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Old 06-26-2008, 03:28 PM   #76
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Originally Posted by TheMule
Fishing and riding, riding and fishing......gotta love it. Keep the report coming and be safe.

Could agree more, takin the bike fly fishing is one of my favorite things to do. Can get you to some real good spots.
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:34 PM   #77
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Great report so far.

Love all the pictures.

I am leaving Ridgway Friday(27th am) and heading towards the area you rode today. Keep an eye out for fully loaded silver 1150gs somewhere in south central Colorado.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:53 PM   #78
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Ride on.....

Enjoying the report. If you ever get to the beautiful Northwest be sure to post in Regions/Pacific Northwet I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will be happy to show you around the area. From your report it looks like you're full of fun and adventure.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:32 PM   #79
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Great Report. Motorcycle riding and fly-fishing, my favorite things also. You are in a great area for both. You are a great addition to this site, keep it coming. Ride Safe and Far...
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:35 PM   #80
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Great report and photos. Thanks for sharing your trip!
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:21 PM   #81
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Awesome summer

It sounds like you have a wonderful summer planned. There are months worth of great roads in Colorado. Your photos are inspiring.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:00 PM   #82
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gypsyrr, maybe the photo is misleading, but it looks like there is almost no tread left on the 1150. Getting it replaced soon?
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:11 PM   #83
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Laugh Route 114

Those are brand new Z6's I had put on right before i left. The photo must be misleading. -I checked them today. The tires on the 1150 are good. But...........

Picked up a spare for the trailer today. But, the tire I was going to use for the new spare had a nail in it. I had noticed the air was low yesterday, so I added some, but didn't know about the nail, until I took the trailer in to get a spare for it. Whoa! But, a bad day with a flat and no spare was successfully diverted!!! Woo hoo! Still, I hate spending money on "just in case" items like spares, rather than fun items. I wish the "just in case" items came free.

Okay - continuing.

I bought some glove liners from the motorsport store there in Gunnison. I suspected that the weather, especially at the passes was going to be a little much for me. The wind was really raising a fuss already, so I knew this was going to be colder than the rides I take along the gulf coast of Texas in June!!!! Since I was in the presence of a couple of local riders at the store, i asked their opinion on roads. They said the loop would take me 5 hours probably, and since it was already late, and I was wanting to head east later in the afternoon, they suggested I ride 114 at least. They knew I was looking for the road with the least amount of traffic because nothing is more frustrating than being on a great road and not being able to ride it like you want because of slow cars or trucks ahead.

8 miles east of Gunnison 114 heads south to Saguache, Colorado. For 60 miles, the landscape and geological structures were constantly changing. I don't know if I've seen that much change or different geological formations in that distance before. Perhaps, I have, but this was the first time it was so blatant that I made note of it.

Besides the changing contour of the land, another great thing about this road was the condition of it. However, closer to Saguache, just before the road straightens into the long direct stretch into Saguache, which was a wind tunnel that day, there is some road work being done. Short wait, small area being surfaced at a given time. No big deal. This guy looked like family from my Native American side, so I snapped a photo when he wasn't looking.

Other than that bit of road work, the road was perfect!!! Maybe 1-2 cars the whole way. Nice surface. Variation in altitude, twists, turns, sweepers, and landscape. Some blind curves, some tight curves, some off camber, some curves hard to judge, and yet mostly the road seemed like it was laid out and planned by a motorcyclist. This was a great road if you wanted to have a variety of riding experience all in one short ride. 60 miles of variance.

Once I turned south onto 114 from US 50, there are two crossings. The Tomichi Creek and then Cochetopa Creek. About two miles from US 50 I entered a canyon with a lot of twisting mountain roads that followed the Cochetopa Creek.

Along the Cochetopa Creek, I noticed pull out areas that looked like public access areas to the creek for fishing. If the wind would die down, I thought it would be a great place to fish. Anyone know? It looked like nice trout water anyway.

A little further down 114, the dark rocks I saw in the canyon were now turning more of a red hue. Probably some sort of granite, I would suppose.

Nice blind curve up ahead:

After about 20 miles, the mourtains opened, the road straightened a bit, and a broad valley was exposed. This was a beautiful pastoral scene, imho

in some areas, the color of rock along the way, made me wonder if this might have be a caldera formed many years ago from a volcanic eruption.

I kept riding and soon I was climbing out of this basin and back into hills with sweepers.

Once out of the basin, I was ascending to the pass and getting colder.

I did take a break at at the pass, but I was so cold, I only took one photo: my bike. I got some water from my tail bag, and was on my way again. I'm a wimp when it's cold. But cold and windy together, and I really am out of my 'element'.

