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Old 07-27-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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I tried to stay home....really, I did. I clocked nearly one month of domestic duty after the amazing "Dragon Hunt" on my WRR, before wandering again.

But this wasn't my fault.... KLR Monty (from Texas) started bugging me to go ride Colorado. And then the wife starts dropping some encouraging hints like: "you should go....and the farther, the better". Sounded like a Plan!

So I called up my favorite Wingman, The Krabill (of course). He missed out on the famous Dragon Hunt. Surely he won't pass up a Colorado trip....its just a weekend jaunt. I dial the phone & he explains that he's going to some sissy class reunion... MIA again! I can't believe it. Two Strikes in a row on The Krabill. Maybe he's getting too soft to ride with me anymore.

I notify Monty I'm coming and to meet me in San Isabel post haste! The word is spread, and Garand steps up to the plate...quick to steal the base from Krabill.

And just like that....in mere days, we're on the trail in San Isabel, CO. Here's the cast of characters for this next round in Highfive's Excellent Adventures.





Monty had the most time of the bunch, and rode his green Mobile Mansion up from Tejas. I threw my WRR in the truck and raced all night just to beat him there. Garand beat us all! Now, for everyone who wants to know whether or not a little 'ol WR250R will tote a big guy with loaded with gear through the Rocky Mountains, then get your ears on ( ). This RR is going to shed some light.....once & for all.


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Old 07-27-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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We depart from Lake Isabel up the mountain on a nice looking two track called the Cisneros Trail. Well, at least it looked nice....on the U.S. Forest Service MVUM maps that I downloaded. So much for planning! I mean it was ok for me, but a little rough on my Trail-mates....especially the Exxon Valdez towing half of Cabelas on board.

Don't get me wrong, Monty is a real PRO at this Dualsport stuff. He is like a miracle man. Pulls anything you'd ever need out of those bags on his KLR. (edit: well almost anything....please remember this point for later) I mean, he's got a freakin GRILL hiding in there. And a cooler! The dude cooks steaks with cold beer out in the bush! And he can ride it nearly anywhere. He's got one of those KLR's that's "never been washed....never gonna be." With something like 50,000 miles on it! Here he comes up the Cisneros Trail:





Take a good look at this happy smile.....



Its about to change! And its my fault. Well, I guess he's partly to blame. After all, he's the one who begged me to go. Let that be a lesson to all: sometimes you really do get what you wish for! Just saying...

The nice cushy Two=Track kind of got a little rougher (ok....a lot). It quickly grew skinnier and rougher as we climbed the mountain to get over the pass.








At more than one point, we had to stop and take a hike to survey the hazards and plan our line.



Evening was fast approaching, and neither Monty or I had much sleep during the last 24 hours. But fortunately, no one went down. Garand & I did fine picking our way through the rocks on our WRR's while Monty just plowed through like a battering ram.

Happy to be on top!



We made it out of the Dark Dungeon of a forest.....only to discover we still had plenty of daylight remaining. I'm mean seriously, it got so thick and dark down in those woods, we actually NEEDED our headlights!

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Old 07-27-2009, 07:43 PM   #3
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:29 PM   #6
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:32 PM   #7
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"Finally".....Monty says...."we're back in business!"




So, I keep us on the straight and narrow from here on....really I do. Ok, sort of.





I promise them both to "hang in there with me....just over the next hill, you'll see!" (edit: its always just one more hill...eh?) Well, they did. And it was soooooo WORTH IT.











Now that I was "off the hook", it was time to find a secret secluded campsite for our first night. Aaahhh....the spoils of victory....as we watch our first mountain sunset.


See that dip in the far mountain range in front of us (just right of Garand)? That's Medano Pass. We're heading for that hill tomorrow.....any 'ol way we can find to get there. "Just keep your eye on the target", I tell them. We're gonna climb over that 11,000+ ft. pass and find the Great Sand Dunes on the other side! But for now, let's make camp.





I just love it when I hook up with hardcore Riders that really know how to camp!





Three more days to go. This time, I CAN actually wait....if you know what I mean.

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Old 07-28-2009, 03:01 AM   #8
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Looks sweet so far. Thanks for posting. That single track is my kind of riding Look forward to seeing more
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:38 AM   #9
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Great as usual Highfive.
Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:25 AM   #10
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:45 AM   #11
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Scott, Scott, Scott. What a sicko you are.

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:15 PM   #12
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How did you (and Garand I suppose?) like the hammock? Mine showed up about an hour ago...
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How did you (and Garand I suppose?) like the hammock? Mine showed up about an hour ago...
I'm a hammock fan boy... I haven't slept a night in a tent since I bought it.

I like the versatility and all the creative places you can make your hang!

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:43 PM   #15
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