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Old 05-06-2013, 04:04 PM   #16
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Definitely, from Salida to Telluride is not to be missed.That's the best scenery you'll see.Even from Green River up into the Fishlake forest is spectacular with the colors of the rock and sand. My avatar is from Cathedral Valley west of Goblin Valley. I'm looking forward to your report. And welcome back home.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #17
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It's not often you see a KTM with a "Destination Motorsports" license plate frame. I'm from Crossville and spent so much frickin' time at the Oak Ridge Rifle Range I practically glow at night.

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Old 05-07-2013, 02:15 AM   #18
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Definitely, from Salida to Telluride is not to be missed.That's the best scenery you'll see.Even from Green River up into the Fishlake forest is spectacular with the colors of the rock and sand. My avatar is from Cathedral Valley west of Goblin Valley. I'm looking forward to your report. And welcome back home.
I think y'all maybe missed the "direction." I was talking about skipping the couple of hundred miles from Salida to Nevada border going west. We will be coming from Trinidad CO, going west, then back to Trinidad again. I won't be missing anything from Salida to Telluride, and am planning something around 6 days of riding to/from that area of western CO and eastern UT. And thanks for the welcome, good to be back.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:33 PM   #19
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took Bronco's advice and removed the heat wrap. Good thing, revealed more than a couple issues.
1) pipes pretty rusty, need some TLC.
2) springs missing at header/cylinder attachment
3) spring hooks missing and about to go missing on the pipes
4) broken mounting tab for radiator/tank mount.

Notice the missing spring hook and notice the other two starting to pull away off pipe (poorly welded or it's not welding).


had to move radiators/tank mount out of way to get final clearance to remove pipes. found this broken tab.


So I managed to get everything off and took my bike and pipes over to Barillaro Speed Emporium in Knoxville. The guys welded up my tab on the spot, and are going to fix my pipes so that I can pick them up tomorrow morning before I head off to Europe for vacation. Shout out to some seriously cool guys.


They build hot rod cars and bikes. They had a collection of "rat" bikes out front that had been used in a challenge called 555, $500, older than 1795, smaller than 500cc. They were all CB350 Hondas. last years challenge was to build a hard tail and ride it from Knoxville TN to Portland Maine. Some urban/chopper magazine was doing a story.

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this one I thought was actually pretty cool. Frame made of slabs of sheet aluminum.


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Old 05-13-2013, 04:34 AM   #20
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #21
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some final preps

painted the pipes with some black high temp paint.. sure smoked a lot on first heating up. Better than rusty anyway. Prepped my trailer by adding some drive-on chocks and some extra tie down u-bolts. Checked the bearings and such too. Started getting equipment and supplies out and lined up. leaving in four days.





King sent this picture from Ophir Pass from yesterday. Wife and I will be near there in a little over a week (not riding it), but the Posse should be riding through there about the 11th or 12th.

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Old 05-26-2013, 07:14 AM   #22
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #23
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Ride safe

Thank you for your service.
And enjoy...some of the best riding in the country.

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Old 06-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #24
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Thanks for your service and good luck on the ride. looking forward to seeing more pictures along the way!
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #25
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loaded up!

Loaded up and ready to head out to Trinidad tomorrow morning to meet Kyle and the guys!

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Old 06-08-2013, 04:44 PM   #26
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shit ton of pics

I have a shit TON of pics, videos (video snapshots) to sort through for the next day or so. Some great rides and scenery through Colorado, Utah, Arizona on the Multistrada. Monday starts the Colorado/Utah leg on the Trans-America Trail (and better, more scenic stuff)...
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:11 AM   #27
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30 May Trinidad to Canon City to Salida

I was hoping to be able to update the RR as we went along, but while it's super simple to upload iPhone pics to SmugMug, with text and all, then reposting them to ADV using only the iPhone was just too much of a pain in the ass. I didn't bring my computer along for the first half of the ride (street ride with wife), and I'm not going to bring it along for second half (dirt ride with buddies) either. So I have a mix of pictures now from iPhones, camera, and GoPro video snapshots too.

I'll update this as much as I can during the one day off between the street ride and waiting for the boys to get here for the dirt ride. Laura and I rode from Trinidad CO to Las Vegas NV (and then I rode back in two days). We had great weather, saw many great things in this great country. Met friendly, helpful people every day. We tried to stay exclusively at small local hotels and ate at local restaurants only.

Be forewarned, if you are offended by pictures of food, beer, and coffee stop now.

More pictures on my Smugmug page here.
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30 May. First two-up trip we have taken in almost 30 years. We rode from Trinidad to Canon City then on to Salida.



Some shots along the way from Trinidad to Salida
















We landed in Salida, stayed at the Woodlands Motel downtown, had some drinks on the Arkansas River and ate a great meal at Amicas pizza and brewery.









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Old 06-09-2013, 03:16 AM   #28
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31 May Salida to Lake City, South Fork, and Durango

31 May. We rode from Salida to Gunnison, Lake City, South Fork, and Durango. Crossing three 11,000 foot passes. The weather was crisp and clear at breakfast, but low clouds turned misty and snowy on the way to Monarch Pass. Good thing we had Aerostitch Kanetsu vests. After going down from that pass the weather turned fine, and would stay fine for the rest of the trip (save the heat anyway). Laura started keeping the camera in her jacket pocket, so a few more scenery shots along the way.

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Beautiful morning for breakfast at Cafe Dawn in Salida.






And off we go, scenery on the way to Lake City.










Had a coffee at the Mocha Moose in Lake City. Nice friendly place.


The welcoming committee at the Moose (he was just smaller than a moose too).


After coffee we had some more great scenery, coming across the headwaters of the Rio Grande.








DEER!


We landed in downtown Durango in late afternoon.

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Old 06-09-2013, 07:09 AM   #29
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1 June Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road

1 June. We too the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Rail Road from Durango to Silverton and back. Still fully steam powered with period cars. We rode in the Cinco Animas, a beautifully restored car from the late 1800s. It was a great trip, with amazing scenery that you really can't see from any place other than the railroad (or the river itself). Since we travelled first class we had great seating with only about 14 people in our car. We had our own waiter/guide too.

More here..http://baggitard.smugmug.com/Motorcy...4020&k=x8KBGfv

The Durango Lodge is like 100m from the railroad yard, so it was not hard to get there on time.





























We found a Diner's Drive-ins, and Dive's location in Silverton. A BBQ joint. They serve local brewed beer too! woohoo!





We had dinner at Steamworks Brewing, fantastic selection of beer (16 house beers on tap) and very good food too. I managed just 8 of the 16 beers on tap..



We both ended up with steak, had a salmon appetizer that was really tasty.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:31 AM   #30
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