The Summer of Stupid: 7400+ miles of 2up - OBCDR, CDT, TAT West and more...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks for the pic, Ratman! That's so much better than rolling around in a shopping mall! :thumb
    P.S. I'm glad you're enjoying the RR!




    Hi Tweetie - wow, you had wonderful weather! :D Oh, Cinnamon is coming up on day 29. I love the San Juans, too. Again, you and Geek are so lucky!!




    Hey Chris - nice to see you! Yeah, we do have an unfair advantage - Matt’'s 6'’2”" and 300 lbs. But, he only has a 31.5” inseam.
    We'’re actually on a 990S this year (the 950 was last year) and it’'s a tall bike.
    seat height: 36"
    ground clearance: 12.4"
    suspension travel: 10.4"

    By himself, on an unloaded bike, Matt has to tippy toe.
    Of course, with me and luggage, those springs get pretty compressed... Ahem.
    :lol3


    Thanks, zeroblah! Oh, we tried to stretch the riding out over 3 days, keeping the rides short to avoid being up on passes during the storms. I’'m terrified of lightning.


    Hi ThinkMike!:wave



    Redog, colorado is incredible, isn'’t it? Hope you and Lionsroaar had a great time.




    Thanks for the love, you guys! :shog
    It'’s so great to be able to share this trip with folks who actually get what’'s fun about bashing around in the rocks, plowing through the sand, and sliding in the mud. :evil

    And if some fat, dumb, middle-aged couple can do it - so can you!:thumb
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    Day 28 continued...




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    I love those splashes of orange!

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    A smidge of blue sky!

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    Almost rode right past the sign...
    Yep, here we are - Engineer Pass.
    (hee, my engineer father tried so hard to make me into one. Obviously, that didn't take.
    matt has the Knack, but not the mathletic abilities.
    So, there's envy in our laughter! :D)




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    What are all those little dots?

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    Oh, sheep!

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    We were there for Sheep Day.
    Of course we didn'’t know it at the time. :dunno
    It'’s okay. I heard later that people were eating lamb, too. :cry
    I prefer live sheep. :lol3

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    hee! that face!

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    Wow, that's pretty.

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  2. ThinkMike

    ThinkMike Adventurer

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    Haha - yes it was 100% loaded. The reason I asked you, my wife is great on the back, knows when to jump onto the pegs without being asked, good in technical stuff blah blah blah, but she only gets 8 outta 10. How should I put this? What I sometimes see as an exiting challenging section, she sees fear factor extreme. I often experience a stabbing pain in my right rear rib cage.

    So I am going to get her to read this RR to see the endless examples of how much fun it should be for rider and Pillion!!!! :deal

    LittleWan you are a star and set the standard for all Pillion Spouses!:freaky
  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Aww, thanks, ThinkMike. Your wife is probably going to hate me now. :bluduh
    Sorry, Mrs.TMike! :(:




    Seriously, though - have you wrecked, 2up?
    I don’'t know if you read last year’'s RR, but I was in pain for the 2nd half of the trip, genuine pain for the last couple days.

    After Lakeview, Oregon, every bump made my ribs scream.
    On top of that, it took 4.5 months to heal up. I could barely dress myself for a while.
    And those weren'’t even big crashes.
    Your wife has good reason to be afraid - it's dangerous!





    I joke about being stupid, but you really do have to be able to make peace with the risks.
    I am an absolute scaredy cat. I'’m afraid of everything.
    I spend the first several minutes of every ride (up to 10 minutes if it’'s been a long time), picturing the worst possible accident -
    with one or both of us mangled up/crippled/dead. I totally freak myself out.
    Then, I take a deep breath, shake it off and hope that today won'’t be THE day.
    It'’s difficult, especially as a passenger with virtually no control over the ride.


    It helps to have total faith in the driver, too.
    Matt and I have been together for 19 years. I trust him completely.




    Maybe more seat time together will help?
    Whatever you do, don’'t harangue her and try and shame her into being a better pillion - that will get you nothing but resentment! :nono
    You need to build up her confidence and earn her trust, I think that'’s the best way to help her enjoy the scary challenging (and super fun) sections.
    Also, remind her that it's probably a lot safer in the dirt than it is on the highway...




