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Old 04-03-2010, 11:55 AM   #31
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Headed south.

Eventually, the dirt road stops and spits you out onto the paved Mineral X road. We could not figure out why this road, out of all of them, was paved. Once back home we found out that there is a uranium mill another 20 miles east of this junction.

We made to Rawlins around 8pm on the 4th of July. Most of town was closed down, but we managed to find a place for dinner before heading out of town to find a place to sleep in the dirt for the night.
It is funny how I feel much safer when camped out in the middle of nowhere, far from anything, rather than near a town... especially on a holiday weekend.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:03 PM   #32
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We found a spot several miles south of town along the route and laid awake through the night listening to some local kids 4 wheel their 92 Bronco through the sage brush and up onto bluffs. I just laid there ready to bolt out of bed if they started making their way towards us.
Thankfully they eventually took off and we finally got some rest.
We woke up to a really beautiful sunrise and made some coffee.

The roads south of Rawlins heading towards the Colorado border are wide with a healthy layer of gravel. It was not the easiest thing to ride on and took a serious amount of concentration to keep the bikes tracking the way we wanted them to.
It was along this stretch that we came across 2 individuals, hiking along the road. The were about 10 miles apart from each other and had the large internal framed backpacking packs on. Both people as they heard us approach turned and started walking away with their backs to the road. I was immensely curious about what they were up to, how long they had been hiking, where they were going, where they came from... but they obviously were not interested in chatting.

So, we motored on towards home.

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Old 04-03-2010, 12:20 PM   #33
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what a place, what a ride ! Envy envy envy
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:29 PM   #34
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AWESOME RR!! Talk about going all-out for your first real outing!
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:21 PM   #35
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horse to the barn...

We rolled through the sage brush of southern Wyoming. The topography starts to change when you start approaching the Colorado border. We hit the famed Aspen alley early in the morning and ticked on through past Hahn's Peak and down into Steamboat Springs.

We hit Steamboat Springs just before noon on the Saturday of 4th of July weekend. Town was packed. It was a bit of a shocker to be in a town of that many people.
The plus side was that they had a pretty good farmers market going on and we grubbed on a mean pulled pork BBQ sandwhich for lunch.

Knowing we were really close to home but not quite ready to end the trip, we headed out of town towards Buffalo Pass which would take us through North Park, Walden, and onto the Front Range.

The amount of traffic on Buffalo Pass was unbearable. It seemed like everyone and their brother had decided to go camping that weekend somewhere on the pass. It was choked with slow cars and road had been pulverized into a fine dust.
After finally getting our way around most everyone, we round the corner and find that the NFS had decided to not unlock the gate and open the pass that weekend . That was it. Game over. We hit our wall.

The temperature was easily in the high 80's, swarms of people, dust, traffic, and closed public access to our National Forest. Being only a couple of hours from home, we turned tail, hit the highway, and made it down to the front range to celebrate with a cold beer at the Second Largest Brewery in Golden.

We had ridden 2800 miles in 9 days, from our homes to the Canadian border and back, and lived to tell the tale. The route provides a really incredible experience of the Rocky Mountains.

As a "first ever", the experience of this trip will stay with with me for a long time. It has given us the confidence to plan more daring routes and petition for longer time away from the families.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:53 PM   #36
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very cool

Enjoyed it.
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