OSO LOCO!! KTM 990s attack Colorado, Utah, and the best of the TAT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.

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What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?

Poll closed Jan 7, 2018.
  1. Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue

    8 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction

    22 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!!

    88 vote(s)
    22.1%
  4. With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby!

    135 vote(s)
    33.9%
  5. Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists

    41 vote(s)
    10.3%
  6. This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it?

    128 vote(s)
    32.2%
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  1. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    I had the same kickstand relocator on my 990 and had the same problem. It eventually broke one of the tabs on my frame that the center stand sits on.

    I replaced that piece of junk with the Black dog one and its worked great since
  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thank you, Dubl-A! So glad you're enjoying the report! :D





    Hi John!
    Thanks for the info!
    Uh oh - Napoleon just moved to the top of the short list :evil
    :lol3

    You know that pass is calling our name...








    You guys know that was B-Rod in the video, right?
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    Aw, now we're really sorry we missed it!!
    :bluduh

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    Hi Drufiddy!
    Teepees! Cool.

    That must have been fun. Did you do a report? :ear




    Yeah, but what was Bartek's problem?? :hmmmmm

    (da dum dum!)

    :poser





    Hmm.
    We started with the Black Dog relocater and then went to this one...

    :dunno


    I think some people are just hard on stuff....






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  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Ladybug! :flug

    Sorry, I lost you there...stupid multi-quote. :cry

    There are so many beautiful passes that you would love!
    Put Colorado at the top of your list (after Baja) :deal


    ♥ little wan
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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 7: 8/7/13
    Lake City to Silverton, CO 84 miles, continued.






    OK, maybe “a bunch more passes” was a bit of an exaggeration...
    How about “two more passes and a walking trail”? :dunno



    Hurricane Pass

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    I wish it had been sunny here. :cry
    The guys were missing out on some amazing colors!

    my pics from 2010.

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    Instead, they got this:

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    With rain.

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    I think this was Corkscrew Pass.

    We usually lose our back brake going down these passes,
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    Even in the mud.

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    We thought it would be fun to have the guys staggered out for a photo.
    Meh. Oh well.

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    As we made our way back towards Silverton,
    we took some dirt instead of the highway.


    We were just winging it, so some “adventure” was bound to happen. :rolleyes

    The trails weren’t anything exciting so I didn’t take many photos.
    Until this part. A slippery wooden bridge.

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    It seemed like a dead end so the other guys turned around.
    I thought we would too, so it was a surprise when Matt kept going.

    :dirtdog

    He said he didn’t see any signs telling us not to... :dunno





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    No posted signs, that is. How about gut feelings?
    Hey, Matt...this feels like a bad idea.
    I mean, a REALLY bad idea.


    It was wet and slippery and the grass was kind of tall...
    You never know what’s hidden in high grass, right? :uhoh



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    Like, big rocks, maybe? :eek7


    I think this one had been partially buried.
    ‘Til we hit it, of course.

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    Doing our part, testing out the Black Dog bash plate...:lol3

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    It was really on that thing!
    Had to knock the bike over to get it off.

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    Dumbasses. :nah




    Mostly I was concerned that we had lost the guys.
    Or worse, what if they decided to follow us?
    I was stressing out for a while, but we went and waited on the highway and they eventually found us.
    Sorry, guys - that was stupid of us.




    Well, we still had time for one more stop.

    Red Mountain.
    I always want to call this Red Mountain Pass, but I understand that pass is paved.



    So, is it just Red Mountain? :scratch
    Oh - “Red Mountain Mining District”
    More old mining stuff.


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    I think that thing up there is “Yankee Girl Mine”
    I took a photo of it in 2010

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    We took this trail last time so we knew it went through.

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    Looking back at Lica...

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    Sorry, mining nerds.
    As an apology for the blurry pic, here’s an article you might like. and another.

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    OK, I admit I read a little of those articles...
    Haha, all that Haha, all that learning juice is paying off! :gdog





    Did you know those old prostitutes were known as “swamp angels?”
    Oh, that sounds like a one-a-day trivia (la la la).


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    :lol3


    (if you haven't read our other ride reports, you're thinking "WTF?" :eek7)
    (You had to be there)
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    And, now we’re on 550.

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    How about a tour of our Triangle Suite?

