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Old 12-08-2009, 07:23 AM   #46
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I'm lovin' every minute of it, Mountains in the morning and large plains to finish the day. You just can't do that anywhere you know... lucky you!
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:14 AM   #47
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Day 5: Wednesday August 19th, 2009

After an uneventful nights sleep, I woke up, packed up, and rode back to Pinedale to get some breakfast.

Breakfast, in the form of a huge burrito and coffee, was secured and devoured at a funky little place on Main St. called "The Stoned Rabbit". They even had Wi-Fi so I could catch up on E-mail.
(Remember, I'm still trying to coordinate a rendezvous with MotoAdventureGal at the AMA event in Keystone. Maybe I can demo a Ducati. )

Anyway, after a great breakfast I follow the GPS out of town. We are taken on a back street, and then out into some oil fields.


I should point out that just past these oil dereks, the CDT had a technical spot.
There is a ledge that you need to be able to get up onto.
The move is moderately difficult, but if you have momentum, and pick the right line, you wil be able to climb right up. Might be tricky on a big bike.

Once up onto the ridge.
This reminded me of the TAT in Nevada.


Onto a ridge and into the valley below.


A lonely fence, happy to do it's job...


Onto a secondary road.


Then onto this great dirt super highway. I forget the name / number, but the traction was fantastic, and the road was twisty. Wonderful gentle powerslides. Long sightlines.


The CDT then briefly connects with some pavement, and we get to visit two small mining towns.





Prior to this, the smallest town I had been in was Interior, SD - Population 57.

The "old town" had been "restored" for tourists.


A bit of history.


But ultimately, it was a tourist town.

Looking at the GPS, I saw that the CDT went through the town of Atlantic City, and there is a CItco gas station there. That's good because I'm getting a bit low on fuel, and it looks like I've got a big empty section comming up.



Well, at least it has a larger population than the last town.
But seriously, I need gas. Where's that gas station?
The GPS takes me down to the end of a dead end road. No gas station.

OK... Next nearest gas.
GPS says 60 miles.
Sh*t...

OK.. Let's ask around.
I goto the Saloon.

It's next door to his Mercantile store.


I walk into the saloon, looking like a dusty spaceman.
The patrons, stop their talking, and all eyes are upon me...

"Um,.. Hi?
Do you know where I can get a gallon or two of gas?"

"Ya, gotta go see Wild Bill. Go past the other end of town, you'll see his sign."

So I went to see Wild Bill.


His wife radioed him when I pulled up, and he soon showed up on a quad.
I told him I was riding the Continental Divide Trail, and how I didn't think I had enough gas to get to Rawlins.
I asked if he had two gallons of gas he could sell me.
And he did, at $5 a gallon.
Here's Wild Bill filling up the 'ol DRZ.


After paying Bill, he showed me his shop.
Says's he's been out here for years and wouldn't have it any other way.
Cool Guy.

Leaving Atlantic City, the CDT heads across the Red Sands for 130 miles.


It was AWESOME!!!
Of all the parts of the CDT, I remember this to be amongst the top three sections. (The other two were still to come. )

Miles pf open space. Like the Nevada or Oklahoma sections of the TAT, but with out any vegitation. No grass, no sage brush. Nothing more than 4" tall sparce grasses.




This marker was visible three or four miles before I got to it.


I did pass one hiker out here.
He was hiking the CDT south to Mexico.
He seemed well prepared, and I made sure he had enough water.
Then I rode on.

Probably the biggest open space I've ever been in.


I started day dreaming:
Riding a big Dual Sport motorcycle out here.
Twisting the throttle and roaring across the open spaces.
Riding Africa. Baja. Dakar.
Vroom!!!


A view from the cockpit of the DRZ.
Custom setup with more of a 'heads up' position for the GPS. Larger Rally inspired windscreen. A modest attempt at a Rally bike.


Hours later I came across this old cabin.
I stopped to stretch my legs and day dream some more.


CDT routed me on a paved road to Rawlins WY.


Crossed the Continental Divide again.


Rawlins is a pretty big town, and is near the Interstate.
I got some lunch.


Filled up on gas on the way out of town and followed the CDT South.




Now bear in mind, that aside from the few people in the towns, and the lone hiker, I haven't seen anyone out here in hours.

Then I see something ahead.
Looks like bikes. Two of them.
But their sitting up. Must be stretching.
No. They have backpacks on!
What? Why don't they have trailers?
Oh, those poor bicyclists.
Imagine if their attempting the CDT? No trailers. Wow.



I pass them.
And can't beleive my eyes!
I stop and let them catch up.
My eyes are not deceiving me.


That's right. Unicycles!

