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Old 09-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #46
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More Day 2

Crested Butte to the other side of Pearl Pass

I left C.B. about 4:30 p.m. with random rain about the area.



Pics, Pics, Pics...




The first time I saw enduro-cross logs on the trail.






Lost momentum and noobed out at the end of the boulder field......dang it



A look behind at my progress




Slow progress, about 40 yards then....... break






Break again, Look back at how I picked the wrong path. Note my special photography technique that makes it appear as though I was not ascending at all.



The KLR with exhausted rider turned into a large rock seeking machine which plotted the worst possible line on the road. I had one little drop, close to the top but I made it.



On top of Pearl







So I began to ponder about how easy the back side must be given that some other inmates had made it to the top on KTM 950's.................. I was wrong, it appeared that I may have made it up the easy side??

On the way down....




Yep, this side has water running through the rocks, I am glad I was going down it and not up it.




More Enduro-Cross Logs






Knackered and with little motivation I pull off to a random camp site and put my tent up, in the rain.










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Old 09-10-2012, 04:07 PM   #47
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Pearl is a real SOB even if you are on a real dirt bike. Oh, I forgot, you told me before a KLR is a real dirt bike.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:48 AM   #48
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Pearl is a real SOB even if you are on a real dirt bike. Oh, I forgot, you told me before a KLR is a real dirt bike.
I said that way back when I thought my V-Strom was a dual sport bike.......... If I do it again I will be on the xr250r.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:53 AM   #49
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:33 AM   #50
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Day 3

I had to bring my own tree to get my tarp up the previous night.



In a attempt to fix one of my power points I blew the main fuse, I thought I was stranded however I got lucky and had a spare.




I had breakfast at the Nugget Cafe in Taylor Park on my mind and was counting on a leisurely trip over Taylor Pass......... I dramatically underestimated what was a head of me. Taylor Pass was not a cake walk.










If I had a do over, I would have loaded up on Cliff bars and had more water. I proceeded through more boulder fields and and what seemed like a half mile long river crossing. The combination of lack of breakfast, no coffee, and running out of water left me with little physically to get off the pass road.













I made it to the pass entrance and these strangers provided me with some critical nourishment so that I could make it to lunch in Taylor park.



The PBR sounded like a great idea at the time, but it was horrible. I needed water and when the beer hit my empty belly it must have turned to foam. The jeep guys drove into the pass and I almost puked the free beer up on the road.




I was ill, but I finally found some nourishment. The process took over an hour forcing the burger down, I could usually do this in 3 minutes.




I decided to head on down the road regardless of how I felt. Mandatory Tincup stop.




I was beginning to feel a little better but nothing seemed easy.




Tincup Pass



WTF, Chipmunk crossing. Ghost Town St. Elmo







My Route planning had failed me at this point. I had already conquered Hancock Pass and did not have any interest in doing it again.




My objective was to get to Pitkin but in the back of my mind I was interested in getting a room washing the funk off and relaxing. So I retreated to Salida.



My neighbors for the evening were from the Memphis area and riding the TAT. In the picture left to right, Adam (on the TAT until he runs out of money), Justin(on the TAT to Oregon no matter what), Me (blah), and Brian(who was planning on heading back to Newkirk, OK as he was out of time)







So we concluded the day by trading stories over beer, dinner, beer, and Vodka. Good Times.







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Old 09-11-2012, 02:41 PM   #51
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Wishing I'd joined you on this adventure.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:33 PM   #52
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Looking for first hand stories this evening, you are surely not doing this while on the road, this is for when you're at work

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Wishing I'd joined you on this adventure.
You could have showed me how effortlessly a KLR can conquer Pearl....



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Looking for first hand stories this evening, you are surely not doing this while on the road, this is for when you're at work

Lots of rock!
You take the Rocks out of the report and nothing interesting would happen.
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Day 4



It was decided the night before that the other Brian (mini trail) would ride some of the CDT with me back to Del Norte in lieu of him riding all the way back to Newkirk, OK solo. We would then use my truck and get him back to Oklahoma since I was headed that way.





GIANT LOOP vs Newner Loop

As you can see they are virtually identical:






Justin DRM650 Adam BMW GS650, Continued on the TAT and we head south to CDT (Continental Divide Trail).





CDT Pics, pics, pics











The Epic Super difficult Carnero Pass............not








Mini Trail riding on the mini trail (cow path)



KLR malfunction 8 miles from the end of the trail. Peg fell off.



All of the epic big air jumps(at least 3 inches) resulted in my peg becoming loose and taking a nap on the trail.



That's it, no injuries, no dramatic mechanical failures, and no flat tires. Back to riding around Oklahoma, till next year. Maybe back to Moab or on to new sites in Baja or Idaho??? Who knows.


Thanks for following along!










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Thanks for taking us along Brian. Sure hope you don't get in any trouble over infringement rights with the giant loop people. They look almost identical.
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Thanks for taking us along Brian. Sure hope you don't get in any trouble over infringement rights with the giant loop people. They look almost identical.
Hopefully, they'll agree that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:19 PM   #57
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Thanks for taking us along Brian. Sure hope you don't get in any trouble over infringement rights with the giant loop people. They look almost identical.



I agree.............maybe you shoulda used some Dickie bib overalls.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:55 AM   #58
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Time to weld the footpeg brackets to the frame? You'll love the change in feel...
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KLR malfunction 8 miles from the end of the trail. Peg fell off.



All of the epic big air jumps(at least 3 inches) resulted in my peg becoming loose and taking a nap on the trail.



That's it, no injuries, no dramatic mechanical failures, and no flat tires. Back to riding around Oklahoma, till next year. Maybe back to Moab or on to new sites in Baja or Idaho??? Who knows.


Thanks for following along!

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On my way back from the PA Grand Canyon a couple weeks ago, I was riding along when my left foot suddenly dropped.
Turns out, one of the bolts vibrated out and the other loosened up.
It's a good thing I wasn't standing as I would have surely crashed.
Time to loctite all the bolts and possibly put a couple spot welds in.
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