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Old 10-11-2010, 09:03 PM   #556
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You're making want to ride up to Colorado! I've never ridden off-road there.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:03 PM   #557
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You're making want to ride up to Colorado! I've never ridden off-road there.
OMG, dave - you would love it! Colorado is amazing.
Wait until Day 29, when we get some sunshine! Even my photos look good on that day...
And the riding! *Swoon...*

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Old 10-12-2010, 08:02 AM   #558
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Day 28: 8/3/10 Gunnison, CO to Lake City, CO 167 miles



Even though he had topped off the coolant yesterday, when BigWan checked it this morning, it was low again.
Crap.
One of the symptoms of a dying water pump is water in the oil.
Luckily, our oil didnít look creamy, but we were getting nervous.
Just in case, we stopped at Ace Hardware and got some stuff for an emergency fix.



Leaving Gunnison, we went on Hwy 50.





Blue Mesa Reservoir was a surprise - sorry for the repetitive photos, but it was stunning.
















After looking at that park link, I believe these are the Dillon Pinnacles.












I took all of these at speed, with our $150 point and shoot.
Imagine how incredible these shots would be in the hands of a real photographer!














Heading towards Cimarron. We were wing-dinging it today, just trying to get to Red Mountain Pass.










































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Old 10-12-2010, 11:57 AM   #559
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Day 28 continued...




BigWan gave me a gpx file of our tracks from Gunnison to Moab, but most of todayís section is missing.
Donít worry, Norm still has them, but that means I had to improvise.


Hereís a close guesstimation of our tracks for Day 28.
Itís not perfect, but itís good enough for government work.
At least itís the right area!







We got a little lost in the Cimarron area, but it was pretty.













Ran into some really cute burros.






This one was kind of blurry, but I like it anyway.






I think we were on CR 858. It reminded me of the Dismal Swamp (scroll down the page).













We had stumbled onto Owl Creek Pass.






Lots of Owl Creek Pass info - here (including maps and tracks).
Google Earth image, using gpx tracks from traildamage.com (above link)






It must be gorgeous in the fall.





Simple Jack? oh, my mistake. Silver Jack...













The lush greenery and rocky pinnacles, shrouded in fog...
This is how I imagine the Marquesas Islands must be.
(yíknow, except tropical and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean )






Still, it was pretty impressive.






I wish these damn clouds would stop following us...






More Dismal Swamp-iness. Just more dismal swamp pics. you don't have to look.



















Bye, Un..comp..ah..h.something Forest!












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Old 10-12-2010, 12:30 PM   #560
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You're making want to ride up to Colorado! I've never ridden off-road there.
Makes you want to go LIVE in Colorado. !!
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:44 PM   #561
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I'm enjoying your report! It is awesome! You guys are crazy going twoup into those hills with that beast...and going that fast...anyway, ride safe!

Question: Can you make a red one for me? Nothing against orange, but it wont go with my colors!!!

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Old 10-12-2010, 02:25 PM   #562
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Makes you want to go LIVE in Colorado. !!
haha, sounds like Hayduke better get cracking on that ďColorado SucksĒ website!
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Question: Can you make a red one for me? Nothing against orange, but it wont go with my colors!!!
Hey locorider! Glad you're enjoying the report. What? Are you kidding - ORANGE goes with everything!



Day 28 continued...








Same thing, but with horses.













Even the slab is kind of pretty here.






Ouray, Colorado












Ouray looked like a really neat town. Cute, quaint.
But we didnít even stop.
It was all about the riding and we were anxious to hit the passes...






More drive-by shots...




















See ya, Ouray. Maybe next time...





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Old 10-12-2010, 02:52 PM   #563
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Day 28 continued...


So, now we were on the Million Dollar Highway.




















No shoulder!






A truck up ahead was going pretty slow, so I was able to turn around in my seat to snap this one.






Can you see the falls?





This is looking down off the side of the road...
I donít know if you can tell, but this section drops straight down.
That yellow stuff is the river, waaaay down at the bottom of the Uncompahgre Gorge.






Another shot of the yellow river at the bottom of the canyon.
You do NOT want to spaz out on the million dollar highway!

BigWan was freaking me out, riding close to the edge so I could take pics ("Okay, that's good. That's good! Matt!").





Hereís that truck that was holding us up.
I was happy about it - lots of pics without having to stop.






This is a better shot of the Uncompahgre River (I believe), before it drops down into the gorge.





According to the wiki page, this ramp thingy gives avalanches a place to go.





