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Old 07-03-2009, 12:42 PM   #31
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One more bad joke like that and your off the TAT team.

But then how will you find your way.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:11 PM   #32
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But then how will you find your way.
Was that a joke?
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #33
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Was that a joke?
You know it is. I'd still be out there trying to find my way home if it wasn't for you. Trying to get you back for the MANBEARPIG thing.
Got any more pics for us???
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:20 PM   #34
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You know it is. I'd still be out there trying to find my way home if it wasn't for you. Trying to get you back for the MANBEARPIG thing.
Got any more pics for us???
I'm at work will have to work on more later. I'm slow when it comes to RR.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:05 PM   #35
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23 Out of 50 ain't too shabby.

Just joined up Scott. Now I can stay up late and enjoy the ride without
getting wet. I'm now "McDOPE". Finally rearranged the magic letters to make a suitable moniker. Retirement is great so far.

Great pictures by your buddy from Texas.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:28 AM   #36
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Scott will this work for Ute Pass?
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:09 AM   #37
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:10 AM   #38
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Welcome!!

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Just joined up Scott. Now I can stay up late and enjoy the ride without
getting wet. I'm now "McDOPE". Finally rearranged the magic letters to make a suitable moniker. Retirement is great so far.

Great pictures by your buddy from Texas.
McDOPE is hilarious, especially knowing how you arrived at it.
Can't wait to get out and ride with you. It would be nice if you wanted to ride some portion of the TAT with me. I am heading out at the end of August to the Atlantic Ocean and I am going to ride as far back to Colorado as I can before I run out of time. Too bad I can't just throw it in storage like DR. Rock.

See you soon!
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:14 AM   #39
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Scott will this work for Ute Pass?

And you say you don't have time for the computer....
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:09 PM   #40
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McDOPE is hilarious, especially knowing how you arrived at it.
Can't wait to get out and ride with you. It would be nice if you wanted to ride some portion of the TAT with me. I am heading out at the end of August to the Atlantic Ocean and I am going to ride as far back to Colorado as I can before I run out of time. Too bad I can't just throw it in storage like DR. Rock.

See you soon!
Here is my current plan. I have to go to Texas around July 24 and will come back July 30 or August 1st. I plan to spend the night in Clayton, NM. on the way back from Texas. Then up early in the a.m. and ride the New Mexico portion with my wife "sagging" me in the truck. That would be from the Oklahoma / New Mexico boarder, north of Clayton,(starting on HWY 18) to Trinidad. ( about a good half day or longer for pix). I'll keep you posted. If you wanted to meet me in Clayton we could do the ride and I'd truck your bike back to Denver. I have asked another buddy from Crestone , CO. if he wanted to do the same thing but haven't heard back. The only problem is that it is a long ride from Denver to Clayton on a DRZ just to turn around and ride back. This one works for me as I'll be down there anyway.

Another option would be to trailer bikes to Trinidad, ride to Clayton on the slab and then do Clayton to Trinidad and head home. (very long day as the drive time to Clayton in a truck is 5 hours)

Option 3 which might be the best for you would be for me to hook up with you as you enter NM on the TAT from back east sometime in August. I could then probably be ready to do OK/NM boarder to say Salida.
Lots 'O options.

If the weather looks passable I'll give a call tomorrow about a SUnday ride.

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Old 07-04-2009, 06:51 PM   #41
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Day 5

Today would be a good day to ride and after yesterday’s news and Scott wanting to get more passes I had everyone up early.


The air was cool but dry and we had passes to see. Heading north toward Poncha Spring for gas and breakfast. What a long straight road it was.


Here’s the first pass of the day, Monarch Pass 120 miles from camp by 9:00.


Then a little dirt to Old Monarch Pass


The team was having fun playing in the dirt.


This was a cool short cut to Blackstage Pass.


Blackstage Pass


Lots of open Range in the area.


Waunita Pass and it only 10:30


The great town of Pitkin!


A nice guy in Pitkin said we should check out the Alpine Tunnel so up we go. I told Scott this was going to cost us a few passes but it was well worth it.


A 4-wheel drive club restored this old water tower. Great work guys!


Scott forgot to strap something at the last stop and almost paid a big price for it.


If you have never been to the Alpine Tunnel area you need to go. Not a lot to do but it’s a great ride up and you can feel the history in the air.

Telegraph station and tracks



Here is where the Tunnel was but you can only make out a few stones of the opening now.


This wall was made by hand over a 100 years ago, how cool is that.


Is this a badger?


