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DADODIRTS Four Corners of Paradise

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DADODIRT, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer Supporter

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    Bakersfield is a hole. We're at the nicest hotel of the trip. Middle of the night, window open on the first floor and some f*&^%r popped the screen and tried to climb into my room. Part of the adventure, I guess.
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    Round Mountain Road up through Halfway House, Granite Road, Old Stage Road, Springville, Milo Yokohl Valley Road.
    Then up 198 to Three Rivers for the night.
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    Rode most of the day by myself today. Skipped the red route in the afternoon.
    171 Miles.
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    Decided to do the day by myself today. Some of the other riders, including myself, decided to re-route through Sequoia NP.
    The road up into the park was probably the best pavement of the trip. HoC 61 m.JPG

    General Sherman.

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    I met up with a couple of the guys at lunch somewhere near Squaw Valley.
    Elwood Road, Tretton Canyon, up past Pine Flat Reservoir, Trimmer Springs Road, through Tollhouse, Pine Ridge and into the small mountain town of Shaver Lake for the evening.
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    180 Miles.
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    Glad I stuck with the ride Yoda today. Some of the blue route was closed.
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    Some of it was dirt. And some sketchy spots, too.
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    Not sure where all the little adventures occurred, but we wound our way through places like Auberry, Bass Lake, Oakhurst, Raymond, Stonehouse.
    I think we went through Hornitos a couple of times after lunch in Cathey's Valley.
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    Something tells me my pictures are out of order. Oh well,,,
    Farming city of Turlock was home for the evening.

    299 miles.
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    Headed west this morning up Del Puerto Canyon and San Antonio Valley to Lick Observatory.
    Probably some of the steepest switchbacks yet.
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    After descending into Santa Clara we were on 101 south for a ways. Then through places like Hollister Hills, San Benito, Bitterwater and backtracked on day one's route through Peachtree Road and Slacks Canyon and into Parkfield (Population 18) and the V6 Ranch for the last night.
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    285 Miles for a trip total of 1700.

    Just a little background on the gpskevin adventure rides: I attended a presentation by one of the ride Yodas at the BMW MOA National Rally in Salt Lake City a couple years ago. Got me interested enough to buy a gps unit for the bike and start figuring out how to use it. There are other rides including Baja, Grand Canyon, Northern California, Colorado. You pay up front for the ride, which has a limited amount of riders. Cost is cheap considering you get a room each night and the route for your gps. Probably cheaper than booking the rooms yourself, plus you don't need to think about it. Some nights you share a room with another rider. I shared rooms for 4 of the 8 nights. A lot of the riders knew each other from other similar rides. Everyone is a competent rider and used to long days in the saddle. Everyone likes to ride, so there is an immediate comradery. There is no way I could have planned this route myself. So much of the days were spent on lonely back roads, twisting through second and third gear. The hotels were a mix of Super 6 and some lodges and mom and pop motels. All were at least as good as I would have arranged for myself. The route shows gas stops, where to get lunch and numerous donut holes for regrouping. I tend to do a lot of rides by myself. Some of this is due to riders that I know not being able to all agree on a time and place and route. Not the case with these rides. Just show up and the other riders are there. There were a few of the red routes that I would not have wanted to be on by myself with a mostly loaded GS. No issues, but if there had been, there's another rider probably a few miles behind you. You are on your own for meals. Some evenings it's just you and your immediate group. Others it's the whole crew. I'll do this type of ride again, for sure.
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    Time for a little weekend ride. With miles. All pavement.
    550 north from home on Saturday morning. 50 east from Montrose out to 92 west.
    Stopped at an overlook along 92.

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    Talked to by some fellow gs riders, but wanted to get out of there ahead of the rolling road block (aka cruisers).

