he replies.

    I will always remember the first time I rode with Terry. Dirt biking in the snow and rain in late October.

    I remember saying to him, "Dude, if you like riding in this shit, we're gonna get a long just fine."

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    It's raining and we're on the Interstate now heading around South Denver to the road that leads to freedom.

    Soon enough the rain stops. We are both starving since we worked though lunch. A stop in Conifer, just off 285, is in order. We debated about where to eat and decided on a little diner. It was waaaaaaaay better than Wendy's. It would have been another great meal to have a photo of. I'll remember to start doing that one of these rides.

    Before Terry's French dip arrived, he had to go out to the bike and confirm he forgot his GoPro. He had put some time into getting the mount on his new XD. Yep, it's back in the hotel. There will be no video footage of the passes ahead.

    I finished my second helping of their awesome cheesy garlic bread and sopped up the last of my Chicken Fried Steak. Full of good food it was time to head further West.

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    It got cold as we passed Kenosha pass and headed down into South Park. There will be a few fingers in these shots since I had my new cold weather Shift gloves on. They're a little bulkier than the Mechanix summer gloves.

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    I had wanted to stop and get a few good shots of the Collegiate Range last time. I'm glad we did this time.

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    Terry contributed a few great shots. Hint, if I'm in them, he took it.

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    A stop at the very convenient liquor store on the side of the road to get the warmth for the night. A little Jameson and some Southern Comfort should do the trick.

    Just a few short miles South of Buena Vista and we made a right onto 162 towards St. Elmo.

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    Mt. Princeton at 14,197 feet.

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    The Chalk Cliffs.

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    In St. Elmo.

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    We are now really leaving the pavement behind. Time to drop the pressure.

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    All my years of experience tell me that's snow up there.

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    The "Early Fall Snow Squall!"

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    The rocks were wet and starting to freeze as we climbed higher.

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    I'm sure the view is spectacular from here as we clear the treeline. But, this is special and amazing in a different way.

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    Daylight fades as we reach 12,154 atop Tincup Pass.

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    Time to head down and find a place to rest for the evening.

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    This was tough riding. In the dark, rain, and snow. Over very rocky sections that were freezing over with ice. Once we noticed the snow was no longer sticking, it was time to find a camp spot.

    We found a suitable place and made fire wood the number one mission. The thing that sucks about late year camping is the walk for wood gets longer and longer. We had to go on quite the hike up the mountain to find anything of use.

    We set up and and then set up the teepee for the fire. "Dammit this shit is wet!" Everything was soaked from the past week of moisture. Neither one of us has good access to a gas line on our bikes. If I had the KLR, I could have just driven over the teepee, opened the petcock, pissed some fuel, and moved out of the way. Not on either one of these machines. We even wasted a bit of booze to see if that would do the trick. All that accomplished was making some cool blue flames. I am ashamed to say that we failed to get a fire lit.

    "Well, I guess we can just stand in the dark and drink our whiskey."

    So we did. I finished my bottle as we shot the breeze. Soon Terry called it a night. I was soon to follow. I spent just a little more time lying on the ground watching the stars peek out of the low lying clouds.
  8. flyboats

    flyboats Adventurer

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    Time to start carrying some snack paks of corn chips for occasions like this. Could have had a nice fire.
  9. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    I was cold last night!! There was a fair amount of frost on things here and there so it was definitely around freezing.

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    This was one of those mornings where time wasn't particularly a factor. We had a leisurely breakfast and coffee. We each went down to the creek separately to get water and "close the bathroom door" for the other. The creek was very difficult to get to. Lots of underbrush made going tough.

    I will say I love drinking water from streams like this. It just doesn't get any better anywhere.

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    The road we came in on.

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    Soon the bikes came to life. We ended up a lot closer to Mirror Lake than we had thought last night, so we opted to ride down the hill and let the bikes come up to temp there.

