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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by GSDude, Jul 29, 2007.
Headed up Engineer on Friday.
Headed down Engineer on Friday.
Cinnamon on Friday.
Marc (Lomax) and I coming down Cinnamon on Friday.
Saturday, I headed out with Dean (Katbeanz) and a couple of his riding buddies (I am so bad with names...). Left LC and went up Cinnamon, down to Animas Forks and Silverton to find a subframe usable bolt for a KLR, and some brake fluid.
Then we hit Ophir.
Then up to Telluride. I did not know you could ride up Black Bear to the base of the falls. It was a nice mist to stand in for a few minutes.
Above treeline, we met up with Meathead, Ganshert, and the BlackDog guy.
The R1150GS with us went down and cracked a valve cover. I didn't know this, we were up the hill quite a ways. While we waited, I opted to head to the top and wait. The XR ran ok below 11,000', but is a bit rich above that, and would barely run at 13,000'. It all but died a few times, the worst was on the last loose section of scree near the top. I sat up top waiting and letting the XR cool down a bit....but nobody came.
I went down the other side and stopped a few times to wait for the group, but it seemed apparent someone had a mechanical issue and might have gone back down the T-town side.
Figuring I was on my own, I kept on going down, leaving word with the occasional ATV rider that if my group came down "Blake was ok and headed for Engineer".
By the time I reached Ouray, it was raining pretty good. Looking to the north, the weather didn't look good for riding up an exposed mountain - but to the south it was sunny/cloudy, so I headed for the cutoff to Engineer off of 550. I was riding solo, and everyone was coming down off Engineer. The only people I saw were in the first 1/2 mile, then I was completely by myself until I was up and over Engineer on my way back down.
Note that I'm in the sun, but to the north it's a bit darker.
I rolled into Lake City right at 5pm, so I went right to the city park, about the fifth bike to show up.
Lomax saw a fish....a big one apparently.
David (GS Spirit) had rear bearing issues
Meathead and Putts doing the outdoor octagon
Beautiful spot. I could have cleaned up selling folding chairs.
Here are a few of my more memorable pics from West Fest with a link to the Smugmug link.
I thought this was Saturdays dinner.
"It was glorious"
Posted already but still cool.
I know this is goofy but try to add pictures of yourself so everyone(me) can put a profile with the face. Over all I had a fantastic time except for waking up in the middle of the night short of oxygen.
You look nothing like your avatar but thanks for getting it started.
The Fat Man and his pigged out Wee
Made it to the top of Stony
I met some good folks from Kansas to include DirtFarmer. However...
I rode across Kansas from end to end. It was just fucking horrible. It's got to be the ugliest state in the union. I had to flip my faceshield up and poke myself in the eye every now and then for entertainment. I think I'm clinically depressed now. I'm going to go read the obituaries to cheer myself up. To your credit though Kansas, that curve was a lot of fun.
Had a great time, and was able to meet a few of you. Five of us flatlanders did Engineer and Imogene (and I stress the flatlander part) . Most of the pics I took would be 205 if I posted them here, but this one is pretty good. We got a good chuckle when we got to the top of Imogene and Fifthcircle saw the mailbox. Somebody before us was naughty!
So, does this mean you are not coming to KanFest 09 oser
Playz, Rick, and Tim coming down from Engineer.
No one would ask for better riding buddies.
Playz said... "you probably ought not race up this one."
Rick and Tim later realized the wisdom of which she spoke
and opted for the (pretty good ass chewin')
and not the (night in jail, confiscated bikes, hefty fines, and a later court date) deal.
We were just glad Rick didn't ask... "I don't know... what's for dinner?" Anyway... lesson learned and none of us will ever go over the speed limit again.
Rick, Playz, and Tim heading down from Cinnamon towards American Basin.
Slum from near the top of Red Mountain.
Creed mining district.
Hard to say wich was more funny?
This or all of the people running over to take pictures and not help out.
Rick standing with his two rescuers from the MOAR.
Cameron and Subrena.
I think he is kinda sweet on the one in the middle.
Thanks Dean, Playz, and Sgt. Marty for putting on such a good show. Hopefully Duke and Tami's reps will let them know how cool we think they really are.
And thanks to all the rest.
It was pretty cool to set back down in LC and eat breakfast while adv bikes went by all morning long.
The only thing I could find on the Ute-Ulay Mine dam was this:
Ruins of the dam from the failed hydroelectric plant - Kayakers will shoot through the hole visible in the dam above.
