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Old 07-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #256
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I had forgotten to post up this song... which as soon as I heard it 3 weeks ago, I had decided to dedicate it to Mick Here little buddy.


Down at Rally Central people are getting together in groups to ride and do their thing... I hang back and just get the feel for it. The Camp doesn't look baaaad...... AL had moved his tent up outta the lower field where the torrential rains had created the swamp and so I set mine up next to his. Then swapped out the used up 606 rear and T63 front for some fresh 606 rubber all around!




Took some weight off Des' which had her looking sexier than hell... then prepared to hit some high country with Al.
We decided to do Black Bear Pass over into Telluride, just to warm up a bit. On the way taking an old mining road off to the east of 550 to snoop around a bit.






Ooh yea...






Alex just LOVES old Mines!!! We may still return to Hyder to ride the 11mi tunnel through a mountain at the GranDuc Mine?!?!


A bit of History of the Mine and it's Avalanche that left 26 dead on feb 18th 1965:

" In 1948, Tom McQuillan and Einar Kvale located and staked the copper that Lake and McDonald had predicted. Four years later they optioned the property to Granby Mining, but it took many years for Granby's engineers and financiers to work out how to extract the ore from this most difficult of locations.

The Leduc Glacier,
as seen from the Upper Portal of the
Granduc Mine, May 1975.
This photo was taken at 4:00 AM, almost directly above where the Leduc Camp was located ten years before. The fantastic colour is accurate, not filter-enhanced.
Photo 1975-2013 by Murray Lundberg













Finally, in 1964, it was announced that everything was in order, and work would begin at once on a development expected to cost $55,000,000. The ore, centred in what was named the Leduc ore body, would be extracted through a 11-mile-long tunnel, to be drilled from both ends. Several camps were set up, including one to house 140 people at the Leduc Glacier end of the proposed tunnel. With 4 bunkhouses, a dining hall, recreation hall, auditorium, offices and powerhouse, the workers were able to live fairly comfortably in the harshest of conditions. A large runway was constructed right on the glacier, and supplies arrived by aircraft on the few days when the weather allowed. The rest of the time, Cat trains brought everything needed by the miners. The Cat trains wound through the mountains on a circuitous, 22-mile route that crossed a 5,500-foot pass, and involved travel along several glaciers, including the massive Salmon Glacier. In September 1964, work began on the tunnel.
This area gets some of the heaviest snowfalls on earth, averaging about 800 inches each year, with the record at over 1,100 inches. To the men working at the camp, the 16 feet of snow that fell in the second week of February 1965 merely meant some extra work to keep their work areas usable. But high above the camp, incredible pressures were building as the snow deepened.
It is an eerie, desolate scene. A huge signal fire sends up warming flames and sparks - a beacon to rescuers. One building only is intact. Tired men huddle inside. Twenty fellow workers are out there in the snow, probably dead in their shattered bunkhouse. The injured lie on the floor. Dr. Veasey from Stewart moves from one to the other doing his best under primitive conditions. There is no light. It's cold...




The snow piles up deeply in the coastal mountains - it's heavy snow, perfect for building glaciers, awful to work in. On the steep mountainsides above Portal Camp of the Granduc Mine, millions of tons of snow let loose at 10:16 AM, February 18, 1965. The survivors mostly remembered that it happened silently, with no warning.
Radio operator Innis Kelly managed to get a brief "Mayday" message out before his equipment faltered, and within hours, a massive rescue force from across Canada and the United States was battling storms to reach the scene, where 50-70 mile per hour winds were reported. While nearby helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft waited for the weather to ease, 4 cat trains ground through the drifts at top speed, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Cape Romain got into position to move the injured to hospital as quickly as possible, the huge Alaska ferry Taku was equipped as a hospital and sailed for the harbour closest to the disaster, and a wide array of other military, police and civilian aircraft and boats from both countries sped to the area. Virtually the entire camp was wiped out by the avalanche. Some of the survivors were missed when the slide split into two forks, and many were able to dig themselves out when they were buried. Bertram Owen-Jones, a 20-year-old cook, was holding a knife when the cookhouse was blown apart - caught under a portion of wall, he was able to use the knife to cut himself free after 3 hours. The tunnel had only been driven 28 feet when the avalanche struck, and several men were protected inside it.

