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Old 09-16-2008, 01:15 PM   #16
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:17 PM   #17
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3WM: Eventually, we went around but not before spending time on the trail reconstruction. Eventually the trail dead ended and we were starting to think we were in a bad way, especially considering the weather the time and, you guessed it, trouble with N3's bike. During the day the crazy, rock strewn, rutted trail became the bane of N3's existence. Each time traction was lost and momentum ceased, N3 was too short to hold the bike up on a rutted incline and down the bike went. After 7 times, we decided that unpacking the bike, lifting it and repacking the bike was too much!

N3: Remember, earlier I waived my right to an attorney and made several admissions of guilt about how I screwed up on maintenance or packing and negatively impacted our trip? This was the beginning. Initially 3WM and I planned on riding a circular route which would take us a week to complete. Soundtrack: Around the World: Harder Better Faster Stronger/ Daft Punk / Alive 2007. I had never ridden Colorado before and was not familiar with its true topography, terrain features or facilities. I have read many ride reports on the ADV forum, but just as the authors always mention, the pictures just can’t tell the true story. Our plan was to pack everything we needed to camp and eat for the week. We would ride as far as we could in that time and come back to our initial jump off point on the last day. This was why our bikes were packed so heavily. I quickly learned that my luggage was too top heavy for the terrain we were riding. Many times while “crawling” really rough or loose sections, my bike would begin to lean. The bike was so top heavy that once it began leaning I couldn’t keep it from laying over, so I tried to save it from excessive damage by assisting it to the ground, but couldn’t save it every time. I only had one true get-off during this ride (the slide-in high-side 3WM took the picture of). Every other paint/dirt contact was a top-heavy lean-related event. Soundtrack: Lean like a Cholo / Down / Definition of an Ese.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:18 PM   #18
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3WM: It was a LONG way back and the worry was that I already new what lay ahead given that I'd spent all that time getting there. Fortuantely we were able to troubleshoot the bike problem and down is often easier than up. Tomorrow, we apply the lessons we learned.

N3: Today was an exhausting day as well as an exhilarating one. On one hand, my bike and luggage were the cause of some grief, but I saw 3WM improve numerous off road skill sets throughout the day. His technique was hesitant and tentative at the beginning of the day. As we encountered more obstacles on the way, 3WM successfully negotiated them. He became much more confident. By the end of the day, he was a different rider. He just handled whatever the trail threw at him calmly and efficiently. Threshold braking, steering with the pegs, feathering the clutch to negotiate obstacles, you name it. He became a regular Charlie Boorman. Soundtrack: Fresh Azmiz / Bow Wow / Wanted.

BTW: We were so dirty and nasty after the first day’s ride we decided to stay at a Holiday Inn Express, in order to clean up, rest. Soundtrack: Ridin’ Dirty / Chamillionare / The Sound of Revenge. The question begs to be asked. “Did you have fun on Day 1? “No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night…
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:25 PM   #19
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Those funny marks on the trees are where elk have been gnawing on the aspen bark. Now if you can go find some claw marks about 7 or 8 feet up the tree then you will have something. Good report I will be following your trail through the area next week. Ride on.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:30 PM   #20
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:41 PM   #21
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:40 PM   #22
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Day Two:

3WM: We decided to drop all the crap that we were carrying save the tools needed to fix flats and we headed out. Randomly picking Cripple Creek for lunch I directed Garmin to take us "on road" and "shortest distance." This ensured that we'd stay on the designated roads, but that they would necessarily be blacktop. Off we went from Cotopaxi north and then east.
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Along the way, we were stopped twice by public roads that entered private land. Dammit, I hate gates. Each time I asked Garmin to recalculate and each time it did it's best. We finally settled on Waugh Mountain Road. It was a beautiful drive through Aspen forests. The road stayed public but the lands were private.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:41 PM   #24
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N3: AMEN!!! We changed our route plan from a non-stop, near globally circumferential route to a hub and spoke type route, which allowed us to drop all of our crap at a base camp site, ride for the day, returning to the camp at night. I didn’t drop my bike again!!!! Today was a great day. Again, we had challenges but most of these were route related. Soundtrack: Goodbye and Good Riddance to Bad Luck / ACDC / The Razor’s Edge. Or so I thought…
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:43 PM   #26
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3WM: We finally made it to Cripple Creek and had lunch. It was raining slighting and when we left, I asked our server what road we should take back to Canon City. She said, "Phantom Canyon Road," and off we went.

N3: Cripple Creek and Phantom Canyon are places you should go see. They are pretty neat. I’d rather be out in the middle of nowhere on my bike as opposed to in town, but Cripple Creek was really neat. It a small town apparently structured around the casino business. They were gearing up for a festival when we arrived. Just like a mullet… All business in the front, but definitely all party around the back!
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:44 PM   #27
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3WM: PCR was brilliant! It is a road, while not technical, is worth the time. It was beautiful and the sites along the way ended a perfectly good day.
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