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Old 07-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #46
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Just a quick thanks to these guys. I was riding the northern half of the COBDR solo. I came across these guys right after they had made the water crossing. They saved me a water locked engine and even helped push my bike through to the other side. Great guys all around. Thanks again and happy trails!
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Great meeting you, Todd. Please post a pic of your bad ass BMW/Yamaha customized machine.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #47
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Agreed Todd. We were well met.

I'll take the liberty of posting a pic of that awesome project bike of yours.




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Old 07-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #48
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We found some awesome wood near our camp at elevation. Too bad we couldn't actually make a fire.




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Old 07-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #49
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Note to anyone riding through Buena Vista. Stop by EddyLine Brewing http://eddylinebrewing.com/ for a great beer and awesome pizza.

Good vibe and food


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Old 08-01-2013, 05:47 AM   #50
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The trip is over and we are in depression. Closing thoughts and tips coming soon.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:12 AM   #51
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This sums up the trip in one photo.
Awesome pic.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #52
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The trip is over and we are in depression. Closing thoughts and tips coming soon.
Nice trip report guys, heading out in two'ish weeks for this trip.

Lets hear them dude!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:35 AM   #53
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Nice trip report guys, heading out in two'ish weeks for this trip.

Lets hear them dude!
Thx for the prompt. I'll get them posted inside 48 hrs.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #54
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Ok... Another 24 please
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:30 AM   #55
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1) Just do it. Anyone one with even basic skills will enjoy it! Don't over think this but now I'm going to enable you to over think...

2) Give yourself enough time to enjoy the ride and the unexpected delays that youíll have.

3) Donít be afraid to take side trips. There are a lot of interesting trails you pass. In fact, if you don't make it to the last section that is fine. It is OK but by far the least scenic and least adventuresome. Sections 2 to 4 were our favorites.

4) Keep your weight down. Share everything so only the minimal amount of tools, camping gear, etc. is needed. You can restock food, water, gas every day. If itís not going to be used donít take it. A bike in good condition will make it and that includes the big and heavy GSA.

5) Must have GPS with downloaded routes. Butler map wonít get it done and Start in Delores, Co. where the dirt starts.

6) Donít drink Coors beer. The Colorado beer snobs will give you shit.

7) Take plenty of bailing wire, extra bolts. a spare wratcheting strap and gorilla tape. Stuff rattles off and breaks on a trip like this. The bike and gear will get scratched and abused. If you can't handle that don't go.

8) We had rain on three nights. Pack your tarp and bungles in an easy to get to place on one bike so you can set up shelter and have beer quickly.

9) Don't do this alone. Try to do the ride with people who are at the relative same skill set. Small groups of no more than 6 are ideal. 4-5 is the sweet spot. Make sure these are good, resilient and positive people. Trying to get yourself through some of the challenges is tough but trying to pull someone else along will ruin it.

10) The Road Captain should have final say, in all things. They can take other's input but decisions should be theirs and not debated. Democracy won't work.

11) Try to enjoy all the unforeseen challenges in the moment. The challenges are what make these rides epic. The riding and views are amazing but strapping a buddies pannier back on with bailing wire and ratchet straps while 90 miles from anywhere is what you'll remember. That hill that almost whipped you (or did) and that time you lost your shit with your pals because you were spent, emotionally, physically and every other way, will help shape you as a person. (James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.)

Bottom line, do this. Soak it up and roll around in it. Commit yourself fully to it like a child commits to innocence. Not asking why or when, just being. You will not regret it. Whether you complete it or get hung up 1/2 way through, the ride is a vehicle for a greater journey. That journey will be uniquely yours and be shared with the men with whom you undertook it.

These trips can change you on a deep and lasting level, especially if this is your first. Be prepared to have a hard time explaining these trips to anyone who hasn't shared the experience.

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Old 09-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #56
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1) Just do it. Anyone one with even basic skills will enjoy it! Don't over think this but now I'm going to enable you to over think...
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Thanks, certainly appreciate the follow up notes!
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #57
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A little taste of goodness...

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Old 09-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #58
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The video comes compliments of Windex. Well done, brother.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #59
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So good! Great work Windex!


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Old 09-23-2013, 09:23 AM   #60
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Great post ride notes, Britome. Looks like an amazing adventure!!!


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