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Old 09-16-2011, 11:44 PM   #136
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Many thanks for the high res photo! It looks really awesome!
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #137
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TYson, looks like your dad is well on his way to recovery; Wisconsin, .. I have old Army friends who live there and I keep meaning to head over for a visit, and seeing those pictures I'll have to work my way over in the next year or two.

That Gold Wing is a solid machine; I had one I bought new in 1985, Interstate 1200, ($6,795 OTD) I rode the crap out of that thing for 9 years. Wife and I use to just impromptu jump and go (before kid) on those rare occasions (I worked a lot).

Don't laugh too hard here's my beauty....... sitting on the Gold Wing


Seeing your dad's brought a smile to my face, you can cruise all day long at 80-90 in comfort on those things.

Great RR
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:47 PM   #138
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Very nice ride report with a lot of great pictures. Thanks for taking the time to do it. I appreciate the effort it takes to share your ride with all of us.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:02 AM   #139
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TYson, looks like your dad is well on his way to recovery; Wisconsin, .. I have old Army friends who live there and I keep meaning to head over for a visit, and seeing those pictures I'll have to work my way over in the next year or two.

That Gold Wing is a solid machine; I had one I bought new in 1985, Interstate 1200, ($6,795 OTD) I rode the crap out of that thing for 9 years. Wife and I use to just impromptu jump and go (before kid) on those rare occasions (I worked a lot).

Don't laugh too hard here's my beauty....... sitting on the Gold Wing


Seeing your dad's brought a smile to my face, you can cruise all day long at 80-90 in comfort on those things.

Great RR

Nice bike, looks shinier than mine. If you make it to WI and are close, stop in for a beer or bed. We're about an hour W of Green Bay.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #140
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Nice bike, looks shinier than mine. If you make it to WI and are close, stop in for a beer or bed. We're about an hour W of Green Bay.
That GW is long gone now, but your on for the beer if I make your way. I have an old Army Bud in Chilton WI. Did you know your boy has no fear... well none that he shows.

Great ride you guys had
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:14 AM   #141
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That GW is long gone now, but your on for the beer if I make your way. I have an old Army Bud in Chilton WI. Did you know your boy has no fear... well none that he shows.

Great ride you guys had

Chilton is about 1 1/2 hr from us.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:28 PM   #142
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On my last ride up Rollins Pass as I was enjoying the beautiful views from 11,000+ feet, I saw a road that went high above treeline and over a ridge. I looked on my map and figured out what road I was looking at. It was Kingston Peak. That's where I'm headed next week.

Well, it's next week. September 11th. I started out taking a road out of Denver that I don't normally take. Highway 6 out of Golden to the casinos of Blackhawk. There is a ton of traffic on this road and no chance to enjoy the road handling prowess of the Tiger. I guess that explains why so many Harleys ride this road. They can drive 5 mph less than the speed limit, like they always do, and people don't get pissed cause there's a solid line of traffic.

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I made it past all the old people gambling away their social security money and turned left on Apex road.

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353 is the one that I want. The road up Rollins Pass is just a few short miles to the North.

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A pretty good view into the flat land to the East of Denver.

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This is a 4WD drive and my research told me it may be interesting, but not a problem.

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Getting a little more "interesting."

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The views are always fantastic above treeline.

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This was an awesome scene.

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Hobbes always likes the workout I give him at high altitude.

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Well, he does get tired and have to take a dirt nap every now and then.

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Yeah, it got pretty tough for a 500 lb moto with street tires. I enjoy the hell out of the challenge though.

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There was a big climb after that really rough section. I'm getting really good at climbing the nasty stuff on this bike.

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The first dusting of snow on the peaks of Colorado.

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There was an easy descent as I crossed the barren high altitude meadow.

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Another pretty decent hill climb ahead. Photos never do the climb's difficulty justice.

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When I crested the top of the hill I cam across four Jeepers. They had been planning for a year to come up here on the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and plant an American Flag. They had a pretty good system and I think the flag will withstand the harsh conditions of the high country.

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They also had a rocking playlist blaring. Toby Keith was playing when I took off my helmet.

"Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue (The Angry American)"

American Girls and American Guys
We’ll always stand up and salute
We’ll always recognize
When we see Old Glory Flying
There’s a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night
When we lay down our head

My daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Until the day that he died
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
To grow up and live happy
In the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love
Has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in
From somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the 4th of July

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
`Cause we`ll put a boot in your ass
It`s the American way

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue


In 2002, for the one year anniversary, a buddy and I went with a crew of people and planted a huge flag on top of Peak 1 in Frisco, CO. You can see it from the Interstate several thousand feet below!! I hiked the year after to replace the flag, but haven't been back since. I'm sure it gets replaced every year, cause it's always there. I wish I had pics, but that was back before the days of digital...

I was just out for a short afternoon ride and it was time to head down.

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The trees are severely wind blown here. It's a wonder they survive. These little trees are probably well over a hundred years old.

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I LOVE MY LIFE AND I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!

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I got to bottom and had a fun ride on Fall River Road. Although, I did have to ask how to get out of the mountain sub division. I got a little lost. It's not like there are signs out here telling how to get back to Denver.

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Back home in time to catch the afternoon football game. I'm not religious at all, but God Bless America.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #143
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It took me a while to read through this report, enjoyed every minute of it. Great Job!

I am looking for another bike, this Triumph Tiger just could be the ticket.

How many miles do you have logged now?
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:52 PM   #144
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It took me a while to read through this report, enjoyed every minute of it. Great Job!

I am looking for another bike, this Triumph Tiger just could be the ticket.

How many miles do you have logged now?
Getting close to 8000 since I got it in May. Not a single problem so far except a blown headlight fuse that I think popped when I was screwing with some stuff mounting the Cycra hand guards. I've never any issues with the stalling problems that has affected a few of the Tigers. It's been great! Highly recommend this bike.

Thanks for reading! I sure enjoy sharing my stories. Stay tuned for the next report from this past weekend. It was an incredible over-nighter! Processing the photos now.....
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:05 AM   #145
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Back home in time to catch the afternoon football game. I'm not religious at all, but God Bless America.
Damn, I'm running out of superlatives to describe your rides. For me, a ride like that is what it's all about—a few challenges and the world at your feet. Well, that balanced with the friends and family rides also. Great stuff again.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:52 PM   #146
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This is to Jason

Just went through a couple of years worth of your pics - couldn't stop. How do you chose which ones go on the wall? Awesome!
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:46 PM   #147
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It was a beautiful Saturday in Denver. If we worked though lunch, we could get out at two. Great! Three more hours than I had initially planned! I hurriedly got changed into all my gear at 2:01 and crammed my work clothes in the Wolfman dry bag. I was excited!

Terry was back in Denver to join the workforce here for two weeks. That meant I had exactly one Saturday and one Sunday to have a riding buddy. I guess I should really meet some people here in Denver.

I met Terry at the hotel he was staying at just as the heavens opened up. It can, has, and will rain really hard in Denver. Terry's 1200GSA was warming in the cool rain.

"Wanna wait it out?" he asked.

"Not really."

"The sooner we get going the less we have to ride in it as the storm is heading the opposite direction."

"I'm kind of a glutton for punishment anyways."

"Me too," he replies.

I will always remember the first time I rode with Terry. Dirt biking in the snow and rain in late October.

I remember saying to him, "Dude, if you like riding in this shit, we're gonna get a long just fine."

SNOW!!! For the third time this year

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Perfect traction and perfect colors

It's raining and we're on the Interstate now heading around South Denver to the road that leads to freedom.

Soon enough the rain stops. We are both starving since we worked though lunch. A stop in Conifer, just off 285, is in order. We debated about where to eat and decided on a little diner. It was waaaaaaaay better than Wendy's. It would have been another great meal to have a photo of. I'll remember to start doing that one of these rides.

Before Terry's French dip arrived, he had to go out to the bike and confirm he forgot his GoPro. He had put some time into getting the mount on his new XD. Yep, it's back in the hotel. There will be no video footage of the passes ahead.

I finished my second helping of their awesome cheesy garlic bread and sopped up the last of my Chicken Fried Steak. Full of good food it was time to head further West.

