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Old 10-11-2013, 01:07 PM   #76
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I hope that KTM sees value in keeping the 990 Adv around to compete with the F800. I would love to see them bring back the SER. Maybe a 990 this time with a little more fuel range.

Great report. You guys are real troupers. Not everyone who comes west can do pass after pass like you guys are doing. Great riding, and Great report.
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #77
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Great pics, videos and stories. Spent some time in Utah on a parks tour with my wife on her BMW a couple weeks ago but nothing like the riding you folks are doing. Reading a few ride reports I am definitely coming back to get off the beaten path.
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Great report. You guys are real troupers. Not everyone who comes west can do pass after pass like you guys are doing. Great riding, and Great report.

Thank you, Hair! The guys did absolutely great. Doing this RR makes me want to go there again - and someday on my own bike.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:39 PM   #79
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Great pics, videos and stories. Spent some time in Utah on a parks tour with my wife on her BMW a couple weeks ago but nothing like the riding you folks are doing. Reading a few ride reports I am definitely coming back to get off the beaten path.
Thanks, dryden_rider_54! Utah is so beautiful. Glad you guys were able to tour the parks before the shutdown. We did Utah after CO, so stay tuned for those posts - the fun continues.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:10 AM   #80
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DAY 6: Buena Vista to Gypsum (COBDR)
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Thank you False Fire Alarm @ 6:00am!
We needed to get up anyway





9/11/13
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After that wonderful 6am "wake up call"...

*Thank you to all the Emergency Response and Services Industry Personnel! You guys rock!


...we ate breakfast! I never missed a free breakfast on this trip - afterall, it's the most important meal of the day!




When we went outside, it was raining pretty hard. Mike decided to look for a headlight in Gypsum as we needed to get on the road asap before the weather turned worse.


I must say, I love love love my Motoport Gear! It kept me warm and dry when I needed to be, and cool and comfortable the rest of time!
Other than my own sweat, I never felt a drop!



We were on our way! Missed the first turn by a smidgen.







A nice little water crossing to kick off the day!



First up = Test subjects, Jeremy & me




Next = Mike




Next = Russ





After that nice little puddle, we were back on the road taking in the scenery.





The rain had picked up and we decided to stop for a bit and see if it would calm some before we continued.



While waiting, we met a very lovely couple who were doing the COBDR on their way to the KTM Rally too! Chris (c.vestal) and Kelly (Region Riley).
They had caught on to our tracks, some swirly.


Chris



Kelly



Chris participated in the Baja Rally on 10/5 & 10/6 and finished 5th! Awesome job, Chris!
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Kelly is awesome too! She's a shorty just like me and has her own ride, which I hope to have someday. Here's her Shortypants threads with helpful 411 for us shorties!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=669666
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The rain had subsided just a tad, enough for all of us to continue on with the ride. Chris & Kelly left ahead of us and we'd be on the lookout for their tracks.








And just when we thought it was getting better, the rain picked up...

Here's Jeremy and me 2up...





The rain continued to pour...



Mike



Russ


...and the roads got wetter and slicker...






At this point, Mike and Russ decided to get off the COBDR and slab it direct to Gypsum, having had enough of the rain and mud which seemed at the time to be worsening.
While Jeremy and I would continue on the COBDR.
Well, actually we were going to "assess" and "see how we were feeling" and then "both agree" on what to do.

Mike would text us the hotel info when he got into town.


Once again, we went our separate ways.



Did Jeremy and I make the right call?



Or was there going to be a lot of "Rough & Tumbling" ...sliding... ahead of us?
We kept seeing Chris & Kelly's tracks as we rode, except for when we each had our own "detour" and got just a little bit of course.



Another water crossing! This one was longer, but it was mostly shallow. No problem! This is also where we caught back up to Chris and Kelly's tracks!



And another fun water crossing!



Shortly thereafter, we noticed it had stopped raining. We made the right call!
There were drops, but the rain had pretty much subsided though the dark storm clouds loomed above us.







Fearing our luck with the weather wouldn't continue, we pressed on.











So, we thought there would be some kind of snack or store near/around Turquoise Lake - we were wrong.
So, Jeremy and I had a little snack on the road and were deciding if we would abandon the COBDR here and head to Leadville to eat and move on to Gypsum - or not.
We decided to go ahead and would make our way to Hagerman Pass where we would "assess" and "see how we were feeling" and then "both agree" on what to do.



On our way to Hagerman, I thought about how Mike & Russ' ride had been en route to Gypsum. Here are their pics.
It turned out that they got dumped on with rain , but were ok riding.
They made it to Leadville where they had a nice sit down lunch and checked into a hotel when they got to Gypsum.
Actually, there is apparently no public lodging available, so they went to Eagle where they found a nice Comfort Inn.










