Another Freaken Colorado Ride Report...The Sequel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 2whlrcr, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    We are halfway through our trip now. We left from Colorado Springs and have spent nights in Salida, Lake City and Redstone. We have traveled about 750 miles on primarily jeep trails, single track and some hardsurface. Many passes have been summited and some trails have stopped us dead in our tracks.

    Riders are holding up well, but bikes are not. We spent most of the day limping bikes back to camp. I will do a full ride report and post lots of pictures when I return.

    Stay tuned....
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Waiting on lots of pics.. There's no place I'd rather ride than in Colorado! :thumb

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  3. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    We just got back and everything went well, except for some bike problems, I'll try and get some photos up in the next couple of days.
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  4. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    I won't hijack 2whlrcr's whole thread, but let's just say that seven bikes went out, only five came back :D

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    Picture graciously stolen from jjustj (hope you don't mind jjustj).

    OK, back to his story...
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  5. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Come on boys, been waiting for this! :lurk
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  6. jjustj

    jjustj Long timer

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    The pics are free and and i was happy to be a small part of the trip, just hope ride report includes that i got a discount from, bill at
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    he has great well maintained bikes to rent, good service and helpful. Was also good to have Al Bundy on our ride!!!:lol3
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  7. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Sorry guys, but I have been trying to start this post and keep getting dropped offline. We have a big storm going on right now and I have lost about a half hour of work and am getting frustrated:baldy .

    I'll just start the post when the storms over.
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  8. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    OK, I'm going to try and start this again. First off, I'm no scribe like Big Dog and GasPipe, so I'll just give an overview and maybe some comment on each photo I post.

    I want to say thanks to Richard who organized this ride. He did all the work, we just showed up. The plan was to carry our own gear and motel it through the Colorado Rockies. Most in the group has ridden in CO before, but we wanted to see new areas and cover more territory. Since most of this route was new to us, we didn't know what to expect for roads. I'd say half turned out to be hard surface and the rest were dirt roads, jeep trails and single track.

    The riders were Richard, Bill and the Jim's from Indiana. Scott and myself from Iowa and J, a transplanted Iowan in CO. All are experienced trials competitors, off road racers or both. It helps to have talented people, when you're riding these dual sports over unknown territory.

    I would also like to thank Ken, J's friend for letting us park our tow rigs, in front of his house. Ken is the Colorado trials club president and a nice guy. Thanks, Ken.

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    Day One.
    Colorado Springs to Salida, 143 miles.

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    We headed up Gold Camp Road. This is a closed tunnel that effectively closes through trafffic for cars and trucks.

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    J and Jim Z bypassing the tunnel on single track.

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    Jimmy works as lineman for an electric company and climbs poles and plays with electricity, he is fearless.

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    I on the other hand, had to crawl out on my hands and knees, to dangle my feet over.

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    Riding down Gold Camp Road. Temps were in the low 90's.

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    Me at some cool rocks at Gold Camp.

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    J our Colorado tour guide.

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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    On to Cripple Creek, an old mining town, who's current fortune is gambling casinos. We made a quick stop and headed out.

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    From here we had a good stretch of highway. It's starting to get dark..:huh

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    Then the skies opened up, like it would for everyday of our ride.

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    We crossed some open plains on our way into Salida.

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    This is where we spent the night in Salida. It's raining out, we pull up and the lady rushes out and tells us they are full. I say we have reservations and she comments "I don't remember reserving to bikers". I say I didn't mention our mode of transportation. She warms up a little, but warns that she just bought new beadspreads. She then made up a couple of excuses to come over to the rooms, just to keep tabs on us.

    Funny thing is, she goes on about this story of two guys on dirt bikes who were through a couple of weeks ago, they were headed to Oregon. I wonder who that could have been? They must have really trashed the place, to make her wary of us.:evil

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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    That's enough for tonight. Day two tomorrow.
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    Deano955 Insatiable

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    Jeez, ride through my back yard and don't say hi.
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  12. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    If we would have know, we could have come over and drank your beer and eat your food.:rofl
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  13. KTM265

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    You have now done it...Now we are going to have to hook up since I live in Cedar Rapids...Had to post that picture up of the Toyota too...PRICK!!! Got the KTM, now my next toy is the Toyata...:wink:

    FYI...I'm working an AZ trip in Oct...:lol3
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  14. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Day Two:
    Salida to Lake City, 168 miles. We headed for the highway, up to new Monarch Pass for a quick breakfast.

