I have a small ride group of friends, one dating back to high school days, that plans and rides an Epic Adventure every year. We started out in 2011 with the Pacific Coast Highway and a few years later had worked up to 7,000+ mile road trips from the east coast to Glacier NP and back. That was about the time that I said something like "Hey guys, there's this thing called the TAT and we should do it!" We did - the full ride, and haven't been back on a road trip since (some of the ride reports are in my .sig). When we went through the Rockies on the TAT in 2015, I felt like we were skipping by a lot of amazing places to ride with no time to explore and so set it near the top of my bucket list to go back and spend more time there. Well, with the past 4 years of off-road ADV rides in the logbook, this is the year for that. And, at 61 years old, I ain't exactly on the clock yet but I can hear it ticking (think Marissa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny). The plan was set for this ride in mid-July but as a lot of you know, quite a bit of the high ground was still under some deep snow and avalanches and the stream crossings were reported to be downright dangerous then. A week before the trip, we punted the trip into September trying to hit the sweet spot between Summer and the high elevation snow and freeze. Skip forward to late August and now we're 1 man down (Coach) due to pressing matters in his business. A couple weeks later, another riding bud (Dawg) bites the dust due to an emergency conflict. @#$%, so I call the last remaining guy (Indi) and ask him for his thoughts - wants to go and his wife is encouraging it, but what do I think? I'm going if I have to do it solo I tell him and in so doing, I think I made his decision for him. He's also now convinced his brother to come along so we'll be three guys now on the trip - two KLRs and me on a KTM 690 Enduro. Indi's bro is going to be riding Dawg's KLR. I think it's a new group rule than when you bail on a trip, someone else get's to take and abuse your bike. Giddy up. Our "plan" is to hook on to the CDR track in Del Norte headed north. I'm thinking it'll take us about 3 days or so to make that ride up to Steamboat Springs where we'll turn around and head south again on the COBDR. I put "plan" in quotation marks because we don't have any plan for where we'll stop or where we'll jump on and off the track to see something interesting. I have a friend with a big ranch near Jefferson (8 miles off the track) and we may even hang there for a bit. With all the tracks loaded in the GPS, serendipity is the real plan here but hopefully about a week later, we'll be back down in the San Juans making our way through the high passes there over to Telluride. I'll try to update the report as we go along but it may not get much of a substantial posting of photos and antics until we're back home. My flight leaves at 0'dark:30 tomorrow to meet up with the guys and the bikes.