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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.40%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 5.11%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 72 21.62%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 114 34.23%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 33 9.91%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 112 33.63%
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:57 PM   #106
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wow....that's one interesting update kel.

consider yourselves very lucky and got the rear shock fixed. that will be good for one more wan report. thank you to point that out. i don't realize that gets undone, could it be from having a constant passenger..... j/k


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Old 08-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #107
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Looking Good!!!

Hey Matt and Kelly,
Those Blown shocks really are the PITS!!!!!.......That was Fantastic you found Help close by!!!! Looking Forward to the rest of the RR!!!!!
It was GREAT to meet you guys there in Monticello!!!!
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:17 PM   #108
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"Our spring was too big to fit in Toms press,
so he had to compress it manually"

Love it...Atom...
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:08 PM   #109
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The Prophecy clip made me LOL.

What a camping night from hell!
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:45 PM   #110
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Sprinkler stuff is way too funny. Looks like you are going to successfully escape St. George.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #111
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Awesome guys - keep it goin!

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Thanks, zeegman!
Hope you get some inspiration for your Colorado trip.





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wow....that's one interesting update kel.

consider yourselves very lucky and got the rear shock fixed. that will be good for one more wan report. thank you to point that out. i don't realize that gets undone, could it be from having a constant passenger..... j/k


keep them coming.
Hi Joel!
Hey! blaming the passenger!
Not a chance. (I hope not)

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
Thanks for joining us!!




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Hey Matt and Kelly,
Those Blown shocks really are the PITS!!!!!.......That was Fantastic you found Help close by!!!! Looking Forward to the rest of the RR!!!!!
It was GREAT to meet you guys there in Monticello!!!!
Scott
Hi Scott!
Yeah, it sucked, but just for a little while :)
It was GREAT to meet you, too!!
I wish we could have hung out a little.
Some day!





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"Our spring was too big to fit in Toms press,
so he had to compress it manually"

Love it...Atom...

Heh. I thought there might be a "That's what she said..."
joke in there, but I took the high road.







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The Prophecy clip made me LOL.

What a camping night from hell!

Glad you liked the prophecy clip!
I think of it every time I zip up my mummy bag...







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Sprinkler stuff is way too funny. Looks like you are going to successfully escape St. George.

Hi RRR,
Yeah, no offense, but we couldn't wait!


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Old 08-27-2013, 09:58 PM   #112
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Day 3: 8/3/13
St. George to Salina, UT 182 miles, continued







Bartek was so sweet, he wanted to buy everyone lunch.
That should have been our department, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Gracias, Smartek!






Ginger offered to drive and we went to pick up the food and some ice and water.
While we were out, we stopped and got Engine Ice for Radek.
Ginger made sure we got the Fineline Suspension discount from the shop...



Thank you, Ginger!





When we got back, Radek was still hard at work...







And, Tom was about to put our shock back together...








Ginger and I had picked up a couple bags of ice and gallons of water.
It was still 100F in St. George.








After lunch, everyone chipped in.
It was tough to compress the spring enough to get the collar back on...








That sucker needed some persuasion...








Whew! Done.

Thank you, Tom!
Thank you, everyone!








Now it was time to focus on Radek’s bike...
Coolant was drained and system was flushed.








Time for new coolant and a burping...








Once Radek’s radiator was full, and our shock was back in,
it was time to hit the road.








Ginger was so kind - while the 2 of us were driving around, she offered to let all of us stay at their place.
She said they were already planning a spaghetti dinner - with wine** - but, the more the merrier.
They even had a pool!
**They had to drive out of state to get good wine, so this was a big deal!




It was such a generous offer! And sooooo tempting!
Tom and Ginger were so nice, they made us forget all about the previous night's camping
If we hadn’t been pressed for time and planning to meet Lica and Scott,
we totally would have said Yes!





Thank you, Fineline Suspension!
Without your help, we would have been dead in the water.
Tom and Ginger, you’re the best!