    Out through Crawford and Hotchkiss. My initial plan was to look for a room down in Grand Junction, but I opted to get a place in Cedaredge instead, which allowed me to ride 65 north up to I 70 and back. Bonus times two. I get to ride it twice AND I don't have to go to Grand Junction.
    Lots of snow up on Grand Mesa. All the side roads and trail heads were closed. Lakes were not frozen, and lots of folks fishing.
    On the way back I went out to Collbran to check if the forest service road up to Grand Mesa Lodge was open yet. Kind of figured as much, but glad I asked as it was still closed up top.
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    Procured a room on the way north a few hours ago at the Tri-R motel. Walking distance to Lost Mesa Grill. Triple Bonus. Rockies won tonight.
    350 Miles.
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    Up at the crack of dawn and down to Delta for the hobo skillet. Filling.
    50 west to 141.
    It was a little busy yesterday, between 550 and more traffic then I've ever seen on 92.
    Not 141. Stopped south of Gateway in the shade of the canyon for half an hour or so. Sometimes 5 minutes between the loan vehicle passing.
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    I had time to stop at my brother in law's place in Norwood. Coincidentally ran into him at the gas station in town. Hung out on the bridge over the Gurly Ditch for a few. Then back to 145, down the hill, through the canyon, 62 to Ridgway and 550 south to home by one pm.
    280 Miles.
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    Love that stretch of 141. Be there in a month......
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    Stoney Pass. Still a lot of closed routes in the high country. I didn't go as far as Pole Creek. Still a lot of runoff. A jeeper got swept away a few weeks ago. They found her body a few days or so later.
    The road up to Animas Forks from Silverton is still closed. More vehicles up here then I've ever seen.
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    Flowers in bloom. And I did find a lonely spot to relax and enjoy the view.
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    Alpine Loopish
    Up Lime Creek, through Silverton and up to Corkscrew Pass.
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    Down into Ironton and followed the county roads up past the sheep.
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    Love this stretch....
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    Another angle - looking over Chatanooga.
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    Across the highway and Ophir Pass.
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    Slabbed it to Rico for lunch at the Enterprise, then back over Bolam Pass to Purgatory.
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    Is that route over Bolam Pass big bike friendly? I've done the loop several times, and am curious about alternate routes.
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    Yes, I've taken my 1150GS over it a few times. But every time I take the little bike, I wonder why I would take a big bike.
    Long Creek crossing down near Purgatory, which can be kind of rough in the early summer.
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    When we have the Guzzi gathering in Ouray, there are a few of us on Stelvios and the like that are interested in alternatives. A couple of us did the route from 50 to Ridgway over Silver Jack this year. Nice road, beautiful scenery. Wanted to do Last Dollar, but it had been raining and didn't need "that" much adventure.

    Great thread you have going here I really enjoy it. I need to do a good bit more exploring in this area and your insights stoke that flame.

    AND I still owe you a beer!
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    Wrong bike, right rally? Right bike, wrong rally?
    Missed out on the Sipapu rally again this year, but was able to cut out on Friday and take a favorite route to the Western Slope BMW Riders Hotchkiss, CO rally. The last time I was to their rally, it was at a nice campground north of Cedaredge. They moved it to the fairgrounds about 12 years ago. Not as nice a venue, IMHO.
    Oh yeah, I'm taking the Buell.
    First stop - along the San Miguel River just below Norwood Hill.
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    Remains of the flume.
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    More flume.

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    Lunch in Gateway.

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    Got to the rally site mid afternoon.
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    Ran into some riders I haven't seen for a while, including @ROAD DAMAGE.
    230 miles.
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    After a good rally breakfast, I was off for a nice fall ride. I was thinking about trying to make a loop, maybe include Kebler pass from Crested Butte, but I had such a good time on the ride out 92 that I decided to back track. Most times I am on this road it is part of a longer ride, so it was nice to hit it out and back.
    Took a bunch of pictures of the Black Canyon on the way back.
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    More to come....
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    For some reason, I've never stopped at Pioneer Point.
    Worth the little hike out to the overlook.
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    After a late lunch in Paonia, I headed up past the state park towards McClure pass.
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    Back to the rally site for some food, beer and socializing.
    130 miles
    Home on Sunday. Gotta love beginning and ending the ride with 550 between my house and Ouray.
    140 miles.
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    Fall colors ride. Took the CRF250 to Rico via Scotch Creek and back Barlow Creek and Bolam pass.
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    Hard to see from the pictures, but the leaves were full color as low as you could see up to tree line. +/-4000'
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    One more from here.
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    Lunch at the Enterprise.
    On the way back, I took a left at the pond and went out to Tin Can Basin.
    Cool view of Lizard Head.
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    Color shot.
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    That's about 90 miles.
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    GS US 550 to Ridgway. Haven't been up Owl Creek in quite a while. The road itself was in bad shape with large gravel. I pushed on to a good photo spot. I've probably taken this same shot with different bikes over the years.
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    Plan was to have lunch at the gnarly taco shop in Ridgway, but they were closed on Sunday? Decent Rueben next door, though.
    And a quick stop on the way home.
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    About 130 miles.
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    I was packed to camp for two nights, but the old man in me said it's cold and gets dark quick this time of year. So the old man opted for the old man style early departure.
    Lunch at Denny's in Cortez at 5 a.m. then out through the high desert on US 160 to 191, out past Valley of the Gods, up Moki dugway to Mulley Point. Camp spots are plentiful, so I find a good spot - well two spots, as it were - and geared up for today's ride.
    Followed the road out past Mulley Point to sort of a dead end.
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    Looking down at John's Canyon Road.
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    Mellow exploration is the plan. Nothing too difficult, but places I haven't been.
    Back out to the highway and north on 261 for a few miles to Slickhorn Road. Took the left on Point Lookout Road.







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    Then out Slickhorn Road for a bit. Easy sand two track, but I wanted to get east of the highway, too. Maybe get a view of Comb Ridge.
    So out to the end of Cigarette Springs Road.
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    You can kind of see the ridge down there.

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    About 80 miles today.
    Back to camp in time for a nice hike along the ridge.
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    Hike continued.
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    I had my camp fire set up at camp 2, across the two track. Which had a nice view as the sun set.
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    Muley Point is one of my favorites. As it is for many.