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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PackinDirt, Jul 29, 2019.
Pretty cool community of folks spread throughout this country!
Sometimes all you have to do is ask. A couple two-up on a KLR at the gas station this morning told us about the bike dealership (after I asked if they had a spare throttle cable). Same with the service station. I just asked. The worst thing someone will say is "No".
There is some really nice camping on lime Creek road if you ride 550 down closer to Durango, which you should.
Not sure about the children, but as the "significant other" if his Teva's are the worst thing he has hanging off the back of his bike I guess I'm okay :)
What an amazing day of riding! With the bikes lighter minus our camping gear, we blasted out Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, and Cinnamon Passes today. After some confusion yesterday, all the passes and roads were open. Recent rain held down the dust and made for some fun muddy bits. Lots more evidence of the avalanche damage that kept many passes closed until late into the season. Black Bear is still closed due to late flood damage.
The weather couldn't have been better and our bikes continue to run great at altitude. The Ox and Pig are in their natural habitat. Ended up in Silverton and slabbed up 550 back to Ouray. This is the Million Dollar Highway and was an amazing ride in itself.
This day feels like the exclamation point of the trip. So much anticipation just for one perfect riding experience in the mountains.
Tomorrow it's over Imogene Pass to Dolores and a side trip to Four Corners.
Awesome pics! Looks like the weather was incredible too.
Sounds like you are doing Colorado justice. Our plan is splitting the trip over 3 summers with one summer's vacation dedicated to Colorado to Moab. That way we can hit as many bucket list rides as possible.
With light bikes we headed straight over Imogene Pass and ultimately to Dolores, CO, to camp. It was another stunningly beautiful day with cool temps and fluffy clouds. There were some rocky and ledgy bits below the tree line then it got interesting. Several sections had rock steps, very loose stones, and, of course, blind switchbacks. I chose a bad line, stalled in the middle of a tight spot, and had to back the Pig down with the clutch and engine off. At 12,000 feet, you need to catch your breath for a minute before moving on.
With the Pig now facing the right direction, I picked a better line and made it over the ledge. A few minutes later, Scotty stalled the Ox on a partially ascended rock face and required assistance to clear it.
Summiting Imogene, we crested 13,000 feet for the first time. The air up here is pretty thin so we took a couple pictures and headed down the other side to Telluride. This was no picnic either and offered lots opportunity to practice careful balance and brake control.
There are lots of old mine sites on the back side so more opportunities for photos. Not wanting to spend any more time in Telluride than necessary, we had a quick snack and headed to the Dolores River Campground where Simon and the Mule (my '06 Matrix) already had a great spot by the river.
Unfortunately the Ox had other ideas and refused to start after a quick stop at Groundhog Lake. After nearly three hours, we got power to the dash and a local pull-started the bike. Don't shut it off!!! We made it to Dolores.
Day 14 (it's only been two weeks?!?)
Today was another day of transition from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the red rock canyons of the west.
Simon and I scooted out to Four Corners Monument while Scotty dealt with the stubborn Ox. A phone call to Arrowhead in Moab and it was suggested that the battery was bad. A quick trip to Cortez and the new battery had the KLR running again.
Even with the late start, we made Moab by 6:30 or so. Geyser Pass in the La Sals was attempted but prudent heads prevailed and we went around the long way. Stunning sunset as we came into town offered a great backdrop for the last leg of our journey.
Very nice! Did / will you guys be stopping by Three Step hideaway?
What is/ where is that?
3 Step Hideaway
2430 Lisbon Valley Rd.
La Sal, UT 84530
About an hour south of you.
Cool place to stop. You can stay in a cabin, tepees, or just camp.
Scott and Julie are great hosts. They also have a shop garage to help with mechanical stuff as needed.
As mentioned before it’s just a bit south of Moab
Yep. Went right past it on our way to Moab yesterday.
Ox and Pig got a taste of Slick Rock this morning but we decided that discretion was the better part of valor. Talking to the gate attendant solidified our decision to turn back shortly after the practice loop. Rule 1: get to Oregon with us
and the bikes intact. Rule 2: No hero shit. Probably could have done it but...
Looped back to the hotel and loaded into the Mule instead for a nice, air conditioned drive through Arches National Park.
Got up early to beat the heat and tackle White Rim Road before temps top out at over 100. Beautiful ride deep into Canyonlands National Park starting along the Colorado River then the Green River. Didn't see another vehicle until about 2/3 into the ride (almost 80 miles) and only 4 on the whole loop. Truly stunning. If you've ever been out here, you know that pictures don't do it justice.
We said goodbye to Moab this morning and rode with the sun on our backs. More amazing Utah riding. A picture book opportunity at every turn of the trail. Some unexpectedly challenging trails at high elevation reminded both of us of riding in the woods at home.
Ended the day in Selina, UT, with Nevada on the horizon tomorrow.
So we now have a goal: Scotty has booked a flight home from Portland so we're shooting for the coast.
We covered around 300 miles today in our push to the ocean. Not super hard as a lot of it was fast dirt across the desert. Most excitement came in the form of unexpected sand (at speed!) and some almost single track dodging juniper trees. Did the obligatory stop at Sevier Lake and laid a few tracks in the dry lake bed.
Oh, and the ever- present cattle in all the open range land is always fun! We found that they don't respond to a horn but will jump if you rev the engine.
South of Great Basin National Park, it was difficult to see the roads (and intersections) as they were merely two, narrow dirt tracks in the grass.
Thanks for posting
Where did you get your stickers?
So great to have good weather in the passes!