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Old 10-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #31
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Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!

Okdokes, well let's try this again shall we?


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DAY 3 - Continued: Passing Time In Telluride
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The getting off course routine was getting old, frustrating and killing our time, fuel, and energy. We were running out of daylight and worse, there appeared to be fog rolling in.

Getting off course and reaching Silverton turned out to be a blessing - we needed gas! So we fueled up here.



Bonus! At the station, we ran into a group of ADV riders who were also on their way to the KTM Rally... so bummed I didn't get to snap a pic and get their names. Hope they see this and chime in...
We busted out our maps and they were able to help us get back on the right track! Thanks, guys!


So... while we were managing on our ride, Mike and Russ were headed off to see the Falls and Powerhouse. Here are Mike's pics of their ride...





Bridal Veil Falls. So beautiful!







Historic Bridal Veil Falls Powerhouse, which currently provides about 25% of Telluride's demand for electricity.










Here is Mike's video of their ride :-)




As Mike and Russ reached the One-Way Only sign, they looked up and saw fog rolling in and I bet I could guess what they must have thinking at the time...

"I wonder where Jeremy and Prev are?"



"I hope they stay away from this."



"I hope they're in better shape than this poor suv."




Well Mike and Russ, I was hoping for the same exact things!

Ahhh, so this is the beginning of the infamous Black Bear Pass...




As we made our way up, I was feeling pretty good at this point...





And then we got to the summit. Which, by the time we got there, a trifecta of elements had arrived that I did not want to be in:
- FOG
- RAIN
- NIGHT




Remember, the deal was to ""assess" and "see how we were feeling" and then "both agree" on what to do"...

According to Prev:
- "assess" - ummm... we can't see anything!
- "see how we were feeling" - ummm... we still can't see anything!
- "both agree" on what to do - ummm... we really can't see anything!

According to Jeremy:
- "assess" - we're here now
- "see how we were feeling" - no turning back
- "both agree" on what to do - we're doing it

Back to Prev: Sena speaker off...

So, I'm thinking... and thinking... and thinking... and after a minute, maybe two, and realizing we just had our first fight on the trip, which was nothing to get excited about,
I turned the Sena back on and said, "Ok. I love you. I trust you. We can do this. Let's go."

So, what was I thinking?
Well, there was no turning back since the conditions would be the same minus the scary section and we were in this together.
He loves me and would never put me in harms way. He's a smart rider during the ride. We are both athletic and have good reflexes. I know him. He's got this.
I can't freak out because he'll freak out. I need to be calm and focused so he can be too. I would get off the bike anytime I felt uncomfortable.
I'm here for an adventure and to take on challenges, within reason. And, suffice it to say, I actually thought this was reasonable.



After riding around the summit in circles a few times, we finally found the trail... and we were back on the ride...





And we're smiling again







There was a brief pocket of clarity where we took the opportunity to rest, have a little snack, stretch and enjoy what little scenery we could see.
What is this area called? Is this Ingram Creek?








We could hear the waterfall more than we could see it. It was both calming and unnerving because you knew there was a drop coming...





After a much needed rest, albeit brief, we were back on the ride...



As if the conditions weren't challenging enough...
...his rear brake overheated so he had none for a while
...his battery died so I had to push him downhill to get it kick started
Seriously? Is someone messing with us



The waterfall, both soothing and menacing...



Mine debris...



Oh look, there's Telluride...




Ok, so given what happened last night/this morning and not wanting to repeat it, here are LINKS to the VIDEOS I took during our Black Bear Pass ride.

Black Bear Pass Video 1 = Near Ingram Creek area?

Black Bear Pass Video 2 = Near Ingram Creek area?

Black Bear Pass Video 3 = "The Steps" It's a good thing you couldn't hear him on the other end! "Oh S&*#! Oh F%&@!" - all the way down. But he made it! So relieved!



Black Bear Pass Video 4 = Water crossing, solo

Black Bear Pass Video 5 = Us. First night time video using the camera, a ruggedized Nikon. I held on to his camelbak with my left and shot with my right and stood up a few times. Not too bad...



At the start of our afternoon ride, Mike and I talked and decided on a time check. If we weren't back by a certain time +/-, they should probably start worrying about us.
We brought the SPOT, but forgot to turn it back on.
It was 3pm when we left and we thought we'd be back about 6pm. Well, it was 8pm when we finished with Black Bear.
When we made it back to the hotel, we plugged in our phones and called Mike - our phones had died.
He was starting to worry about us when we called. I guess the +/- in the "certain time +/-" was a 2 hour grace period.
J/K, he knew if we did Black Bear that it would take a bit more time, given the conditions.



We caught up with them back at Brown Dog where we talked and laughed about our day.
We showed Mike and Russ the pics of Ophir Pass so that they would see the current conditions since it was on tomorrow's route.



