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Old 10-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #63
njoytheride
NJOYN' THE JOURNEY
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: WESTERN AR
Oddometer: 832
arky heads west

I had promised myself a good long ride if at all possible. been a long couple of years. The F800GS was my bike of choice. It met all my needs quite well.

Storm clouds pass the night before departure.

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My Grandma used to live in Taos, I went through town just to reminisce on days past. The town sure has grown. Couldn't wait to see the Rio Grande river bridge. what a view.

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After a great ride through New Mexico I hit the Colorado state line. Notice how packed the bike is ? I always over pack. hate to get caught needing something.

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The view coming up Wolfcreek Pass.

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Since I was by myself I told myself (like i've ever listened before) that I would not take any roads that could get me in trouble.. That said, I couldn't resist FS 520 out of Creed. It looked good on the map and head me in the right direction.

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I'll say it even though it's been said before. It's steeper then it looks. Remember all the extra gear loaded on the bike ?

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DOH!. My first thought was... my chain lube is in the other case. it would have been a great chance to lube the chain.
I took off the camping gear bag, carried it to the top of the hill, stood the beast up and tried again.

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Everything is back on and ready to ride..

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The aspens were just starting to change.

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Stoney Pass. FS 520 is was an awesome road. there is one water crossing that came up to my panniers. The rest of the road into silverton was great.

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Sunset from the motel. My feet were wet from the water crossing so I decided to regroup in a motel. This was the third night on the road. should sleep well tonight. More to come later <>< Njoytheride
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