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Old 06-15-2009, 10:33 AM   #16
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What a great ride!

Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the beetle kill isn't too bad in most areas? Seemed like more than half the trees were dead in Grand County last summer.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:36 AM   #17
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Great report. It is fun reading these reports and realizing there is even more to explore in Colorado.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:17 PM   #18
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What a great ride!

Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the beetle kill isn't too bad in most areas? Seemed like more than half the trees were dead in Grand County last summer.
Grand County and Summit County have it the worst right now and our ride steered clear of those areas. From what I could tell, the western slope, southwest, and south central (south of Gunnison) looked pretty healthy, but I'm sure it is just a matter of time.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:42 AM   #19
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The sun was getting lower and lower as we rolled over Los Pinos Pass on towards Sargents. Being it was Sunday evening, nobody was out and we got on the throttle. We pulled into The Tomichi Creek Trading post at 7:45pm. We had been on the bikes since 8:30 that morning and had ridden 330+miles. We were done and tired. Our plan was to camp again, but we could feel the cold air coming on again and inquired about a cabin rental.
The reply we got was "How badly do you want it?" ummm, er, well, we do have all our camping gear so not too badly. Neither of us have that horse trading gene, but we did get it for $40 (not including an bedding, towels, or pillows).



Now onto more important things: food and beer! "Sorry, but the guy who cooks already went home, and we are closing in 5 minutes..." Ummmmm, er, ok lets see what you have.
We pulled together what has to be the most eclectic meal I'm ever consumed: Nacho Cheese Doritos, Texas Brand Salsa, 1 tin of sardines, peanut butter, crackers, and a 6 pack of Budweiser.



After dinning, we headed to the showers to wash off the dust just as the owner was putting up a sign saying the well pump was broken and there was no running water.... anywhere. ...but we got 10 bucks back on the price of the room.

The next morning we were glad to have the choice to stay in the cabin. The bikes were covered with a thick layer of frost. Sure, we could have crashed in the tents, but for $15 bucks a pop it sure made getting ready in the morning that much easier.





It was still early when we rolled out of Sargents and up Marshall Pass with plans to get breakfast in Salida.

Marshall Pass was great, the views were amazing, and we had the place to ourselves.





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Old 06-16-2009, 08:20 AM   #20
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:19 PM   #21
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finishing up...

It was a fast ride into Salida. We quickly located Bongo Billy's Cafe right on the river and dove into breakfast.
We parked next door to Bongo Billy's in front of the bike shop.



Post breakfast, we had the last leg of the trip in front of us.
We headed up north out of Salida towards area for the poorly attended FMF rally that wrapped up just the day before.
Again, the views and weather just totally sucked.





Once we hit Hartsel, we jogged east to La Sal Pass. This ended up being the most challenging terrain on the trip. Nothing crazy or anything, but enough to wake you up a bit.



The pass drops you down onto some ATV/moto trails full of small hits and woops. Mike was really letting it rip on the KLR even with total lack of grip on the rear tire.





Our last pass of the trip before ending back on pavement was Stoney Pass. This was also the least enjoyable. The road is made up of decomposed granite that has absolutely no cohesiveness to it what so ever. Combine that with reverse camber corners and bald tires and it makes for a very long ride. At least the views of Pikes Peak were still nice.



We made it down to Deckers, then up along the South Fork of the South Platte, up over highway and then took the back roads to Evergreen, down Bear Canyon to Golden, and 93 to Boulder.
We did just over 1100 miles in 4 days and was a great trip to see a lot of new places in Colorado.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:41 PM   #22
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Thumb Rangely Loop

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Thanks for the RR and pix.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:09 PM   #23
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North of Meeker, we headed to Juniper Hot Springs with plans to camp there for night. Upon arrival, it did not really meet the expectations.

If the luke warm water, dilapidated building, and storming skies were not enough of a deterrent... the scene was completed when a large sweaty gentleman in full camo with a neck tattoo of Elk and the kill date pulls up in his rusted out '89 Jeep Cherokee and tells us "...the waters a lot warmer if you go inside the building."
That's hilarious. I wondered how many people got duped into going to that place. I've driven by it a million times in the winter.
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