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Old 09-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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6 dudes, 6 bikes, 6 days of Colorado mountain passes

It took me an entire month to get this post done. Immediately after the ride, I went to Hawaii to relax for 3 weeks. Now I'm home and back at work, and finally had some time to go through all the photos and videos on my computer.

We'd been planning this trip for about eight months, and waiting impatiently as we counted down the final days: 6 dudes, 6 bikes, 6 days of riding mountain passes. Suck it, bitches! It's hammer time! That was the theme of the trip.

Finally, on August 1, 2012, four members of the Manypause Beer & Motorcycle Club's offroad splinter group set out from Ottawa, Canada bound for a week of debauchery and riding in Colorado -- with a pit stop in St. Louis, Missouri. The reason for the stop in STL was to abduct the fifth member, as we made our way to meet the sixth crew member in Denver. Of course, this meant we'd party in STL for a couple of days.

Since the drive from Ottawa to St. Louis was going to be long and boring, with bikes strapped onto a trailer, John and I decided that part of the trip was for suckers. So, being smarter than the others, we used air miles points and flew to St. Louis, which allowed us to drink beer and eat red meat with Paul -- while the two suckers from Ottawa trailered our motorcycles for 20 hours on the highway. Yes, that's how we roll.

By the time Jason and Eric arrived in St. Louis with our bikes, they were exhausted from the long drive. Likewise, Paul, John and I were also exhausted from a full day and a half visiting motorcycle museums, bike shops, drinking beer, and dining in fancy restaurants as we waited for our bikes to arrive. When they finally showed up, the five of us spent another day visiting more bike shops, antique car museums, and exotic car dealerships. Before leaving St. Louis, we also took in a Cardinals baseball game, and we went for a tour or the Anheuser-Bush Budweiser Brewery. Three nights and four terrific days spent in St. Louis. But it was time to make tracks for Denver, where Donnie was waiting for us.

We used Paul's monster truck to pull the bike-laden trailer. That huge Ram 3500 HD with it's 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel is strong enough to pull a cruise ship, and the five of us piled in for the 13 hour drive across Missouri, Kansas, and into Colorado.







Cardinals game in STL












MotoEuropa  in St. Louis















Donelson's Cycle, Inc. in St. Louis is a very cool, old school moto shop.


They've also got a nice museum with 30 or 40 old bikes. Nice stuff.


















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Old 09-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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The big turbo diesel in Paul's truck.







Eric needs to watch that he doesn't mash his junk against his new Safari tank.

















McLaren







Lotus







Lambo







Rolls







Bugatti







Drunken noodle fight after ingesting a bucket of margaritas







Chester, Paul's English bull dog







and Blossom, the aged rottweiler






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Old 09-12-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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We went to visit a huge antique car museum/dealer called Hyman Ltd 


about 40 minutes away from Paul's place 






















While in St. Louis, we also went for a tour of the 


Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser brewery












Free Beer at the Budweiser brewery







At 5:00am Sunday morning, we filled up the monster truck 


and hit the road for the 13-hour drive from St. Louis to Denver.







After we crossed into Kansas, we stopped at this moto shop.











Paul and Jason were keen on the purple Goldwing







I thought the indoor track they had was cool.













Too many margaritas the night before







"Don't worry Dennis, we're taking good care of your trailer, 


and we're not going too fast" -- we joked as we cruised the I-70 at 99mph across Kansas.


(Note: Dennis is very particular about his prized motorcycle trailer, and worries 


about sudden failure of wheel bearings and/or tires. But the rest of us are care-free and


we just deal with shit when it happens.)



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Old 09-12-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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Upon arrival at Donnie's in Denver, we lined up the 6 bikes







Laid out my riding gear .


I really liked my new Fox Racing pressure suit.







5 minutes before departure from Donnie's










This was the route we traveled as recorded by my GPS. 


Different color represent different days. 6 colors, 6 days of riding.


We rode in a counter-clockwise loop.







About an hour of pavement and we finally hit the dirt.







Gumby had no choice but to ride with me for the entire week:


his legs were zip-tied to the headlight shroud.












John & Paul at the top of Brokeback Mountain




























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Old 09-12-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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Trail's End Mexican restaurant in Lake City, Colorado


Fantastic beef burrito












Denver Donnie







Top of California Pass, in the rain.







