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Westfest 2013

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by COXR650L, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. yzfcathy

    yzfcathy Weeble

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    Got in Thurs afternoon after a nice all day drive from Tucson with Skip (RPage11).
    Had a little bit of jetting refinement to the 2T Thurs before it got dark.
    Already had the 525 set up or so I thought, and Skips 450X was running great at altitude.

    Friday Skip, Myself and Gene (all the way from Long Beach on his WR250, no trailer/truck required) went for a ride.

    Cottonwood with Skip and Gene
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    A little detour before Cottonwood Pass then stopped at the Ranger Station just before Taylor Park Res, over to Tincup for lunch & pie at Frenchy's. Then over Tincup Pass proper to see what we missed a couple years earlier while following TellyDoug up Tincup on our big fat bikes during RMAR.

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    Tincup was nice, happy to be doing it on my wee little 525 instead of that fat F800. I'm sure Skip liked it a lot better than when he tried it on his 1200GS also.

    The hail at Tincup, just starting
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    Gene at Tincup Summit
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    Hustling down
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    We had gotten to the summit of Tincup just as hail began to fall. We decided not to linger and cut our days ride short and hustled down the South side towards Chalk Creek and St Elmo, then back to Arrowhead to clean up before heading into town and of course the Distillery.
    About 90 miles today, great.




    Saturday I joined Pablo's group of 10 riders and we headed over Cottonwood for some of that singletrack we all seem to crave, until we get into the thick of it that is.

    I was going to ride my 200 2T for several reasons, one was that my 525 was not quite jetted right during Fridays ride and the 2T was. Two it was much lighter and would be like bringing a gun to a knife fight in the singletrack.

    The group left camp at 0940 and within 3 miles my poor 2T was running very bad at the topend. So I waved off to Doug the sweep and headed back to Arrowhead.

    When I got back to camp and shut down the 2T, it had unusual smoke coming from the pipe and I thought that maybe it was time for a topend job.

    I transfered my tools back onto the 525, filled it with gas and soon I was headed back towards Taylor Park. Maybe I can catch up to the group, if not then I'll regroup at the Trading Post. Maybe find some riders to join up with.

    I sure wish I had a different needle jet for the 525, but all the way over to Taylor Park Res it ran great, even at the top of Cottonwood Pass.

    I found the group at the Trading Post and topped off my tank. Ready for some singletrack. My bike ran good until pretty late in the ride, then it suffered in the mid range just like it had Friday. I wonder why it would run so good for so long at Alt before showing signs? Beyond me.

    I'm not sure where exactly we went but we did pass by the Lily Pond then up to American Flag Mtn. Very cool up there. Lots of group pix.

    We thought we were at the top...
    Austin TX guy 1 (name eludes me)
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    Chad
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    Eloy on the 650 super tanker
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    But Pablo came along and said this isn't the top, and roared on by.
    I guess there is more. Carl cruizin up on his DR 350.
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    The top of American Flag Mtn
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    John getting his pic taken by Chad.
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    Looking across to where we had just been. You can see the quads there.
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    Doug there on the right, fastest tire changer in the west I hear.
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    Doug
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    Pablo taking a group shot of us by the flag.
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    The group split up and when it all shook out 4 of us went left off American Flag and the other 6 riders went right. I think that left turn took us to Old Italian Creek Road. Then I think we went along Reno Ridge Rd or Reno Divide Rd. I'm sure Pablo knows.

    Here's Pablo doing a quick fix on his chain guard after that scary (to me) rock pile back there. No pix as I was too scered to take out my camera.
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    Pablo, Austin TX guy 2 and Austin TX guy 1. Sorry if we got introduced I forgot your names.
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    Austin 2 was borrowing Chads XR 250 since his 525 died Friday somehow. H's only 6'-5" or something along those lines so that bike fit him just right.....man he rode that little bike well.

    I had a great time, sorry I wimped out on that rocky section and thanks Pablo for getting my bike through it. That squished vehicle at the bottom there was messin' with my head.
    About 140 miles for the day. I was whooped.


    Skip and Gene had gone down towards Four Mile and on to Salida. When I got back they were just getting cleaned up.
    My turn, then over to the Pavillion for some grub, socializing, drinking, raffling, dancing etc.
    What a day, what a weekend, what a bunch of nice riding.

    The bikes all fit in the truck again, somehow.
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    Thanks to Ben and all the people I didn't get to meet that made this such a great event.

    I am glad to hear about George's progress. His bike was getting loaded onto his trailer Sat night and there were lots of concerned folks asking about his condition. I hope to hear updates as they become available. Get well soon.

