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SOCIAL DISTANCING -- Northwest Colorado Style!

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by ROAD DAMAGE, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    Besides that one at Pearl, Sand Mountain and Madsen Peak were proposed in the 70's(but only some timber was removed). All failed because of the access up Elk River Rd was not the best. I read somewhere also that Jim Barrows said Emerald Mountain had a one of the toughest d Downhill Coarses at one time.
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  2. vt wingman

    vt wingman Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I lived in Co for from ‘91-‘97, then moved back home to VT, so I lurk around the Co threads to torture myself! I still have friends out there, one in particular that lives in Cotopaxi that I rode trials with! I come back every couple of years to ride and remind myself how awesome Co is!
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  3. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    There are worse places to get stuck ............................................. than in Colorado. :gerg :thumb :lol3

    I was out riding around VT a few summers ago and I found it to be a charming place. :nod
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  4. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Latest ride on the WRR to escape the boredom of "house arrest" and really boring TV programs. Looking forward to some
    extended travels when things settle down.

    Ride safe,

    TaZ9
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  5. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Here a report from my last few doses of 2 wheeled social distancing.

    I'm sorta feeling better about things up here where I live.
    Seems that the distancing is working. :thumb
    In Routt County this morning we're reporting that we've had 32 cases of COVID .... but at this point we only have 8 cases that are "active". And the numbers are considerably better in neighboring Moffat, Rio Blanco and Grand Counties.
    I can go out and spend my whole day thrashing around and never get any closer to anyone else than 30'-40'.

    Here are some pictures:

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    How about that "freeloader"! :lol3 ^^^^^
    This was over close to Meeker a few days ago.
    There were 2 young cow elk that had developed a taste for hay and were hanging out with that herd.
    The handouts are going to end as soon as things "green up" a little more.

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    This is looking at Mt. Baldy as you begin to ascend Rabbit Ears Pass. This is where that Lake Catamount Ski Area was to be built.

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    ^^^^ And this is from the same vantage point as the picture above. This is just looking a little more toward the southwest (right).
    This is Lake Catamount. It's starting to melt off but still has a lot of ice cover. Just left of center on the horizon you can see a few of the runs on Stagecoach Ski Area peeking out from behind Blacktail Mtn.

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    ^^^^^^^^ The "Rabbit Ears" from where the pass gets it name.
    This was a very distinctive landmark for early travelers that was easily visible from a long distance.

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    ^^^^^^^ Looking towards the Eaglesnest Wilderness from Muddy Pass on US40.
    It's still pretty dang "wintery" up here.

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    ^^^^^^ This is looking back to the east from the east side of Gore Pass. (CO134)
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    Looking west from Gore Pass.

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    "Toponas Rock" ^^^^^^

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    ^^^^^^^^
    Looking at Toponas in the midground, and the Flattops in the background from CO134.

    The Flattops in this picture are actually in Garfield County I believe.
    There's an point close to Stump Park where Garfield, Eagle, and Routt County all meet, and Rio Blanco County is only a few miles away too.
    If you bust your ass up there it might take a little while for the SAR groups to figure out who's going to come save you! :lol3

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    Finger Rock on CO131 ^^^^^^

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    More volcanic pipes/necks along CO131 just north of Yampa, CO.
    This was once an area of very active volcanism and these remnants are everywhere in this area.
    You can have the same exact chemical composition of magma ------ but it will yield vastly different rocks depending on the rate at which that magma cools.

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    ^^^^ Almost back home.
    The higher peaks in the distance are in the area that Norm and Dave were referencing the other day. This is the Steamboat Lake Area and Meaden Peak, Diamond Peak, Sand Mountain, etc. where people talked about developing ski areas decades ago. The dark mountain closer to us is Elk Mtn. aka The Sleeping Giant.

    Stay safe out there while "social distancing" amigos!
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  6. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    The Flat Tops comprise the northern extent of the White River Plateau, created by an uplift that began approximately 52 million years ago. (10 my after the dinos roughly) Three periods of volcanic activity followed the uplift, between 24 and 7.5 million years ago. These eruptions were a very fluid lava that flowed out flat, much like the Columbia Plateau. These are all the same as age as Battlement Mesa and Grand Mesa. Then some Pleistocene and possibly some early Holocene glaciation occurred approximately 13,000 to 17,400 years ago. This left many glacial lakes and U-shaped valleys that have some AWESOME FISHIN'
    The necks shown near Yampa are the remains of 12 million-year-old volcanic necks. The composition of them is distinct with some old ash deposits that were mined in the early 1900's that you can still see behind finger rock
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  7. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Cock rock ^^^^ :deal

    :lol3:lol3
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  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    Hey @Geek this is a NW Colo Thread!!! :DAlso is this an approved trail? :hide
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  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Errrr no and no. I suck at rules :photog

    ...and my plate expired March 30 :lol3
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  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    This is North West! (of Denver.. :D )

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  12. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) He’s my President! Supporter

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    Brand new and already one of your running lights are out!:clap

    LOL
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  13. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    If you are social distancing this way, do everyone a favor. Turn you cell phone off. The government is using cell phone data to prove we are not meeting their travel restrictions miles. The travel data gives the Governors fuel to put more restrictions.

    Personally I endorse this idea of social isolation.
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  14. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Does the Poudre Canyon count?
    Only about 30 miles North West of my place going through Stove Prarie so thats not considered travelling. Lots of people at the trailheads, but I ride away from people not towards them. Beautiful day considering we are in for another cold spell.

    Stay safe,

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    Geek oot & aboot

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    I took this photo for you today Norm :photog

    :freaky

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    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    That tag is REALLY CLOSE to being MAY 30th ............................................... :augie :hmmmmm
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  17. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I thought the bike might have 4-way flashers but if it does I have no idea how the hell to turn them on :photog
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    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Hey Geek,
    Activate both left & right turn signals at the same time.
    At least that's how to activate the 4-ways on my bikes. (that are older than yours).
    Then they just cancel in a normal fashion.
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  19. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Well cabin fever finally got the best of me again on Friday. :lol3
    Yep, I had to get another dose of throttle therapy and social distancing.

    I took off about lunch time and made a 275 mile 1/2 day loop ....... via Craig, Meeker, Rangely, Dinosaur, Maybell, Lay, Craig, Steamboat.

    Here's a few pictures from along the way.

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    CO64 between Meeker and Rangely.

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    Hey look! There's some traffic!

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    ^^^^^^^ :fpalm :lol3 Actually for me it's more like ........ :imaposer

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    Got sprinkled on a little .............. but it was sorta warm. :devildog :raindance

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    When I ride west I usually stop by the Hayden/Steamboat Airport where I can get a copy of BOTH the Steamboat and the Craig paper.

    There is an interesting vantage point from a place on the airport road -- this is the Hayden Power Plant (coal train in front of it) and through the notch where the Yampa River has cut through the ridge, you can see the top of the Steamboat Ski Area 25 miles or so away.

    Stay safe out there amigos! :thumb
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  20. andybj

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    I did some social distancing in nw Colorado Saturday. I found this cherry of a road.

    It was half like this: 20200411_171431.jpg


    And half this: just click into 2nd and paddle along. Wasn't fast, but never lost momentum. 20200411_171021.jpg
    So much fun, I did it both ways.
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