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Old 10-12-2010, 03:59 PM   #564
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This is a better shot of the Uncompahgre River (I believe), before it drops down into the gorge.


Okay...... Who pee'd in the pool???
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Um, what? nevermind, never mind...




Day 28 continued...


Okay, earlier I said something about going to Red Mountain Pass, but you know I never know what Iím talking about...
RM Pass is paved, so I'm pretty sure we didn't go there.

We just went to Red Mountain and looked at old mining shit. I mean, stuff.
Hey, thatís probably Red Mountain...






The sun was gone and it was starting to rain.
Ugh, terrible light.













It had just dumped here.



































I'm glad these roads can handle the rain!












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Old 10-12-2010, 05:38 PM   #566
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Awesome!! looks like you are doing some of the same stuff I did and with the same weather I really like your pictures on the million dollar highway, I wish we could have stopped to take more but there is no place to stop, especially when you are on route to a cool pass!!!



A quick question... The longest trip I've taken was solo 19 days and by the end of it I had lost track of time and was getting only slightly homesick after not talking to people for many days in a row (Trust me I needed the change) but I still wasn't really ready to go back to civilization. How does it feel for you when you are 28 days in?

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Day 28 continued....



Looking over at the highway






Up at the mining stuff.






Cool jeeps in front of some falling down mine sh..stuff.
There were a bunch of jeeps up here. We heard there was some kind of Jamboree thing that week.






When we were leaving, we got mixed up as to which trail Norm was sending us on.
There were a couple trails, at sightly different elevations (making the tracks confusing).

The jeep people were still up at the parking area, looking down at us, and they motioned for us to go down one trail.
Now, Iím not sure if they were:
1) being genuinely helpful, thinking it was the best choice for us.
2) trying to see what the bike was capable of, just out of curiosity.
3) fíing with us as payback for our impatience (or the general impatience of all bikes on these trails).

Probably all three!


Regardless of the reason(s), they sent us down this overgrown, washed out trail.
It was way too narrow for a jeep and was pretty messed up - there was barely enough room for a schoolbus to get by on what was left of the road.

Undaunted, thatís the way we went and BigWan got us through it with no problems.
No hiking for me! whew.

Sorry, no photos. But I think we left a pretty big track...




Back on the road.






It was raining off and on so I donít have many photos. It was a pretty short trail, anyway.















Back on the highway.






Ooh. Knobbies are fun on the highway twisties. In the rain.






Silverton. Didnít stop here, either.
Um. No offense, Silvertonians...
Itís probably a great town, but it was raining and we had riding to do.











Engineer Pass, here we come...

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Engineer Pass, here we come...

You took the easy shortcut!!


I only posted the crying emoticon because I know you and Matt could totally do the harder part of Engineer Pass and it was a lot of fun!!!!
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A quick question... The longest trip I've taken was solo 19 days and by the end of it I had lost track of time and was getting only slightly homesick after not talking to people for many days in a row (Trust me I needed the change) but I still wasn't really ready to go back to civilization. How does it feel for you when you are 28 days in?
Hey Oliver! Well, I don't know how it is for other people, but since matt and I are together, we don't really get homesick.
Having just started the TAT west (and colorado), we were still really stoked and excited about everything on Day 28.
But, even on Day 42, I didn't want to go home!

I think the worst part of this trip was Day 3 (Lakeview, OR). Those first few days of struggling in the snow were grueling.
And, then when we started having problems with Norm and the PC and the tracks...


After Crane Mountain, everything else was easy by comparison.



Wait! What? There was a harder way to Engineer Pass??



F**k! And that's what happens when you don't plan ahead.

Now I have to go back and read that part of your RR again, to see where we messed up.
Dammit.



Edit: son of a bitch!! we could have gone from freaking Ouray to get onto Engineer Pass, via some really great looking rocky stuff.


read all about what we missed, here on EnderTheX and Child's RR: linky


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Old 10-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #570
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Wait! What? There was a harder way to Engineer Pass??



Yep, when you start from 550 (million dollar highway) it is much harder, when you go from Silverton up to the forks that is the big bike bypass. I would say that section and Imogene were the hardest climbs we did on our trip. Black Bear was the hardest descent.

It was so difficult that Chris and I didn't get any pictures of the good stuff, we just had to hang on and hope for the best!

From your other pictures thought they are not as crazy as that snow covered mountain or some of the rocky sections. I am still in awe of Matt's motorcycle prowess!
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