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    Oh, look - my indoor photos are just as blurry as my outdoor photos! :fitz

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    Lica’s clutch started going out (clutch slave cylinder) on the ride.
    Matt and Lica got to work.

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    Matt said our clutch master cylinder was also acting up.
    Uh oh.
    (Gus, cue the dramatic gopher music!)





    Hey, guess who was here in Silverton?
    Mark and Rose from Klim!
    Osito took a pic from the balcony.

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    Lica got a surprise inspection.

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    Not sure if he passed. :lol3
    (He did)






    So, it turns out that we had a little miscommunication today -
    We thought that Radek was done with the rain and didn’t want to ride.

    But, when we left without him, he was sad.

    Crap. :cry

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    It sucked. We didn’t know! :(:

    Oso Negro was a little upset at first, but then we were okay.

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    What’s this? Scott got caught wearing a new Klim jacket...:evil

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    (he paid a little visit to Mark)

    Niiiiiice. :thumb





    The evening was spent with everyone staring at their phones... :dirtdog

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    Day 7 is in the books!

    Hmm. Someone looks a little wet

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    Casualties for Day 7:


    1 clutch slave cylinder - Lica.


    1 clutch master cylinder - M + K
    (might as well put it here, though it didn’t fully f**k up until day 8)



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  5. mtnbikeboy

    mtnbikeboy Been here awhile

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    I love this RR. I really need to get back to Colorado and take my bike along.

    What do you guys do that affords you so much time for summer adventures? Being a new engineer (my wife says I do have "The Knack" :rofl), I only get 2 weeks a year outside of Christmas. :cry
  6. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Love those mountain passes. Some of your pics from a few years ago with the colors are outstanding. But, pics from this RR have a really cool quality with all the clouds. Looking down on clouds is always cool! Props to all the Oso's for awesome riding and sharing all the photos. Thanks.
  7. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    You should send in your Lumix to Panasonic. I sent in my TS-3 because I cracked the back screen glass and they sent me back a new (probably reconditioned) TS-4 with a new battery and charger. They had told me not to send in the old charger and battery with the TS-3 when I set up the RMA so I ended up with an extra battery and charger. Plus the TS-4 takes way better pictures in low light. And it was free even though I broke it! :D

    Give it a shot. :deal

    Your RR is looking good. Too bad about the rain. I just went on a 2 week SW Road Trip with my family and we had a cloud that followed us around and would start pouring on us every afternoon. When we went to the Grand Canyon, it was socked in. :cry
  8. camitzi

    camitzi Adventurer

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    "We had a bit of a snafu here - somehow Bartek ended up leading and he went zipping up the wrong trail.
    Who let the hurt guy lead? :ddog" (for some reason it doesn't pick up my quote properly and I am too tired now to figure it out)

    This brought this video to my mind:
    http://youtu.be/He82NBjJqf8


    I guess you guys were excited like dogs unleashed. I would have been more like http://youtu.be/zhzxQtj8HTU

    And Kelley, just to let you know, I blame the dark circles around my eyes on you :lol3
    You keep me up until late every night:) I started work, and I was doing some crazy hours and this last week-end we moved (finally, for the first time after a year I don't have to pull things out of a pannier/ suitcase) so fell behind with the reading of your report. So the last couple of days I stayed until 1:30 am to catch up a bit. I figured if you can post at 2 am, I should at least be able to read it at 1:30 am :lol3
    You guys did some crazy riding, and the views...!!!!! But I'd lie to say "Wish I was there" :D
    Anyway, thanks for all the hard work you put in this report. You're amazing :clap
  9. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Just isn't enough time in one trip to see them all or at least enough of them. I need to go back and at least do Black Bear. We should have done it in 2010 since we were in Telluride anyway. :dunno
    Cork Screw was fun. Down, down down. :lol3

    :*sip*
  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi mtnbikeboy!
    Good question...
    Public answer - Matt and I are self employed. Nothing fancy (no tech/dot com stuff, no big degree, no glamor).
    Nothing that pays as much as engineering :wink: - we have a lot more time than money.
    It's a dying job, though. I thought last year was the end, but we are squeezing 1 more year out of it.

    Not everyone can live with uncertainty and the constant threat of unemployment, but we like our freedom.
    We do have a back up plan that we've been working on since our 20s, so that helps.