Help came from every direction. Ketchikan, Stewart, Annette Island and Prince Rupert shared the work of dispatching crews with a wide range of duties to perform, from locating mountain rescue experts to feeding the survivors. As always in disasters there were heroes everywhere. The aircrews, and the rescuers who flew with them, stand out in all of the newspaper reports. Day after day, they risked their lives in terrible storms, in one case having to land on a glacier for the night and then chip ice off the rotors to get going again in the morning. But there were also some scoundrels - while most men were digging to find fellow workers, someone robbed the commissary.

As the details filtered slowly out, it became apparent that many of the victims of the slide were new to mining, drawn by the high wages, and probably the excitement offered at this high-profile project. Brothers Blake and Rod Rose came from a mining family, but had heeded their mother's wishes to stay away from mining until a few days previously. Unable to find work in Vancouver, though, the boys hired on as labourers and, along with janitor Craig Anderson, arrived at Portal Camp 4 days before the slide hit - all 3 were killed.
One of the real miracles of the disaster was the story of Eino Myllyla, a carpenter who was buried for 79 hours, while huge rescue helicopters landed on the snow directly above him. He was uncovered by a bulldozer which dislodged a cap of ice covering him. Suffering from frostbite, dehydration and oxygen deprivation, he was rushed to hospital in Ketchikan, where he remained for months.
Winter harrassed the rescue crews right until the second they left - extreme danger from more slides forced the emergency evacuation of the last 54 rescuers, with helicopter pilots braving a wild snowstorm to bring them out, navigating to the camp using the smoke from still-burning fuel tanks. The following day, the DC-3 carrying the 19 bodies recovered to that point skidded on the runway at Stewart and plowed into a snowbank, forcing a C-46 to come in to retrieve the bodies.
Victims of the Granduc Mine Disaster
Portal Camp was never reopened. No technology available could protect men working in that location against another avalanche. The options for extracting the ore were few - an open-pit mine would be impossible due to the snowfall, so engineers had to find a way to cut the tunnel using only the camp at Tide Lake, 10.3 miles from the main ore body. The huge extra expense involved nearly forced the mine into receivership, but on the basis of reserves of 32,500,000 tons of 1.93% copper ore, refinancing was arranged.
Once work restarted, progress was amazing - several world records were set by the tunnelling crews:
Best single-day advance - 155 feet
Best six-day advance - 601 feet
Best month's advance - 2,320 feet
Fastest one-mile advance - 73 working days
Tide Lake Camp, Granduc Mine
The view from the main concentrator door












While the tunnel crews were at work, a permanent camp and a massive concentrator were also being constructed at Tide Lake. To get supplies in and concentrate out, a 32-mile all-weather road was built to reach Stewart, where a large dock was built to berth ore freighters as large as 50,000 tons. The town of Stewart quadrupled in size, with the modern "Granduc Subdivision" extending to the north of town. By November 1970, everything was completed - the final bill came to $115,000,000, over twice the original budget. Only 3 months later, however, the first shipload of copper concentrates were on their way to Japan.
Over the following years, Granduc had its ups and downs as most mines do. Copper is one of the metals that is the most sensitive to world market demands, and the massive cost over-runs in developing the mine led to a crippling debt load when interest rates climbed. The ore reserves at Granduc, though massive, were not rich, and the severe drop in copper prices in the 1980s led to layoffs, then short closures, then indefinite closure of the mine. A skeleton crew attempted to maintain the Tide Lake Camp and Granduc Subdivision through several winters, but expenses were enormous. Maintenance was scaled down further and further, and the decision was finally made to dismantle the camp and concentrator and shut down permanently.
Visiting Stewart now, it's clear that Granduc will never be forgotten. Although it may not be clear when you first enter town why all the now-empty homes and apartments were built, anybody in town will be able to tell you the story. And if you take the drive to see the Salmon Glacier, you'll get an up-close look at the conditions that were faced to construct the Granduc Mine, and that miners and engineers still regularly face in the North."

Then we cross over to BlackBear...




Just beautiful...


We start to see more high altitude sheep....








And Alex befriends / gets the once over from a sheep dog.




Just above his right hand in this pic near the snow we see a little highmark and decide to try and highmark it ourselves.... without tearing up the terra firma unneccesarily.


It's a good bit looser than we expected but we get to the top!^)-
Whata view........




Desiree' and Janis both well over 13,000ft for their first times... as the pass itself below is at 12,840




Very Craggy above us.. we both wanted to take a while and go hike it.


Back down and onward...






Hey Brotha...


And Sista...


Beautiful high altitude flowers.... had to get a pic or two, then Des' wanted to pose.