We reached the top of California Pass during a lightning storm


That's when John realized his brand new Moose Racing tail pack was missing.


Fell off somewhere along the trail and had some important / valuable crap inside. 


We never found it.







Donnie rides a mean XR650R 

















Spotted these guys from the bathroom window at the 


Best Western Hotel in Ouray @ 6:30am


Highly recommend this hotel












Motley crew 








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Old 09-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Trail side fuel tank repairs.







Paul & Jason












While John & I were stopped for a rest, we I spotted a small doe.







Super 8 Motel, Leadville, Colorado.  


Paul wanted to help John get ready.


"Time to get up, John... we've got miles of mountain passes to 


cover today, and we need an early start."





The motel was nice enough for the price, but Leadville is one dumpy shit hole of a town.










At the top of Mosquito Pass, an hour or so after we 


checked out of the Super 8 Motel in Leadville.













































Euro Grill restaurant in Georgetown


Food was very good (score 8/10 overall)



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Old 09-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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This shot of Eric was taken just seconds after he was nailed by the local 


red neck sheriff on the dirt road that leads to Moffat train tunnel. 


He was given a notice to appear in court for "failing to provide 


proof of insurance."  He had forgotten it back at Donnie's. Of course, the court 


date would be set for a month after his return to Canada. He's now a wanted man 


in the state of Colorado as the district attorney refused his offer to provide a 


notarized letter to prove that he did in fact have insurance on his bike. 


Silly red neck law men.... It looks like Eric will never be able to travel back 


to Colorado because of some stupid sheriff.







Moffat railway tunnel is 6 1/2 miles long and crosses through the mountains.







Lunch at the Stage Stop moments after Eric was given his notice to appear in court 







Just as we were leaving, some other dual sport dudes showed up







Almost over. At the top of Bald Mountain (I think) just before we rode 


into Boulder, almost back in Denver. The trip is just about over.







Evidence of a previous fire as you descend into Boulder, Colorado


From Boulder, we rode the last few miles of pavement back to 


Donnie's house in Denver, and then the awesome week was done.








Oh, and here's some random video clips from the week. I recorded 70GB of video on my GoPro camera @ 1280x720 (that's 720P)






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Sure was an awesome week. We were all sad when it was over. 


But we're all hoping to do it again next year!


We crashed at Donnie's that night, and at 5:00am, the truck was loaded up and the 4 other boys hit the road, and Donnie drove me to the airport...I had 3 weeks of lying on the beach ahead of me in Hawaii -- but that's another story.

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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Looks like a blast! I am planning a trip for that area for next summer.

How many miles did you ride each day? Do you have routes or tracks you could provide?
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:11 PM   #9
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If you want the track from my GPS, you can download a GPX file of it here.

or if you'd prefer a KML file, the click here
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:27 PM   #10
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Nice report.

What front tire is that?
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Thanks.

Dunlop D606 front and rear. I like 'em a lot.


I got them on sale for $80 each at RockyMountainATV a few months ago.



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What front tire is that?
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:17 PM   #12
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It was a great trip. Donnie planned the routes for us based on his knowledge of the area. Some stuff was new to him too, like our ride up shit creek, otherwise known as taylor pass.

Reading the trip report is only second to the real trip. Thanks for writing it up Derek.
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If you want the track from my GPS, you can download a GPX file of it here.

or if you'd prefer a KML file, the click here
Thank you so very much!
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Just as we were leaving, some other dual sport dudes showed up




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Sure was an awesome week. We were all sad when it was over.


But we're all hoping to do it again next year!


We crashed at Donnie's that night, and at 5:00am, the truck was loaded up and the 4 other boys hit the road, and Donnie drove me to the airport...I had 3 weeks of lying on the beach ahead of me in Hawaii -- but that's another story.
Hey I am one of the dudes. :) Did not realize this was one of those epic journeys. Too bad about the freaking cop crap. We are very fortunate to be able to ride in this terrain on day trips, but now the snow has covered everything up.
Friday we head to the pawnee national grasslands for some sand and canyon riding in NE Colorado.
Cheers and great story!

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A couple more videos from the trip.. Figured I would share them here for anyone who might like to see them.







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