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Old 08-19-2014, 09:22 PM   #1
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Rocky Mountain Loop 2014 - DR Style

Packed and ready to go, my friend and I will left for Colorado on July 26th and started the Rocky Mountain Loop 2014 on July 28th! After learning a lot from our last adventure, I have done some things differently this time. First was no side bags! Enter AltRider's Hemisphere bag which performed wonderfully!




The trip will is planned for 12 days starting in Colorado and traversing through Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming before ending in back in Colorado. Credit for this route goes to our friend TavisB, with whom we rode the TAT with back in 2010.



Day 1: Denver, CO to Lake City, CO
Day 2: Lake City, CO to Monticello, UT
Day 3: Monticello, UT to Wellington, UT
Day 4: Wellington, UT to Evanston, WY
Day 5: Evanston, WY to Pocatello, ID
Day 6: Pocatello, ID to Challis, ID
Day 7: Challis, ID to Lima, MT
Day 8: Lima, MT to Big Springs, ID
Day 9: Big Springs, ID to Dubois, WY
Day 10: Dubois, WY to Steamboat Springs, CO
Day 11: Steamboat Springs, CO to Denver, CO
Day 12: Bonus! (Pike's Peak!)

I will post up our tracks as well as soon as I get it all collected. I have 90GB of GoPro videos so it may take me a while to get everything up!
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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Day 1

Denver to Lake City, CO

Tuesday morning we slabbed it from Denver to Salida, CO. It was freezing that morning and we had to stop at a little diner north of Buena Vista to eat and wait out some of the chill.

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We arrived in Salida, got some gas and took off towards Hancock Pass around 11 am. From there we followed the familiar route up to Hancock and Tomichi Passes on our way to Lake City for the night. We found ourselves dodging rain here and there but it was welcome. The rain kept the dust down and kept it pretty cool. I was still able to get some good photos when it wasn't raining.

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I also got some videos with my camera, but my GoPro ran out of juice by the time I reached Hancock Pass which was a real bummer, because I really wanted to get a video of just how technical of a climb that was. Oh well.

GoPro Compilation (sorry for the quality, hadn't figured out the settings yet):


Camera Videos:




As we approached Lake City we meet up with five riders who started in Trinidad riding the Colorado portions of the TAT.* We ended up camping with them at the same spot we camped at 4 years ago, William’s Creek Campground.
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