    We got home to Tucson late last night and left all the bikes loaded until this morning.
    We went to unload everything around 10am, and by 10:30 we were drenched in sweat. No more cool mornings with a jacket needed. The one nice thing about being home is all the thick air my lungs get to breath in, they missed the lower elevation for sure. I don't know how y'all ride all day without an O2 tank.
  2. _CJ

    _CJ Conservative Conservationist

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    pffft.....at the end of Lilly Pond, when I was standing there wondering how in the heck I was going to make it up and over that boulder field at the start of the jeep trail, I watched you effortlessly (or so it looked) just kind of jump over all the big rocks, then ride a wheelie up the rest of the hill!

    When I got home I was telling my wife about how you must have been some sort of pro racer or something after seeing that maneuver, not to mention going back to camp, changing bikes and catching everyone by time we got to the gas station.

    Needless to say, I was impressed!

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  3. MNellis

    MNellis Been here awhile

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    that's Weeble for you...she wobbles a lot but never falls down. :)

    Looks like a fun ride Cathy.

    Another 12 days or so and we'll be leaving for our 7 day Tour of Idaho Trip.

  4. Gerst

    Gerst Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ben, had a great time!

    Met some great peeps, the "camp group" Mike, Don, Rick & George (heal up). And thanks to Chad who loaned a bike out and gave me some much needed oil. Can't wait to do it again, less the LEO incident :)

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    skidxr on the 990 on some 4mile single track!

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    somewhere in TP

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    Morrison Pass (I think)
  5. skidxr

    skidxr Excuses

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    Wilson Pass Road... :eek1
  6. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    There are more reports and pix in the Rockies forum under regional.
    I have a few pix, but in Walden preparing to head East into the great plains and home.

    Sounds like George was in the recovery room with his brother at last report.
    I would like to get his room # and call him tonight, as he crashed in front of me and was going to escort me back to camp. He said I should not travel alone on the single track, then it was I who watched over him along with a bunch of riders.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 2
  7. Merfman

    Merfman Cape truster... Supporter

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  8. jamfandango

    jamfandango n00b

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    I can’t say thank you enough to Chad for the loaner XR250! When my 525 blew a head gasket, I was devastated, thinking my trip was effectively over after driving 1000 miles.

    Chad, after having known me for all of 15 minutes, offered me the keys to his trailer and his 1995 XR250. Wow.

    I ended up riding about 85 miles on Friday all through 4 Mile, and then did Pablo’s ~140 mile ride Saturday on the little XR. Yes, I am way too big for the bike, and it is 20 year old technology, but guess what, it went everywhere I pointed it and ran without a hitch. That thing is a tractor in the rough stuff. Accelerating uphill in 3rd gear or above is a little different story. :D

    Chad’s generosity really captures the spirit of a gathering like this, and highlights the strong sense of community that makes these events greater than the sum of their parts. I’ll be making a donation to the COHVC in his name, and sending him some new tires!


    A few other random musings on the weekend:

    Ben and family were extremely accommodating and his Adventure pants are top notch. Kudos!

    The Arrowhead staff and facilities were a perfect fit for the event. I’ll stay there again.

    Pablo was a great trail leader, and is pretty good at drinking whiskey too. Thanks for showing us around!

    Weeble was the most talented female I’ve ever ridden offroad with. I would hate to follow her on a bike that was running properly. . .impressive.

    Full Moon Float was really talented. Wish I could have stayed longer, but I quite enjoyed set 2 from my sleeping bag…
  9. GJ650Rider

    GJ650Rider Slick Rock

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    All . . .

    I went by the hospital about an hour ago and George was up and moving around. He said to tell everyone "Hi" and thanks for all the help. His surgery went well and he is doing good. They're going to move him into rehab today and he expects to be in the hospital another 5 days. I'll check in on him again and let you know what his new room and phone number is should any of you want to give him a call.

    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments, it was a great event and my wife and I are glad everyone had a good time
  10. eddyturn

    eddyturn Eternal Wannabe Supporter

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    Good on you GJ rider!
  11. modette

    modette Rider

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    The Captain

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  12. wyostrom

    wyostrom Better be ready Supporter

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    Another great WestFest. Thanks Ben and thanks to your family. Norm and Brian the firewood was a nice addition(have you ordered the axe yet?)
    Sorry about the unexpected stop in the picture.
    Don in Casper
  13. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Day 1 was my singletrack exploration ride. I started with 5 attendees (somehow only 4 made it in the pic): The Austinites, Ross, Chad, and George; I'm behind the camera.

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    Fandango's motorcycle was scared just looking at the mountains so it blew a head gasket before we touched the dirt, so the Austinites bailed.

    Next, George didn't like the pace I was setting over Hancock Pass and we happened to run into the moderate DS ride group so he switched groups.

