Solo Bachelor Party

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CaliKarl, Aug 1, 2020 at 6:22 PM.

  1. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    COVID hasn’t left people too many options. Back in February, my fiancée and I laid out three goals, in order:

    1. Don’t die
    2. Don’t lose our jobs
    3. Get married

    The bachelor party was canceled. The wedding got postponed a few months, but is still set to happen in 8 days. All things considered, neither of these impediments were a big deal. A few weeks back, however, my girl encouraged me to take my seldom used GSA on an adventure: a one-man bachelor “party” (loosely defined). So, I rolled out west to Colorado: 842 mi on my first day, and 1,038 on my last. 4 nights camping near Crested Butte, 2 nights in Ouray at a hotel, and crappy accommodations to and from.

    A few photos for now: details to follow.
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  2. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Last time I rode Trail 401 I crashed and tore my hip abducter. Now I’m much more confident and planted on the bike and just flew right back down to town.

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    A tall boy of Coors exploded in my top box: hence the scattered mess whilst making morning coffee.
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  3. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Headed there in 2 weeks. Cottonwood Pass is one of my destinations
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    It’s beautiful there! Taylor Lakes and thereabouts is nice too.
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  5. bykemike

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    Nice bicycle! Every time I am in the mountains with my GS I miss my bicycle, if I am only biking I miss my motorcycle. Looks like you have it all figured out!

    Thanks for the ride report!
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  6. Hedonist222

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    Thank you for sharing your trip

    Looks like you enjoyed! Glad for you

    And Colorado resembles alpine Europe so much
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  7. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    I rented that garbage bike and another nice Yeti two days later. Rentals are cheap and effective. I was trying to build a rack to bring my mtn bike, but it’s a massive thing and the modifications were too extensive and expensive. The bike shop in Gunnison let me keep my GSA in their back lot.

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  8. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    I managed to tackle Engineer and Ophir passes, yet didn’t attempt Cinnamon to complete the Alpine Loop. It was a bit of a let down, but I was happy to make it back to HWY 550 coming down Engineer: a comically great day nonetheless.
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Little lunch in tony Telluride and some shopping for a souvenir for my bride to be. Then a hike in AStars boots.
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Ouray is certainly a sleepy little town, however a great base for nearby explorations and with a great 5 mile perimeter hike that’ll test your lung capacity. The intent was to run the loop, but almost immediately I decided it would be a hike on the uphills, and only a run on modest descents or flat bits. My lunch in Durango was great and included watching a myriad of peculiar people. I could live there.
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    That’s about it. Camped the following night in eastern CO - basically a windy pile of dirt with minimal tree cover - and woke up at 05:00 the next day to plow home. 200 mi before a donut and breakfast burrito breakfast. Only one parking warning in Telluride and a warning by a Kansas highway patrolman; little did he know I hit 115 mph an hour before he pulled me over for going 86 mph. The GSA performed admirably, yet was smelly as I got near the 800 mi mark in 100 degree heat. It was certainly thrilling to pass the 1,000 mark for the day coming back. Maybe not the most exciting trip, but pleasant nonetheless. And, given the upcoming wedding and being out on my own, risk taking of too great an extent was not on the table. A few trail runs, bike rides, hikes, and other excursions balanced the time on the bike really well. I’d like to come back on a smaller bike and tackle the passes with more concentration and gusto. Until then, this CO experience, in the depths of a pandemic, will have to do.

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    beautiful pics and i'm sure you had a great time.
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Thanks Joel! I miss California adventures, but this trip helped fill that void. Great week off, to say the least.
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    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Great pictorials and such.

    The likes of which could inadvertently cause some to be inspired!
    (thanks) :1drink
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    There are many more inspiring posts. But thanks for the kind words. Amazing what you can do on a GSA with limited time.
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    Great pics and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.
    I've been married to the same woman for 40 years and it just keeps getting better.
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    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Thanks mate! She encourages me to ride and convinced me to buy the bike in the 1st place (not my first bike, but first GSA).
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