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Old 07-19-2009, 02:31 PM   #1501
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Drinks

I will be bringing a bottle of wine to get things started.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:51 PM   #1502
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Yes, unless you like sharing it with a badger at 3 am.

You need air in the next 3 minutes
You need water every day.
You don't have to eat for a week. If you're like most Internet hangers-on you could go a month.

note taken.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #1503
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If you have food with you odds are that I will find you long before the bears show up. IF you have beer than the odds are really good that I will find you first.
if i have beer with whats to say i WANT to be found
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:01 PM   #1504
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if i have beer with whats to say i WANT to be found
exactly!
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:09 PM   #1505
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[quote=Bake]And, I'm IN

Again.

Life has curveballs imbedded, doesn't it.

I will be a half assed camp assistant, mostly hang out at the camp and help people with routes and maps, wrenching if they ask. I'm restricted to low altitude and a touring bike.[/quote]

Bake,
If your restricted to a touring bike, we're doing a full day paved road ride on Saturday, a bit over 400 miles and a looonnngg day. If a couple of 12,000+ passes wont' kill ya, you're more than welcomed to join us. We have 5-7 committed. PM and I can give you more details.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:49 PM   #1506
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im in for this

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And, I'm IN

Again.

Life has curveballs imbedded, doesn't it.

I will be a half assed camp assistant, mostly hang out at the camp and help people with routes and maps, wrenching if they ask. I'm restricted to low altitude and a touring bike.[/quote]

Bake,
If your restricted to a touring bike, we're doing a full day paved road ride on Saturday, a bit over 400 miles and a looonnngg day. If a couple of 12,000+ passes wont' kill ya, you're more than welcomed to join us. We have 5-7 committed. PM and I can give you more details.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:31 PM   #1507
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would it be unlawful to pack some heat on my bike on these trails ya know just n case i dont want to be digested by a critter? about the wildest critters i've dealt with aound here are pigeons.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #1508
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[quote=lucky_strike]im in for this
im in for this

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And, I'm IN

Again.

Life has curveballs imbedded, doesn't it.

I will be a half assed camp assistant, mostly hang out at the camp and help people with routes and maps, wrenching if they ask. I'm restricted to low altitude and a touring bike.[/quote]

Bake,
If your restricted to a touring bike, we're doing a full day paved road ride on Saturday, a bit over 400 miles and a looonnngg day. If a couple of 12,000+ passes wont' kill ya, you're more than welcomed to join us. We have 5-7 committed. PM and I can give you more details.


Lucky,
PM me and I'll give you the details.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:33 PM   #1509
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would it be unlawful to pack some heat on my bike on these trails ya know just n case i dont want to be digested by a critter? about the wildest critters i've dealt with aound here are pigeons.
Go back a few pages and read the post about packing
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #1510
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got it my mistake,
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:45 PM   #1511
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OK, YFFF! (You Flatlander FF's)

Bonnie Abbzug and I went out and did some reconnaissance for ya. It was a real chore, let me tell you.

So here's an attachment with a dirt/gravel route from Canon City, Colorado, to Buena Vista (just a few miles south of the Official West Fest campground).

This is 103 miles of gravel roads and dirt two-track, with very little pavement. The pavement that was neccessary (only a few miles) is all pretty nice, too. You go from red-rock canyon desert-like areas, up into aspen trees. The route gets you up high soon after Canon City so you get out of the heat. Much better than the pavement route, IMHO. This way as soon as you get to the mountains, you can get off of the pavement!

I would have no hesitation taking a loaded V-strom fitted with tourances on this route. Hell I'd throw Bonnie on the back of there for traction, too, but that's just me. There are a few spots you would need to pay attention, but a big bike is fine for this.

The route goes through some very scenic and remote country and there is no fuel, so gas up in Canon city. There is one waypoint for the tiny little store/restaurant in Guffey if you need to stop for food.

There is also one waypoint where the route crosses Hwy 285. At this point you could bail out and slab it into town. The next section has a very short steep downhill and a couple of short stretches of sand-wash- about 1/2 mile total. Also one small stream crossing. If you just loathe sand ( ) you could bail down 285, but let it be known you'll be missing a really fun section with the most amazing views all day. Don't say I didn't tell ya.

This route is a little bit circuitous- you may notice more direct routes along the way. I gave priority to the fun roads, scenery, and avoided some of the more populated areas. You won't see many people on this...

One more thing: You may or may not come across some closed gates or barbed wire gates. This route is entirely open, public roads, so if you come to a closed gate go on through, and just close the gate behind you.

This route took us about 4 hours from Canon to BV, but we were definitely smelling the roses and did couple of backtracks to find routes. I'd give yourself 3-4 hours.

Some pics from the ride. Don't look if you want to be suprised.























I hope someone takes this route! It beats hell out of riding pavement to BV.
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:58 PM   #1512
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Great pics and super route! Thanks for that.

Here's a link to check out the route that I have taken to get to West Fest...
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Salida or Gunnison next? What do you think?
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:21 PM   #1513
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Just a couple of things to add to Hayduke's post. Since I'm not nearly as good a rider as he is I tend to notice things that he doesn't think of as obstacles any more, so for those of you who maybe don't have a ton of experience riding Rocky Mountain dirt, here's a couple of things I took note of.

When you first start to climb up out of Canon City there are a couple of rockier sections, nothing too technical, but slightly loose not quite baby head sized rocks. They aren't very long sections and are something I would think of as a nice challenge, especially on a larger bike. You more experienced riders won't even notice them I'm sure .

About the only other thing that I took note of were the fairly large ruts up in the Herring park area. These are wash outs that run across the road, nothing crazy, but if you were hauling arse (which I'm prone to do on this road, cuz it's fun ) and not paying attention you just might get eaten by one.

This is really a very fun route, and the views are amazing!
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #1514
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OK, YFFF! (You Flatlander FF's)


Ok, a lot of great work you folks did for others

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Old 07-19-2009, 07:37 PM   #1515
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Ok, a lot of great work you folks did for others

Oh, yeah, riiiiiiight, they worked soooooo hard.




Hey Tami! This looks familiar.





See you there!
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