On our walk back to the Inn, I had to smile a fantastical smile.
This vacation was stepping up to exceed far beyond my expectations!
I admired these men and women!
I was impressed by these bikes!
Being out in nature in this way, albeit challenging at times, felt astounding!
One just appreciates Nature and Life and everything and everyone in it more.
It's easy to see how and to feel and become "in-love" with this sport.


I was eager to get to bed and wake up the next morning to experience another day!

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tuffenuff screwed with this post 10-06-2013 at 02:57 PM Reason: Embeded Bridal Falls video from Mike & BBP Steps video :-)
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:52 PM   #32
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And your off!!

Love'n the pictures and details........................

Keep it up youngster

Thanks, MotoBoss! I appreciate the encouragement! Hope you enjoy my recent post, the final on Day 3.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:50 PM   #33
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Great RR with an awesome subject matter, riding anywhere around CO. I love the energy you put into this RR, it made it fun and your enthusiasm shone through. Also, those little vignette photo you put together with the primary subject and the secondary elements was a great inclusion and idea, might have to steal that from you :-P
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #34
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:35 PM   #35
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Elements of the West

Great report, you really captured the tensions and anxiety of doing Black Bear pass in the bad weather and with night coming! Your attitude of keeping calm and focused in a stressful moment is great! Big props to both of you.

Also, going the extra mile to get custom fitted gear is awesome, and I am sure really paid of.

Congrats on your first ADV ride!
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:24 PM   #36
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Cannot. believe. you did Black Bear in those conditons.


more please.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:33 PM   #37
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Great RR with an awesome subject matter, riding anywhere around CO. I love the energy you put into this RR, it made it fun and your enthusiasm shone through. Also, those little vignette photo you put together with the primary subject and the secondary elements was a great inclusion and idea, might have to steal that from you :-P
Thanks, Fasttrak! I'm still stoked about the trip and continue to be energized by the experience especially as I relive it everyday in putting this RR together and looking at the pics over and over, which I can do forever!

Re: the photo vignettes, steal away! I noticed that the pics come out pretty big on these threads, so I wanted a way to present the subjects collectively without taking up too much space on the thread and end up having too many pages.

I probably use an unconventional method. Since I'm in Finance, I love spreadsheets! So, I copy the pictures, paste them onto Excel, crop accordingly, arrange to my liking, apply any formats I like to the worksheet, utilize shapes and other formatting tools to do comment bubbles or other call outs, and then use SnagIt to capture as a pic the collage. I have photoshop and other photo/video editing tools, but I work on Excel pretty fast.

Glad you're enjoying the report... stay tuned for more!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:34 PM   #38
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:40 PM   #39
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Great report, you really captured the tensions and anxiety of doing Black Bear pass in the bad weather and with night coming! Your attitude of keeping calm and focused in a stressful moment is great! Big props to both of you.

Also, going the extra mile to get custom fitted gear is awesome, and I am sure really paid of.

Congrats on your first ADV ride!
Thank you, DocAxeYarYar! He and I were up for and able to work through all the challenges and as a Team, which just enhances the joy of each accomplishment.

My Motoport gear is awesome, worth every penny! I will talk about it more in my next post. I needed to be comfortable and I wanted my gear to be the last thing I worried about. I was comfortable the entire time!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:43 PM   #40
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Cannot. believe. you did Black Bear in those conditons.

more please.
I can't believe it either, Kelly! He did great and was encouraging the whole time, except for when he was bouncing and cursing down the steps section

There's more coming so stay tuned!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #41
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Yay, you did Black Bear!
Too bad you missed the best part - the amazing views!



Oh well.
We did the same thing with Schofield - missed the great scenery.

At least there's always a reason to go back to Colorado!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #42
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Yay, you did Black Bear!
Too bad you missed the best part - the amazing views!

Oh well.
We did the same thing with Schofield - missed the great scenery.

At least there's always a reason to go back to Colorado!

IKR! It's a good thing Mike took his pics so I could superimpose what I would be seeing had it been daylight with the nighttime silhouettes I did see.

I definitely see a return visit to CO in the very near future.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #43
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Great stuff

Can't thank you enough Prev for taking the time to put this ride report together. Takes a lot of time and thought to put together something that captures a trip in an interesting way.
Also a big congrats to you Prev for being a real trooper on this ride since it was your first long adventure ride.
I want to also thank Jeremy and Russ for making it a fun challenging trip.

Hi goes to Steve (StevefrmGV) who we met at Steamboat. Would definitely like to hook up with you in future. Sorry we missed you in Moab.

Hi to Joel (NSFW) - keep takin those pictures.

Hi to Kelly and hubby (Region Riley) - nice to meet you out in the middle of nowhere- very cool.

And finaly Hi to the Oso Locos - Boggy Draw for us was bone dry - I was really dreading any big mud on the big bikes but we totally lucked out - the Adventure weather gods were with us.

Now I will shut up and let's get on with the report!

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Old 10-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #44
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Wow. Much respect to you guys doing black bear in those conditions. Sketchy enough in the daylight but fog and darkness would be nuts. On the other hand not seeing the drop might have helped!
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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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