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Old 09-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #121
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Great pictures Charlie!
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:14 PM   #122
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Great Adventure Fellas! Some awesome views and grand rock formations not to mention unforseen encounters with flooding roads. I think I missed an Epic Adventure. I guess there is always next time. I hope!
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #123
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Hogs and Dino Detour: Lone Duck Tour 2012

Big pictures, sorry to those with slow connections. Below are some, but the link to Photobucket is for all 134 images:
http://s1179.photobucket.com/albums/...view=slideshow
But, it doesn't have my wonderful prose

I finally got the pictures together from MY version of the Hogs n Dinosaurs trip this summer with Charlie, Bill and Albie. I've entitled it "The Lone Duck Tour", as I peeled off from the group on day one, and I made the Lone Duck Campground in Cascade my home.
I bailed out on the first day simply because I was not comfortable with my loaded WR or confident in my ability to handle it once we got to rough terrain. "Ride your Ride" is my credo, and I followed my own advice.
I had an awesome time, and the only "downer" was that I had to end my 10 day romp 4 days early, since the terrible trio had had enough out west, so I took a truck to pick up the smelly suckers. I was glad to do it, though, as they were smart to stop instead of riding tired (and as it turns out, Charlie's bike would never have made it!). I told them that they each owe me 4 days of riding :)

The below represents just a few highlight of my adventures. There is a link at the bottom to all 134 shots in the "Lone Duck Tour".

We unloaded at a friends house in Cascade, right where the Waldo Canyon fire stopped:


I was left ALL alone....sniff....sniff....



So, I unloaded the bike and set up a sweet campsite that was to become my base for the next 5 days of solo riding.





My first ride was a "shakedown" cruise over non-technical ground, as I have never done much solo riding: About 30% pavement, as it turned out.



I honestly thought a lake this close to Colorado Springs would have people out here. I did see one car in my 2 hours riding around this sucker. Desolation is a word that came to mind. It was out here I realized that my "buddies" had BOTH of the air pumps we decided to bring for the 4 of us. Good thing Doc wasn't in CO.




There was water in Eleven Mile Lake:



Wilkerson Pass.



On day 2 I took an early morning ride down to Garden of the Gods. This place is over-run with tourists, but I got to several of the sites before people got out there.



At the Siamese Twins formation there is a hole in the rock tower that reminded me of Fox racing logo:



Later that afternoon I took a jaunt over to Helen Hunt Falls (not the actress). I was one of a handful of people there. A local told me to come here instead of "Seven Falls" which has water running in the summer only because they have a big pump system set up!



Being a bug nerd, I couldn't resist rolling into a little place that had a giant beetle statue out front. It was J.F. Mays entomological museum, just south of Colorado Springs. Little place, but insects collected by an amatuer and his son from the 1850's-1940 or so. Pretty spectacular little collection. This is the "Goliath Beetle"...




On the way back from the museum, I discovered a heavily-used section of Gold Camp Road and another (one-way) road called "High Drive". Cars, bicyclists and motorcycles use it as a "playground", drifting the corners which have soft, high banks. It was too busy that afternoon, but I came back the next morning (early on a weekday), and it was raining. I had it all to myself. Really a great tune-up. The 12 mile loop (D-C-E) was a blast, going thru 2 tunnels and with loose gravel, but not very technical at all.






The above sections of Gold Camp road don't connect (except via a multi-use-trail) with the longer section that goes west all the way to Victor, CO (near Cripple Creek). The following pictures are from that stretch. By far this was the best scenery I saw on my rides. I did see one vehicle (truck coming the other way), but otherwise I had the below route on GCR all to myself.. This road (CR 8, called Gold Camp road along some portions) was an old rail bed (Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway). You'll need to click the link of the pictures at the end of this post if you want to see more.







Once you get to Victor, the American Eagle Mine "ghost town" is definitely worth a stop, at about 11,000ft. The gold mine is in full operation.


Those "little" trucks coming up the road have tires with 15 FOOT diameters.



The Fortune Club (an old cathouse with a tin ceiling) makes a great hamburger. This town (Victor) is a much better stop then the glitz, pirates and casinos at nearby Cripple Creek.






I took a full day ride, planning on riding to Cheesman Resevoir, then up toward Breckenridge, but I rode from thunderstorm to thunderstorm. After the hair stood up on the back of my neck the second time (still soaking wet), I decided not to tempt fate and headed for the house. The next day, I rode across Colorado to pick up the trio who called "uncle".

That left me at the campground with no vehicle for 4 days, waiting for my work crew to show up. I did rent a bicycle and visited Pikes Peak on one day. I learned a great appreciation for internal combustion engines AND hydraulic disc brakes.




The rest of the time there I had to work. Fortunately, the work involved long days on the beautiful land that was once the Rocky Flats DOE site which built plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs. The place will be open "soon" as an "Open Space" for public use. For now, access is closed.



I spent my last 2 days helping in the campground, which was flooded with water and ash after a rainstorm brought a mess sliding down the mountain, across and under Hwy 24, right into the campground. We did what we could, but Steve and Lisa have a long road ahead of them. If you ever need a campground stop in Cascade (west of Colorado Springs), please give them your business. They host lots of riders for the Pikes Peak run that is in July.
The below is one of their little cabins...you can see how high the muck/ash was. It was a flash flood....all over in less than 2 hours.



A parting shot of a herd of asses, which made me think of all my ADV buddies....



Here's the link to the Photobucket slideshow. I know there are a few damaged images that I need to fix:
http://s1179.photobucket.com/albums/...view=slideshow
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #124
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Thanks Tim! I will be getting with you before I take the wife to Colorado about routes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #125
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Looks like you had a good time regardless! Great photos. Too bad about the flash flood. Looked like a real mess. I guess you were not camping when the flood hit or your tent was at higher ground. Lots to see and explore in Colorado. I saw that tunnel you went thru in another ride report that the guys went thru that area. Pretty cool!
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:10 PM   #126
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Ol Magoo comes through! I had almost forgot that you hadn't posted the rest of your report! (that happens a lot at my age)

Anyway great report Tim loved the pictures and "Bug" too Pretty cool when you got the world to yourself and can enjoy it like you did. I like it.

I sure would like to find that road with the pass through the rock that was way cool. Thanks for posting loved it. Great story about picking up the other guys too. You all made great decisions, the mark of experienced riders for sure. Heck of a deal about Charlies engine, glad he found another.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #127
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There are 3 tunnels in Gold Camp, 2 on the east end very near Old Colorado Springs. The third (which had collapsed and restored and opened in 2011) is on the western part, closer to Victor. Those big cuts appear all along the length of the road, as railbeds can't have steep inclines.
I'm really looking forward to Vinduro's report, as he ran this road as well as Phantom Canyon and others in the area I never got to.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #128
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There are 3 tunnels in Gold Camp, 2 on the east end very near Old Colorado Springs. The third (which had collapsed and restored and opened in 2011) is on the western part, closer to Victor. Those big cuts appear all along the length of the road, as railbeds can't have steep inclines.
I'm really looking forward to Vinduro's report, as he ran this road as well as Phantom Canyon and others in the area I never got to.
Ok, thanks Tim, I'll pull up mapsource and do some searching. Forgot to ask how did the Scoot rally go? Saw a bunch of them around. Any report or Pictures coming???
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