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Old 10-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Wicked Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT!!! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!!!



Hello Everyone! And Welcome to our Ride Report!
This report covers the journey of 3 men , their bikes , I mean and 1 tiny dancer as they ride through the back roads of Colorado and Utah hoping and praying for fair weather and fair conditions.
Me, personally, I just wanted to stay on the bike and survive! More on that to come.


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THE ROUTE
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Ride Trails included:
COBDR
UTBDR
With a stop in between at the KTM Rallly in Steamboat Springs, CO

*Thank you Backcountry Discovery Routes for your awesome services!
*Thank you Butler Maps for your awesome maps!

Total Ride Miles = approx. 2,000 +/-
Total Ride Days = 2 weeks
Lots of planning was done beforehand by and with Mike Z piecing it all together fitting in the stop at Steamboat.
We trailered the bikes on a marathon drive (16 hours between the 3 of us) from Santa Clara, CA to Cortez, CO.
We would later repeat the marathon drive on the way home.




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THE CAST & CREW
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This is our Captain, Mike Z on his KTM 950. He put together all the routes incorporating feedback from everyone and made sure we stayed on the right routes.
*Jeremy's GPS was wacky and Russ had none.
*Also, many thanks to Mike for letting me use his pics and vids as content for our RR!



This is Russ, Mike Z's cousin from Edmonton, Canada on his KTM 990 Dakar. He trailered his bike to Steamboat Springs, leaving his truck there for the Rally.
Then rode his bike to Telluride and joined up with us on our route.



This is Jeremy on his KTM 990R. He actually left his laptop behind this time around! Well, actually, he brought it but then decided to leave it in Mike's trailer, in Cortez.



This is me, Prev! And I am a Pillion on Jeremy's bike. This is my/our first ever long range adventure ride, 2 up!
We had done a prep ride the weekend before this journey, but we were still learning along this ride and boy, did we learn FAST!
Oh yeah, it gets "interesting" along the way.



GROUP PIC!



As this wall art piece says in the Branding Iron Restaurant in Buena Vista, CO...



I hope you enjoy our Ride Report!

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tuffenuff screwed with this post 10-06-2013 at 12:59 AM Reason: updated miles & added days & fixed broken pic links
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:13 PM   #4
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this is going to be great.
I'm loving it already.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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I just checked my GPS odometer which was reset when we left and it shows we rode 1937 miles total. I'm already itching for another ride. Death Valley on the 530 sounds like just the ticket I need to get wrenching and finish her up!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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been waiting for this!

brung it....

tuffy, jeremy and mike....nice meeting you at the rally. lots of fun. we all had a great time.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #7
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This looks like fun!!

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:55 PM   #8
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Glad you finally got started.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:49 AM   #9
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This looks like fun!!
Hi DaFoole! Thanks for joining us! The ride trip was beyond fun and can't wait to go on another one!

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Glad you finally got started.
Hi Bob! Good timing, ride is about to begin! This RR authoring is fun but timely. I am happy to do it though.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:08 AM   #10
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Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!

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DAY 3: Cortez to Telluride (COBDR)
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9/8/13
Thank you Backcountry Discovery Routes for your awesome services!
Thank you Butler Maps for your awesome maps!



We woke up at 5:30am.
Well, well, well, the sun was actually out and somewhat shining. A bit overcast but otherwise, today we were going to start off with good weather!



I admit, I've never stayed at a Days Inn before and their breakfast was pretty good!
Actually, this whole trip was going to be a whole new experience for me and I couldn't wait!



After a hearty meal @ 6:30am, we were excited and eager to get started!
*Russ is not yet with us. He will join us once we get into Telluride.





So far, so good! We were riding along and finding our groove.
-Mike was checking out his GPS/routes and bike movement given the high elevation (I will let him chime in here for his take on his bike's performance)...
-Jeremy was feeling out the weight/balance of his bike now that he was riding 2up with extra 90 lbs of me and luggage, and checking our Sena headsets...
-I was practicing enjoying the scenery (so pretty & green!) and taking pics while assessing the comfort level of my Airhawk and various gripping/hold on tight options...
*Jeremy and I had done a prep ride the weekend before this trip and so we were just fine tuning and balancing our riding cadence.



And we're finally on the good stuff!





We're riding along and we encounter our first gate! So off the bike I go to tend to the gate!
I'm not really sure why I was excited about this - my first gate duty, I just was...
Thanks, Mike for helping me out on a couple of the gates along the way where the tension was too strong for me to work with solo.



Back to riding!



So... remember the gate? Well, turns out, 10 minutes up the road was the exit gate!
Yeah, so no wonder there were riding tracks on the other side of the gate - more direct and bypass the gates. Oh well, it was good practice.















So we're riding along and following Mike...



Next thing you know we...



What happened?
So... Mike got all swirly right about where he's standing & pointing in the below pic. He slid left right in front of us and we were about to make a perpendicular connection and run over him and his bike...
But... Mike managed to stay upright...
And... Jeremy was somehow able to slide away, avoid the disaster, come to a stop... which is when he, still getting used to the 2up thing, lost his balance and we... had our first tip over!
I don't know why I was excited about that either... I just was...


Takeaway: Don't follow Mike, or anyone else, too closely, Jeremy!


Phew! Now that we got through that mini-ordeal... back to riding!





Telluride!
Bonus! We made good time and it was only 12:30pm! So there was plenty of riding time left!
The ride conditions thus far have been relatively pleasant with light sprinkles here and there. But overall, we were weather-lucky today.



I snapped this pic of a quirky Statue of Liberty art sculpture on someone's lawn along the rode near the Welcome sign...



While the guys determined the afternoon's plan of attack.



Umm, see the really tall mountain up ahead? That is Black Bear Pass.

Both guys pointed it out to me and Jeremy stated, "Yeah, we won't be going up that. Too dangerous." <-- You'll soon understand this...

Until then... I need to
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:45 AM   #11
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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Thumb Suhwheet. Keep it up!

I see some potential humor hinted at in the next few days of this RR. I can't wait. I had some fun on some of these same roads a couple of months ago.


I think the gates were installed just to slow us down.





Hmmnnn . . . where am I? I guess I'd better just follow the CBCDR track.





Can't wait for the next installment. Thanks for writing!
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #13
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Hey!

I know you guys...
I remember seeing you at the KTM event.
So happy to see your Ride Report.

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:27 PM   #14
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we... had our first tip over!
Aw, at least you got it over with!



You sure got a nice close up of the statue of liberty!







Did you see this girl with the crazy hat?





Too bad you guys didn't get to do Black Bear.
It's beautiful!

Put it on your list for the future.
Some day!



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Old 10-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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Wow, nice effort!

Thanks for sharing...
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