This is a short ride report detailing the events of August 20, 2005. Ted had suggested this ride to the CODSers. The idea was to leave Golden early and spend the day criss-crossing the continental divide. The riders were Ted ('81 R80), Mike C (DRZ400), and myself (XR650L). I pulled into 7-11 in Golden right at 6:00am to find Mike C fueling. Mike C and my L Soon after, Ted showed up on his '81 R80. Just about the only thing stock on his bike are the frame and motor. The bike is so tricked out, just awesome (pic later). Afterr a quick coffee, it was on to Golden Gate Canyon, Robinson Hill, Central City, to Kingston Peak. The Kingston Peak area is a nice place to ride. Rocky, high up, lots a trails. If you look in the background, right in frot of the bike farthest on the left, you can see the last uphill that must be conquered on the Kingston Peak Trail. This climb used to be pretty tough, but it seems that recently many of the large, loose rocks have been moved out of the way. Still a very exciting ride. From here, it was Fall River Rd. to I-70 West, to historic Georgetown for gas and the start of Guanella and Argentine Passes. Gassing in Georgetown Guanella Pass, while beautiful, is nothing to really write about (except to warn of the traffic delays due to construction). Argentine Pass, however, is a different story. Argentine starts part-way up Guanella Pass. the first part is real easy, fast 2-track. Remnants of mining activity mid-way up Argentine. Ted and Mike C. Int he background on the right, you can see the trail we were getting to climb up. That uphill trail was a lot of fun, with a couple mildly technical swithbacks thrown in. Here are a couple of Ted muscling the big R80. See the trail we came up?? Ted's beefy R80 And now, my favorite picture of the day We were now at the top of Argentine Pass. This is where things got interesting. More to come.