Quick stop to check out the old building.


Next up Cumberland Pass.


Can you see Scott and Josh, they never wait up for the old guy?


You see so many old building just falling apart and wonder what happened.


Tin Cup (This town is not big enough for the three of us)


There was a wedding going on but we left our invitations at home.


What happened in Tin Cup stays in Tin Cup.


Frenchy’s Café for lunch


Man lunch still looks good.


Josh was not feeling to good at this point but after a little rest in the shade he was back on the bike.


The road from Ice Mountain to Cotton Wood Pass was full of 2 foot jumps. We had so much fun we forgot to stop and take a picture.

The last pass of the day Cottonwood Pass.


I forget what this was about but I think his lights were on but not working.


Just north of Twin Lake we found a campground but it was full however, just a little way up the road, we found a better, free camp area. N39 04.041 W106 24.451


Now that’s a fire


Josh wanted more power.


Day 5 GPS Data.


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Old 07-04-2009, 10:50 PM   #42
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What the?

Is that the polite ADV Salute?


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Old 07-05-2009, 08:06 PM   #43
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Day 6

Last night was the coldest for the trip so far but that just made for good sleeping. I know that I will be back to the 100° weather in Texas soon. I was up again before everyone but did not wake them. I knew they were tired trying to keep up with me all week. LOL I packed and loaded the bike and still there was no movement so I took a walk to check out the area.

Nice road to drive on.


This creek was going so fast you could hear it all the way at our camp.


Parry Creek Campground was just across the road from our free site.


Can you see the squirrel?


When I returned back to camp there was still no movement so I just started up my bike. Man that got them moving, of course they both said they were up and only stayed in their tent so they would not wake anyone.


I have to give them some credit because they were packed and ready to go in no time.


Scott worked on today’s route last night and first on the list was Independence Pass.


Independence Pass


The ride to Weston Pass had a little of everything. To bad the pavement section goes through a private neighborhood with slow for children signs. The nice dirt road quickly changed to a rocky road then to a jeep trail. Came around a corner and found a young lady stalled half way up a hill on a 2 smoke. I stopped to see what the issue was and she said she could not get it started. I kicked started it for her and road it up the hill. Then it was back on my bike for one more run up the hill.

It was fun and here was out reward, Weston Pass.


I did not take one pic on the way up but here is Josh going down.


Next up Hagerman, I was in front and road nonstop until I saw this. Those walls are over 10’ tall.


Hagerman Pass.


Now this is cool. LOL


Not sure what this pose is all about.


Scott and Josh are over there somewhere.


The GPS worked well for us but had a hard time finding Tennessee Pass. As luck would have it we did.
Tennessee Pass.




The plan was to run over to Alam for lunch but to get there we would need to take CR3 over Mosquito Pass but it was closed. I did not know this when we started out because I was just following the GPS.
We did see the old train on the way.


Once we figured out what the GPS was trying to do we made a quick plan change and headed back to Leadville for lunch. Rather then just go back the way we came I changed a few settings on the GPS and found a great new route with some cool old minding stuff.

Check it out.




There was one steep downhill section of loose rocks that had us all working to keep upright. No pics I wonder why.

Lunch in Leadville was good but it was time to start heading for home.
(Josh Took this pic)

We picked up Red Hill, Kenosha and Guanella Pass along the way.

No sign for Red Hill.

Kenosha Pass


Guanella Pass


Group Shot


We would now slab it all the way back to Scott’s place.

Back at Scott’s


GPS Data Day 6




Man what a great 4 days of riding with 2 great guys. I was sorry it was over but I’m sure we will do a part II next year. I want to give a big thanks to Scott, his wife Cindy and his kids for entertaining Josh and myself. They made us feel right at home and are just a Great family and friends. Scott also planned this ride start to finish and except for a few small issues it went off without a hitch. Thanks Scott you’re the man.

This was a pre-run for the TAT ride we have planed in September and it looks like we’re ready to go.

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Old 07-07-2009, 11:49 AM   #44
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I really was awake!

That's funny. You were packed AND had enough time to go across the street and take all those pics before we knew you were even up.
I didn't even hear the air come out of your mattress or anything. Not a sound. You'd be a great hunter.
Thanks for the kind words about the family . I am a very lucky man to say the least.
You are a hell of a nice guy, Trailace, glad I got to know you.
See you in Utah soon.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:31 AM   #45
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Thanks for the fun ride report - great photos! I've lived in Colorado for the last 50 years or so and it's nice to find out that there are still plenty of new places for me to explore.
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