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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tellicotom, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    My wife and I are getting to do a good September vacation to Colorado. we trailered our WR250Rs out from Tennessee. Starting out at Trinidad Lake State Park. We did a good 130 mile loop ride up to Cordova Pass, which is just a couple of miles from West Spanish Peak. Here are some pics of todays ride. 20200913_121005.jpg 20200913_121622.jpg 20200913_124425.jpg 20200913_134038.jpg 20200913_122535.jpg 20200913_151228.jpg 20200913_160034.jpg 20200913_121005.jpg
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  2. veggiebus

    veggiebus Adventurer

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    Beautiful photos!
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  3. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Nice photos. More please.
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  4. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    20200915_183554.jpg 20200915_183524.jpg 20200913_090528.jpg 20200915_121537.jpg 20200913_090528.jpg Yesterday we tried to explore the Peacock Mine and Baldy Mine area north of Trinidad. They are shown in the right hand side of the map with alot of 4×4 roads in the area. Unfortunately, all access to them seems to be restricted behind private property.

    We are doing primarily day rides from a pickup camper with enclosed trailer for the 2 WR250Rs. Today, Tuesday, was a drive day to Salida, a little bit of town for my babe, and a nice dinner in town. The drive along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was beautiful and I was tugged to stop and do Medano Pass, but we pushed on.

    We got a real nice camp at Salida East right on the Arkansas River. We saw about 5 sheep on the hill directly across camp and it is just a couple of miles from Salida.

    Tomorrow we are going to move camp to either the Marshall Pass or Monarch Pass area and get back to riding!

    Here's some pics of today.

    Obviously, my RR skills on the smart phone needs some work...
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  5. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I rode out to Colorado from KY a few weeks ago. We spent our first night in Colorado at Trinidad SP.
    It was a really nice campground.
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  6. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Ok, back in good cell service. We spent the last few days camped out in the Marshall Pass area. We had a beautiful campsite and fine riding. The first day we did Marshall Pass and Old Monarch Pass. The next day we tried to go to Bonanza via Toll Road Gulch, but encountered a snow drift from last week's snow. We considered trying to skirt it around on the right, but didn't want to lose the bikes or us down the scree slope. We did a little more riding in the area and actually downloaded COTREX while sitting on a mountain side. It showed some alternate roads, FS Road 205, that would take us to Bonanza. We tried that the next day, but found the road shown on COTREX were actually on Private Property and blocked. This was shown clearly on the San Isabel NFS MVUM..

    We then took an alternate road to the top of Marshall Pass, FS Road 239 I believe. It was very rustic and had 1 section about 150 yards long that was a dry creek bed and consisted of soft ball to volleyball sized babyheads. We made it through that and turned left on 239A at the top, were rewarded with great views and met some new friends and torched hotdogs.

    We then continued to Tomichi Trading post in Sargent's and on to visit Whitepine. Whitepine is an old mining area from the 1800s to providing lead and copper during the WWII effort. The area was leaching heavy metals, but was restored by the NFS and Trout Unlimited in the 205 timeframe. While there, we met some folks that told us that the route over to Tincup Area was also blocked by snow.
    The Tomichi TP is a real gathering spot for Riders of all sorts. It's a cool spot to meet and chat with riders.

    Here's some pics of the last few days.
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  7. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    We just had some truck work done in Salida and are off for the Almont/Taylor River area....
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  9. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Excellent. Great riding area.
    I've only ridden through White Pine once. I could swear I heard banjo music - which is an issue as I have pretty ears.
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  10. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Cottonwood Pass? You'll enjoy it.
    While in Salida or Buena Vista if you're in the mood for a good steak at a fair price try Quincy's.
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  11. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Ok, back in cell service.. We spent a few days camped up on Spring Creek , north of Almont. A great campsite at $7 per night. Our first day of riding we went up Spring Creek and crossed over into Taylor River area upstream of the reservoir. We made a valiant, but safe attempt on American Flag Mountain, but turned back. My initial plan was to go up Italian Creek Road and come down Cement Creek Road. Here are some pics of that ride.

    Ok, not a strong enough connection to upload pics.

    To catch up on the trip a little more, after the strenuous attempt on American Flag Mountain, I led my wifey on a great dirt biking trip through the sage brush country between the Taylor River and Gunnison on NFS Rd 586. It was an awesome couple of hours on a great traction 2 track that rolled up and down the rolling hills through sage brush and the burning yellow Aspen groves!! Once near Gunnison we took Owl Creek Road to Kebler Pass Road and on to Crested Butte for Pizza.

    The next day we moved camp to Oh be Joyful on Slate River Road north og Crested Butte. The views from camp were awesome as was the riding...To be continued. ..

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  12. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    20200920_141919.jpg 20200920_143217.jpg I'm a little challenged up loading my pics as I want..bear with me on this..More photos of Crested Butte area should follow... 20200920_141919.jpg
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  15. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Here's a few pics of our ride from Almont to Gunnison... 20200921_131530.jpg 20200921_131530.jpg

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    20200923_091634.jpg Here's some pics of Slate River Road Schofield Pass areas north of Crested Butte. 20200922_130958.jpg 20200922_132153.jpg 20200923_131233.jpg 20200923_091634.jpg

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    SwampyDeadHead Dirtbagging WNC, NGA and E. Tenn Supporter

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    That is the definition of beautiful scenery. Please keep the pics coming.
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  18. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Thanks! There's alot good stuff coming...

    When we left O be Joyful, north of Crested Butte, we headed to Montrose for a known campground with showers, laundry, etc. A one night stay to get refreshed. This was a Thursday evening as I recall. We (I that is) had tentatively planned to leave the camper and trailer in Montrose and start out on the Rimrocker trail to Moab and bring the Kokopelli back to Colorado. However, it was still fairly hot in Moab, we had reserved camping and soaking at Orvis Hot Springs for Monday, and the wife much preferred day rides from the camper versus staying in rooms and eating at restaurants with the higher risk of Covid or the lower standards of tenting.. Therefore, we took the easier route of heading out early Friday morning with hopes of getting a camping site at the Amphitheater Campground just outside Ouray. We got there about 8:30 and was lucky enough to get a site!
    We relaxed, made breakfast, and then did a ride out to Yankee Boy and Governor Basin. It was fabulous weather!! Here's some pics of that ride.

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    and a few more pics from that day

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    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    The next day we did Corkscrew, Hurricane, and California Passes on the way to the Alpine Loop. We took Cinnamon Pass to Lake City and Engineer Pass back. We were considering taking Mineral Creek back to Ouray, but decided to go to Silverton for pizza and beer.
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