    And, if that still doesn'’t work, I offer my earlier suggestion again (post #73)
    Get her one of these!
    :lol3






    Good luck!






    Day 28 continued...


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    Or here?
    This one is for sale. Just reduced to $649,000!

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    Even though the fall colors are pretty, I love Colorado in late July/early August.
    You get a lot of summer storms, but everything is bright green and the waterfalls are going strong.

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  4. [miko]

    [miko] vicarious livin' nOOb

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    Like an Albert Bierstadt painting.

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  5. Moraflex

    Moraflex Banned

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    I just caught myself calling my new PN-60 "NORM" ... Sorry LW

    Colorado is an absolutely stunning part of this country. I hope one day to ride those roads. You guys are lucky.
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Yes! Beautiful! Thanks for the link, miko :thumb
    Oh, go ahead - we don’t mind. :freaky Hope you and Norm jr. are very happy together. :D
    P.S. You owe it to yourself to get out to Colorado some day...it's worth it!





    Day 28 concluded...


    Heading into Lake City.

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    So, apparently Silverton had been booked solid for weeks, and most of Lake City was full, too.
    We didn'’t try anywhere else, we just went back to the Silver Spur Motel.

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    They gave us the same room (#6).
    Oh look, I finally remembered to take a picture of a motel room,
    before the Wan Bomb went off and gear exploded everywhere!
    :lol3

    This is probably the only place that has a crappier television than the one we have at home.*

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    * Okay, that’'s not really true anymore. Just last month, BigWan treated himself to a new TV. For the first time ever, we have one that'’s cable ready (but we still don’'t have cable :D).



    I forgot to mention it earlier, but when we were in the Uncompahgre Forest, we went through the biggest cow pie, EVER.



    The pie completely blew up and got cow poop everywhere - it was so nasty. :puke1
    The bike, our boots, our pants...even my gloves!...were just covered.

    :topes





    I wanted to take photos, but Matt refused. He was so disgusted, he didn'’t want any reminders of the experience.
    I guess I must have listened because I just went through our photos and I don'’t have a single shot of the bike OR of either one of us in our gear. :lol3



    Anyway, the folks at the Silver Spur let us hose down the bike (and ourselves) out front.


    It was plenty early, so we walked around town for a while.
    What is this thing? :eek7
    It looks like Dumbo the elephant and a seagull had a baby.

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    Safety Third!

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    Bustling downtown Lake City!

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    We'’ll be back here again...:evil

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    Right about here, we saw a guy on a XR650L with a TransAmerica Trail sticker.

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    Excited, we stopped and talked to him. Turns out he'’s not on the trail, he bought the bike from a guy "“who thought about riding the TAT.”"
    Oh.

    :eek7

    :lol3
    The guy trailered the bike out from Indiana with some friends and they were spending a few days in the area.

    Indiana admitted that he was actually waiting for the police.
    He had accidentally broken into the bank and set off the alarm!

    He was trying to get change and the door was unlocked, so he walked in.
    While he tried to find someone to break a fifty (or whatever), he set off the motion detector and the alarm was going crazy.
    Freaked out, Indiana was waiting around to explain that he'’s not a bank robber.




    In a few minutes, the sheriff came by. He went inside the bank and looked around.
    As the sheriff was walking out, Indiana went up and explained what happened.
    The sheriff was confused at first, and said, “No, I think the wind blew the door open, again


    Anyway, it all got straightened out and Indiana was fine.
    haha, it must be fun to live in Mayberry!



    I don’'t even walk in our neighborhood any more, there are too many homeless people, halfway house "residents" and muggings. :cry



    Back at the San Juan Soda Co.

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    The mint chip is really good.:yum

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    oh, we spaced and forgot to turn Norm off.
    We got to Lake City at 2:30 and he sat around in the tank bag, twiddling his thumbs for 3 and a half hours...
    So, subtract 3.5 from the “stopped time” - 1:10 stopped.

