Okies exploring around South Fork, CO

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  1. DirtyDog

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    A handful of us ventured out to CO for a week of trail riding and backcountry camping. We’ll dump some pics and videos here. Enjoy.

    the cast of characters included:
    @Newner
    @FatBob
    @DirtyDog
    @Scribe
    Peggy (handle?)
    @Z50Started-it
    Hugh (handle?)
    Mike & Suzanne (quads)
    * I almost forgot that @W8NONU was there early and scored us the camp site, but had to bail early. Thanks, Jim!

    The goal was riding some some gnarly trails, social distancing, woods-pooping, fishing, and beer drinking. We succeeded.

    Camped next to Park Creek just S of South Fork.
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    Another successful field trip. It was nice to set up a base camp in an area without any persuasion or suggestions. We simply explored the forest without any input from anyone who had previously been there. I used Trailtaker.com to load down tracks before the trip. I downloaded nothing but red tracks (advanced) however I brought my DR, not my KTM 450. Many times I felt I had the wrong bike for many of the technical spots in some of the trails.

    Fun was had, enjoy the pics and vids:

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    A couple base camp pics. M&S were VIPs and provide more than their share of food and cooking. We were spoiled for most of the breakfasts and dinners. My two mutts were definitely spoiled.
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    I had the same prep strategy as @Newner. Just loaded some advanced, motorcycle-legal tracks on my Gaia GPS app and went with it. We were fortunate that one of the tracks we randomly picked was some primo singletrack. More on that later. Everything else was 2-track, but with the steep grades, daily rain, and ever-present rocks... they were challenging enough to beat us into fatigue every day. We rode ~80-90 miles a day connecting trails around the camp.

    here’s a quick glimpse of what and where. Our camp was at the waypoint “4” and we rode a lot of these lines (but not all). Some connecting roads are not pictured, obviously.
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    LandofEnchantment Been here awhile

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    Dang. I love those Nissan Xterra’s...

    And that looks like one comfy and spoiled puppy dog there!

    This looks like fun! I know that area somewhat well. Family lives in Aztec, Nm and Pagosa springs. We spend a lot of time in that area. Hoping to move there soon!

    What kind of maps are you using for your trails? Have you looked at OnX off-road maps?

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    They work pretty good unless a DIY'er performs upgrades-

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    Weakest link and all that. A 5 cent hose clamp decided to yield to the pressure of the automatic transmission at a sustained 4000 rpm climbing the front range and spray ATF into the fan. It was a brief pit stop and no permanent harm was done. I just finally degreased the entire vehicle today. It was a mess. Seeing ATF on the windshield was our indication that there was a problem.
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    Newner can speak for his ragtag map setup, but I use GaiaGPS on my iPhone. I have a premium subscription and their base topo serves me quite well. I download gpx files from TrailTaker and follow the colored lines. Easy peasy. I record the tracks too. That way, we know we’ve gone X miles and the trail is Y miles total. It’s primarily used by hikers, but works well for off-road trail riding too. My buddy is on their software development team, so my constructive feedback is actually heard. :deal
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    Day 1 was somewhat of a shakedown with the quad noobs. Teach them the rules of the trail, see how they handled it, and get them comfortable enough with navigation to stake out on their own. We did a group ride first, but it didn’t take much time before we needed to segregate the faster bikes from the quads. All was well.



    After that, @Newner and I rode some more challenging stuff to close out the day. I believe this vid is of Tewksberry Creek. Not certain.


    note- all of our tracks were rated “advanced”, however the interpretation of this seems to vary. :dunno None of the tracks really gave us significant challenges, with one exception... later.
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    Here’s a few pics I took while waiting on the quads and/or Newner on day 1. Nice relaxing day.
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    Day 1 Recap from me:

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    Our Colorado Rookie quads-

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    We experienced a wide range of temps all week-

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    Wildlife on the trail and all around our camp-

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    Day 1 trail vid "TewskBerry Trail" probably our most relaxing red trail we rode-









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    Day 2 Recap:

    We managed to do a shortish loop off of Summitville Rd (Connie divide trail), concluding our day on top of the Grayback mountain.

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    @DirtyDog did you have enough sun in Colorado to heat up the water in your solar collector?
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    The only day I tried to use it was cloudy and the shower was definitely tepid. However, I have used it in AZ and it worked like a dream.
    Therefore, the CO performance was inconclusive. It may have been great if I’d showered on one of the few days when we had afternoon sun.

    if we’re talking generalities, I would re-design it to fit the roof rack (make a square) and seal it up differently. It takes a 12v pump for pressurization (a lot better than gravity), but my current setup bleeds the pressure, so I can’t really charge it then shower- gotta leave the pump running, and that annoys me.
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    Here’s a few vids that I have uploaded.

    My pups Grace and Jet were intent on harassing wildlife the entire time we were in CO. Had they shown signs of success, I might have been more concerned. I don’t know that they caught anything, but they did disrupt the migratory patterns of the local cows. Marmots were their primary quarry.




    When the pups reached the point of annoying at one of our camp meal times, I played the first video above and they immediately bolted towards the marmot burrows. They were quite conditioned after a few days of hunting.
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    Newner and I found some epic singletrack within our pre-loaded gps tracks when we were plotting a route on Wednesday.

    Trout Creek was a brilliant, flowy, pristine singletrack trail that definitely had some steep, rocky sections to earn its advanced rating. I recorded a fair bit of helmet cam footage while on this trail. Enjoy.


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    Getting out via this road closure due to erosion was an adventure in itself.
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    I guess we need to finish our story telling:

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    Not many pics, Trout Creek was fun
    Lunch location, Cliff bar and water-
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