The step downs heading down the backside toward Telluride are a BLAST!!! The road is one way only here, but since it was late in the day and I figured no one else would be coming along, I turned around several times to ride back up the steps then back down!)
After fooling around a good while I finally ride down and what do I see......








YeeeeHaaaa Suuuweeeet!!!! Alex has found us a play toy!^)-
An old cable running across the canyon with a heavy single strand cable/wire hanging down. We would've liked to see a multi strand cable for a better chance at not having the wire bend back and forth back and forth... then snap... your on a nice fall 40ft to the rocks!
But it was all we had. So we swung...


A bit later a dude and his cute gal come hiking down off the ridge and so we sweet talk them into trying it with us!^)- "Here just use my gloves and hang on TIGHT to the loop"!
She was more apprehensive than he, but eventually went for it too...






Now her turn... my gloves have never looked soo good on me!






Whata great day it's turned into... must say... I like it better than a group ride. I'm just gonna have to start leading groups I guess? :)



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Might as well play some more America... this song sums up alot of why I take off into the Wild a few times a year... as much as the ride is about meeting people, I'm still drawn to this feeling.... "Cause there ain't no one for to give ya no pain"


C.W. McCall sang a song back in 1975 helping make this road famous too...

After all the fun swinging on the cable we head off down the last set of steps overlooking Telluride and the second highest waterfall in CO, Bridal Veil Falls. The steps are kinda close to the cliff edge and give you a nice feeling of life at its best in the pit of your stomach:)




Down below to the left what do I see.....


Whoa... looks like a Castle from one of my velvet black light posters in the 70's (if your too young to know you can look it up here:) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacklight_poster they used to glow and be pretty Funky
Here's an example...


OK sooo on our left is this awesome coool (to me) black light poster castle, with a face in it's lower wall...




Just cool as hell.....


I just had to find out who, what, where this thing came from...
Turns out it is the Bridal Veil Hydroelectric plant, sitting atop the 365ft falls. The second oldest A.C. plant in the world (using one of Nikola Teslas generators, a great inventor ya may wanna check out too) built in 1895, to power the Smuggler-Union Mine.

The oldest plant being not far away, in the next valley near Ophir.

"June, 21st 1891: Telluride Power Station Online

L.L. Nunn, a Colorado lawyer and manager of the Gold King Mine, signed a contract with Westinghouse to install the Tesla A.C. power system. The plan was to harness a river below the mine and replace the costly coal powered steam generators. This facility became known as the Ames Power Plant and was the first power station in the world to transmit alternating current at high voltage for power purposes, for a long distance."

And the scoop on the original builder of this Castle and his interesting if not socially sordid lifestyle: http://www.localsofcolorado.com/brid...-in-telluride/


Aaand it is / was / may be again the most difficult Ice Climbing in North America!
"The falls were opened briefly in the 1990s to ice climbers, but the area is private property so climbing has been legally prohibited since.[3] Referred to as a "mega classic" and "the most difficult waterfall ice climb in North America" some climbers have trespassed to take a crack at the imposing and dangerous climb, but a land purchase proposal and an insurance deal may change the situation.[3] Climbers were excited by the proposal in 2008 that would reopen the falls to climbers.[3] Legendary climbers Jeff Lowe (climber) and Mike Wiess were known to have been the first to summit the falls in 1978, the effort having been broadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.[3]"

After marveling at the spectacle we mosy on down into town, passing lots of old mining debris...






It's a BEAUTIFUL box canyon... what a spectacle for the miners at the turn of the last century, let alone the Natives that used to inhabit it.




Though it's a popular town... we make no time for the hustle and bustle, instead taking back streets to the other dirt road outta town. The Imogene Pass road... it will take us back up to 13,000ft and over to Ouray then the fun twisty Million Dollar Hwy back to the Rally.
You can just see Alex rounding the turn up ahead of me...


And again he's on the far wall... imagine the men with their picks carving these roads into the sheer rock walls!




The road we had came down moments before and past the falls...


More of mans marks left from the past...


Our road leads to those peaks over there..






I was taking the jetting down even further at this point.
A moon like setting...








Back at the Rally we see some more company has joined us.... Gnite.

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Fantastic, JJ!! Love the pics, love the way you write, love the additional info (like on the mine)... really good stuff. Thanks so much!! Keep it coming too!
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Man, that place looks awesome. I swear, Colorado must have some of the best riding I've seen. Roads look just a little bit too sketchy for me to want to solo, let alone fully loaded tho. Oh well. Someday!

