Tilting at Windmills, A Masked Campaign Around Southeast Utah

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  1. 87warrior

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    Fantastic report thus far. I am here until the end!
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  2. Animal Instinct

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    Thanks, David.

    Looks like another great suggestion.

    So far, you have not steered me wrong. :nod
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  3. Animal Instinct

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    Thanks for all the supportive replies. I've got a lot going on right now, freezing temps., busted pipes, and then some. I had Monday off from work and the rest of the week, including tomorrow, off for inclement weather. We really got hit with a doozie here in north TX.

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  4. Animal Instinct

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    Day 3, Monday, September 14, 2020 -- Lake Creek CG, CO to Vallie Bridge CG, CO

    177 miles, ~7.75 hours

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    The big mile days are behind us now. Sand Creek is checked off the list. Now it is time to kick back and enjoy.

    My ride preparation has changed over the years. I used to spend hours plotting out routes on the Garmin and I got a great deal of enjoyment doing this. I now tear several pages from the Rand McNally atlas and sort of plan as I go. When I took off, I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. It looked sort of like this.

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    Today, I was going off a pic I took and stored in my phone from a page in "Guide to Colorodo Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails" that I used in my Jeep guy days.

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    The morning ritual. I was now getting in the groove.

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    How's this suit ya for the start of the day?

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  5. Animal Instinct

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    Heading east on US 50, following the Arkansas River.

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    Canon City congestion.

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    This is the Shelf Road. I had ridden Phantom Canyon Road a few years earlier, planning to do the Gold Belt Tour in its entirety, but Mother Nature threw a storm in the mix and left me wanting to complete the loop.

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    Fun stuff.

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    Right?

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  6. bomose

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    I hope you have power, unlike many. Take care of yourself.
    Barb and I tried to camp in the Wichita Mts this Sept, but it wasn't open for that, only RVs. Couldn't even go see Quannah's house.
    Should have gone up to Sand Creek, but went to Adobe Walls instead.
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  7. Animal Instinct

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    Good thing I'm not a foodie.

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    See the Mule Deer?

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    See the clouds? Mother Nature, chill out.

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    Fortunately, I made Cripple Creek and got headed west again before things developed. It felt like a close call though.

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    I headed south on CO 9, hoping to find this forest road that went west to Salida. Sometimes when you are going by the atlas you can't really tell if you are where you hope you are, so you just take the road and see what happens. That's what I did in this instance, and I'm glad I did.

    Fremont County Road 2.

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  8. Animal Instinct

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    I passed by Adobe Walls a couple of times and never could find anything to see, other than the sign. I hope you had a better experience.
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  9. Animal Instinct

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    I'd seen this road for quite some time on the maps and always wondered.....

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    .....and now I knew.

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    I broke the rules here and stopped and had a tepid beer that was rolling around in my throttle side saddlebag. I sat and stared in wonder. I gave thanks for many reasons.

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  10. Animal Instinct

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    Then took off again.

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    Popped into Salida to acquire some more adult beverage and noticed that the folks here were really adamant about the masks. I carried a couple masks and put one on every time I entered any establishment. Our world had become a strange place and 5 months after the adventure, it has become more strange.

    My intent was to camp at Hayden Creek CG, but the temperature was dropping quickly and I decided to find a spot along the Arkansas River.

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    This looked like it might do.

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  11. Animal Instinct

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    We've got a ways to go, 87. Stay tuned in. I've got a lot to share. :ricky

    Thanks for checkin' in.
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  12. bomose

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    Just the monuments.

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  13. MazztheSpazz

    MazztheSpazz Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for this; as a teenager I lived near Mt. Pisgah.
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  14. RacingBlue

    RacingBlue Been here awhile

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    Saw some of those same mountains last summer. I don't blame you for sitting back and enjoying a beer with those views, part of me wishes I did the same.
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  15. 9w6vx

    9w6vx Pergo et Perago

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    Very nice. Following!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Some one else on here for Wichita Falls! Awesome!
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  17. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Great start...looking forward to the rest of your Ride Report.

    That's a big book to lug along for bedtime stories....:lol3
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  18. pitbull

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    Great pics and report. Looking forward to more.
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  19. staticPort

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    Brilliant report, as usual, Scott! Been wonderin' what you've been up to. Missed my trip to the Plains last summer so really loving your 'lonesome sky' pictures. Carry on . . .
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  20. Animal Instinct

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    Thanks, staticPort. Good to hear from you. :clap
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