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Old 10-17-2010, 08:11 AM   #631
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:49 AM   #632
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Hey Nixels!
T. Rex! I hadn't heard that one before.





Day 29 continued...











Woo! Still having fun...








Looking down to the right, off the side of the road...















A lot of people park at the bottom and hike up.






So, I guess this isnít a residence, so much as a power plant.
There is a house there, but the main building houses the generator that provides almost a quarter of Tellurideís electricity.





















Brial Veil Falls.
Apparently popular with ice climbers. Scary!
It was closed for a while, but it's reopened for climbing again.





















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Old 10-17-2010, 09:27 AM   #633
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Looking back at the steps behind us.
As always, they donít appear that steep in the photo.
Iím sitting on the bike so Iím already pretty high, looking up at a funny angle.







Itís almost our turn!



Traffic jam! Looks like you hit it on a popular day!

Great pictures of the steps (and thanks for the links to my RR )

You nailed it when you said you were still sitting high on the bike for that photo, if you crouch down the steps start to look gnarly!

So you two rode down it two up on the schoolbus!?! WOW! Amazing! There has to be no place you two can't go which brings me to another suggestion...

With the popularity of this ride report, the fantastic writing and the abilities of your team to muscle through anything... you should consider doing this full time and writing a book! Maybe a couple years from now you can start a ride report called "The Wans holed up in Brazil" or something to that effect"
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:55 AM   #634
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So you two rode down it two up on the schoolbus!?!
Haha, yep.
It was probably really dumb to do it with all our luggage, too.
You are too funny! I can't even imagine trying to write a book.
How would I get all the cartoons in there??







Day 29 continued...



Here are those turquoise pools we saw from the pass.







Some old building for the old building fans.








Another.








I wish I got a better photo of these colorful houses!







I imagine they are multi-million dollar cottages.







Oh, hereís a screen capture from zillow. Homes for sale in that neighborhood of Telluride (with prices).







While Iím at it, Telluride, in relation to Black Bear Pass...







Blurry close up of Black Bear Pass...







I think this is an office.







We didnít even stop in Telluride.
It was full of jeeps and pirates, and seemed too upscale for some bums like us.
Oprah and Tom Cruise have homes there, need I say more?

Damn - but by doing that, we missed the Free Box! If you stop in Telluride, take a look! Maybe you'll get some good loot.



Snapped a few shots as we drove through.







Wow, weíre lucky we made it down Black Bear when we did.
That looks like nasty rain, coming this way!















Another cute purple house!







Yikes, here it comes...






We decided to stop at the gas station to get lunch and wait out the rain.
Iíve heard of $60 lunches in Telluride.
This is more our style.
The apple, cheese and yogurt are mine.
BigWan had a slice of pizza and a corn dog.
We split the crappacchino and a bottle of water.
He said the pizza was so good, it must have been from a restaurant in town. Lucky!







What the hell does this mean?





Okay, we need to hit the road - we're still going all the way to Moab, via the La Sal mountains!


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Old 10-17-2010, 12:09 PM   #635
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very nice RR...great pics.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:08 PM   #636
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After seeing you guys ride the school bus down Black Bear 2 up.... I'm not even sure I'm worthy to read your ride report!
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:08 PM   #637
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After seeing you guys ride the school bus down Black Bear 2 up.... I'm not even sure I'm worthy to read your ride report!
I was just thinking the same thing!!
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:20 PM   #638
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Matt rode the schoolbus down the steps and, much to the disappointment of the vultures clustered along the road, we didn’t have any trouble.
Not even a dab.
Whew.
Sigh.
I was relieved. Not enough faith in momentum, I guess.
It was so freaking steep, I could never have dreamed of doing this on my own. EVER! Maybe not even walking!

I admire any rider who has the guts to attempt Black Bear, on any bike!

The hubby I and read EnderTheX's post about their ride through the Colorado passes. We plan on heading up there next summer, and this time I'll be on my F650 GS. After reading about them, I told Mike that I'll do most of them, but not Black Bear (The Steps). I don't do well going down hill either.
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:28 PM   #639
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The hubby I and read EndertheX's post about their ride through the Colorado passes. We plan on heading up there next summer, and this time I'll be on my F650 GS. After reading about them, I told Mike that I'll do most of them, but not Black Bear. I don't do well going down hill either.
No way go do it! Black bear really isn't that tough except for the steps and you can always have someone else ride your bike down the steps (like I did ) If stuff gets too tough just play it by ear and head back when you want to. Who knows maybe it will be safer (not wet) when you get there.