It's great to see more posts from you!
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Man I have got to get out west jim.... fantastic as always bud. what the hell is that damn filthy nomad up to anyway?? As always....(and I have no idea why anyone would want to) if you ever find yourself crossing northern indiana stop on by for a nice meal and some cold brews.
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Fantastic, JJ!! Love the pics, love the way you write, love the additional info (like on the mine)... really good stuff. Thanks so much!! Keep it coming too!
Thank you Cynthia... Will be right back to it as soon as I return from the Briggs Farm Festival this weekend!^)-
Info here: http://briggsfarm.com/?page_id=41 WoooHooo Taking Desiree' and camping out in the woooods.

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Man, that place looks awesome. I swear, Colorado must have some of the best riding I've seen. Roads look just a little bit too sketchy for me to want to solo, let alone fully loaded tho. Oh well. Someday!

It's great to see more posts from you!
Hey Fey... YES it REALLY is that gooooood!!! Come ride it with me! Glad to be back.....


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Man I have got to get out west jim.... fantastic as always bud. what the hell is that damn filthy nomad up to anyway?? As always....(and I have no idea why anyone would want to) if you ever find yourself crossing northern indiana stop on by for a nice meal and some cold brews.
Dude, Eric... yes you DO! ANd thanx again for the offer my brother!!! I WILL stop in the next time thru Northern Indiana.... YES!

Al is in San Diego work'n with FadingFast and DaxxRuckus.. Link to his RR and a leeeetle info here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...659820&page=66

Hoping to get him back on here, since this section of the RR is theeee last two weeks we ride together in the Beyond Insanity Ride.

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Sunday in Silverton.........



Sooo we wake up to frost on our seats as has been the case up here at 9,318ft... Yup low 30's when you wake and mid 80's in the afternoon. Noooot tooo bad if ya ask me! With the clockwork like, midday rains to keep the humidity where it needs to be, I like it.

We head into town...


And head to the Kendall Mtn Cafe where Alex had stumbled in a few days earlier and seen the place just packed and shorthanded!!! Sooo our hero starts to bus tables for the owner and his cute Mexican American mom:) this creates a bond between them all and I get to go and experience it. Breakfast is HUGE!^)- and she was a darling (forget her name and wasn't keeping up on my notes. Hope AL will chime in)

We head back to Red Mountain Motel, Cabins and RV Park where the Rally was headquartered. And do some bike inspection...
I'm getting ahead of myself here...
I had been in a bit of a funk since leaving Waynes up in Lewiston.... Sena's vibes had me riled up and as I said earlier in the report my back seized up etc... Moab and Accupuncture had helped a load, but I had to get my head straight soon. Soooo as I lay in the tent reading this morning, I must've caught onto/remebered something... because it all went Bing!!! I was seeing things clearly again and was HAPPY!!!

Everywhere we went I saw happy loving people and they got the same from me... I was creating my own reality as we do at every moment, and it was again a goood one! I love it when that happens, and feel puuurty stupid when I forget and go the otherway:/
Eh such is living and interacting with all types of people living in random states of consciousness...
I soooometimes let myself get drawn into there Dream... but prefer to and usually do, just stay in mine.
Where I can do the most good for my fellow man, woman, planet etc...

I had a bit of slow start with Jim the RV Park owner when I had first rolled in, and the next day due to my original bad joojoo, but now we were old buddies! He told Al and I MANY a long tail of his rise from a SoCal teen to an Eastcoast lead welder, to working the high Steel all across the U.S. and the stories just went up and on from there! AWESOME stuff was being shared....

So was a good thing we had jelled, bonded, felt like brothers... cuz Alex was gonna need a friend!!! A friend with a WELDER and one who could WELD! I had done a couple welds for him up at Waynes aand he'd stopped somewhere in Wyoming or Utah on the way and had welding done...now he needed more. Like 11 MORE! WHOA dude what the heck?!?!?


Yeeaaa he had ridden Black Bear and Imogene passes with a bike that was no...t completely intact... muuuch like himself I might add!


So we mosey on over to Jim's shop and Alex starts dismantling Janis...


And now that I remember, this is when I actually swapped the tires on Des'... 6,700mi outta the T-63 and 3,500 outta the 606. With a good bit left on the T-63 I might add (I have since gotten 8,000mi outta the one I'm running now)




Hahaha heeeere we go AGAIN>>>


Nooo doubt about it weeee are happy dudes thrashing on our bikes...