Meet Gracie and Matt!
Their riding the CDT on unicycles as a fundraiser for Lymphoma and Leukemia.
Check out their website at: www.divideby1.com

We talked briefly. They did start in Canada, and are planning to ride all the way to mexico.
They travel about 50 - 70 miles a day, and their packs weigh about 30 pounds. Although they were getting lighter as they sent home unessential items such as tents and sleeping bags.

And I thought I was hard core riding a dirt bike for three months...

We later said our goodbyes.
I rode on.


I started thinking...
I was only a day or two out of Keystone where I would be stopping for a week or so and meeting up with MotoAdventureGal.
Perhaps the unicyclists will pass us, and MotoAdventureGal will get to meet Gracie and Matt. It would be kinda cool, because both MAG, and Gracie were "riding" to help cancer victims.

Getting close to the Colorado state line.


The famous Aspen Alley.




I crossed the state line, and rode for another hour, until dusk.




Near the town of Steamboat Lake, I found a small road that led up into the national forest.


and eventually found a quiet place to set up camp.


It was getting late, and I was still full from the burger in Rawlins, so I just set up the tent and went to sleep.

It had been a BIG day. Sensory overload.

Stats for the day:
340 miles
Moving Average 39.5 Moving time 8:37
Stopped 2:45 Total 11:23

It had been the third 300+ mile day in a row...
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:30 PM   #48
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Early in the report you mentioned that a Subaru Forester could do this route, but in this segment you mention a ledge that needs to be scaled. How would a car do it and if one were coming from the south, would there still be a ledge?

GREAT RR. Nice photos and excellent commentary.

Did you take the job?

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Old 12-09-2009, 12:46 PM   #49
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:49 PM   #50
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When you need gas, $5 a gallon is cheap.

This is now looking like my next big ride. and most definatly the first long dual sport I will take Milady on, if she will go.

Loving this, man. thank you.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:26 PM   #51
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:45 PM   #52
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Early in the report you mentioned that a Subaru Forester could do this route, but in this segment you mention a ledge that needs to be scaled. How would a car do it and if one were coming from the south, would there still be a ledge?

GREAT RR. Nice photos and excellent commentary.

Did you take the job?

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Hello Timmer.

There are only three or four sections of the trail that are "tricky". This ledge was one of them.
But this ledge; coming from the south... sure I'd drive somebody eles's Subaru down it.

As for the job, we're still negotiating the number of weeks of vacation.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:12 PM   #53
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That link didn't work, the unicyclist's site appears to be www.divideby1.com
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That link didn't work, the unicyclist's site appears to be www.divideby1.com
Oops.

Thanks for the correction.
I'll fix my original post.

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Old 12-09-2009, 08:47 PM   #55
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I wish you had gotten a picture of the ledge you thought a big bike would have trouble getting over... I really want to do this solo with my F800GS and I would still consider myself cautious when it comes to ledges etc on remote trails... I know pictures are deceiving but I still would like an idea maybe I will just ride out there and find out for myself . I guess if you are desperate you can always build a ramp or something....
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:53 PM   #56
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The incredible journey!

Excellent RR! all this good reading urged me to ride my bike to work... Well, there's no ice on the road, and the sun was shining, but it was only 24 degrees darn it!Well, gotta separate the reality from a good RR... You did say it was cold. I got it out of my system! keep the yarn rollin'
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:46 AM   #57
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Im riding from Alaska to tour the lower 48 next Sept. This has got to be my route south out of Canada! Maybe south to TAT then head East.

Great report!
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Excellent RR! all this good reading urged me to ride my bike to work... Well, there's no ice on the road, and the sun was shining, but it was only 24 degrees darn it!Well, gotta separate the reality from a good RR... You did say it was cold. I got it out of my system! keep the yarn rollin'
These small bikes may not have luxuries like heated grips, or stators large enough to power electric clothing, but all small bikes do have a manual heater.

Get off the bike and push it for thirty feet.
You'll warm right up. Works for me every time.

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:32 AM   #59
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These small bikes may not have luxuries like heated grips, or stators large enough to power electric clothing, but all small bikes do have a manual heater.

Get off the bike and push it for thirty feet.
You'll warm right up. Works for me every time.

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That and/or the muffler has always worked for me!
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:38 AM   #60
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I followed your journey across the Trans America Trail and am now tagging along with you down the Continental divide. I am sure not getting much accomplish at home or work because of it... I have a question about your photo's.

The size of the photo's on the screen are perfect for maximum viewing. You can really get a feel and perspective for the area that you are traveling. What camera are you using? The sharpness and the clarity are very good. Does it have a special feature to reduce the camera motion while moving(picture stabilization). I'm gonna bet it is waterproof and also shock proof huh?

Thanks for the time and effort to entertain us.

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