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Old 09-07-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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A n00b's first ride! Southern mountains of Colorado Denver > Salida

I am a new rider and took my first road trip last weekend. I rode from Denver south on US 285 to Salida. I met one of my bestfriends in the world who lives in Salida. He rides off road everyday so I knew he would know where all of the good trails are. I rode my '08 KLR650. Fun trip and I took a lot of pictures!!

Here we go:

First stop was in Bailey, didn't take any pictures. I did stop at my usual place on this trip, Kenosha Pass which overlooks South Park, where the last wild American Bison was killed.


Here is my nice shinny bike. Notice the Obama sticker! w00t!


I love this sign headed into South Park, elk crossing next 40 miles...lol


This is where I had lunch. Not too special.


After I got to the other side of South Park and down Trout Creek Pass, I stopped and took these pictures of the Collegiate Peaks. This is Mount Princeton, one of my favorite mountains in the world. The hot springs at the base of this mountain will be for some other ride.


Here is Mount Yale then Mount Harvard.


Shavano and Antero in this pic.


I finally made it to Salida and stopped in to see my wife's little sister Kristi. She is such a sweetie!!


With time to kill before my homeboy got off of work, I headed up Tenderfoot Mountain aka "S" Mountain.


I took these pics from the top of "S" Mountain.


A nice pic of Princeton.


A good one of Shavano.


Beautiful little Salida, the place I grew up. Mount Ouray is peaking out on the right hand side.


Here is a shot of Chipeta, Cochetopa and Taylor Mountains


Here is a shot of the south east looking towards the Sangre de Cristos.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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I laid my bike down behind "S" Mountain, dogging around on a toughass road. I scratched my bike up a little bit and found out what they call a Colorado Pinstripe paint job....lol


Here is a pic of the backside of "S" Mountain.


I headed back to town and made it to Tyler's shop minutes before he did. He works for the US Forest Service and repairs Off Highway Vehicle trails all over the San Isabel National Forest. He ride with a crew of 3 other guys. They mostly ride Suzuki 400 DRZs but sometimes ride their own bikes. They carry ax/pick and a chainsaw with them all day as well as a backpack with radio that weighs at least 40 pounds.
Check out this mean ass bike, it has an ax bolted onto it!!! This is the bike he rode on our trip up Fooses Creek.


My boy Tyler had to fix his bike, he smashed a rocker earlier in the day and had a bleeder.


Ouch.


Nothing some JB Weld won't fix!!...lol


Here are some cool pics of his shop.








This guy lost his fender earlier, but fixed it when he made it back to the shop.

Trail Crew!!

Government plates. I asked Tyler for some of these and he said NO! I told him he needed a new one and he again said NO!




Cool sticker.

Getting ready for winter.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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Great Report. Thanks for the pics. The only other time i have seen a bike with axe bolted on was one of Mr.cobs. He had a macchette on his bike.
Not to mention he also has machine guns to fit his Urals. But great report mate. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:27 PM   #4
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After Tyler was done fixing his bike we headed up Fooses Creek. My KLR did good. The tires were kind of slick on the dirt. Didn't want to try anything to technical as I am a beginner rider. Plus it was raining a little bit.



We rode up to this point, and I said "no thanks"....lol It was a good stopping point.

Tyler having fun.

Here I am!!

Here's Tyler!

It was a good ride!


We headed back to town and ate dinner at the restaurant that Kristi and her husband Pablo work at. Pablo hooked me up with an awesome appetizer. House tomatoes with pesto, balsamic reduction, lemon sauce and goat cheese. I had the ono tuna and Tyler had the crispy chicken. No pics of this....sorry! We stayed at Tyler's house that night and he showed my his naked girl! His KTM stripped down getting an overhaul...lol
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:32 PM   #5
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Great Report. Thanks for the pics. The only other time i have seen a bike with axe bolted on was one of Mr.cobs. He had a macchette on his bike.
Not to mention he also has machine guns to fit his Urals. But great report mate. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks man!
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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The next morning Tyler had to work so I took some pictures from his porch and went on an early morning ride. Here are some pics from his front porch.
Here is another great one of Princeton. In the winter, when it is covered in snow, the sun rise is so pink on that mountain.


Shavano.


Antero.


Taylor.


The Sangres were covered with clouds.


The road that Tyler lives on is pure sand. 2 miles of pure sand. I need to learn how to ride on that stuff!! He said that faster you go the easier it is...lol



I went for an early morning bike ride to Big Bend and Hecla junction.
Hard part about riding in this area is every hundred yards you want to pull over and take pictures...lol




Interesting history along the river.




Hecla Junction is a nice fishing spot on the Arkansas River in Brown's Canyon.




I then rode back to town and hung out in Riverside Park until my wife and kids met me for lunch.




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Old 09-07-2008, 09:00 PM   #7
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:08 PM   #8
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Nice ride. Thats a killer job your buddy tyler has. Also got any pics of that rig behind Kristi?
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Nice ride. Thats a killer job your buddy tyler has. Also got any pics of that rig behind Kristi?
lol... That is a nice rig. Only pic I took of it. Those green axles front and back look like they came off a John Deere. No kidding!
It's getting late boys and girls, I will have to finish this thread tomorrow. Stay tuned for pics of my kids dirtbiking!!
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:43 AM   #10
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Colorado riding doesn't get much more scenic than this!

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Old 09-08-2008, 09:39 AM   #11
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Very nice. Looks like a lot of fun. I need to spend more time exploring around Salida. I always seem to just be passing through.
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:01 AM   #12
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NIce job,

I was suprised a visit to MR.& MRs ADv ( Duke and Tami) was'nt in your plans.

Bestest folks in all o the Colorado region of ffs so far that Ive met!

Sounds like your buddy has one of those " what, they get paid for riding?" kinda jobs.. Sweeeet!

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Old 09-08-2008, 10:32 AM   #13
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Salida is my favorite CO town of all time - still 'real' there.
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:41 AM   #14
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Nice pics....your buddy Tyler has is rough...get paid to ride and fix trails....dam I think that is better than being a porn star...
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:08 AM   #15
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I took these pics from the top of "S" Mountain.
I was just up there last week too. Gorgeous spot.



Out behind the "S" mountain off Spiral Road there is a lot of great riding. You can take 4wd roads all the way around to Buena Vista, or the Ute Trail takes you east out towards Divide. Some of it is pretty gnarly though!



Nice ride report. It's great seeing other peoples pictures of the places I've been enjoying. Endless riding in the Salida area.
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