Jim gets suited up and looks over the cracked up KLR, while it's cracked up owner looks on:)


You can tell by his smile he's a gooood dude!!! That's his son Levi's Jeep in the back undergoing it's remake!^)- A coool cat himself is Levi.








Just like your watching TV right...






Yes Al had went across the street to the only grocery in town a convenient 50yds away and brought back alotta BERR to apease the welding gods.


Inspection... some beer... and more welding.


While I watched the surgery..


More inspection... test fit the shock.... coool beans NO more cracks!




WoooHooo all done now we can ride!!!


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Foooood............

While milling around the Rally late the night before last swilling beers, I had met "Road Damage" a real cool dude... he gave Al and I a couple of his road sign looking, Road Damage stickers!) I also mentioned to him that I had struggled a bit with the rally's this summer and sharing the experience on the RR. He pretty much said just tell it like it is maan, it's all goood. Was a goood chat we had and a part of the regained HAPPY I had when I woke up the next day.

I also wandered over to the KLIM booth to visit my buddy Mark and his wonderful wife Rose... (if ya need some quality riding gear give him a shout: http://www.klim.com/ )
I saw these cool reused innertube bags on the "Gear Mojo" table that Rose sells... layed two of my old warn out ones next to them to check the size and ended up getting all three of the smaller ones.


I use one for my mini shaving kit, one for quick access tools in the tank pannier, and one for the chain breaker and misc materlinks / chain links. She also had a cool dog leash and collar made outta the same tubes with colored fabric outter and a beer bottle opener on each!!! I had to get the set for my buddy Jen and her Boxer Chella!^)- Chella wears the collar and Jen drinks da beers!
Roses Gear Mojo website here: http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/gea...StoreFront.bok

And check out this ol' Ford Snowmobile Jim had bought... just way cooool.


Ok back to the bike... the reason Al had brought Janis to the shop was to swap a stator... the welding was just a side effect of him seeing some more broken shit as he tore into her. Sooo now that the welding is done we'll take a break for some chow then get back to the stator.

We wander down Greene st to Handlebnars Restaurant and Saloon. There we meet the sweetest ladies and enjoy some FINE food!!!
Link: http://www.handlebarssilverton.com/
A sticker with Sheri the owner, two waitresses signatures, Handlebar Hollie and Yazmin from Mexico. Her daughters Maryna (youngest) then Jessica (middle) will sign a bit later.)


Group pic with Sheri's arms around daughters... probably to protect them from us!^)- lol and Handlebar Hollie.


It's a cool ol' mining bar and seriously the food is GREAT! Lots of good reviews on trip advisor... not to mention the excellent humor / love coming from all the girls:)




Sheri and Jessica highjacking my dessert...




Handlebar Hollie...






Handlebar mustaches on everyone... Alex must have spent $5.00 trying to get one in his color... I end up with lotsa blonde ones left over. My helmet still has the Handlebar mustache on it today, prob 20,000 mile and a ton of rain later.




I do up a 5 spot for the HighAdventureTour: and hang it from the wall...






With full bellies, minds, hearts, everything... we head back to the shop to burn the midnight oil.

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Back at the shop Al is in pure bliss opening up Janis's sidecover for the Stator swap...


Out of the Blue walks (I should say rides) in Bob...


He's looking for the Hostel and as I give him directions he just gets absolutely into this thrash and takes up residence!!!


He claims this stuff is WAY better than the Olympics (still airing live on the tube) and would rather stay in the shop with us... he's just plain intrigued with the whole affair.


He and Al get to talking and he basically strokes Alex's ego pretty hard...






This WILL come back to bight us in the ASS in the near future...


I'm just enjoying the whole scene.. drinking a beer or two, watching Al doing what he loves best, and Bob enthralled by it all. It really is the highlight day of my 3 month ride sofar!!!
Funny how this is working out and the future we're creating at the very moment

Here's some video of the night scene and a quick run down of all the welding we did earlier today...

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Next day dawns clear and BEAUTIFUL!!!




Al finishes closing Janis back up and Jim wanders into the shop...


He's holding a new electric powered drain cleaning snake... he had mentioned a tough clog in one of the motel rooms that his regulare snake wasn't clearing and that he once used one from a comapny that was THEEE BOMB! He meant to buy one but never had... Since he has been sooo good to us these last few days we decide that to show our appreciation, we had him order the majic drain tool and we'd pay the bill!

The lesson is that money is just a representation of energy... and by sharing it, you / we keep it flowing all around and back to us. This was energy that my wonderful girl Sherri had generated, shared it with Al and I and we were now letting it flow to Jim.

