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Old 06-16-2009, 05:19 PM   #21
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Location: The Peoples Republic- Rocky Mountain Edition
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finishing up...

It was a fast ride into Salida. We quickly located Bongo Billy's Cafe right on the river and dove into breakfast.
We parked next door to Bongo Billy's in front of the bike shop.

Post breakfast, we had the last leg of the trip in front of us.
We headed up north out of Salida towards area for the poorly attended FMF rally that wrapped up just the day before.
Again, the views and weather just totally sucked.

Once we hit Hartsel, we jogged east to La Sal Pass. This ended up being the most challenging terrain on the trip. Nothing crazy or anything, but enough to wake you up a bit.

The pass drops you down onto some ATV/moto trails full of small hits and woops. Mike was really letting it rip on the KLR even with total lack of grip on the rear tire.

Our last pass of the trip before ending back on pavement was Stoney Pass. This was also the least enjoyable. The road is made up of decomposed granite that has absolutely no cohesiveness to it what so ever. Combine that with reverse camber corners and bald tires and it makes for a very long ride. At least the views of Pikes Peak were still nice.

We made it down to Deckers, then up along the South Fork of the South Platte, up over highway and then took the back roads to Evergreen, down Bear Canyon to Golden, and 93 to Boulder.
We did just over 1100 miles in 4 days and was a great trip to see a lot of new places in Colorado.
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