In the meantime, we were making our way to Hagerman.
I was starting to worry about the weather as the clouds above and ahead of us darkened. These passes for the most part are "impassable when wet".









There's snow!



I couldn't take very many pics as the trail was wet and loose, so I had to hang on tight!







Well... what do we have here... another water crossing. This one would be longer and a little deeper in the middle...











And... we have a video!






We made it! The weather continued to be kind to us!
At the bottom of Hagerman, we had our 3rd (& final) tip over of the trip due to mainly fatigue setting in and loss of balance.
This time there was a couple watching and the man had to help Jeremy. I tried but we were at a slope and the bike was soooo heavy.
The left hand lever protector got bent and the lever itself couldn't move, so Jeremy had to muscle it in order to scrape off material and create a gap
between the protector and lever so the lever would be functioning again.


We got a little bit off course again. But at least we got to see Thomasville.







We turned around and got back on track.



The weather turned for the better and you could see the sun again!









What a great day this turned out to be!





Sooo red!!! Which happens to be my favorite color!









We made it to Eagle! (*There was no lodging of any kind that could be found in Gypsum.)



We pulled in and Mike was working on his bike's headlight and mirror. As we were chatting about our day, Chris and Kelly rode in!

We got ahead of them when they decided to go to Leadville and have lunch, while we continued on to Hagerman Pass.


*Best pic I could get of the group.



Dinner at Pastatively, which is walking distance from Comfort Inn, was UBER-DELICIOUS! The conversation was fantastic!
We all got to know each other better and talked about the ride today and tomorrow...


Apparently, tomorrow I would be finding out if these bikes could float! errr... glide!
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #81
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While waiting, we met a very lovely couple who were doing the COBDR on their way to the KTM Rally too! Chris (c.vestal) and Kelly (Region Riley).
They had caught on to our tracks, some swirly.
Meeting up with you guys was a blast! It was my crazy idea to ride to Steamboat and when we took off that morning I was really second guessing my decision. I was happy to know we weren't the only people crazy enough to ride in these conditions!

I really wished I would have gotten a pic of our little detour which was some of the deepest thickest mud I've ever seen on a trail. I dropped my bike 3 times and picked it up by myself. The mud was so slick Chris could barely walk on it to get to me. Luckily Chris caught the mistake after about a 1/2 mile and we turned around and had to ride through all of that mud again. Longest mile of my life!

Great stuff so far, keep up the good work!

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Meeting up with you guys was a blast! ....
Thanks, Kelly! I'm happy you guys are crazy too! I wished I had a pic too, we detoured into a sketchy narrow muddy climb
but luckily we stopped about 15 mins into it and skied back down.
But we'll get plenty of deeeeep mud pics later on and it was not pretty.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:19 PM   #83
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Me too, Joel! I want to go back soon! Let's go!


Hey, I know you! You're that girl on the back of any bike that is going anywhere! Can I, can I, caaaannn IIIII come too?!
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #84
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Hey, I know you! You're that girl on the back of any bike that is going anywhere! Can I, can I, caaaannn IIIII come too?!
Lol! Hi Anne Marie! Glad you found me and thanks for tuning in to our RR1 How is the riding there in Australia?
I've never been and always wanted to go. New Zealand as well. When would be the best time to visit and ride there?
And of couse, you can come along anytime!
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:28 AM   #85
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DAY 7: Gypsum to Steamboat Springs (COBDR)
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"Do bikes float or glide?" Day




9/12/13
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We woke up to another fine morning of overcast weather.
We couldn't complain though as it could have been much much worse with all the flooding that was happening throughout the state.
We were all very thankful for our weather fortunes during our trip.



Comfort Inn dishes out a pretty good breakfast spread. Very organized too!



Chris and Kelly were headed out just ahead of us and we wished them well and we'd be looking out for their tracks.
We'd catch up with them later on in Steamboat during the Rally.



We fueled up and headed out, mindful of the fact that this was a bittersweet day knowing this was our last segment on the COBDR.

What is it with men and the Kum & Go gas stations?
Russ was so fascinated by the name, and would say "only in America" as he chuckled. This pic is for you, Russ!



The day started out with us missing the turn by a smidgen again.



First section of the day was a mine tour over muddy wet terrain.
And we see Chris & Kelly's tracks.











For the next section, we joined up and began riding along the Colorado River.











Today was turning out to be a nice and relaxing scenic ride.



So relaxing that we were able to take the customary "in action" shots of each other.






I asked Jeremy if I should stand up too.



He said, "No, just stay seated."



So, I stood up too.
If you're laughing, then you get it.
If not, then revisit posts since Day 2.