Perfect music for the extra ride energy we had stored up!


So after getting suited up and asking Jim for some good trails we head out later in the afternoon... it's gonna turn into a high elevation LATE night ride!


Plan is to head for Stony Pass, Pole Creek, West Lost Creek to Lost Creek, some forest roads and more technical singletrack. The tracks are pretty dry over on this side...


We get a wave from the little one:) All the ATV's we passed were already heading back into town and to their lodges. Within an hour we would be alone on the trails all night long.








Al pulls off at the top of Stony pass to soak in the ride aaaah...






Pretty nice info and I like the quote "It is called a wagon road, but the only means of using it, is to take your wagon to peices and let it down severall steep places by rope!"


Onward...








After a few looong miles the track starts to get very moist and the traction is gooood!!! Perfect for ripping:)


The views spectacular...




You can see the GoPro on my helmet... yeeeat I still haven't learned to edit soo I can share it here :/




A break to look things over a bit after the thrash... and plan a route.
Pole Creek was a MUD BATH as we rode up into it to look around! Fresh rains moments before had it looking... NOT sooo fun. So now we were going to take a Loooong ride out and around things circling back to town a gooood bit LATER than we'd suspect.









Nice rock formations and look at that sticky track were riding... WoooHooo.




We ride along the Rio Grande River and then its namesake Reservoir...







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Mellower sounds to reflect the night coming on...


We start to settle into the ride as day slooowly fades into night....






The dusk is breathtaking... and I can only hope to capture a bit of it to share with you.










We get near Hwy 149 but head north coming into the Wilderness Ranch and a dead end... we then find some tracks to bypass that roadblock. After waiting a while there is no Alex.... I circle back and find he'd blown a sharp left hander! He was fine tho and he can fill in the details later. For some reason I have no pics of this portion, probably due to it just getting full dark and my readjustment to the ride.

We end up riding some KNARLY KNALRY stuff waaaay after midnight tired and it's COLD again. Feels great riding but sends a sweaty chill up our spines when we stop. We get well above 13,000ft again on some single track that even the GPS doesn't show!
I pull out my rain jacket to loan Al so he can seal up his mesh jacket and I throw on all my layers... needless to say we were traveling LIGHT! Shooting Stars seem to fly by everytime we stop and the night sky up at this altitude is juust breathtaking. (not to mention the altitude being breathtaking to us AND the bikes too... we were all down a bit on power.)
We end up riding over Cinnamon Pass, Engineer Pass, California Pass, Hurricane Pass (Easy Peasy stuff compared to most of the night) riding down through Poughkeepsie Gulch (this was FUN!!!) Corkscrew Gulch and wandering around Animas Forks, Lost Creek,Trail 516 & 518 just to name a few.

Here's Info on Poughkeepsie, notice the Duration... "FULL DAY" Haha lol... yea well we just added it to the nights Adventure!^)- WooHooo

Poughkeepsie Gulch 4x4 Trail


One of the most difficult trails in the area, still amazing views & great fun!

Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 4.1 miles / 6.6 km
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly

Overview: Scenic, remote valley offers variety of challenges for hard-core enthusiast. Snow is usually not plowed, so trail opens later in the season. Fun but difficult trail for ATVs and UTVs. Skilled dirt bikers only. Stay off trail during wet periods. Connects to California Gulch and Corkscrew Gulch. Located in Uncompahgre National Forest. For current conditions call Ouray Ranger District (9709) 240-5300

Rating: Difficult. Uphill direction described here. Easier going downhill. Can be muddy at the bottom during wet periods. One long, steep climb of loose rock is challenging without lockers. Other rocky climbs may require winching. Not recommended for stock SUVs going uphill, although, many manage it.





We stop in one of the Gulches after all the Passes and just about collapse... We can't believe were riding this stuff after being so SPENT!!! Late nights and a LOOONG day!!!




Al's almost asleep on his bike...






We get down the trail a few more miles and I run out of fuel... oh yea forgot to mention that I'd been on reserve a WHILE now
We manuever the bikes around so Janis is up on the bank above Desiree' and connect the extra fuel line I always carry with me, to Al's fuel line using a pen (Al's idea)




Now his fuel level is at the OH SHIT! level too...


We jokingly think of crashing in this old cabin...


We're juuust hoping we can make it back to camp on fumes... On with the Adventure!^)-
Here's a video after I stopped at somewhere above 13,000ft off to the side of a sheer muddy, rocky, crazy incline climb, on an unmarked track in the blackness of night. FUN! Near the end of the vid Alex tells me there is a sheer cliff off to our left! Whoa...