Once south of the pass, there are strange rock formations. I noticed them mostly on the eastern side of the road. They looked like gigantic mud pies stacked like pancakes. I never did get a good picture of them though. I had left my only point and shoot camera left back at the motel and only had a Canon XT with me. Shooting while rolling with a DSLR around your nect is not always the easiest, nor the best way to take photos.

Heading into Saguache, you cover maybe 5 miles of very straight flat land. and since it was very windy the day I rode to Saguache, it was a fight to keep the RR upright against the wind. The sights are really beautiful entering Saguache though.

After arriving in Saguache, I stopped at a station and got a Hot chocolate. I stood in the parking lot while drinking it and saw 2 other BMW bikes pull up. One was another R1150R, and the other was a 1150 GS from California. As I stood and sipped the hot chocolate, I saw a somewhat comicial scene unfold. I can only guess at what was actually being said since I was a distance away, but it appeared that there was a man there with his ~ 2 year old son with him. The little guy was dressed in a t-shirt and diaper. No pants. No shoes. Having talked to them earlier, I knew they were on their way home to New Mexico. It was later that the fact dawned on me that this child was dressed only in a diaper and t-shirt, while I was wearing at least 2 shirts, one of which was fleece, one BMW transition Jacket, and a motorcycle jacket, and gloves, while I sipped hot chocolate. He did not look cold at all. I on the other hand was giving in to the cold and surrendering the rest of the ride through Creede and Lake City, because I was too cold to continue. I am such a wimp!!!

But, the funny part, to me anyway, was when I could tell the father was asking the owner of the 1150R if his kid could sit on his bike.......diapered, no pants. Hahahah. The look on the bike owner's face was priceless. I almost spewed my hot chocolate, when I saw the father dangle the kid inches from the seat, about to set that sagging diaper down, when all of a sudden the kid started kicking and the dad relented. I bet the guy who owned that bike breathed a sigh of relief!!! I still laugh about that when I think about it.

I finished my hot chocolate, put all my gear back on, and admitted defeat. I would not ride the remaining 150 miles through Del Norte and then Creede and the mountain pass. I was turning around. I was too cold.

When I returned, it was still cold in Gunnison and I was tired of being cold. So I packed up my gear, loaded up the truck with the R1150R, secured everything and headed back east. I was going to try to find Eleven Mile Canyon, where I had fished a few years earlier with my friend Justin.

Here's a teaser photo: - from the Eleven Mile/Spinney Area west of Colorado Springs. I have this rainbow on my fly line with a hopper still in his mouth.

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Old 06-26-2008, 09:56 PM   #84
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Alright, I was a little jealous you were on the road, I was a little jealous of the awesome scenery, and I was more than a little jealous at your photography skills... But now I'm really jealous seeing that photos of the rainbow! If it were me there'd be fly boxes floating next to it as I fumbled for my camera.

Good job on getting out there and many thanks for the most enjoyable report! If I may make one request it's for more flyfishing photos in yours and everyone else's report!
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:12 PM   #85
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Make sure you go up Pikes Peak. Think of the annual race they hold rather than the tourists. Then go up Mt Edwards. Then from there go up past Winterpark and see the Rocky Mountain National park. All big tourist stops, and all well worth the time.

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Old 06-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #86
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Great story. Great Photos. Great attitude. You go Girl! Ride safely and keep the story coming.
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:54 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by gigmike
Alright, I was a little jealous you were on the road, I was a little jealous of the awesome scenery, and I was more than a little jealous at your photography skills... But now I'm really jealous seeing that photos of the rainbow! If it were me there'd be fly boxes floating next to it as I fumbled for my camera.
My exact thoughts. I was just out in CO on my VStrom and regret not taking my fly fishing gear (which I do carry on the bike usually). Next year for sure. But probably later in the year - June water looked very high everywhere last week.

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Old 06-27-2008, 05:22 AM   #88
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Gunnison and surrounding areas are some of the coldest in Co. I think Maybell holds the record for lowest recorded temp, but Gunni is always cooler...........and gorgeous. Nice report and amazing pics
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:14 AM   #89
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I'm really enjoying your ride! Maybe you need to get a Gerbing or similar electric heated jacket liner. That along with a varible temp contriller will keep you warm and toasty. Cost is about $300. Also, Tour Master has an electric that comes with a three position temp controller for around $150.

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:04 AM   #90
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Cold are you?

I took those same mountain passes over the Continental Divide through Gunnison in the middle of winter during the middle of the night. Don't ask! I was trying to get home back to TX after visiting MT and WY and I had to get back to work. I never drove so slow on snow and ice on the twisties as that night.
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