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    Directly above Monarch Pass is the longest stretch of single track we did. This is a fairly easy stretch on big bikes and had nice views. It's part of the Continental Divide trail.

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    After the single track we were at Marshall Pass and then headed down towards Sargents to pick up another jeep trail.

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    While crossing the bridge, I spotted these: Courtesy of the fisherman in the picture.

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    We then found the hardest section of our entire ride. This was not part of a major pass, just a short, very steep section of loose rock. The 11,000 foot altitude, didn't help either. It separated our group. The dirt bikes made it up and two dual sports made it, with lots of assistance. The others decided to turn around and head for the road and meet up at a rendevous spot. As usual, the pictures don't describe the steepness or size of the rocks.

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    Jim Z taking the trusty 21 year old XR to the top.

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    Richard on his KLR getting assistance from J. These bikes get heavy in a hurry, in terrain like this.

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    Rest of day two later...
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    Jealous...I'm getting very jealous...GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

    Nice pictures, don't you just love those F-ing rock climbs...YEHAW
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  16. yater

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    Bag pipe and dirt bag must have really had their way with that motel room:lol3

    Those rocky sections at 10k+ are absolutely exhausting. Keep it coming:clap
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  17. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    We didn't have the heart to tell the guys who turned around, that at the top it was smooth sailing on nice dirt two track. And they had to drone down the highway.:cry

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    Our lunch stop view.

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    Just after lunch it started to pour significantly. As we were decending down two track roads, the rain was flowing hard enough, to give the impression we were riding in a creek all the way down. I was too busy concentrating to take any pictures.

    The trail dead ended into a very deep gorge.

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    Our trail kept dead ending and we would take different routes, trying to get to the rendeveux site. This trail petered out and we could see the highway in the distance. We finally had to cross through a ranchers gate. I was just hoping he wasn't sighting in a high power on us.:eek1

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    We had missed the other group by almost two hours, they left us a note. It was an easy, scenic, 40 mile dirt road into Lake City

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    Just on the outskirts of Lake City, I noticed an antique bike collection.

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    Finally, made Lake City and stayed at the Crystal Lodge. Nice accomodations and an excellent meal. Seems like everytime I took a picture of Bill, he was eating.:D

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    Bill, Richard and J enjoying the Crystal Lodge.

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    Day Three. We stayed in the Lake City area and did a modified version of the Alpine Loop, 124 miles. We returned to the Crystal and stayed a second night. In the morning we headed for Engineer Pass, but not before breakfast at Poker Alice's.

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    On the way up to Engineer Pass.

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    We started to see a little snow at the top.

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    View from the top of Engineer and Scott and I getting ready to move on.

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    We headed for Silverton, taking little side trips, along the way. Tons of old mines in this area.

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    On the way to Silverton.

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    We gassed up in Silverton, grabbed some ice cream and got out of town. Too busy. Actually the whole day was like riding on I-80 in this area. It was July 4th and every Jeepster and ATV'er were riding today.

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    We made our towards Hurricane Pass. Apropriately named, it was very windy up there, but beautiful views.

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    View on top of California, looking back towards Hurricane.

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    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I was checking the snow depth up near the passes.

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    We headed over to do Cinniman and our way back to Lake City.

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    You meet all kinds of vehicles up here.

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    We came accross a group of 14 year old girls repelling.

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    Back in Lake City we went out for dinner in town, can't remember the name, but the place was owned by a guy who was very Italian.

    This was also where we suffered our first mechanical. My clutch cable broke on the way into town. It's well documented that LC4 clutch cables don't last very long. My bike is a 2002 and had about 6000 miles on it, when the cable broke. Of course I was well prepared and had a spare zip tied along side the orginal. Took about 15 minutes to do the repair.:D
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