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An unexpected turn of events

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by docsabre, May 31, 2021.

  1. docsabre

    docsabre crusty curmudgeon Supporter

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    And as others pointed out, it’s easier going downhill than uphill. Uphill requires a certain speed and momentum that can be quite disconcerting, especially when the trail is narrow with steep drop offs and the surface is either rutted, clogged with boulders or deep sand/gravel.

    That same buddy in my OP and I found ourselves in Colorado a couple of years later and wanted to try one of the dirt roads outside of Ouray. This time we knew enough when to turn around. I was heading uphill and encountered a road grader doing repairs on a stretch of the road. His work had turned the path into deep loose gravel. I parked the bike to check the conditions. The driver of the grader said the gravel was “not as deep toward the outside of the road”…..the side that had a two hundred foot drop. I turned around. My buddy then found other ways to drop his bike in less dangerous areas. F284A99A-A4CA-4B47-BAC4-D050FC12B2C8.jpeg Just up from here the deep gravel required that you hug the outside of the road. No thanks!
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    A moment’s inattention can be painful.
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    Why crash big when you can crash small? This hardly qualifies as a dropped bike when the rut holds your bike up.
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  2. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Love the look of that road. Exactly where is it?

    Hahah your buddy peering over the edge from a good six feet back. I have friends who do the same. ...and some who don't:
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  3. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    I'm liable to get vertigo from doing either if those. Getting it while doing the latter would be a guaranteed trip over the cliff! I do fine if I don't look down.
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  4. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    A big difference being in VT (and NH), you are never more than a mile from the nearest house, and typically never >5-10 miles from the nearest well traveled road. Distances between civilization are quite a bit smaller in the northeast than the western states.
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  5. docsabre

    docsabre crusty curmudgeon Supporter

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    As you descend into Ouray from the south on Hwy 550, you turn left off of 550 onto 361. It is gravel and dirt. You go past a few cabins, a couple of primitive campgrounds, the Bird Mine, and it turns into County Road 26. (The red pin on the map screenshot is south of Ouray just off the 550). AA2EE9CC-3D7F-4334-A039-F4620C4A2316.png
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  6. docsabre

    docsabre crusty curmudgeon Supporter

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    At least on this road in France I had the luxury of a stone wall. C88F5BEB-8108-4B88-84A8-4498E3F843AB.jpeg
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  7. bomose

    bomose Long timer Supporter

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    That's going up to Imogene Pass from Ouray.
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  8. r60man

    r60man Long timer

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    You are correct, but when you are coming down a steep grade on a top heavy BMW K bike it is still scary in the moment.
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  9. Patek

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    I like how people are "Oh wow, that is terrible, glad you made it out alive. Where exactly is this so can go check it out and have my own adventure?"

    Only on ADV.
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  10. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    When you are in deep sand and see a dead cow, it's a good reminder you didn't bring enough water and you should've already turned around. (but it's not too late)

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  11. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    It's not an adventure until something goes wrong!
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  12. docsabre

    docsabre crusty curmudgeon Supporter

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    It can be an adventure without any disasters. When you survive a disaster it becomes an “epic adventure”.
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