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    We came to Tincup, CO after a short jaunt. Terry and I were at this intersection on our last ride over Tomichi Pass. We took the same gravel highway that I may or may not have broken into triple digits on.

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    As we approached Taylor Park reservoir, the fog hung heavy and cold. Just over the reservoir though.

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    We had a great section of pavement below Taylor Park on 742. It was a great way to start the day. Blue skies were out and the worries were melting away. I neglected taking any pics cause I was enjoying the road so much.

    There were miles of river marked off with "No Trespassing" signs. I kept thinking, "These fish are mine and you better not try taking any!!" How do you own a river?

    We wanted to take a little cut off to get to Hwy 135. The road was 813. I figured we were gonna miss it and just running the long way around. But, we came around a corner and there was a perfect transition to 813. Perfect! Didn't even have to hit the brakes.

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    "Well, that certainly looks like a lot of snow up there from last night."

    "We'll go til we can't go anymore," replies Terry.

    Sorry for the teaser, but I gotta run.
  10. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    We got the fire started. And it did burn for a half hour. But, it needed constant O2 added to it and I was tired of breathing life into it. The wood just wouldn't dry out with the flames we had.
  11. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 Long timer

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    Tyson -
    Collect a bag of small, dry pine cones. Keep them inside until you know they are good and dry, melt some paraffin and then dip the cones in them. If you can find come candle wick, drape a piece on the cone beefore you dip. We used this in the mountains above Dubois and on Elizabeth Ridge and had no problem getting wet wood to - eventually - burn. Fuzz sticks help too.

    I have a question too.

    What is the gray Klim suit that you are wearing?
  12. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    It's the 2011 Traverse jacket and pant. Klim's mid level Gore-Tex. Next step up is the adventure suit for like two grand. Although, I have heard that Klim is filling the gaps a bit more for 2012. I am very very very happy with Klim. Super high quality stuff from Idaho. I'm pretty sure it's made in the USA.
  13. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 Long timer

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    I bought one of their Gor Tex pullovers last spring and it's the best rain coat I've ever had. I'll take a look at the Traverse, thanks!
  14. av_mech

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    Yet another ski town I have visited on my Tiger that I've never been to. Crested Butte. So many places to enjoy wasting life being a ski bum. One of the other things I really love is the women in these towns. I'm almost 30 and I still dress like a teenage skateboarder. I love the style women carry themselves with in mountain towns. There's just something about a girl that dresses like that....

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    The first view of the ski area.

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    We found Gothic Road without any trouble. This will take us to Schofield pass.

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    The Aspens were just starting to turn in the high country. I was hoping to hit peak, but we were a little early. Still fantastically beautiful.

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    Normally I fly down a road like this going at least 50. Today I was more than content doing 25 and taking tons of photos. And I did take a ton. Enjoy!

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    Terry took the one below and it turned out great!

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    See the moon?! How cool is that at 11:00 AM?

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    Then we hit this.....

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    Really? That's all ya got USFS? A wimpy little saw horse sign? Pshhhh. We'll see.....

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    Oh. I guess the road is still a bit blocked by snow. It was actually the remnants of a humungous avalanche. You can tell by all the little chunks of tree mixed into the snow.

    Decision time. Terry told me before we left on the trip he refused to ride in snow. This is a little different. I asked him if he wanted to press on. I got the usual, "I'd love to, but I gotta get home on this bike back to Idaho!"

    "How about if I try it and see how it goes?"

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    Well, it was fricking slick! It off-kilter to the downhill side with nothing to stop a 500+ pound bike from sliding off into the valley below. I started to lose it right at the end and had to gas it to make it to the dirt. I then, of course, downplay the difficulty of it to coax Terry across on the big GSA.

    "You ready to give it a try?"

    "I guess"

    About 15 feet into the attempt, Terry drops the bike and it starts sliding downhill. We get it stopped, righted, and backed to safety.

    We are both standing on the snow evaluating the options. Now, I had made it over the easy way and coming back would harder due the lay of the land and snow.

