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Old 07-29-2012, 07:01 AM   #31
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:39 AM   #32
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The next day was going to be a long one. We started out from Ouray up Alpine Loop towards Engineer Pass.

We made it to Engineer Pass, aparrently without taking any pictures along the way.







Our only group picture. Scott, Dan, and David.

Must be nice to have money. Or your priorities right.

There are many beautiful waterfalls along the way.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:58 AM   #33
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We stopped in Galena (?) for the required picture of the hole in the dam and the old town where the first miners' strike took place.



From there it was on to Lake City then up the Alpine Loop to Wager Gulch.It started raining on us but that just made the dirt good, although we did put on our rainsuits. Then, of course, it stopped.

We came up on another old mine( imagine that) with a lot of buildings still standing.

The road to the pass was really fun.

At the pass, we looked down on this beautiful valley. From there we would ride down to Lost Creek trail (#821)that led over to Rio Grande Reservoir.
As we started down the trail we wondered if that was such a good idea, not ever having been on it. Plus we were old guys on DS bikes with 50/50 tires and rain in the area. The trail was getting muddy but there was no way to go back up on these bikes. Believe me, it may look pretty flat in the video, but there are some fairly steep sections.So we perservered and took our chances.Luckily, the trail dried out and down was the best directon.










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Old 07-30-2012, 03:09 PM   #34
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After the trail we hit Stony Pass road back towards Silverton. It was aptly named. A man we had talked to said there was a section of large rocks that was hard to get over, even on a 4 wheeler. We got to the section.It was a pretty good incline I started up it and figured it just went to the next corner. When I got around the corner there was probably another 200 yds more. I just pinned the throttle and leaned back. If I had slowed or crashed I don't think I could have gotten going again. Therefore, no pictures of that section.But here are some others.







Dan and Scott coming down the road.


We had planned on going back by way of Engineer Pass. When we got to the turnoff , There was a huge storm that way. We being old and wise, went the other way. To Silverton , 550 , and back to Ouray. We stopped in town for a bite to eat.

Then it was back to the cabin. Scott hates his bike being dirty, so I thought I'd post a picture for the world to see.

Then it was a night for a good sleep with a full moon over the mountains.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:08 PM   #35
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I just added a video of coming down off Kendall Mt in post #15 for those who might want to see what it's like. I just found it on my computer.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #36
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Today was going to be the last day before heading back home. Scott and Dan decided to take a rest after yesterday's adventure.They went to Silverton to look around. I decided to go back over Black Bear Pass because I had missed taking some video. Something about helping a GS and forgetting to turn the video on. Some of what I posted before was actually shot on this trip over. I also wanted to do Imogene Pass.
First was Black Bear.

And the ledges looking down on Telluride.Here you can tell how steep it is.






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Then it was on to Imogene.
The view looking back to the switchbacks and the power house with Telluride below.



Black Bear with a jeep coming down.



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Old 08-01-2012, 03:10 PM   #38
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Imogene is a great run!

I just did that and Opher on Saturday. It was really pretty good times.

So the sheep are for hire! They pay the shepherds to bring the sheep in and, well, mow the lawn as it were. The forest service does it all over Colorado, it is common to see them in odd and random places because of this. Somewhere there was a shepherd out watching them too (most likely).
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #39
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I was out at Engineer one day late on another trip. I pulled up and saw all these "'white rocks" down there. I thought" What the Hell " ? It was a bunch of sheep.
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Great Photos!

I'll be in Ouray/Teluride picking up my GS at the end of the month. I'm a pretty experienced dirt rider, will Engineer Pass be realistic for me on a 1150GS?

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Old 08-01-2012, 03:59 PM   #41
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Thanks for that video of Kendall, now I really want to go there Is it an out and back or can it be connected to other trails?

We have saw the sheep on Last Dollar road and Engineer Pass.
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Great Photos!

I'll be in Ouray/Teluride picking up my GS at the end of the month. I'm a pretty experienced dirt rider, will Engineer Pass be realistic for me on a 1150GS?

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Yes, the only tough part would be at the Ouray end. A few ledges. Just take it easy and pick your lines.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #43
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Thanks for writing up this ride report. Based on this report my buddy and I are thinking of laying over in Ouray for a couple of days on our Western TAT trip in a couple of weeks. We'll use it as a base for day trips similar to yours. Couple of questions for you guys:
  • Got tracks you can share?
  • Again based on your RR, we're considering staying at one of the cabins at the Ouray KOA. Seems like it has enough amenities but a lot cheaper than a local motel. How would you rate your experience there? Would you recommend it? Any laundry facilities (don't see any on site map)?
  • How much rain did you guys get?
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Thanks for that video of Kendall, now I really want to go there Is it an out and back or can it be connected to other trails?.
It dead ends where the picture was taken.There are a couple of other roads off Kendall road, but they dead end , too. One goes to Titusville mine. We didn't go up there, but you can see the whole road. There is an intersection at a mine. Go left to Kendall Mt. and overlook , right to Titusville mine.
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Thanks for writing up this ride report. Based on this report my buddy and I are thinking of laying over in Ouray for a couple of days on our Western TAT trip in a couple of weeks. We'll use it as a base for day trips similar to yours. Couple of questions for you guys:
  • Got tracks you can share?
  • Again based on your RR, we're considering staying at one of the cabins at the Ouray KOA. Seems like it has enough amenities but a lot cheaper than a local motel. How would you rate your experience there? Would you recommend it? Any laundry facilities (don't see any on site map)?
  • How much rain did you guys get?
Thanks.
No tracks. KOA is great. It has everything, including a bar and kitchen. Good, cheap breakfast. I think the cabins are around $60. We only had to suit up the one time, and it quit shortly after. But we were on the right side of the mountain at the time.
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