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Wow shit what a ride that was,thanks fer doin such a good job and bringing us along,Im pretty stoked at the moment!!
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Wow shit what a ride that was,thanks fer doin such a good job and bringing us along,Im pretty stoked at the moment!!
Yea buddy.... was a highlight night FOR SURE!!! WoooHaaa thanx for riding along with us!
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Heading outta dodge....



Well we roll back into town in the predawn and head straight for the tents... WHAT A NIGHT of RIDING one I'll never forget... WOW!
After some amount of shuteye we gather up our gear and prepare to head north to the Big Dog in Lander WY.

I run my used tires outta town to the transfer station...


Then we gather up the chairs a couple ADVer's had given us and add our sig's then hand 'em off to Jim...
Again if your ever near Silverton ya gotta stop in and pitch camp here (whether tent, cabin, room or motorhome) with him, his wonderful wife Amy and their cool kid Levi! Jim went above and beyond for us and a lifelong friendship was made!!!
Link to their spread is here: http://www.redmtmotelrvpk.com/


Yup riding fast and breaking shit... he was and may still be!?!?!?!?!



Somehow while in or near the shop Al notices... ANOTHER pair of fractures in his frame! That's 11 total for the weekend LOL.
I believe he lets me stitch these up... So after another late afternoon start were off!


We hit up Handlebars for one last meal and to say goodbye to the girls... then peal outta town. All the while sporting new Handlebar staches on our helmets!




See ya later BEAUTIFUL San Juans...






Another short twistfest on the Million Dollar Hwy over Red Mountain Pass (as you can see from the pics) and were northbound... tonights destination?
Unknown...


The lighting isn't great but I was snapping pics with reckless abandon... this just a small sample.


The feeling is strong even though the images are week..








A rough plan forms that we'll take 550 up to Montrose, then cut East on Hwy 50. This all came about at a pull off somewhere along the way.








Then as light is fading we decide last second, to shoot off South onto a dirt road called the Little Cimarron rd. it follows the Beautiful Little Cimarron River.

About 15mi in we break out our headlamps after spotting a Meadow off to our right, and end up with Alex putting his bedroll down near an old fire pit, I pull Des' under a Pine right next to the river, then throw down my roll next to her.

An AMAZING nights sleep follows.... even though Silverton is a quaint little town, this is soo much more peaceful.
Morning is surreal as I look out of my sleeping bag, laying under the tree canopy, listening to the river whispering it's siren song to me...










While Al is still sleeping I wander around a bit..
















Whata place for a cabin...






Soon we're all packed up again and heading for???? Gunnison maybe, Crested Butte? I need an oil change and for some reason hadn't done it at Jim's. We'll look for a shop or wally world that will let us dispose of the oil.

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Cry Rededication of RR to Mick aaand Dan aka "Rust"...

A few of you had PM'd me asking where Alex aka... "Parepin" TheFilthyNomad" was.
And I needed to reach him to see if he could jump in on the Report since this was the last two weeks we'd be riding together on the HAT 2012 FIB...
So I txt him over the weekend and he tells me some Sad news...

He's just flown back over to Phoenix where he'd landed a few months ago... Dan aka"Rust" and Cindy had been storing Janis all winter and Al had become very close to them last year while bumming around. When he restarted his touring around a couple months ago he'd flown in and hung out there for a week or two fixing on their neighbors house and just plain sharing good times, before heading to San Diego for work with "FadingFast" and "DaxxRuckus".

Well Dan passed onto the next level last week....

Dan was/is the one who gave birth to the idea, we all chip in and get a donation box posted up for Al... on his Rootbeer Run RR, to keep the damn antics going for us all to enjoy at Al's expense. Rust was that kind of guy!!! He had taken the time to email me.. then call me until I got the ball rolling.

This was the plan he hatched up and I just acted as the mouthpiece:

"Ok it has come to my attention that a few of us inmates here would like to shoot some... Money, Dineros, Greenbacks, Clams, Cabbage, Bread, Loot, Mula, Scratch, Dough... (you get my point) over to Alex aka"Parepin" to keep his MISSadventure rolling. (NOTE: The kid would never ask for a penny and sooo... some of us have decided to sing on the street corner -so to speak- for him) He can't turn down a gift.. that would be rude dude!