Matt and I had been lucky beyond belief.
Tom and Ginger aren’t normally around on the weekends.
They were supposed to be in California, actually,
but had canceled their trip because they didn’t want to make that drive through the desert in this heat.



And, our good fortune continued -
not only did we get our shock repaired, post-haste (and could now continue on to Colorado)...

Bonus - we didn’t die from our shock exploding!
Yay!





We thanked Tom and Ginger and packed up our stuff.
Filled our camelbaks with the rest of the ice and water,
and got ready to ride.





As we were driving away, Radek clicked in and spoke to us through our Senas...



He said he was feeling strange and something was wrong.
Uh oh.
OK, we’ll stop as soon as possible.






He wasn’t looking good and it sounded like he felt even worse.
It was probably heatstroke from working outside in the sun.
Even inside with the swamp cooler, the shop had been pretty warm.
That, coupled with dehydration (it was pretty late when Ginger and I got that water)...yikes.



We stopped at a gas station and sat in the A/C for a while.

Drinking lots of fluids and trying to cool off.





After about 90 minutes, Radek was feeling better and it seemed all right to continue.
At least we were just going to slab to our next stop.














Blurry, but this part of Utah slab is kinda pretty.








We got to Salina and got a room at the Super 8.
Dropped our stuff and walked over to El Mexicano Restaurant.







Osito ordered a shrimp cocktail.
Wait, aren’t we like 750 miles from the nearest ocean??



He survived.




I got veggie fajitas and the rest of the guys opted for the Meat Tornado...







Or something like that.








Ah, Matt and I had spent so much time in this motel (Gettin’ Dirty ride),
it was like coming home...




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Here’s our collection of room keys from the Super 8:








Well, our slab ride was sad.



But, the important thing was that the shock was fixed and we were back in business!


Woooo hooo!!






OK, guys - Let’s see what Scott and Lica were up to on Day 3!

We never really talked about it, but looking at Lica’s photos,
I recognize some scenic Highway 12...






Hell's Backbone?





Wow, nice!
























And, looks like they did the Burr Trail, too.






Great shot!






Look at this cool rainbow!










Nice job, guys!
Sorry we messed up Day 3 for everyone,

Glad you two made the best of it.








OK, whew.
it took a while, but we’re finally going to get to the good stuff!!



Day 4 is a big one -
416 miles, including a Colorado spa treatment
and Schofield Pass. The UP direction (marble to crested butte). In the dark...






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Old 08-28-2013, 07:19 AM   #113
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Thumb Nice drama filled overnighter there,

...amusing sprinkler episode. Glad the blown rear shock didn't blow your trip.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:48 AM   #114
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Day 4 is a big one -
416 miles, including a Colorado spa treatment
and Schofield Pass. The UP direction (marble to crested butte). In the dark...



Up Schofield... In the Dark?

Are you guys crazy?
Now I'm glad I didn't go with you guys.

Standing by...

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:17 PM   #115
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Up Schofield----In the Dark!!

WOW!!!!!!

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Old 08-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #116
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I've been down it in the daylight and now I've officially decided that y'all are nuts! In a good way of course

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Old 08-28-2013, 07:59 PM   #117
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...amusing sprinkler episode. Glad the blown rear shock didn't blow your trip.
Thanks, redog - me too!
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Up Schofield... In the Dark?

Are you guys crazy?
Now I'm glad I didn't go with you guys.

Standing by...

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Up Schofield----In the Dark!!

WOW!!!!!!

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I've been down it in the daylight and now I've officially decided that y'all are nuts! In a good way of course

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Hi guys -
I know, I know - pretty stupid, right?

But at least we weren't planning to do Schofield in the dark - it just happened that way.
It was still kind of light when we started...


And we didn't intend to go the hard way - we just didn't pay attention when we were doing tracks.



The biggest problem was having it at the end of a long (long) day.
Everyone was already pretty tired by the time we found the right trail...