We passed through a small town near the Yampa River. I can't remember the name though.
There was this phone booth just right off the side of the road and it had a beige phone inside, kinda like what you'd find on a hospital wall.
I wonder if it works?





We were making good progress today and at this pace, we would get to Steamboat very early in the afternoon.





Somebody's lovely ranch. You just gotta smile and say, "Must be nice. Ahhh, someday..."











We were riding along, pretty chill, thinking to ourselves, what a lovely day this is turning out to be!





And then we were "awakened"... a little muddy section... small but slick...



First up, test subjects = Jeremy & me





Next = Mike then Russ







And then we were reminded cows can be scary and not to be messed with!

So what do you get when you ride up in front of a cow and rev your engine?



You get the second cow behind it pissed off and charging you!
I am now afraid and highly respectful of cows!






And then we arrived at Beaver Pond... where this was waiting for us.
Jeremy and I had strategized that if anything ever happened on these water crossings, first order of business, find me and stand me up quickly and get me above water.
And that's as far as we got with that conversation...



I saw Chris & Kelly's tracks entering the left side. We all got off and surveyed the "pond". After 10 minutes, Jeremy was done thinking and we were going across.
We'd take the left side line as well all the way through and hope the section we couldn't see from the middle and closer to the other end would be the right line on the left as well.


First up, test subjects, again = Jeremy & me
You can hear Russ towards the end reacting to a dip just past the middle...





After another 10 minutes of deliberation = Mike





And after another 10 minutes of deliberation = Russ





Mike took the best line out of all of us staying left the whole way.
I was so worried about Russ. You wanted to avoid the middle and he went there! Luckily, he made it out ok.

Here's the side view of Russ' close call...






Answer to the earlier question: Bikes glide! Not just glide, but power glide through water crossings!
Yet another "who knew we'd be doing this today?!" moment accomplished! So proud!



And I know the bikes were celebrating as well!





From there we made our way to Steamboat!



Don't mess with the cows! Respect them!



Lake Catamount. Just beautiful!











We made it! We checked in to our home for the Rally Weekend eagerly looking forward to a wonderful time in Steamboat!



Most comfortable bed thus far!





And then we indulged!
The best Mexican food I've had in Colorado!








As we fully satiated ourselves, we reminisced about our day and week:
-First near crash back in the beginning on Day 3
-Black Bear Pass in the dark, fog and rain on Day 3
-The Badger! on Day 4
-Back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back Passes on Day 4
-The unexpected challenging detour with Jason and crew on Day 5
-Tin Cup Pass on Day 5
-Jeremy and me sticking it out on Day 6 and finishing that day's COBDR segment that started out rainy and muddy and ended sunny and dry
-Day 7, today's long and deep water crossing of Beaver Pond
-Beautiful scenery
-Awesome and friendly people
-Good food along the way



We delighted in what has been quite a ride!
I am still taking it all in and I am still amazed at what was done thus far!


We were going to fully enjoy this Rally Weekend and everything that Steamboat had to offer, as Riders and Tourists!
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very cool RR, enjoying it! props for riding gnar 2up!
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very cool RR, enjoying it! props for riding gnar 2up!
Thanks, vintagespeed! I appreciate you tuning in and glad you're enjoying the RR thus far.
Jeremy's a great rider. He, Mike and Russ were great throughout the whole trip in assuring and helping me relax.
They were confident and in turn I was confident. Team work!
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Just read all 6 pages!! very cool, I'm in! Love the photos and writing
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Lol! Hi Anne Marie! Glad you found me and thanks for tuning in to our RR1 How is the riding there in Australia?
I've never been and always wanted to go. New Zealand as well. When would be the best time to visit and ride there?
And of couse, you can come along anytime!
Hi Tuffenuff,

I have been subscribed since page one...

I ride mostly in the central regions of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. If that was your only experience you'd come away with the impression that it is the great flat land of nothing. It is fairly normal to ride a couple hours to get all excited about some ancient natural or manmade landmark. There is a lot more to see, but it means getting off the bike and looking more closely.

Coastal regions are fine during the summer. Summer can be dangerous in the interior if anything goes wrong and the north is subject to flooding. The best time to visit the centre is in the dead of winter where it will get cold at night with days that are usually clear and sunny.

Dad was in New Zealand last year and chose spring and summer as the best time to visit.

If you are planning to do both and have a few months, visit Australia when it is coolest and New Zealand when it is warmest.
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Just read all 6 pages!! very cool, I'm in! Love the photos and writing
Thank you, 250Keith! Thanks for checking out our RR & tuning in! Will be posting more shortly. KTM Rally and UTBDR up next!
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