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Old 08-28-2007, 11:59 AM   #31
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Eh? Areas Of Pucker Factor

Anyone have a list of areas that may be of concern along BigDogs CD ride track(s)? What I'm looking for are things like missing cattle gaurds, water crossings, sand, rough 4WD sections and the like.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:36 PM   #32
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Anyone have a list of areas that may be of concern along BigDogs CD ride track(s)? What I'm looking for are things like missing cattle gaurds, water crossings, sand, rough 4WD sections and the like.

Hey chain link-----hope you get to ride the Divide. If anybody has a list---- it wouldn't be of any use whatsoever. As washed out roads get fixed---muddy places dry up--------dry places get muddy----impassable snow melts---gas stations go out of business---------passable roads get washed out-----its an adventure-----don't worry about it------you'll survive ---the weather will determine your difficulty and you can't predict that

In good weather it's not a hard ride at all......even for a person with not much offroad experience.

In bad weather---there are places that you won't get thru even if you are a superb rider------these are totally unpredictable. The weather can change several times a day in those mountains.

Just go for it-----I don't think it's killed anybody-----yet
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:54 PM   #33
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There's plenty of recent ride reports in the Ride Reports forum. Also check the Rockies regional forum for info.

With the exception of weather, the only time we got into trouble was when we didn't follow BigDog's route
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:57 PM   #34
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:58 PM   #35
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What happens when it rains in NM
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:30 PM   #36
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Hey Tbirdsp, your picture is certainly worth 1,000 words -- but I like your "can do" attitude

Thanks for confirming our good choice in skipping Fleecer Ridge a few weeks ago...
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:39 PM   #37
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Hey Tbirdsp, your picture is certainly worth 1,000 words -- but I like your "can do" attitude

Thanks for confirming our good choice in skipping Fleecer Ridge a few weeks ago...
That's actually my friend Terry, I'm back up the hill with my KLR

Terry and I eventually made it to the bottom (with lots of help, for me anyway). We got Frank (KLR) and Steve (F650 Dakar) back to the top since they weren't silly enough to follow us to the really steep stuff. We met up in Wise River later.
Here's Terry waiting for me and Steve to huff and puff up the hill to push Frank out of there to get us help. Remember, this isn't the steep part
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:38 AM   #38
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Wow....

I am going to ride this through colorado sometime. I just got a GPS...

Holy crap, I can't believe what I have been missing...
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:01 PM   #39
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Can any one till me why when a Dual Sport rider drops his bike, he does all he can to get it up before any one can get a picture of it but when an Adventure Bike rider drops his, he waits for some one to record it?
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:06 PM   #40
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In good weather it's not a hard ride at all......even for a person with not much offroad experience.

In bad weather---there are places that you won't get thru even if you are a superb rider------these are totally unpredictable. The weather can change several times a day in those mountains.
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Well...that's just plain the facts, ma'am.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:14 PM   #41
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What happens when it rains in NM
The rains can change a 50mph average run into shit you just don't want to deal with. Either give it time to dry out...or just bypass it.
The ride is suppose to be fun.

There are great, fast roads in the mountains that can turn to fcking whale snot after an inch or less of rain.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:28 PM   #42
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Don't drink the water in Cuba NM...

If you are doing the CD ride, watch out for Cuba... nasty stuff. When we were passing through on our divide ride (mid August), the town had a boil water advisory out, but of course nobody there mentioned it to us. All 3 of our group got really sick as a result and had to spend an extra day there recuperating. That was the only low point of the trip.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:36 PM   #43
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There are great, fast roads in the mountains that can turn to fcking whale snot after an inch or less of rain.
This can be true in Colorado too.

Elkhorn Road (15 RD) south of Como -- fast and fun when it's dry:



Much less fun when it looks like this!



I agree with Lone Rider: it's supposed to be fun -- so to all those planning their own Great Divide Ride, I'd suggest bypassing the whale snot sections if they're wet...there are plenty of other fantastic roads to enjoy along the route.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:25 AM   #44
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Thanks so much for working on my CD ride file so everyone can use it. We started at Antelope Wells, New Mexico and rode for 12 days on the most beautiful route in the U.S. covering 2,700 mostly offroad miles to the Canada border. It was the trip of my lifetime. Rather than me describe the trip anymore it is best to just go to my website and see it all. There is so much info on my ride report--by the time your done readin it---you'll have a very good idea of how to do it--if you want to do it---and probably what bike you want to take. Check it out.
http://www.bigdogadventures.com/CD.htm
This is not a valid .GPX , Mapsource or GPSbabel doesnt recoginize the format.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:51 AM   #45
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This is not a valid .GPX , Mapsource or GPSbabel doesnt recoginize the format.
Python---I just opened this file with mapsource with no problem---over a hundred people have use it to navigate the CD.

To open it with mapsource----don't click on the .gpx file------first go to the free download page and download the latest version of mapsource--then install it---I'm assuming you already have mapsource installed on your computer--hope you ain't on dial up as it's about 50MB. Of course if you've already done this you can skip this step.

Go here to do it--the latest version is 6.13.2
http://www8.garmin.com/support/downl...ils.jsp?id=209

Open mapsource-------click on File----then Open.

Find the .gpx file you are wanting to open by browsing to where it is at----make sure down at the bottom that "All Files" is selected.

Click on the file----click on Open-----you are there--you have opened it and can use it

Now save it------mapsource will save it with a .gdb file extension. Now you will have both a .gpx and .gdb version of the file.

If you can't open it following my instruction--you got something weird going on at your end.

Hope you get er' done and get to do the ride.

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