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Old 04-28-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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BigDogs...Shadow Of The Rockies Trail

BigDogs--Shadow Of The Rockies Trail


Sam Correro, creator of the Trans America Trail that extends from Kentucky to the Oregon coast has been
at it again and has created a North to South trail from Canada to Mexico. He's not finished with it yet
but we are going to ride the New Mexico portion on this ride.

I had invited just a few friends...two couldn't go and one never responded to my invitation and
a local friend quit his job (sorta) to go with me------I knew it would be very unlikely all could go, and
really like traveling with just one riding partner. All kinds of problems can double and triple with more
riders--not that I can't have my own for sure---after all I had 3 flat tires.
So we are both in between employment opportunities




Me and my hometown buddy Randy Stewart left Southern Illinois on April 18th, 2008 and rode our KLR's
thru Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and then to the New Mexico border where the Shadow
of the Rockies trail ends if doing it South to North.......however we navigated it North to South and started at
the exact spot where the trans am trail (East to West) crosses the New Mexico---Colorado border. At this spot
the trans am trail and shadow of the rockies trail intersect and are one in the same...but split shortly after going
South a few miles.

We rode a total of 3,500 miles----the New Mexico portion of the trail was only about 700 miles, but we made an
additional adventure out of it going and coming. It was a very memorable ride and the weather was absolutely
perfect except one day of rain on the way out as we spent a couple of days in Missouri riding the "Swinging
Bridges" ride.

So this is where the ride began for us........
Down the rocky swithbacks of
Long Canyon Road.
On the Colorado--New Mexico border

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:28 AM   #3
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Thanks BigDog, I've been looking forward to this one!

BTW, Did LittleDog ride with you? Rumor has it he was leaving on a RTW ride with the Ladies Swedish Syncronized Swim Team.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:28 AM   #4
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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another BigDog chapter...

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #6
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Mark,

It's time you got back in the AdvRider game!! Looking forward to the "saga"!!Let the fun and games begin!!!

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Old 04-28-2008, 09:40 AM   #7
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Thanks BigDog, I've been looking forward to this one!

BTW, Did LittleDog ride with you? Rumor has it he was leaving on a RTW ride with the Ladies Swedish Syncronized Swim Team.
Little dogs ride has thrown a rod---bout took his foot off when it went thru the crankcase.

Hi Lee----and ThumperDRZ----thanks for the swinging bridge ride----and contrary to popular opinion on the swinging bridge ride----I was the first one chewed out by that farmer after I rode thru his very muddy field---mine were the first tracks thru there. He was hot-----and I knew he'd be hotter when 40 other guys followed my tracks---surely he has gotten over it by now

I apologized--but to no avail-------he should have had a sign up----looked like a road to me----not your fault Gary.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:41 AM   #8
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Hey, BD! When you mentioned flats, I figured for sure Gaspipe went with you. ...
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:42 AM   #9
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Bring it! I 'm very interested in this one.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:42 AM   #10
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Its good to see you didn't forget about the good ol' KLR
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:52 AM   #11
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Its good to see you didn't forget about the good ol' KLR
Hi Joe------long time no see ???

We never touched the KLR's----except for flat tires and a plugged air filter--- They were perfect for the ride and the way we did it. It's what I'd take again--if I did it again------which I won't----hate doin' the same ride twice
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:56 AM   #12
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Hey, BD! When you mentioned flats, I figured for sure Gaspipe went with you. ...
Hi Buzzez------I guess I'm carrying on the flat tire curse

2 rear flats----and one front------dang nails

I came home with patches on 2 tubes---after using my new tubes---ain't no tubes on the Shadow Of The Rockies Trail.

But I had really good luck with the patches holding.
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:58 AM   #13
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I can't take it I need more.......
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:04 AM   #14
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Funny thing is I blew right by it and missed that turn... if he was there I would have told him he's looking for a guy on a KLR... ....it's all fixed now along with a few other spots for next year ...... but on with the show.....(Thanks for coming on the ride BTW)


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Hi Lee----and ThumperDRZ----thanks for the swinging bridge ride----and contrary to popular opinion on the swinging bridge ride----I was the first one chewed out by that farmer after I rode thru his very muddy field---mine were the first tracks thru there. He was hot-----and I knew he'd be hotter when 40 other guys followed my tracks---surely he has gotten over it by now

I apologized--but to no avail-------he should have had a sign up----looked like a road to me----not your fault Gary.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:05 AM   #15
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Laugh More please...!

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