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Old 07-24-2009, 07:35 PM   #16
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Looks like a blast. I can't wait to make my own trip out there. Thanks for sharing your ride.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:03 PM   #17
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Great Ride Report. Looking forward to more
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:24 PM   #18
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great report and pics. Keep it coming.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:30 AM   #19
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We broke camp and continued south to Lake City. This country is wonderful and this was the right time of year, the flowers are blooming everywhere, the rivers and streams are full and rolling. I couldn't be more content to be riding.

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We rode out into open country of broad valleys ringed in hills and remote ranches. Rarely a truck passed. The weather was clear and crisp.

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I rode through sage to get a closer look at this structure. I imagine that it is a hunting cabin now but I wondered if early settlers lived in a cabin like this. Perhaps this is from that era. The dusty, spicy smell of sage swelled around me and I knew I was completely intoxicated with the ride, just living to see around the next corner, thanking my God for this time and place. Feeling peaceful.

Then my blood would get hot and long stretches of hard packed, smooth dirt would be crossed at high speed.

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We hit pavement near Lake City, fuel and lunch at the little place there. A quick hard rain slows down the pace and we hole up under the porch talking to other patrons and watch a wrestling match with an old coke cooler and the coke guys.

The rain abates and we head off for Cinnamon Pass. I've done Engineer a few years ago and couldn't remember Cinnamon.
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Not particularly difficult but very scenic and we had a shared feeling of accomplishment. The road becomes very narrow ledge with a deep canyon on the left as we climbed. Switchbacks carried us higher to the pass. At the top the old snow lives up to the name with a pinkish, cinnamon color.


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Old 07-25-2009, 08:45 AM   #22
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Animas Forks is at the bottom of the pass. A silver mine ghost town now at the convergence of three forks of the Animas river, it was founded in 1873 by prospectors. The climb down into the forks is steep with switchbacks on the side of the mountian giving great views of the ruins of the town below.

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More mining ruins on the ride down to Silverton.

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Clouds gather and darken. By Siverton it's lightly raining, cool and dim. The dutch are excited to have a camp with showers in town within walking distance of bars and restaurants. It is raining hard by check in and I hastily throw up my tarp with a line from the lone tree in the campground to the ground and pitch all my gear in. We wade off through streams of rain water swirling around cars parked at the curb, find good beer at the old VFW bar and play shuffle board while the rain continues.

Later we close down the resturant with an excellent meal, the name was something like Mustash. We slogged through a down pour back to the campground. Thank goodness my tarp is 10x10. I'm under a low roof but happily it's large and dry, I strip, worm my way into warmer clothes and my bag and soon I'm asleep with the drumming of rain lulling me to sleep and hopefully a dry morning.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:11 AM   #23
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It's still pouring buckets in the morning. We sleep late and later four wheelers on trailers unload and leave for the mountians in the rain.
The dutch pack up and leave for hot baths up north and finally I stir reluctantly and say my goodbys. My view from the tarp.


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My gear is dry. I explore the campground and find a laundry, clean showers, and free coffee!
I wash clothes, the bike, me, drink lots of free black coffee and finally get a break in the monsoon. I hurriedly pack up my fresh gear and go.

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Decending out of the mountians it immediatley warmed up and finally dried up. Durango passed by and I made Mesa Verde, my southern most point of the tour.

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I eat a fabulous indian flat bread lunch near the entrance, buy beer and ice and go to make camp in the park.

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Mesa Verde is sunny but not hot and offers view after beautiful view. The weather was lovely and largely bug free the entire two days I lived in the park. Wonderful after soggy Silverton.

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Warning, if you are not interested in Mesa Verde pictures you may as well skip the next few posts, I had wonderful time here and took a ton of pictures so...

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An atlatal. My 12 year old has educated me on this ancient weapon. Used world wide it predates the bow and archery. It extends the throwers arm length and with a long flexible dart it builds up energy like a spring making for a old but very lethal weapon. Who knew?
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Camp Mesa Verde. I lived here two nights.