    "If we only had a shovel!" Terry exclaimed.

    We both look at the snow and start kicking it to see just how hard it is. After 15 minutes of kicking with our toes and heels we had created a little trough the entire distance.

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    "Ready to give it a try now?"

    We went slow and sure enough our little trough was enough to get the GSA across safely! True adventure motorcycling.

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    The rest of the climb to the top of Schofield Pass was uneventful. The snow level turned out to be much higher than we would go on this part of the trip.

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    After the pass we rode through a pretty high alpine valley.

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    Then it was time for the part of the trip we had been anticipating since we left. I knew this was going to be rough. But, I think we can do it.

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    We started down the treacherous descent. It was tough from the get go.

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    We passed a beautiful waterfall that I think Terry blew right by.

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    Then, there was a pretty decent water crossing. It was about to the top of my crankcase and I'd hate to try it in Spring when the water is really high!

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    "Yes Terry, we have to go down that!"

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    Looking back up gives an idea as to grade of this descent.

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    This was the really bad section. Every several feet had to be evaluated before making a move. The line was picked foot by foot for the last 500 yards.

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    Falling off=BAD! The Devil's Punchbowl below.

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    We made it! And I only put one large dent in my skidplate!!

    Time for break at the bottom! We were both sweating profusely after guiding our machines down that steep and rocky road.

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    More later.....
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    Sweet dude!
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    bretedge Do Epic Shit

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    Dude, I'm impressed as hell that you guys rode Schofield Pass. I've been over it in my Tacoma and then again in my FJ. It's not easy in a lifted 4WD. I can't imagine riding it on my Tiger. You've got a bigger set of balls than I do, that's for damn sure. Great ride and pics, as usual!
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    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    :huh Goats wouldnt go down that "road"
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    That road looks like fun, I think I'd opt for a slightly more aggressive tire though.:eek1
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    No shit! I think I'm going to start a poll titled, "Who thinks Tyson should run a set of real dirt tires if he's going to keep trying to ride it like a dirtbike?" Is anyone else curious as to what he can actually do on an adequate set of tires? Or is this like NASCAR and we're just waiting for the crash and pictures of broken bodywork?
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    After our short break we continued losing altitude as we headed for Crystal, CO and then Marble.

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    The Jeepers and Quadtards said the worst of it was over. But, the next few miles were just as challenging.

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    This was a place I had seen on postcards. I was stoked when I was route planning and recognized it. We decided this would be a great place for lunch.

    Read about the Crystal Mill HERE.

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    After our lunch was eaten and Terry added some air to his tires, we were on our way.

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    We came into Marble, CO and picked up the pavement. It would have been cool to see the marble quarry, but maybe another time. There were huge chunks of beautiful marble displayed in everyone's yard. I guess the shipping is cheap.

    We got on 133 and headed North past many beautiful red rock outcroppings.

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    At Carbondale, we turned South in the direction of Aspen. Mt. Sopris is a massive mountain to the South of Carbondale. It only stands at 12,660 feet, but man does it have a vertical rise. I never got a pic because of the sun's location. My camera isn't spectacular looking into the sun.

    At Basalt, we again turned away from civilization and headed up Frying Pan Rd. At lunch Terry was telling me about the damages that can be done to tires when you run low air pressure and really heat them up. Something about it changing the compound and possibly causing the tire to come apart. I really should have listened and added some air when he did. I was only running about 25 lbs and pushing them hard on this road. Oh well, I burn though tires fast.

    More red cliffs and fast pavement.

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    Ruedi Reservoir. There's a pretty big sailing club on the lake where all richies from Aspen come to play.

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    We saw a lot of these kiln's on this and the previous section of pavement. I'm guessing all the red rock in the area was high in clay content and they made a lot of bricks here at one point.

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    Soon the road was deserted and we had it to ourselves again.