    It's a matter of priorities, I guess. :dunno
    We spent our prime earning years traveling instead of working on our careers...
    No kids, either.



    I think all of the Osos had to work some magic to get time off for this ride.
    Whether it was neglecting their businesses or pissing off their bosses - it wasn't easy for anyone.
    (they all have significant other/family, too)
    But, for these guys - riding comes first.
    Again, it comes down to priorities. :deal


    Hope that helps! You're young, you have lots to think about. :wink:





    Hi RRR,
    Yes, the blue sky photos are gorgeous - Colorado is spectacular.
    But I'm glad you can appreciate the cloudy ones, too. :D
    I love the mist on the passes.


    I actually enjoy these rainy pics/video, they add so much drama to the ride.
    It sucks to be cold and wet,
    but all the rain and mud added another layer of difficulty to the riding. :thumb





    Thanks, MM!
    Sending it in is a great idea!
    We were talking about that, hoping to get a new screen, but a new camera? :D
    Awesome! Thanks again.

    I'm not in love with the TS-3, but I can't see doing these rides without a tough camera.
    Our old Canon point and shoot took beautiful photos but I missed a ton of riding shots.
    It had to go away if it was rainy or dusty. And what ride isn't one of those?



    Sorry to hear you had rain on your vacation!
    Clouds are one thing on passes, but at the Grand Canyon - :cry






    Hola Camelia! :wave
    Sorry to keep you up late! :lol3

    Wow, congratulations on the new job! Exciting!
    and the new place, too! :clap
    That must be quite an adjustment after all that traveling.


    Thanks for the links, they were fun. :D You sure got into the spirit of the RR!
    I'm so happy that you're reading along with us.
    Tell Lica to work on that BC tour so we can see you next summer. :deal





    Hey redog!

    First of all -"
    Down, down down." That totally reminds me of this song:





    did you see that ridiculous movie? it was actually kind of funny.
    Kind of.
    I hate that jonah hill guy, but he's okay in this.
    You can watch the trailer here, it will save you from wasting 2 hrs of your life. :evil



    Oh, Black Bear - you have to do that one. It's gorgeous!

    And speaking of BB - that's what we're doing today (Day 8)
    I totally forgot to hype it up last night. :lol3




    Yoo hoo!
    You guys!! :wave
    The dreaded BLACK BEAR PASS is coming up - ooooooh!
    (ha, just when you think I'm going to zig....I zag)


    I'm uploading the video as we speak. :evil




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  11. Drufiddy

    Drufiddy Been here awhile

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  12. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    I guess I'll hang around for that........once you posted the Mameshiba I thought we were done :rofl
  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks, Drufiddy - that was a great report! It was perfect.
    Nice video, too.

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    it's always fun to see larryboy's favorite rock.
    :D
    Though he looked about the same in august 2013.

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    Aw, oldtrucks - don't worry - that was a one time thing.
    No mas mameshiba, I promise. :nah


    Besides, don't you want to see Moab?

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  14. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Hells Gate on Two wheels? WOW

    That was one of my daughters "Must Do's" once she started piloting, the rope was there for mom

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    I'm not sure I'm worthy any longer, but you know I'll be here for the Red Rock :clap
  15. O Team

    O Team Adventurer

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    Great RR.
    Taking the devil's punchbowl at night is crazy.
    Glad you made it.
  16. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    Here is video of the start of the Star Trail. I think it gets worse after I turned around but I turned around at a muddy rooty uphill.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B48oEc1bmYU

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  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hey guys,
    I'm tired, haven't eaten dinner, but I want to post this tonight.
    So, 3 parts - no frills - Black Bear Pass.



    Day 8: 8/8/13
    goofing off around Silverton, CO.
    Black Bear, Imogene, Engineer passes. 69.5 miles







    Got up at 6:30 and Scott was already out and about.
    He wanted to do an oil change ASAP.

    The rest of us started off with breakfast in the lobby.

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    Not the most appetizing photo,
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    Worky worky.

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    I don't know what Scott was offering, but they didn't want any part of it. :lol3

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    If you're ever in Silverton, in need of a tire...

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    Speaking of tires...
    Our Rally had almost 1800 miles on it.

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    Matt took a peek at our bash plate (we hit that big ol' rock yesterday).

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    There was a new dent, but it doesn't show up very well.

