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Old 09-06-2011, 05:00 AM   #16
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Thanks for taking us along on your ride Oleary and Toyman. Your photos really catch the places you passes through well.

I recognized a lot of the scenery from the first part of your ride as that used to be in my back yard so to speak. My house was just east of Granby so I used to regularly drive some of those roads near Kremmling shortcutting down to the Dillon area. If fact a couple of those roads you showed are where I used to take may daughter teaching her to drive.

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:35 AM   #17
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That is cool that you recognized the area. We met some DS riders that were going up to Rocky Mountain Nation Park up by Grandby. Some pretty good riding up that way I bet. Bill and I had a blast riding thru that area. You need to go with us next year!
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:42 AM   #18
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We rode thru some whoop de doos and mud holes for about 6 plus miles and come to this locked gate, we were only 3 tenths of a mile from our next turn, only a short reroute.

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Great photos Bill. You seem to have all the photos that I failed to get. Good work. Keep it coming. I am really enjoying your take on the ride.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #19
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EPIC !! that's the only word that even comes close to describe the pictures and the experence ! I was born in Wyoming ( don't hear that everyday ) thanks for sharing. <>< craig
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:59 AM   #20
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Great pictures guys and plenty of them. You both got a lot of nice shots. Really grand vistas out there aren't they? What sort of elevations did you see and how were the temps at night? Frost?
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #21
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EPIC !! that's the only word that even comes close to describe the pictures and the experence ! I was born in Wyoming ( don't hear that everyday ) thanks for sharing. <>< craig
It was Epic for me thats for sure. I have never riden on a long cross country like that. Went well and Bill and I had a great time. Saw some beautiful country. Wyoming was quite an experience, mostly because of the weather. It was touch and go there for a while when we were riding thru the wind, lightning, rain, and hail. But like they say What doesn't kill ya will just make you stronger. I will remember that experience forever because it is burned into my skull Thanks for your comment.


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Great pictures guys and plenty of them. You both got a lot of nice shots. Really grand vistas out there aren't they? What sort of elevations did you see and how were the temps at night? Frost?
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Temps at night were mostly in the 60's. We hit it just right as far as the weather. Elevations were mostly in the 6500-8500 range with an occasional 9500 once in a while. No frost. The weather has really turned since we left. A cold front started to come thru Labor Day weekend and Georgetown on Saturday was 35 degrees in the morning. My friends just emailed me and said it was raining up Berthoud Pass and snowed 2" at 12000 feet.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:19 AM   #22
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What makes you pucker is when you are looking over a cliff that is 1000 feet high. The knees tend to get a little weak!
I know what you're talking about.

Good stuff.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:59 AM   #23
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Excellent RR's guys! I am enjoying the reports.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #24
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Day 5

I thought it was time to finish my ride report and post the last day of the ride. Took off from Rawlings early Thursday morning and planned to get as close to Georgetown as we could by the end of day as we were planning on heading out Friday and at least driving halfway home. It was another windy one as we headed south out of Rawlins and were doing the lean to the right. Still open range to the south for a ways until we get into the Medicine Bow National Forest.





The antelope were in abundance on this morning. At one point we saw about 30 in a herd not too far from the road. I love to watch these animals run. They are way smarter than deer. This is open range so there are no fences. They come a running up on us at a diagonal and we would speed up to cut them off and they would veer back on their side of the road and run right along side of us. Once the leader got across and we cut him off from the others that were following. They run more like a horse, very level no jumping or bounding like a deer. I am told they will not jump a fence. They prefer to go under the fence. I would like to see that.









Next stop Jack Creek Camp. I believe that is the camp in the background. Getting into the Medicine Bow National Forest. Beautiful country.









Bill and I leapfrogged each other most of the day which is what we did the last few days of the ride. He would be leading and stop to take a photo and I would pass on by then I would stop and so on.....



We came up on this tracked vehilce and a log across the road. We could hear the guy in the picker working back in the woods. So we sat there until he came back out dragging a cluster of logs. He drags the log that was in the road off and we pass on by.





10Cup had texted us about a road closure east of Aspen Alley on our route and suggested that we take Hwy 70 south when we hit it to avoid that road. I guess he had to reroute and rode thru some pretty rough stuff getting to Riverside where he spent the night. I took a few of these photos on the fly as you can see by the blurriness.





We stopped at Battle Mountain overlook on Hwy 70 and took a few photos. I guess there were a few battles with Indians and Trappers at this location.











About the time we are ready to head out a hired hand walks a horse and a couple of dogs down the highway. They came up the moutain from below.





