Two-up in the San Juan Mountains - Silverton, CO 2017

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  1. DYNOBOB

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    Looking back west toward Corkscrew
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    Between Corkscrew and Hurricane was a 100yd baby head field. Lack of pilot skill reared its head and we had to pick the bike up (one of three times during the week). We're huffing and puffing a bit at 11,500' and a nice older couple in a yellow Jeep offered to give Wynette a ride to the other side. How about we just meet at the sign...?
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    I didn't notice until later looking at the pics - this was a late model Rubicon with a Hemi conversion, prob a $75k rig. Nice!
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    From Hurricane, looking east at Lake Como and the trail down to Poughkeepsie Gulch. Upper right corner is California Pass.

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    Looking back west at Hurricane
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    Down into Poughkeepsie
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    Trail to California Gulch and Animas Forks
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    Once again rain is on the way in for the afternoon, so we stop in Animas Forks for lunch before heading back to town.

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    Not a long ride, but we check three more passes off the list.


    Tomorrow we head for Black Canyon of the Gunnison...


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  3. AwolArn

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    I'm in! Nice photos and write up. :)
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  4. maritan

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    Boy, these photos are just amazing. Really makes me want to plan a trip there sooner rather than later.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    Subscribed! Excellent photos and writing, and it's nice to see an Italian Husky out adventuring :thumb how's the fuel injection handling the elevation?
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  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey DYNOBOB :wave
    Too bad the adventurous route was closed :cry - next time aim for early august!
    Thanks for the shout-out, I wouldn't have seen your report otherwise.
    Looks like you two had a great trip - nice pics!

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  8. DYNOBOB

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    Well said!


    Carpe diem for sure. We're in our 50s and I'm not getting any younger, stronger, or taller. We said a couple times how lucky we were, definitely a time limit on doing this stuff.

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    Glad you guys are enjoying!


    Husky's Mikuni injection is spot on. :thumb We tractored up the highest spots w/ power to spare.



    Thanks LW, I thought you'd enjoy those. Storms approaching meant no trip down the steps for us though.

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  10. Paddy O'Doolin

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    In tandem with my 950 SE, I run a Husqvarna TE 610, 2008 Italian model. Bought it specifically to run the San Juans in 2008 (after getting skunked on one trip by a non-CV carb on a DRZ400, forget the carb name & model).

    I have never had anything but success with the Husky's EFI. Home elevation in Lubbock is 3,300', Silverton is 9,300', and top of Imogene Pass is like 13,100' or something. During the highway trip up there, I start the bikes in the back of the truck at Clines Corners, elevation of 7,100'. This allows for easier starting when the bikes first hit the ground in Silverton.

    The only thing ever done to the EFI was the KTM shop adjusted the idle rpm (increase significantly) and remapped fuel across rpm band to accommodate the Leo Vince exhaust. It really rips when asked and otherwise it is a rock solid diesel-type torque in any gear. It's the most bullet proof moto I've owned.
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    I love hearing things like that :clap Thanks very much!
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  12. Paddy O'Doolin

    Paddy O'Doolin KTM 950 Super Enduro

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    DYNOBOB, you have done a fantastic job with the camera up there. Apparently, I am too selfish with my time and therefore rarely stop and take pictures; there are just too many magnificent vistas in the San Juans... I wouldn't get much ridding done with all the photography that needed to be executed! Seriously, kudos to you - awesome pictures, I know exactly where you were when you snapped every one of the pics. Sometimes when I look out over those vistas, I say to myself "There is no way I will do this justice with my poor photography skills...so I am just gonna take it in for a few minutes...drink some water...and then twist a grip wide open..." I say all that KNOWING someone like you will take the time to document some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Thanks!

    BTW, what kind of camera set up are you using?
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  13. GSingWI

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    Did you do Poughkeepsie Gulch? I was out there in August and got talked in to Poughkeepsie :doh. If you did it two up...You sir are either a very skilled rider, or f'ing crazy!

    Thanks for the report and great pictures!
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    Wednesday July 19 - Day Four - Million Dollar Hwy, COBDR (easy track), Owl Creek Pass, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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    Today we take 550 (Million Dollar Hwy) north to Ridgeway and turn right onto the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (blue track) to reach US 50/Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We'll return to Silverton via 550. Today is all pavement and easy gravel so it's a Tenere day.

    If you're on a big adv bike trip and want some low-risk, off-pavement fun, the COBDR "easy" track from Ridgeway to US 50 should be in your gps. You may not be in the mountains, but there are some fantastic views along this track. Wynette did a nice job getting pics on the fly today.

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    She likes the running water :-)


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    David (@SilverBullet) is riding with us again today, and back at Owl Creek Pass we met another rider, Risa from California on a DR650. She's on a multi-thousand mile trip to meet up w/ a group of female AdvRiders that are meeting near Denver in a few days. She hung with us for the afternoon.

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    Finishing the COBDR track and about to intersect US 50.
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    Heading west on 50 to the entrance of Black Canyon.
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    Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a worthwhile destination. There is a fair amount we didn't see, the road down to the river on the opposite side of the canyon looks like a definite return trip. Our main stop was the visitor center and overlook.

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    After eating our packed lunch at the visitor center, we parted ways with Risa and headed back to Silverton. Things have clouded up and we can see rain in the San Juans...

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    The "million dollar" climb out of Ouray
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    Back at Silverton, I decided this is the night we'll hop in the truck and camp somewhere more interesting. Before we left home I armored up the front diff/transfer case and added a HiLift on the back of the camper, wouldn't want that effort to go to waste :-)

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    Earlier in the week I'd spotted/scouted a spot up by Animas Forks so off we go.

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    For us, this was a highlight of the trip. I had some concern about spending the night at 11,000' but knew what signs to watch out for, and we'd been over 9000' the previous 4 nights so hoped we'd be OK.

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    Spaghetti dinner at 11,000' is served :dukegirl
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  17. tridawg

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    Love me some Dynobob ride reports!! Great pics from you and your dads trip to Alaska and now this one. I did Alaska in 2016 so the pictures were even better for me cause I could relate to where you were. I finished up the NMBDR this past October after getting snowed out back in April and continued on to Colo before heading back. Engineer was already closed but Cinnamon was open so I made it over to Animas, from Lake City. Once again I can put myself where you took alot of the pics but of course yours look a lot better than mine.

    Did Wynette like the house at Animas that had the indoor plumbing?
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    I'm really enjoying your report DYNOBOB. I'm planning a Colorado trip in 2019, so your track ideas and photos help immensely, while also inspiring me as well! Keep up the good work!
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    It is difficult to make yourself stop for pics - easy to get "mission focused" and forget. Sharing trips with family/friends and reliving them years later is my motivation I guess.

    Regarding camera: I'm a Sony guy. Wyn shot on the move with the RX100 point/shoot the day we went to Black Canyon. I regret not having her use it every day (she spent a lot of time holding on for dear life I suppose). I'm shooting an A7R2/24-70GM. I honestly don't feel like we stopped as much as I should have for shots.


    We did not do Poughkeepsie, somehow it has eluded me every trip. I have done the steps at Black Bear twice though :D


    I say often that the big Husky is some of the best money I ever spent. It has hauled me to many cool places and was all the bike I could handle 2-up on this trip.


    Glad you're aboard for another one Dawg. I was a little worried as our trip approached - Black Bear and Imogene opened less than a week before we arrived. I've got several buds that have been skunked by snow out here.

    and yes, indoor plumbing is always a plus where she's concerned :-)

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    Responses like this help my ride report mojo. Thanks!

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