Rust and DaFoole as well as others via PM, have been in cohorts with me (pressuring me with threats of bodily/mental harm if I don't get something posted up... as they'd like to chip in!!!

Sooo here it is........ We have already got him a new IMS tank and a new lid to protect his... Bean? You know that thing he seems to use every once n' a while to put the camera up to and report on his adventures. I'm working with a manufacturer now (KLIM) to get him some new riding gear at a discount, also.

So I spose if ya wanna... contribute to the cause, feel good about yourself , help a kid out, keep the energy flowing ooor just offload some of that extra $$$$ that's is Nooo doubt weighing you down.
You can PM me for a PayPal addy and we'll put it in the Jar. I'll post up where it's all going and keep everyone up to speed on the sitchiation. We were gonna have Janis's engine freshened up for him while he was healing from surgery, buuut ran outta time, (thought of it too late) as he seems to be ready to ride again and the time frame/window wasn't going to line up.

Thanx for... anything!
Peace,
Jim"



I found out through Alex over the winter that he had terminal Cancer for a few years now (Alex TFN can fill in the details) but when I spoke to him this past winter and said aaah your thaaat dude... he was as chipper as any man could be! A happy, goofy it's all gonna be fucken ok kinda happy... he wasn't too concerned about much left here in this Dream! He has lived it up and was ready to move on to greener pastures. This of course as best I can describe it never having met him face to face.

I'm sure Al will post up his feelings on his RR when He's feeling up to it...
He said Cindy was taking it real hard as he and Rust knew she would So that is probably nagging at him a good bit... this whole dealing with friends passing from this reality into another can/is DAMN hard on a guy .

I'll cross post a few pics from Al's thread in HONOR of DAN "RUST"

"The flight was rough. Five and a half hours in a center seat in coach, but was greeted at touch down with Rust's toothy smirk and a beer in hand. I spent the next week wrenching, riding, and unwinding. I'm a big fan of Dan's little gang he's got out there in the valley. I find nothing more relaxing and entertaining than tipping back a few and partaking in this little slice of shade, a converted carport."



Dan and Cindy sitting...


"I was given a couple of contributions by the Rust clan that I really like. It took a good couple of hours and a bright pink BIC to figure it all out, but I'm damn proud to display Mrs. Rust's hand made leather belt from grade school. They even signed it. It goes well with the scraps of leather woven into the tank rope."







"Every time I'm out here with my desert family, we tend to spend entirely too much time sketching out half baked ideas, elaborating concepts, trash talking chrome, and admiring a great many shapes and sizes of steel and octane."







"So now I'm on my last day in Phoenix. I've got a budget truck loaded up with three motorcycles, one of which will be parted out ASAP to recoup my expenses. All of my things are in boxes, there's a cold beer in my hand, and a knot in my throat rivaled only to that of my last day in New York. Good people, good times. I don't know that I've really gotten this close with another couple in all of my travels. I truly think of them as an extension of my family, the best of friends, despite being regularly reminded of our age gap."





"They don't know this photo exists, but considering it's such poor quality (cell), they can eat me. I love this image, though. I've always thought that, regardless of what's going on in their lives, I saw a smile on their faces and heard laughter each and every day that I was there. It's a beautiful thing."




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Alex is starting to feel uncomfortable probably about now. He started another chapter this morning (leaving AZ for the coast) in a rental van and his knees hit the dashboard in this thing (seriously) (what a POS).
And he really does appreciate all of our support,in fact he shakes his head sometimes not believing it's all happening. I'll let Alex explain the rental etc. It was great having ya again Alex!!! Also folks,you would never know that he was ever in a crash,he's doing great.















"The rental van wasn't THAT bad. The cab was small, no doubt, but it was a solid rig. I think that Rust just forgot that metal in most parts of the country do, in fact, rust out. The diagram of the truck that the rental agent gave me did, however, have nearly every panel on all sides of the truck marked off for dings, scratches, rust, and graffiti. So... whatever.

And yes, there have been several times where I've had to stand back and just shake my head. I really can't believe that this is all happening, that you guys have gotten together to set me up nice for whatever may come. I feel unworthy, but VERY grateful. You can trust me when I've said that this couldn't have gone down at a better time. I've been kept afloat on contributions over the past few weeks. Things should pick up from here."

As you can tell by reading this Al had been adopted by these folks as one of their own... a true extended family.
I'm VERY VERY VERY VERY sorry my Brother and Sister, for your loss... no words good enough to help your pain, so I'll just send love to you and Cindy.

Peace and understanding,
Jim

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