That being said I had a rough time but I'm new to riding this stuff, only had the bike for a year now

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Old 10-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #640
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No way go do it! Black bear really isn't that tough except for the steps and you can always have someone else ride your bike down the steps (like I did ) If stuff gets too tough just play it by ear and head back when you want to. Who knows maybe it will be safer (not wet) when you get there.

That being said I had a rough time but I'm new to riding this stuff, only had the bike for a year now

(thanks for reading!)
I'm a noob, but I'm a great 2up rider. I've only had my bike since June and haven't done much riding yet. We really enjoyed your RR. Especially knowing that we could drive the bikes up there and have the truck at the campsite with all the passes right there. I'm sure he'll talk me into doing Black Bear, as I know that he'll enjoy the hell out of it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:27 PM   #641
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I'm a noob, but I'm a great 2up rider. I've only had my bike since June and haven't done much riding yet. We really enjoyed your RR. Especially knowing that we could drive the bikes up there and have the truck at the campsite with all the passes right there. I'm sure he'll talk me into doing Black Bear, as I know that he'll enjoy the hell out of it.
I've been riding dirt for about 2 years.

I just got my F650GS in March of this year. Geek took me down to the San Juans over Labor Day weekend. I did Cinnamon Pass (I stalled on a switchback going up and had two a$$hole jeepers on my tail that decided to pass me on the right in the switchback as I'm sliding backwards ) and Ophir (had a small issue with taking a right hand switchback going down and an open abyss on my left side).

I'm hoping we'll do more passes down there next year (yeah, it helps to have it in my backyard).

I'm not sure I'll ever have the courage to do that last stint of Black Bear. Every year Geek does it, there is video of him talking about 5 octives higher than his normal voice.

And I'm not fond of down hills with sharp right switchbacks and an open abyss on my left (it's much better if there is a wall on my left). It's all psychological, but that's one of the things I need to work on.

If you go, just remember to have fun. It's most definitely one of the most beautiful areas of CO.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:20 PM   #642
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You guys are unstoppable! Great ride report guys!
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:51 PM   #643
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After seeing you guys ride the school bus down Black Bear 2 up....
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I was just thinking the same thing!!
Tn. Walrus and Blueproof - Aww, you guys. So glad youíre still reading! thanks.



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No way go do it! Black bear really isn't that tough...
Haha, I see that Oliver has taken up the campaign to cripple the world, one rider at a time.
Okay, folks - if you get hurt on Black Bear, thatís ENDER THE X.



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We plan on heading up there next summer
Hey Amanda, looking forward to your CO ride report!
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It's most definitely one of the most beautiful areas of CO.
Hiya, Tweetie. Again, we are so envious of you and Geek! Hope I did justice to your spectacular backyard - here's to the San Juans!

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You guys are unstoppable!
Hi Chris! Matt says, "Nope, we always stop for fuel and ice cream!"




Day 29 continued...


After lunch, we got on the road, trying to get away from the rain.
We did really well until we ran into some road construction.







CDOT was dealing with some fallen rocks that had blocked the road...







Holy crap, now thatís a rock in the road!







Uh oh.







Big Uh oh.








Weíre so screwed...







But then again, maybe not...









Norm was leading us away from the scary clouds, and into some friendlier ones.








Ah, the sun was shining again.
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It didnít seem like it was going to last long, though.
















Mark T. (from Tin Cup) had also recommended that we take Paradox Valley into Moab.
He said it was beautiful and interesting.
We hadnít been totally thrilled with Montecello, so we were willing to try something different.















Okay, while Mark was 100% right on with his Black Bear recommendation,
I would say - Paradox Valley...Meh.
The TAT route through Montecello is much better.
Way more dirt, including 727 (the infamous ďfun, fun, funĒ road from the rollcharts).
While not exactly ďfun,Ē itís far superior to being on slab.


It goes a little like this:

front door = Cinnamon Pass
foyer= California and Corkscrew Passes
swimming pool= Black Bear Pass
library = Paradox Valley.
(confused? play the clip below)





























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Old 10-17-2010, 07:13 PM   #644
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I generally do not comment on ride reports but I have to here. This took me a few days and several late nights but I am caught up.

You hooked me on the first day with your carefree style, I really enjoyed it.

Loved your wit and all the pictures, I await more Ma'am..

Thank you..
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:47 PM   #645
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Haha, I see that Oliver has taken up the campaign to cripple the world, one rider at a time.
Okay, folks - if you get hurt on Black Bear, thatís ENDER THE X.

haha! Did I say "black bear" I meant Intensive Care Bear!






(Lol, I'm trying to learn from Kelly's RR, links are awesome!!!)

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