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    Ahh... dirt again. We began heading up Hagerman Pass. It's an old railroad bed so the grade is easy and road packed gravel for the most part.

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    Just above this meadow was a big elk camp. Several large outfitter tents and smoke rising from middle. What a beautiful place for hunting.

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    Ok, so I may have lied to Terry about this pass a bit. All I read was "Railroad grade" and I stopped reading. Well, the train went though a tunnel and the road goes over the top and is bit rough. Oops. It wasn't bad considering what we had conquered earlier in the day.

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    Yep. Top of the world here. At least the lower 48.

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    I couldn't stop photographing that mountain. It's Mt. Massive, 14,421 (third tallest in the lower 48) and Mt. Elbert, 14,433 (second tallest in the lower 48 and tallest in Colorado) is just to the South.

    Turquoise Lake in Leadville.

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    This tells about the railroad and tunnel.

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    The tunnel.

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    Mt. Massive to your right and Mt. Elbert to your left. I'm proud to say I have climbed Elbert. It was a spectacular climb.

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    Just past the lake, a truck pulled a U-turn right in front of Terry. I couldn't believe it! Terry had time, but jeez. Then this asshole pulls out right in front of me! He got the bird twice in 30 seconds for being stupid twice in 30 seconds.

    Entering Leadville. We got gas and put the tire pressure back to road level. We were tired and decided to take the Interstate. Boring as it may be, it's still nice in the Colorado. We did agree that we had to take Loveland Pass to rock some fast pavement before heading home to catch the Sunday night game.

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    This was the last shot of the day as we traveled on 91 North to the Interstate.

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    But, the story isn't quite over. As we passed through Keystone, we were passed by and ambulance and then saw a Summit County Sheriff flip a bitch in front of us. I'm guessing we are gonna see the aftermath of an accident ahead.

    Terry and I enjoyed our ride up the pass. We'd catch up the emergency equipment traveling up the pass and slow way down, let them get ahead, and then rock a few more switchbacks. As we got to the top, the scene was revealed.

    Two motorcyclers were stopped along with a few of those cars Detroit was testing at high altitude all covered in black padding to disguise the next years model. As we passed, Terry and I stood on the pegs to view the crashed Harley and body 15 feet below the embankment. Let's just say the paramedics weren't in any hurry.

    Best I can figure, he tried to pull off in the turnout that was there and carried a bit too much speed. The bike didn't go sailing off the 15 ft ledge. It was right at the bottom and the guy was right next to the bike. He couldn't have been going more than a few miles and hour when he went off the edge.

    Ahem.... Where's my soapbox? Here it is and here we go. I'll describe the scene a little further to you. These were Harley riders. Guess what they were wearing? If you said assless chaps and a thin vest with patches on it, you're right! Guess what they didn't have on? FUCKING HELMETS!!!! This guy goes off a little ledge and would have easily survived if he had a helmet on. Colorado doesn't try to be a "mother" to you and "make" you wear a helmet. It's a personal choice. Well retard, today your personal choice was to die. One less idiot on the road.

    Ok, I feel bad for his family if he had one. But sure as hell not for him. My brother and I had an "intervention" with my dad before our big trip. We told him if he didn't get a full face helmet he couldn't come. Period. He did ride with a 3/4 religiously before. The full face is just so so so much better. That's what a family is supposed to do.

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    See those scratches on my helmet? My face, as well as my girlfriend's face, would have been scarred for life from a 15mph low side last summer. I don't take the bike around the block or to the store. Hell, I don't even commute on it. It's too much time to put ALL of my gear on every time I ride. And I do wear it every time I ride. ATGATT PEOPLE!!!!! Improve your chances.

    Off my soapbox now. As soon as Terry and I were past the accident, we were right back to having fun on our bikes. Scraping peg and enjoying LIFE!!! I hope that last rant didn't overshadow any of this trip. It was fantastic and Terry has really become one of my best friends over the past year. We share a passion for this type of riding and it's great to ride any time we can.