Further down Hwy 70 we come along an area where the highway had just slid down the hill.







Down in the valley below.







I am not sure if they are cleaning up a rock slide or it is just a good place to get rock.













Once we tie back into our route from Hwy 70 we ride down Slater Creek on Co-1. There is a cattle rancher, the Hendricksons hunding lodge and a big house on the high plateau owned by a man named Porter. This valley that the creek runs down is really gorgeous.







This is a maintenance building that is a part of the Hendricksons Lodge. We stop to make a pit stop and we hear someone yell "HELP" real loud. Couldn't figure out where it came from or exactly what was yelled. He yelled again so Bill and I begin to walk toward the maintence building. I yelled "YO" and he yelled again and we asked him where he was and he kept yelling until we found where he was. He was on the roof of an little old schoolhouse that was sitting on a skid on the other side of the maintenance building They had brought it from Meeker to set down there on some concrete pilings. The ladder that he was using had fallen and he was stuck on the roof. Bill set the ladder up for him and down he comes. He was glad to see us and offered a cold drink at the lodge but we said we had to be going. What a hoot!





So we are off again having made our rescue for the day.











We come up on this whole herd of sheep some of which are just laying in the middle of the road. I had to ride right up to them to get them to move. We didn't spook them in the least.







We ride into Hayden about 1:30 or so and we realize that we can make Georgetown by 6 pm or so. We stop and have lunch in a park there and press on to Kremmeling. The Yampa River runs right by Hayden. Bill tried to tell me there was some drop dead gorgeous lady in a bikini down swimmin. Sounds like a Mikey story to me.









After we passed thru Hayden we were enroute to Kremmerling via part of the Routt National Forest, Oak Creek and Phippsburg.









The Last Chance Ranch.





Oak Creek







The Black Dog Inn in Phippsburg that was closed for the season. Black Dog absorbed all my light for the photo.





From there we pretty much slabbed it to Kremmerling. About 13 miles outside of Kremmerling on Hwy 137 coming down the North Fork Pass Bills rear wheel bearing decides to go out as he is making a sharp curve coming down a pretty steep grade on slab. I go back to see why he isn't joining me at the bottom of this descent and find out he can only travel about 10 MPH with a distinct wobble in his rear wheel. There is no cell service on this side of the mountain so we decide that I should go ahead and call our friends Keith and Sue and have them bring Bills truck and pick us up. Once I get to Hwy 40 I have cell service and call and Sue begins to search for Keith. I went on to Kremmerling to wait for them to call me back with a plan. I get a call from Keith about an hour later and says he is on his way. Kremmerling is only about 45 miles from Georgetown so I head back to where I last saw Bill and as I am heading out of town I see him off to the side of the road. He had limped into Kremmerling by that time so we wait for Keith to come pick us up. We got the bikes unpacked and when Keith arrived we loaded the bikes and headed back to Georgetown. When we gpt back we went to the Alpine Lodge next door to the Mountain Inn where we stayed the night and ate pizza.And believe me we ate the whole thing.







Man, I had the best time on this ride and I look forward to doing something similar to this next year. Thanks to Bill, The Toyman for hooking up and riding this route with me. I couldn't have asked for a better sidekick to ride the Trails West. Thanks to 10Cup for putting the route together and inviting me along. Too bad his schedule got messed up and we couldn't have ridden some of the route together. And thanks to my good friends Keith and Sue for being so gracious to take the time to show us around and make us feel welcome. Well that about sums it all up. I will hopefully see you all down the trail.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:01 AM   #25
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:25 AM   #26
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Hey Oleary, great pictures. I had the same problem with logs across the road. Had to wait for them to clear the road so I could pass through.

Good stuff my man!
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:05 PM   #27
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Sorry for my slow posting, I am out of town working and will finish my report this weekend. Oleary leaves me some big shoes to fill when it comes to ride reports.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:48 PM   #28
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Sorry for my slow posting, I am out of town working and will finish my report this weekend. Oleary leaves me some big shoes to fill when it comes to ride reports.
No problem Bill. Take your time. There is more than one side to every story and yours is worth telling. I look forward to seeing you photos and your side of the story.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:38 PM   #29
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Great report Oleary, glad we did separate reports as you had some different areas and experiences and it was great to hear about them. Toyman, can't wait to hear your report too.

I got stuck on the East side of Blackhill Mountain so I didn't get to ride the Hayden stretch, glad you did and now I get to see it too.

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Looking good !
Hey Frank, where you guys going next year??
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