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    Scott looks happy!
    He had taken out the old filter and now his cam chain noise was gone!

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    He still needed an oil filter, though.
    Hmmmm....



    Radek wasn't feeling well today. He likely had altitude sickness.
    He said he could barely sleep, woke up every 10 minutes,
    and was having trouble breathing.

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    He decided to skip riding with us, but he and Scott would hang out.
    Aw, okay. :cry Hope you feel better!







    The rest of us were getting a special treat today - blue skies!

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    We were early enough to beat the jeeps - wooo!
    They were there, but not blocking the road yet. :evil

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    What a pretty morning. :D

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    Bartek couldn't get his camera out fast enough!

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    Two beautiful waterfalls.

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    Osito.

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    Instead of staying on the main road, Matt took this rocky side trail.

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    It had a little waterfall.

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    He liked it so much, he wanted to do it again.
    OK, drop me off here...

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    He thought Lica would like it.
    Short 30 second video...




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    I left a little something...:wink:

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    more coming up...

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  18. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 8: 8/8/13
    goofing off around Silverton, CO.
    Black Bear, Imogene, Engineer passes. 69.5 miles, continued








    I left a sticker, and then we were back on the trail...

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    There’s Bartek, taking pictures...

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    Lica, taking a photo of us.

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    It turned out nice! Thanks, Lica. :D

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    These photos may be slightly out of order.
    I was working with pics from 4 cameras and stills from the GoPro. :scratch

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    The point of no return!

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    It’s hard to see, but that line hanging down is some kind of old cable.
    People sometimes hang on to it and swing out over the ledge.
    (or so I’ve seen in ride reports)

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    We waited for the guys.


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    The view in front of us. It was so nice being Jeep-free on this pass. :clap

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    It made a huge difference. :D

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    Last time, this place was a zoo. The pass had been crawling with people.

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    Jeeps everywhere. Scouts. Hikers. Vultures, waiting for carnage...:huh





    Hey guys.

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    We told them we’d ride down first, then would come up to video them.
    Matt and I were paired with Lica (on the Senas).
    It was nice to be able to talk.

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    Ready? Here we go!

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    Want the video?
    It starts with us Wans, riding 2up down the steps.
    Then we go up and film each of the guys...






    Unfortunately, the GoPro was a bit foggy
    (between the rain and the altitude, it was constantly a problem)
    and, it’s morning so we’re looking right into the sun.

    :dunno
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  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Day 8: 8/8/13
    goofing off around Silverton, CO.
    Black Bear, Imogene, Engineer passes. 69.5 miles, continued.








    Walking back up to film the guys...

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    I think the scariest part of the video is when Matt is right on the edge of the cliff, looking down :uhoh

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    Lica! :super

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    Osito! :rayof

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    Bartek! :clap

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    Wooo! :wings

    Great job, guys!

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    It was hard to tear them away from the lookout.

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    Who could blame them?
    Looking down at the house/power plant and the switchbacks.

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    More flowers for Ladybug!

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    Osoooos! :clap Yaaaaaaaaah!

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    We needed another photo by the waterfall...

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    Hey - KTM! A guy was unloading it from his truck.
    We chatted a bit and asked if he wanted to do Imogene Pass with us.
    Sure!
    Here's his bike. You'll meet Doug, later at the gas station. :deal

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    Lica took a gorgeous photo of Bridal Veil Falls (365 ft high)

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    OK, we're done with the switchbacks.

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    Telluride has nice, but VERY expensive, houses.

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    I like these colorful ones.

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    Here's what they were going for in 2010. I'll bet it's a lot more now.

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    While I'm at it, here's an aerial view of the switchbacks
    (from our Summer of Stupid report).

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    close up and blurrier.
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    Telluride had some interesting art.
    Blurry, but these statues were wearing outfits.

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    This girl had been yarnbombed :rofl

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    At first, I thought this was an alien.
    But, I think it's the Statue of Liberty?

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    Didn't make it to the free box. Again.
    Wonder if it's still there? :scratch
    Its facebook page hasn't been updated in a while...

    :lol3





    All right.
    So, that was Black Bear Pass. Not so scary after all, eh?

    :freaky


    OK, still haven't eaten dinner so I need to go do that.
    Will comment on comments tomorrow, OK? :deal



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