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  7. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    Oh yeah! Mind if I steal that line?:evil

    Stellar read.... Thank you!
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  8. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :scratch Did ya'll decide to jump the building on the right because it had such a nice pass-through roof?

    :dunno

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  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    51,000 views??
    Oh my god, you guys. Wow.
    :eekers

    That’'s...terrifying.
    Seriously.
    :uhoh





    Um. sorry I swear so much.
    I tried to stop, but... I yam what I yam.
    :dunno





    At any rate, thanks for reading!
    I can't take the pressure...
    I'm going to tell myself that it's just larryboy and Nixels clicking on this over and over! :lol3




    Hey Nixels -
    Surely, I have no idea what you’re talking about...:wink:







    Hi SlowRide13/Pete! :wave haha, matt's pretty proud, I think. :D
    Thanks for stopping by!





    Day 29: 8/4/10 Lake City, CO to Moab, UT 223 miles





    Today was a big day! We were going to hit a bunch of passes, including Cinnamon, California, Corkscrew, and Black Bear.
    Then, through the La Sal mountains into Moab.

    I have way too many photos, but this was one of the best days of the trip!
    :smile6





    Loosey goosey map, just to give you an idea of what’'s happening.
    Starting in Lake City, ending in Moab.

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    I wish every gas station had one of these fishes.

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    Hey, FYYFF! This is Victor, a.k.a. MN Yeti, a.k.a. the infamous "Victor Burger."
    He and his buddies were working on the 2nd leg of the TAT (they did the eastern part last year.)
    Victor is a journalist, publisher of Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly
    Cool, huh?

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    This is our lucky gas station. Last year, we met themansfield here!




    BigWan and I were heading to Poker Alice for breakfast, as was Victor.
    Okay, here I have a confession. I *hate* crowded places.
    A room full of strangers makes me want to turn and run.
    Even a room full of people I know makes me want to turn and run.





    Poker Alice was packed. Matt sent me to the back room to find a table.
    I wanted one so I could hide underneath it.
    :hide

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    Victor’'s friends were there, but I was so nervous, I didn’'t really make eye contact or anything.
    I was just trying to hold it together and appear normal until Matt came back.
    So, you Minnesota fellas - I'’m really sorry I seemed like such a cold fish.
    I wanted to be friendly, I'’m just scared of new people. :uhoh





    Once BigWan was chatting with them, it was easier to warm up.
    The boys from MN were a funny, raucous bunch and we enjoyed eating with them.
    We heard that they were doing Cinnamon Pass today and we were secretly hoping to tag along. :D


    Unfortunately, two of the group, Kevin and Sev, were nursing injuries (a sprained ankle and a dislocated finger - ouch!)
    and would be taking the highway to Moab. :cry



    Kevin and Victor

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    First, BigWan wanted to stop at the Polaris dealer at the end of town to see if we could find a radiator cap. The bike was still losing coolant.
    Either the water pump was bad or the radiator cap was.
    We were hoping for radiator cap.
    The polaris guy was jerk.
    His attitude was, if you aren'’t renting something, get lost.
    Whatever.



    We went back to see if Victor and the guys were still around. Nope.
    Uh oh.
    That means BigWan had a rabbit to chase.




    Oh boy, Cinnamon Pass!

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    Last year it was rainy. This year - it was perfect.

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    BigWan said, “I smell a wabbit! :evil

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    Oh, crap. :eekers


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  10. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    5,000 of them are mine. I'm pretty sure there are only 5 or 6 people following this thing, so relax- let it all hang out!:freaky
    Pete
  11. tweetie

    tweetie Long timer

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    So, did you have this song going through your head as you went up and over Cinnamon Pass?

    If not, you do now. :lol3
  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Okay, Pete. Whew. That makes me feel a lot better! :rofl


    Hi tweetie - yeah, I do now! :robin :huh

    :lol3




    Day 29 continued...



    So, we were on a wabbit hunt...

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    Oh, Hewwo!
    http://www.hark.com/clips/kwxjcmzsmp-hewwo <----these sound clips don't embed anymore :(

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    Hey, guys! We had caught up with Paul, Marty, Victor and Gus (not pictured).

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    There’'s Gus, on the far right.

