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Old 07-01-2008, 06:51 PM   #16
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Wife and I must have just missed you somewhere a long the line.

great report!
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:42 PM   #17
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Tuesday's Report

After breakfast and a late AM start waiting for the rain to stop, we rode up the Bridal Veil Falls. We chickened out and didn't climb to the base of the falls or Black Bear Pass (would have been going against traffic anyhow):



We also didn't go up Imogene Pass, which was closed. So chasing dirt to get back to Lake City, we tried Last Dollar Road. Telluride airport hidden behind the trees on top of the mesa:



It was a treat watching planes take off and land:



Up toward Last Dollar Pass:



And back down. Again we chickened out as the last couple of KM's were narrow, steep, muddy, with what looked like a good size drop off on the north side and weather turning rainy. We were too scared to take a picture trying to turn around the F650's quickly before the rains turned the road into a mud bath...so these are later further down with the sun back out.






Further down the valley on CO 145, we took another road connecting Sawpit to Last Dollar after the pass.





Couldn't resist:



Eventually we hooked up to the Uncompahgre Wilderness via a few miles of pavement on CO SR's 62 & 550 and then dirt on SR's 10, 858, Owl Creek Pass, 860 and the Cimarron River's West Fork, where we found another great place to camp.

Here we are on 858 around Owl Creek Pass:







Arrival at camp site with Chimney Rock in the background:



Here's the campsite, a picture of our hike to Chimney (too much snow to make it to the base of the formation plus it was getting dark) and sunset on the way back to camp.





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Old 07-01-2008, 08:23 PM   #18
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Yes Yes Yes - Gentlemen welcome to our backyard and you did it justice. Awesome pictures. Great father/son trip.....my boy is only two right now and I'm having visions of the future.

Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:12 PM   #19
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This is just great! Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:24 PM   #20
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Great ride report and pictures. Nice preview for Westfest. Thanks! Racer07
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:27 AM   #21
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+1 Thanks for the preview and great scenery.

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:56 AM   #22
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Awesome, my son is 12 and has a motocross background. He wants me to take him on a long road trip when he turns 16. You have given me some great ideas.

How did the 650gs handle? What would you take or do different next time regarding bike or equipment?
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:17 PM   #23
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Nice Report, geat pics.
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:40 PM   #24
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:21 PM   #25
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Awesome ride/ report. Father, son how great is that. If you don't mind me picking your mind for some pre ride info.

The Rav 4 Tow vehicle. 6 or 4 cylinder, and what kind of fuel mileage?

Thanks, for sharing, we leave in 27 days.

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Old 07-02-2008, 03:33 PM   #26
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I wish my father was that cool.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:31 PM   #27
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:34 PM   #28
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Great pictures. My sister and her husband were the caretakers of a place at Alta Lakes. Truly some of the best scenery in America.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:27 PM   #29
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answers to some questions

The 650's handled OK. Conti TCK-80's were a huge improvement over Metzlers. I'm sure better riders could get more out of the bikes. We've only been riding for three years. F650GS BMW stock suspension front and rear is horrible. When warranty runs out, we'll upgrade to Ohlins.

Rav 4 is a 6 cylinders. Mileage fully loaded, maybe 20 MPG, but really watched or care. My guess, about 20 MPG w/trailer. 24 hrs in the car with a son, priceless.

What I would do differently. MX boots. This time we bought them but could barely shift, so we went back to the car to change into our road boots. Need to figure out how to MX boots or change our shifter/break lever.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:33 PM   #30
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Ugh, we're heading out from Florida on the 17th…. Can’t get out there fast enough! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more.
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