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It got cold as we passed Kenosha pass and headed down into South Park. There will be a few fingers in these shots since I had my new cold weather Shift gloves on. They're a little bulkier than the Mechanix summer gloves.

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I had wanted to stop and get a few good shots of the Collegiate Range last time. I'm glad we did this time.

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Terry contributed a few great shots. Hint, if I'm in them, he took it.

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A stop at the very convenient liquor store on the side of the road to get the warmth for the night. A little Jameson and some Southern Comfort should do the trick.

Just a few short miles South of Buena Vista and we made a right onto 162 towards St. Elmo.

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Mt. Princeton at 14,197 feet.

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The Chalk Cliffs.

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In St. Elmo.

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We are now really leaving the pavement behind. Time to drop the pressure.

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All my years of experience tell me that's snow up there.

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The "Early Fall Snow Squall!"

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The rocks were wet and starting to freeze as we climbed higher.

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I'm sure the view is spectacular from here as we clear the treeline. But, this is special and amazing in a different way.

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Daylight fades as we reach 12,154 atop Tincup Pass.

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Time to head down and find a place to rest for the evening.

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This was tough riding. In the dark, rain, and snow. Over very rocky sections that were freezing over with ice. Once we noticed the snow was no longer sticking, it was time to find a camp spot.

We found a suitable place and made fire wood the number one mission. The thing that sucks about late year camping is the walk for wood gets longer and longer. We had to go on quite the hike up the mountain to find anything of use.

We set up and and then set up the teepee for the fire. "Dammit this shit is wet!" Everything was soaked from the past week of moisture. Neither one of us has good access to a gas line on our bikes. If I had the KLR, I could have just driven over the teepee, opened the petcock, pissed some fuel, and moved out of the way. Not on either one of these machines. We even wasted a bit of booze to see if that would do the trick. All that accomplished was making some cool blue flames. I am ashamed to say that we failed to get a fire lit.

"Well, I guess we can just stand in the dark and drink our whiskey."

So we did. I finished my bottle as we shot the breeze. Soon Terry called it a night. I was soon to follow. I spent just a little more time lying on the ground watching the stars peek out of the low lying clouds.
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Time to start carrying some snack paks of corn chips for occasions like this. Could have had a nice fire.
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I was cold last night!! There was a fair amount of frost on things here and there so it was definitely around freezing.

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This was one of those mornings where time wasn't particularly a factor. We had a leisurely breakfast and coffee. We each went down to the creek separately to get water and "close the bathroom door" for the other. The creek was very difficult to get to. Lots of underbrush made going tough.

I will say I love drinking water from streams like this. It just doesn't get any better anywhere.

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The road we came in on.

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Soon the bikes came to life. We ended up a lot closer to Mirror Lake than we had thought last night, so we opted to ride down the hill and let the bikes come up to temp there.

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We came to Tincup, CO after a short jaunt. Terry and I were at this intersection on our last ride over Tomichi Pass. We took the same gravel highway that I may or may not have broken into triple digits on.

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As we approached Taylor Park reservoir, the fog hung heavy and cold. Just over the reservoir though.

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We had a great section of pavement below Taylor Park on 742. It was a great way to start the day. Blue skies were out and the worries were melting away. I neglected taking any pics cause I was enjoying the road so much.

There were miles of river marked off with "No Trespassing" signs. I kept thinking, "These fish are mine and you better not try taking any!!" How do you own a river?

We wanted to take a little cut off to get to Hwy 135. The road was 813. I figured we were gonna miss it and just running the long way around. But, we came around a corner and there was a perfect transition to 813. Perfect! Didn't even have to hit the brakes.

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"Well, that certainly looks like a lot of snow up there from last night."

"We'll go til we can't go anymore," replies Terry.

Sorry for the teaser, but I gotta run.
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Time to start carrying some snack paks of corn chips for occasions like this. Could have had a nice fire.
We got the fire started. And it did burn for a half hour. But, it needed constant O2 added to it and I was tired of breathing life into it. The wood just wouldn't dry out with the flames we had.
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