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Old 09-30-2008, 12:09 PM   #466
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Lake City, CO

Seemed to be a cool place. Very geared towards the outdoor adventurist. Rafting, hiking, climbing, mountainbiking. The guy in the room next to ours was retired, a climber from Kansas, who came each year to the area, rented a 4wd truck to drive to trailheads, and then would hike solo to a peak and back down to his truck.



In the room next to his, was a couple airing out their camping gear. They have been hiking for a month on the "Colorado Trail", which is like the Appalachian trail, but in colorado, and consequently at higher elevations. They said they were about the last people attempting it for the season, and the previous night they had woken up to a foot of snow where they were camping and decided to get some civilization for a couple of nights before heading back out.

They told us they had walked to the grocery store and that it wasn't that far, just up the road a couple of bends. So we figure, shoot, we've been riding all day, a walk would be nice. We're from NYC, we walk all the time.



So we get on the road, and we see where the 1st bend is, way off in the distance... Screw that, I'm hungry... those guys perspective is a little warped from walking all day... that's not "just up the road"...



I get on one of the bikes and fetch groceries, while LDF takes a stroll around Lake city.











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Old 09-30-2008, 12:18 PM   #467
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We set about preparing dinner.

Asparagus in butter,



while that's cooking, season the KC thick-cut steaks:



Risotto and garlic bread action in the kitchenette:





Hungry yet?



Oh yeah.



I gotta say, it was one of the best meals I'd ever had. Made my eyes roll up in the back of my head.



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Old 09-30-2008, 12:21 PM   #468
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Gas heater

Who knew,



I'd have to break out tools and spend time wrenching to get the pilot light lit so we wouldn't freeze at night?



Lucky I didn't blow the place up.
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:50 PM   #469
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What a great detour around Marshall Pass .

Next time you are out this way I hope you can stay in the ADV cottage and we can all go riding together!!
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:25 AM   #470
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Amazing

What an amazing ride you took. Storybook towns, great riding, great views, great company. Kinda makes me want to create an adventure of my own.
Thanks for the great report !!
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:16 PM   #471
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Cant wait for the next installment.
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:49 PM   #472
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This is amazing!! I hope to do the exact same thing with my lady in a few years when we have the time and money. Our ride this weekend is going to be nothing for you guys in comparison
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #473
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Calling DR.Rock ??

No fair, leaving us hanging !! My popcorn is stale, I needs a new batch !!
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:26 PM   #474
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Sorry for the delay

We put down about 600 miles this weekend. Took the Total Control course down in Frederick, MD. Awesome. Worked all day prepping a lecture for Wednesday AM. Now for a break from all that; it's time to report another day.

This was a big one. 6 passes, from Lake City to...



I'm going to lay our stats out up front here, just to jog my memory about how hard a day riding this was:



Key stat: 13.2mph moving average... christ, we could have walked faster.

(If we weren't above 10,000 ft for most of the day. )
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:41 PM   #475
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Day 6: Thursday Sept. 11, 2008

Our bikes had gotten a little dirty the day before from riding in the rain:



There's really only one thing on each bike that we try to keep clean:



and



As today was Sept. 11, I paused to reflect as I rubbed the dirt off the stickers.

Inside the motel room, the big concern on the morning news was this...





and our concern was how far we would get through the Rockies.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:47 PM   #476
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"Took the Total Control course down in Frederick, MD."

You guys are like bird shit! Out here last month, now you just spent the weekend not a half an hour from my old house in Maryland!

What is the Total Control course and where was it in Fredneck, MD?
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:52 PM   #477
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Crisp and cold

We started out heading out of Lake City, backtracking a few miles until we got to:



this looks promising! Onwards and upwards... Pass #1... Cinnamon. How nice, a warm spice... like apple cider, or tea. Just the thing for the cold.



Paved??? OK....



Before long we lost the asphalt... that's better.



Graded and fast, gently climbing... we could see that the peaks ahead had been dusted in snow recently.

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:59 PM   #478
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What is the Total Control course and where was it in Fredneck, MD?
Lee Park's course, from the book. We took it at Frederick Community College. Taught by Tracy Martin. It was outstanding. I motarded the TerraMostro with the street wheels, Francine took her F650. Rode there and back via backroads. Minimal interstate. Perfect weather. Sweet.
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Sweet! Sounds like yet another great ride and weekend! I am so jealous.
Thanks again for the great ride RR.I am really enjoying it! I lived in Taneytown, MD. If you avoided interstate, you probably went right through there enroute. I miss riding back there. I miss the gree and water!

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Lee Park's course, from the book. We took it at Frederick Community College. Taught by Tracy Martin. It was outstanding. I motarded the TerraMostro with the street wheels, Francine took her F650. Rode there and back via backroads. Minimal interstate. Perfect weather. Sweet.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:13 PM   #480
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Next thing I see

as I look ahead is LDF doing some death defying cliff-edge riding (look in the center of the photo)



It's getting good...!



The road is getting narrower and steeper, we pass some old buildings;



There's still frost in the shade. We'd like the timing of our high-altitude passes to be after the frost and snow have melted, but before the afternoon thunder rain/snow storms, please. Thank you.



As the road climbs, it become steeper, which means that snow-melt and rain carry fill out of the roadway more, leaving bigger and looser rocks.



So the difficulty of the terrain doesn't increase in a linear manner with increasing altitude, but exponentially.



We stopped for a little rest here... starting to feel the altitude already.



We're maybe halfway up here:



After I photo LDF riding away from me, I see my bike, and think... "what a great bike-porn photo-op" and I take a minute or so to snap this:



Maybe I blacked out for a few minutes, or aliens abducted me or something, because by the time I got my helmet and gloves on, and started the bike, LDF was GONE. Shoot, I better hustle and catch up.
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