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    Mmmmm...Orange.
    (admiring Paul'’s KTM 530exc)
    (is that right? 530exc?)

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    (hey wachs, it looks like these guys dig Giant Loop!)




    We marveled at the scenery for a little bit, had some chit chat, and then BigWan and I pretty much invited ourselves to ride with the guys. :lol3
    Just as we had done with themansfield, PaulyNY and Julian.
    I think they were okay with it...

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    BigWan and I had been lonely, so it was fun to have someone to ride with.

    :ricky

    I was excited to have riders to photograph, too!



    Hey, Gus...

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    Hey, Paul...
    Edit to add: I just remembered - while BigWan was trying to pass Paul, a big stick shot up off the road and got wedged between the shifter and the case.
    It was a mess and Matt couldn't shift out of whatever gear he was in. I remember Paul looking over like, "WTF??"
    Haha, sorry Paul - we weren't trying to kill you! :shog

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    Hey, Victor and Marty...

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    We stopped here to see if the guys were interested in checking out American Basin.
    Last year, BigWan and I had made a wrong turn and we ended up in AB.
    It was beautiful.

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    The guys opted to continue on the TAT, so we said we would catch up to them later.
    Okay, boys, here'’s what you missed...

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    Last time it had been cloudy and overcast, so we were lucky to have sun today.

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    We had a little watercrossing there and back.
    Here it is on the way back to the turnoff.
    That truck had been on his way into the basin.
    After scouting it out, he thought it was too deep and left. :cry
    Aww, you probably could have made it!

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  13. zeroblah

    zeroblah Snot nosed kid

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    I know ive read this thread more than alot. Im a little slow, so i have to read it over and over to understand where you guys went. im secretly planing this same trip, hehehe. unfortunatly i think ill be all by my lonesome, so i need to pay extra attention. :loaded
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    The wife wouldn't go for a lobotomy, huh? :lol3 Sorry.
    Um. What is that thing (emoticon) doing? Huffing? Maybe drinking FourLoko?



    Day 29 continued...



    Back on the trail to Cinnamon Pass.

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    Looking back at the trail. I think that's Gus on the side of the road down there...

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    Here we are - at Cinnamon Pass!

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    Thanks, Gus!

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    Paul, really making those greens pop...

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    They must have been enjoying some Sven and Ole jokes...:lol3

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    Hey, Gus - I hope you don'’t mind but I swiped this off your smugmug account.:dunno
    Victor sent me the link back in August and I just remembered this morning...
    (I took the “yeti interests” one, too). :hide

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    photo credit: Gus B.


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  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 29 continued...



    Man, I have a lot of photos from this section.
    If you aren’'t into Cinnamon Pass, Animas Forks, or California Pass, just come back tomorrow or the next day...:dunno


    This post is almost all trail pics. Feel free to skip it...
    I love them, though.
    It'’s just like re-riding the trail. :D


    Leaving Cinnamon Pass.

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    Looking down on Animas Forks.

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  16. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Yay, my favorite pass to be at! I loved staying at the top of Cinnamon for a while and chilling. The area had an epic feel to it and you can't help but forget the lows of the past year and just enjoy the ride!!!

    :clap

    :evil Waiting with baited breath for more Colorado! :evil
  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Oliver - I thought you might enjoy the photos!:D


    Day 29 continued...


    Tired of trail photos?
    Here's a very *slight* diversion for you.
    The falling down mine sh..stuff at Animas Forks.
    Animas Forks Educational Link
    Animal w/Forks WTF Link


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    We stopped in Animas Forks to look for chipmunks
    and maybe for some other stuff.

    :jive

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    And, because this damn thing got stuck in my head while I was looking for Animal clips, I'm sharing it with you...




    Haha, you're welcome!

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  18. tweetie

    tweetie Long timer

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    :huh

    Paybacks for Cinnamon Girl, eh? :lol3
  19. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    Classic LittleWan

    Manamanah:poser :poser :poser
  20. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    :lol3 , I think Geek used that song for a video one time..it'll stick in your melon for awhile. :huh


    Great pictures from that stretch!! :thumb