    By the time we got to the Hancock summit there were only three of us:
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    We searched quite a while for the trailhead. It was very narrow and hard to see through all the foliage:
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    The trail was narrow, slippery, and stupid-steep. An eighth mile after the trailhead Ross had fallen a couple time and decided to bail. You can't see it, but in this pic his tires have gone off the trail and both slid under a fallen tree.
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    Now it was just Chad and me. There were a number of real big rock stepups. I helped Chad pick up his bike a couple times. I don't know if you can see it, but his bike is steaming:
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    Then he hit a big rock and sort of looped it out. He got up just fine, but the bike got an exhaust full of dirt:
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    And a dinged pipe:
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    And a wavy radiator (Sorry, Chad):
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    I think he was pretty fed up with the trail at this point, but I convinced him to push on a little farther, but then I finally hit an obstacle that I couldn't get over:
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    I hate how easy everything looks in pictures. This trail was so steep it was difficult to walk up it, but my picture doesn't convey that at all. Anyway, my bike is laying on a big rock and the trail was too steep to get enough speed up to get over it. At this point we decided to bail; we had only made it a 1/4 mile up the trail. We took a jeep road to the middle of the trail and rode it downhill in both directions just so I could say I rode the whole thing.

    Then we tried to find our way out; it was like watching National Geographic: first we interrupted two mating marmots, then we interrupted a bull trying to mount a cow, then Chad was attacked by a badger (seriously, the thing chased Chad while he was on his motorcycle).

    By the time we got out it was time to head back so I didn't get to ride the other two singetracks I had planned. I wanted to get back in time for dinner and the whiskey bus so I was setting a brisk pace. At the top of Hancock Pass, Chad was getting a bit nauseous so he took a break while I kept moving. So overall, I abandoned my entire group, and damaged many of their bikes, all just to ride a very short section of stupid-difficult Taylor Park singletrack. Sorry, guys, I owe you each a beer. :freaky
  14. AllesKlar

    AllesKlar Herr Kommissar?

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    Add my thanks to Ben for a fun rally. Just what my summer needed. A little rain and hail, lots of altitude with flowers, new country to ride, good food and wonderful evening visits with interesting, good people. Thanks also to emcee Marty and ride boss Storm and everyone else with whom I rode, ate and drank. Hope we get to do it again. Rusty
  15. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    We started with 8, but by the time we left the Trading Post we had 10 :huh (first time that's happened)

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    First trail on the list was Lily Pond. Usually Lily is relatively easy, but all the puddles made the traction a little less than ideal, but we all made it through.

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    Here's someone dropping their bike in the creek, too bad there was a bush in the way of the camera.

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    Then on we went to Flag. It's always a great day on top of Flag (unless there's lightening)

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  16. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Next, Doug decided to put on a trail repair clinic. In order to properly demonstrate the procedure, he had to puncture both front and rear tires on the way down Flag Mtn, which he did a great job at. :lol3

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    These pics were sent to me by John. I had already split off with the crew that wanted more singletrack.

    We started with upper Reno Ridge.

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    I should have gotten some pics of the tough spot, but with the fear of death on that spot, I wasn't able to think straight. Basically upper Reno Ridge traverses a verys teep scree field and one section has had a rock slide which has left a couple very large boulders in the path that you must go over. To make matters worse, there is a 4x4 at the bottom of the scree field that clearly rolled off, and if the driver didn't bail before the rig went over, he certainly died.

    After Reno ridge we hit some pristine high country ST, but I think my group was a little too beat to enjoy it's full potential. :muutt Then we headed home.
  17. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    Thanks everyone, I know me and my family really enjoyed putting on the event and you guys made it a success.

    I will get the few pictures I have up in a few days.
  18. JStory

    JStory Long timer Supporter

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    Just got home.

    Many thanks to Ben and his family for a great time. I met a bunch of cool
    people, went on a great ride(thanks, Mark), and got de-noobed by SgtMarty. All in all, a great adventure. I'll be back.
  19. GJ650Rider

    GJ650Rider Slick Rock

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    I just got back from visiting Greorge in the hospital. He's doing well!! His spirits are good and he looks good. As indicted in my last post, they've moved him to a rehab unit. They're working him hard, 3 x's a day for about an hour each session. He's pleased with his progress, today was his first day using crutches. He's not sure, but it looks like he may be in the hospital until next Friday. He'll have a better idea next week.

    He's certainly receptive to receiving calls. His room number is 3R17 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. His phone number for that room is: (970) 298-3717 should anyone like to give him a call.
  20. Big bike

    Big bike Adventurer

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    Ben and his Family are awesome!
    Our best to George with a speedy recovery to two foot pegs too.
    Two-wheel time, family time, and new friend times galore.
    I was de-noobed without drama, didn't drop big bike, even tho there was that one close call that nobody saw, whew.
    We're looking forward to the next time. Thanks everyone:clap

    The new Dubinky britches are great too!