Good times!



the start of Day 4, coming up...
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:22 PM   #118
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Day 4: 8/4/13
Salina, UT to Gunnison, CO 416 miles







We had a lot of miles to cover, so everyone was up at 5am.
The day started with a walk (across the parking lot) to Denny’s













They had coffee, just didn’t get to drink it yet.







Poor Radek. He was a good sport...
waiting patiently until I took my photo






I promised my sister I would use this Ron Swanson eating bacon GIF in the next ride report...
at Denny's for breakfast seems like a good time...








We fueled up and headed to Grand Junction.







Pretty sunrise.







It was a chilly morning. I had all my vents open and was freezing.
After some brutally hot days in the desert, it felt good to be cold!








We were on I-70 - here comes the famous overpass...








Eagle Canyon, looking down at the trail...







This time, there was no traffic behind us, so Matt pulled over to the other lane.
Here’s the other bridge!
We’ll be riding down there in a week (on the way home)
Exciting.








We thought the guys might enjoy the Spotted Wolf rest stop.
(also, it has a restroom )

Oso Negro







Torito y Osito







Might as well check out some tires...
Bartek







Radek







Osito







us Wans







Go, little bear!







We stopped in Green River to gas up.
There was a bus full of tourists at the gas station and these girls went nuts over the 990s!
“so cool!” “so BIG!”
It was hilarious.







They wanted photos with the bike. I half expected them to turn into old men, though.
(there’s a 15 sec ad for that video, but watch it anyway - it’s cute)




My favorite part was, the girls didn’t give a crap about the harleys, just the ADV bikes.





Hola, Colorado!







Bartek, your dream is coming true! Oso Happy?








Scott and Lica were in Grand Junction somewhere.
Our first meetup didn’t work out, so we were going to try for the dirt.
The GPS tracks looked like they went to a private gate.
We didn’t want Scott and Lica to think we had gone through,
so Matt scratched a message in the dirt...







Hope that works!






Now, we wait. At least there was some shade.







It worked!






They totally saw the “OSO” and kept going.






It was nice to be back on the tracks again.







Especially in this state!



































It was a beautiful day.







Sunny, yet cool.







Everyone was so stoked to be in Colorado, finally!







Blue sky.






Beautiful lake.






Um. Ignore those clouds...







Crap.







Before we left, I sent out a group email with the weather forecasts for Silverton, CO.
There was a chance of thunderstorms and heavy rain every day, and lows in the 40s at night.
We had planned to camp in Colorado and I wanted them to be prepared.

(this is today's forecast, it just happens to be similar to last month's)





Apparently, no one took me seriously.

They were all surprised that it was raining - "it never rains in Colorado, right?"
Radek said he thought I was kidding - he almost didn’t bring a jacket!

you guys!








Good thing it never rains in Colorado.















With rain comes mud.







At least Lica didn’t mind. He loves everything!







We ran into this friendly guy on a quad. He said the road got worse up ahead.







It doesn’t just rain in Colorado, it hails too.


























A lot of my photos are pretty blurry with all the water on the lens... you get them anyway.







It was still beautiful out there.















We had a couple water crossings in this section.









Here’s Radek on the first one. Woo!








Then he took video at the second one...
Lica was on the sidelines, getting stoked for everyone!
Scott, then Bartek, then us.








It was downright soggy out there.








Still dreamy?







Aw, it’s just Colorado giving us a big, wet, sloppy kiss “hello”







Bartek got a big smack!
Everyone was yelling at me to take a photo of Bartek’s bike -
OK, Scott - I’m on my way!







Here we go...








That was some nasty mud!








I accidentally snapped this shot of the mud as I was falling...







Photos don’t really capture the experience as well as video does...
(sorry, no HD for some reason)





Heh.

I think Scott got an extra special kiss "hello"...






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Old 08-28-2013, 10:02 PM   #119
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pics or vids....that is funny......

good thing you guys enjoy punishment
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:13 PM   #120
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Well if you're going on an oso hunt...
Oh oh!
Mud,
Thick, oozy mud.
We can't go over it,
We can't go under it,
We've gotta go through it!
Squelch squelch, squelch squelch
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