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Old 11-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #196
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I seem to have a fancy for wood



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Old 12-12-2013, 01:25 PM   #197
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Thanks guys
Hey Scoutin Wyo ~ I've learned a lot about those types of trucks; Travelall, Travelette, Scout II's, 800's
Hey Brown Dog!

On our way up the mountain from Leadville towards another pass we found another cool mine place;


A nice scenic view I believe on the Hagerman Pass road, although it looks like my motor bike is pointing in the wrong direction




Brent setting up the camera across from the summit sign;






A cool patch of dirt heading towards Meeker, Colorado:


I don't know exactly why I took this one below, maybe for reference for something;


Brent looking up some place to purchase some groceries in Meeker & a place to eat;



We ate the Meeker Cafe and it was cool. It had been an establishment since the early 1900's ~ ish It had nice furniture in a large dining room and a bar with round backless stools.
The entrance is next to the green Drugs building;
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #198
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[QUOTE=SquirrelyGrl;22974786]Thanks guys
Hey Scoutin Wyo ~ I've learned a lot about those types of trucks; Travelall, Travelette, Scout II's, 800's
Hey Brown Dog!


I have a bit of a problem with old Binders. I've actually owned all of those models you listed (plus a standard cab truck) at the same time. I've now pared down my fleet to just my beloved '74 S-II.

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:43 PM   #199
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After a good sammich lunch in Meeker (which I saved 1/2 of my turkey sammich for a snack later) on towards Dinosaur, Colorado!
Golly the wind was horrible! Semi's didn't help a whole lot either, but most were nice and passed at good spots.

We rolled into the Visitor's Center located in Coloradp & it was kinda sad, they had a nice display of a mini model of the park and roads & the little gift shop. The Ranger lady didn't have much information about the Yampa River Road where we wanted to camp in the backcountry of the park. Poor girl, I felt bad when she didn't know anything about the campground, she said the road was closed, but the campgroud was open .
But we kept on the road into the park and that was our first sight of sand and desert country ~



A photo of Brent whirrring past me, seeking out a dirt road. Did I mention I had no idea at the time we were on this road, that it's actually a dead end?



Our road led us right in amongst those mesa's? Are those mesa's? :



This asphalt walk way was a short hike located just off the pavement. I considered riding on it, but Brent gave me a stink eye :



A good photo of Brent on a dirt trail we found, there were lots of hunters camped out and some of the road looked like it had been washed out from the heavy rains (a reason why Yampa Rd was closed).
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:15 PM   #200
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We kept on riding.... Kept on ...... riding...... more desert........ lots of cows open range atop the mesa...... & a gamekeeper too!!!! Some Gov't truck was in his truck keeping an eye out on the cows as we drove on by.

Finally we get to the state line into Utah and it's 25 miles to the end of the road, a dead end. we were only at 22 or so miles into it. I was running low on gasoline and Brent didn't feel like worrying about my tank so we stopped right on the side and pulled out my handy dandy map I purchased at the Canyon Visitor Center.

We decided to turn around and head onto some vague, dotted line off road lines marked on the map, a closer route to town, rather than go all the way back to Canyon Visitor Center.

Woa!!!! What a ton of sand in that area! I hadn't ridden in that much sand ever! slipping and sliding and struggling, boy it was a blast!!! But it was nothing compared to what we did in Moab off the White Rim Trail.

Anyhoo, we gas up and purchase a couple things and head back onto the sand trail we came off of, it was the only primitive camping we saw and had this great spot;



Our camp spot below;


Some picturesqe mountains;


Brent pointed out the pine cones and commented on how they look alot like dried flowers;


Another wood pic for RedBud ;


Our camp on a full moon night;
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Me munching on my left over sammich;



Morning;



Before breakfast our tracks thru the sand;


Which breakfast was awesome! The night prior Brent made first time ever canned chicken tacos, w/ salsa verde & the next morning we had breakfast burritos with the leftover salsa verde and 1/2 dozen eggs we purchased from the grocery in Meeker. It was a winner!

Then we headed into the town of Dinosaur on our way out to the Quarry. Of course I had to mail some postcards from Dino
& lurking in the window was this lil guy at the post office;
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Altho ~ I found the owl hiding behind their open sign with just it's ears perking up funnier



Across the street was the 'Official' Dino Park;


Crankiness from the sun being in my eyes ;


Behind the Triceratops is a garage holding this big beast;


Of course, how can you resist a Merry Go Round? They hardley exist anymore;



For those unfamiliar with the awesomeness of Dinos;



So funny, this sign (above) was the nicest and newest part of this lil park and the large dino's are old and faded from the sun, but golly they have an awesome sign!

So we rode on to the actual Quarry on 149.......... and this was the first pic I got, just after we had ridden the lil shuttle bus to the top;




Like a blonde Keanu Reeves "Woah"

On the inside of the building here, they had this;



Hundreds of dinosaur bones all smashed together in this wall;
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A head of one of the meat eaters;



A thigh bone anyone?;


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A lil tyke who didn't make it too far in life......



