|08-28-2006, 10:08 PM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2005
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205 Colorado Ride.
I had the preverbial "kitchen pass" for Sunday and decided to put it to good use. Damn good use. I had not had the DR out for at least a month and so the saying "use it or lose" came to mind.
Living in perhaps the most beautiful palce in the world makes for tough decisions when faced with the where to ride question. One of the most spectacular places I have been is Webster Pass. Yeah I know, 205. I've been there several times on my KLR. Most noteworthy and 205 worthy would be on Big Dave's big traile challenge. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ilie+challenge I was thinking that Webster Pass would be enough for one day. It didn't turn out that way.
Hey If you don't want to see this stuff again, see ya.
Heading up Webster the weather was looking bad. Drizzle on my nizzle for shizzle.
I starting thinking about Forest Gump-stupid is as stupid does. For not, just a little rain on the way up. There was some great light to shoot by.
I am always moved by the incredible display of color up there. This ain't the easiest trail to ride but worth the rock bashing just to see the view. As Desert Dave said "This is why I adventure ride".
I just love the color contrast with the blue motorcycle.
I left my place in suburban Denver around 08:30 summited Webster and was at the bottom of the west side by 10:30. You can cover a lot of ground riding solo. Not having had enough, I decided to swat the Mosquito. Pass number 2, Fremont. Nothing adventurous about Fremont, but it has some fun paved twisties. Ah, supermoto adventure ridin'.
There are a lot of things to miss while on group rides. I took a little time to poke around the base of Mosquito Pass' west side. One could spend an afternoon there without even making the climb.
Yeah, Mosquito is 205. I was there in the spring with the gang. First to pass.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...Mosquito+Bites
You don't have to look.
As you can see, there was fresh snow up there at 13,185 feet. It was colder than a gold digger's ass too. The wind was whipping hard and fast so I popped these shots and boogied out of there. (Smugmug is still processing)
The route back home on the Esteban ride this spring was to include Georgia Pass. It was snowed in at that time so we couldn't pass. I almost went that way but decided to take his route back to Webster. The one he lead Crash and I on Big Dave's ride. To get there, I supermoto'd to Breckinridge over pass number 4.
I had a bit of adventure on that pavement by passing a Texas Suburban and Oklahoma Exibition. Those were some assholes!
So the Esteban route back to Webster was a mutha the last time. Tiger Rd. out of Breck is not tough but trail number 6 is.
I had travelled a bit over 150 miles by this point with not so much as a dab. Then all of a sudden I hit a rock that hit me back and BOOM I was down. I landed right knee first on a rock, then the bike landed on me. Nothing broke but man it still hurts.
So trail 6 heads west to trail number 5. My nemisis from the Big Trailie Challenge. This time I was alone. Esteban was not there to ride my bike up the scree covered climb. I know that momentum is my friend when climbing hills. I lost it about half way up.
No wipe out, I just hit another rock that stopped me cold. I made it out of the trench I dug and up that hill on my 3rd try. Nemisis conquered.
This is why I adventure ride. The top of trail 5 overlooking Webster.
I literally had the place to myself at about 1pm Sunday afternoon. The ride over Webster was as beautiful as the first time.
Since you made it this far into my 205 Colorado ride, I will bore you with the same view.
End of ride totals: 5 passes
It's not so bad to be 205.
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|08-28-2006, 10:51 PM||#3|
Enjoying the moment
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Tracy, CA
Looking at your pics that statement certainley holds true. I don't think mountains like that can be 205.
I haven't been to Colorado for a number of years, and it was always on street bikes so I did VERY limited dirt riding. All of these reports with the Rockies are giving me the itch to ride the KLR out there.
Keep em coming!
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|08-29-2006, 06:37 AM||#4|
On a Ride
Joined: Mar 2002
Can't see the images for it appears Smugbug is doin some maintenance but I know your pics are top shelf, and would concur after being many places around the world (Currently in Shanghai), few places rival Colorado for the diversity of mouth agape scenery.
|08-29-2006, 10:08 AM||#5|
Allergic to Asphalt!
Joined: Oct 2004
I never can get enough of Webster. What a great pass.
Sweet ride Dean.
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|08-29-2006, 10:16 AM||#7|
why are we stopping?
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: Golden CO
Cool shots Deano, we were in leadville this weekend too....but in the 911, with a roof, heat, etc. I looked up at mosquito and thought "man, that would be sweet scenery up there with the fresh snow above 12K ft."
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|08-29-2006, 10:22 AM||#8|
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: suburbia hell, Md
Man those are some good pics. I'm moving to Co. Springs in the next two or three years. Having grown up in Boulder, and now living on the dreaded east coast, reading reports like yours doesn't help. Just makes me have more resentment towards this place.
|08-29-2006, 10:29 AM||#10|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Houston TX & Wrightwood CA
Great report! and timely for me as I am heading to ride that area for 6 days next week Thanks!
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|08-29-2006, 01:30 PM||#13|
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Westminster Colorado
Man you did catch the light just right up on Webster. Either that or you actually know how to operate a camera.
Good Shots, Nice Ride,
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|08-29-2006, 02:52 PM||#14|
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Bellingham, WA.
You Guys in Colorado are killing me....
For the time being, I'm stuck in Fresno, CA. We have alot of great riding here in the Sierras and deserts, but we want to move to the Evergreen area very soon! Used to own property there and want to get back and hopefully get to join in a few rides with you guys!!
I know Steve (Sfarson) keeps me soooo ready to move, I'm thinking of asking him to pay my moving costs...his videos are always the BEST!! You're killin' me pal....
Thanks for the great temptation Deano; or is it torture!!
Keep sending new pictures!!
|08-29-2006, 03:00 PM||#15|
just passin' through
Joined: May 2005
Location: Tumalo, Oregon
really cool shots of the orange mountains - is that iron ore?
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