Some of the photos show the dam that was built to supply water for the mining operations. The dam has long been breached but you can easily see how it was constructed and the ideal spot used to build the dam.
So I guess we take our pick. Maybe someone can come with a more creative story...
Just got back, Hit some hail in western NE. Will get some Pix posted soon. If anyone saw A Nebraskla Motorcycle plate up on the 4X4 roads let me know (especially if you picked it up) !!
...............so we rode on down Imogene. It started raining on us in Telluride and really got with it going over Imogene. I think if the temp would have dropped maybe 10 degrees, it would have turned to snow.
Imogene was fantastic. Waterfalls and running water everywhere!
There's a fine line................never mind............
We went to Ouray and gassed up and then went back to LC via Engineer. The rain was hanging over The Corkscrew area and not on top of us. This created some of the best cascading waterfalls that I have ever seen coming off of the cliffs that border 550 coming out of Ouray. Huge,wide sheets of water falling hundreds of feet onto the road!
This continued over Engineer with evidence of recent mudslides.
No pics, we were hustling back thinking of hot showers!
Ran into this couple back at camp.
We shot into town in search of mixers.
Dean.........could I have a partial refund? I shouldn't have to buy mixers.
We got a little side tracked on a wicked, way sick carnival ride.
Hell yeah, we need more booze!
FW grabbed a few more things that Dean didn't provide.
No more pics this evening. Just :jose :dg and
Saturday morning we blazed out of camp at around 10.
We decided to head away from the famous passes and head SW towards Carson Ghost Town. This is from around there looking back towards LC with Lake Cristobal in the distance.
Swan joined up with us for today.
I think this was called The Lost Creek Trail.
Really slimey and lots of wet roots to keep you on your toes.
Some faltlanders have posted some pics of them taking their big thumpers through here and forging the streams.
I'll bet that this wasn't easy on a big bike.
Sharing the trail with a couple that were riding and camping the Cont. Divide.
Every time that I have been over Stoney it has been beautiful. Today was no exception.
I could feel the estrogen building, Uli gave me a loving glance and the glamor shots were on!!
Musicals were re-lived.
Just when things were heating up, we had to move on.
This is one of the old gondola towers.
Hand built and still standing. Amazing!
Sam, that snow bank is NOT fluffy snow like the kind you get in Dallas!
WTF is the name of this lake?? Cobas?? At California Gulch.
Whatever, it looks spectacular all the time and with the different lighting, it has a new look every time I see it.
Four hours south of LC, it's like being on another planet.
On the way home.
Again, thanks again to everyone who volunteered their time and it was great seeing everyone (old friends and new).
There are no pictures, but fucking Ant went over the pass to Uray at about 9PM Friday night (cause his shit was over there), in the dark, in the rain, lightning and thunder, on washed out trails through rushing water (in the fucking dark!) and then came back on Saturday saying "what's happening?". Now that is ADV riding.
Gordy, your pics are awesome. Thanks! You should really crosspost on Rides, so everyone can enjoy them.
I think that's Lake Como. It's at 12,215 feet. Beautiful.
Btw, that was Hawaii_Rider, Flaco and I on the Lost Creek Trail. Lost is right, we were there purely by accident. What an adventure!
So Kelly (curbjumper's friend) and I were hanging out in Woodlake Park and admiring an old army truck when we met this old guy named David. He lives near the resort and off the grid. Rides an XR650R, NTGNTT, year round.
I was telling him that the get-together was at the Texan. With no prodding from me he related that GSDude's difficulties were not unusual. Seems quite a few people in Lake City don't like the Doctor.
He related that the Doctor has quite a reputation for suing people.
All of a sudden, a light bulb came on in my head.
Not many people in the 602 will know what the black sticker means.
However, I have it on good authority that there will be one of those lovely black stickers prominently featured on a Lake City backhoe very soon.
I'm posting this from a KOA in Gunnison. It would seem that I cannot ride very far with my right foot on the passenger peg. This morning, the bike fell over and the footpeg broke.
I thought I could use the passenger one, but the hole is the wrong diameter. Makes me miss my Harley, where the footpeg design makes sense.
Parts will be in Wednesday.
Any of you FFs in Gunnison want to meet up, I'm in spot 85 at the KOA.
Sorry, I thought I read "flatlanders" somewhere. You guys rock. A few of the water crossings were intimidating. I remember talking to you guys!
Great pics everyone!
Gordy, I swear I almost peed my pants when you showed me those shots of Uli the other night. oser