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The ADV meal shot. My best meal, Elk bratworst with bourbon over pasta with sun dried tomato pesto and good drink. Delicious!
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Tomorrow I tour the the cliff dwellings and the eastern mesa. I can't wait.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:19 PM   #24
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:26 PM   #25
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Many years ago I read Frank Waters work on the Hopi, The Book of the Hopi (1977). It's the oral history of the Hopi and I was entranced. This would be my first visit to precolumbian ruins and I was excited to see the park. Now, to do the park ruins, the visitor is obligated to purchase tickets to tours booked ahead of time. Up early for me
on this tour, I go look first at Spring House.


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I learned alot looking at these buildings and the kiva, the round structures. From what I remember Waters says about the kiva, they are religious in nature, but I learned that they were also good shelters in bad weather.

About 2000 years ago people began to inhabit the tops of the mesa in this area.
They lived in pit houses, gradually built pueblo structures and in a final period build the elaborate and beautiful cliff dwellings. Apparently there are 4000 sites in this area.

The Hopi told Waters that the kiva were central to their religion. Each kiva had a central fire pit and individuals entered the kiva though a smoke hole via a ladder. I wonder if climbing though the smoke ritually purified those that entered.

The Hopi had a sipapu, a small round hole in the floor of their kiva. This signified to the them that during the time of the great flood, they went to live under gound with the ant people. After the flood subsided, they entered this world from the underworld and the sipapu signifies that just as a representation of Noah's ark or the Cross has meaning to Christians today. Each kiva also has a flat rock placed in front of the fire to swirl the air coming through a ventalation duct. After reading about this I would now see it for myself. I should say that it is not recorded that the Hopi lived here, but they give me a starting place to understand these ruins, and all the elements that I read about the ancient Hopi fit well here.

On to Cliff Palace.

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Balcony House is reputed to be more of a ritual and religious site.

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This original pole pointed to three sacred mountians in the far distance.

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Now, look at the images in red on this wall. What do you see?

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The exit. I bet she likes this picture on the internet.

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Views from the top of the mesa of vistas, ruins in the cliffs and older dwellings on top.

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A pueblo.

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I found this park very beautiful and interesting. The excellent weather, history, views, ranger lectures, and my imagination made this a very worthy visit. Too many times during this trip in the throes of moto momentum, I didn't stop because I was having too much fun and later after I started home, I was done and riding hard. This was a destination to savor. Maybe for you too.

According to park workers, we had been enjoying a cool respite from traditionally warmer temps in July. Fall is held to be the nicest time of year in Mesa Verde. Plan accordingly.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:34 PM   #26
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Really enjoying the RR Greenflyfarmer. Especially enjoyed the Mesa Verde pics. The wife and I stopped there April last year on our way to Canyon de Chelly, AZ and only made it about half a mile til we turned around because of the deep snow. Loved the whole trip but really regretted not getting to spend time at Mesa Verde. Thanks for sharing your pics, hope you have more.
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Really enjoying the RR Greenflyfarmer. Especially enjoyed the Mesa Verde pics. The wife and I stopped there April last year on our way to Canyon de Chelly, AZ and only made it about half a mile til we turned around because of the deep snow. Loved the whole trip but really regretted not getting to spend time at Mesa Verde. Thanks for sharing your pics, hope you have more.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:30 PM   #28
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Great report, killer pics. I'm wondering. . . why the tarp as opposed to a tent?
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Great report, killer pics. I'm wondering. . . why the tarp as opposed to a tent?
Well I started sleeping in a hammock a couple of years ago. So that killed the tent. My hammock sleeps great and I like it. The tarp gives me bigger overall shelter and it's versatile. I like rigging it high in nice weather. It's great, compact, I can cook under there, pull a table under there. It works for me.

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