But just how in the world do they project what the dino's looked like when they only have so few bones to work with? How do they even know which ones go together??

That was the end of the show, we walked outside and went to the bathrooms and I probably shouldn't have been intrigued by this, but I was;



We decided not to take the shuttle bus and walked down the hike from the Quarry to the Visitor's Center;







An interesting trail developed walk;

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:39 AM   #205
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A cool rock, shaped from the wind;



One of the wild beasts in this land;



We got back to the Visitors Center/Gift Shop and after a couple of purchases we decided to call ahead and reserve a room at a hotel in Moab (this day was the 18th or 19th). The entire town of Moab was booked An independent film festival was in town. Gentri had recommended the hostel in Moab. So we thought to have our choice, we'll book the next available date for the Hostel, which was Sunday night (September 22).

Sooooo....... that meant more riding and more camping! More exploring! More adventures!

Kitty snack always help in frustrating moments;




After the massacre of kitty gummies, we hopped back on the bikes and checked out Josie's Cabin farther into the Park. Which we saw this Model A or T frame laying near the parking lot;


A good size cabin this woman had, she had gone thru a divorce and had grown children when she decided to build this cabin in the back country and have her own homestead back in the early 1900's;





Josie's gate to the the pasture;



Several people were visiting the homestead, and the park had turned it into a great picnic spot. One of the visitors had approached Brent and he turned out to be a fellow pig rider, seeing us on the bikes increased his envy. You know, 'that' look, wishing you were riding everytime you see someone else on a bike while you're in the car. Pretty cool guy.

On the way back (Josie's cabin is at the dead-end of the Park) we stopped and checked out some Petra-glyphs;



Then we took the advice of one young lady ranger and ate at this local place;



Then we moved on towards Flaming Gorge, which was originally in our plan when we were making the rough draft of the route. The week before we left though, we nixed it as we thought it would take too much time and I wouldn't be able to get back to work. With Moab being a couple days and we were so close to Flaming Gorge, What's a few more days of work compared to riding?

One of our stops on the way to the Gorge, on a lonnnnnnnnng up hill, the DR was having a slow go ;

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The KLR & DR ventured onward towards Flaming Gorge. We scouted a few places along Hwy 191 to pitch our tent for the next couple of nights. We found a few occupied and a few not. Several of the campgrounds were closed already, but we kept on rolling.

As we got close to the Dam we noticed a serious off-road trail that went up in the direction we were coming from.

We rode across the dam and found another closed campground.

Plan B ~ We went back to the serious uphill. Fully loaded, I'm a pansy with the DR.

Brent went right up it, Big round rocks littered the trail, but I rolled up behind him.
The first landing was a primitive camp spot, but we thought we could do better.

And we did;



Our view overlooking Green River;



Our treacherous road to our perch;





Another camp photo for Boojum (if he ever looks at the thread);



Our greatest find in the camp;



Our view of the dam;


I believe this was our dinner as we had had a good size lunch at the diner (who doesn't like Tuna?);

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The next morning;






This day was the day of rest (somewhat) for the Bikes.
Their only job was to carry us to the Trail head in the Gorge. We hopped on our bikes and rode to the end of the trail at Little Hole Recreation Area, abandoned the KLR & doubled back on the DR like Dumb & Dumber back to the dam (where the put in is located)



View of the Green River on our descent;




Our hike that day was really awesome & lots of fishermen were out and about and kayakers & hikers;




I can't tell if this photo has a guy kayaking thru it or not, maybe he's there;




Lots and lots of Trout!;






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The trail took up the better part of the day & we soon found ourselves back at the campsite;

An awkward photo to post;



Yummy Yummy chicken taco dinner;



Step 1 ~ Heat the shell then add the cheese to melt onto the shell



Step 2 ~ Add the chicken, which we added taco seasoning to it while heating it in a saucepan;



Step 3 ~ Add the salsa verde to it;



& Voila! Dinner is served! This was such an awesome meal (I've mentioned that before haven't I?)

Then it was morning all over again, after a beautiful clear night of moonlight.

All packed up;
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Headed up north on Hwy 191 into Wyoming.

Took an immediate right turn onto 70 (Brown's Park Rd)


Only pic of Wyoming:



As we continued eastward back into Colorado, Hwy 318 got us to the Gates of Lodore! I thought that was the coolest name, maybe from a Tolkien story or CS Lewis.

Our approach to the Gates Of Lodore:





The mud along Green River;



We didn't stay long at the campground there, I wonder how long the Rangers stay there. It's such a long way to stay for the weekend.

One last photo on the way out:

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Our goal was to get back to the Yampa Bench Rd, in Dinosaur Nat'l Monument.

I'm not entirely sure what road this was;



Yampa River down below;







One of the attractions on the Yampa Bench Rd. A neat cave;







We drove by the Yampa River Campground, then headed up the mountainside;



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