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Old 12-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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TWO BOB'S CO-UT 2013 - Cows, lunatics, trains, and rain

First, I’d like to thank those who’ve taken the time to write reports about these routes, without them planning a trip like this would be infinitely more difficult. In particular, I thank EnderTheX, LittleWan, DavidQ, and Rodzilla for inspiration and information. I’ll attempt to pay it forward and hopefully make it easier for someone else contemplating a trip like this.

September 2013. Our plan is to spend a week riding the San Juan Mountains around Silverton and then move to Moab for a week. Dad and I did this same trip last September (2012) and were awed by the beauty. I knew when we left we’d be back and this time I invited three friends along. We were very blessed to put together a group that could secure the time off and got along great!

A Note: You may remember the flooding on the news…one of the rainiest Septembers in memory for CO/UT. We were fortunate to dodge the worst of it, got wet for sure but it never changed our plans. I’ve read other ride reports that had it much worse. Also…it’s amazing how fast the weather can change, some of our best pics were taken just before or after rain.

A sampling of what we saw...



























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Old 12-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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This is awesome! I am sooo in ...
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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This is us…



Dad (Bob Sr) – Answers to “Old Bob” (or “Senior”). Now 70, I got him into riding when he was 61 and he’s since put many miles on his FJR. Convinced him last year to take up dual-sport, lowered the KLX, and threw him in the deep end when he and I did this trip last year. How lucky am I that he'll do this stuff...?


Me (Bob Jr) – The guy that spends too much time on ADV RIDER. Ridden street my whole life. The KLX was my first dual-sport…wanted more power…stepped up to the TE630. I love planning trips!

Jim – Known him for 20yrs/owns the company I’ve worked for for 15yrs. New to dual-sport but has ridden street for years. He fell prey to my glorious stories of off-road adventure and my TE630 proselytizing. So we found him a TE in NJ and set it up just like mine.

Colin – The young buck…I brought him along to help me pick up my bike. Rides a 990AdvR like a dirt bike but brought his DRZ just in case.

Tom – A KTM connoisseur, very good/experienced rider, and also helps me pick up my bike. He’s riding a 450xc-w and brought Fugly the DR as a backup.




Here’s a shot of our tracks and I’ll break it down as we go along. One of the coolest things about this trip is the variety of beautiful terrain you experience and how easy it is to see it given Silverton and Moab are only 170 miles apart.


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Old 12-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #4
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Sooo…Let’s get rollin’

We left Cincinnati on Saturday morning and drove straight thru (29hrs), arriving in Silverton Sunday around noon. Five bikes in my trailer and Dad pulling the backup bikes with the jeep. We were blessed not to have any problems going or coming (don’t trailers always have problems?).



Although tired, we couldn’t wait to get on the bikes. An hour after arriving we were geared up and heading for Clear Lake.









Clear Lake (at 12,000’) and Bandora Mine is a great warm-up ride. It’s maybe a 30 mile trip and gets you up to some elevation to knock the rust off.







Dropping back down from Clear Lake we ran into Mike and Dustin from Minnesota, fellow TE630 riders. We’ve talked on forums/the phone and thought we’d cross paths.





Got a rare four TE pic.





Dad split for the condo and the rest of us rode up to Bandora Mine.








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Old 12-18-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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You took the adventurous route!
That's a good sign...

this looks like a great ride.
I'm in!




(thanks for the shout out! I hope my reports didn't give you any bad info...)
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:46 PM   #6
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When we got to the steps at Black Bear I kept telling myself "if the Wans can do it two up...you can do it...you can do it".


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Old 12-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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But the Wans have super powers ...
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #9
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When we got to the steps at Black Bear I kept telling myself "if the Wans can do it two up...you can do it...you can do it".


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As long as you used the Rob Schneider voice, then I know you made it just fine.


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But the Wans have super powers ...
aw - smoke and mirrors, Tony. Smoke and mirrors.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #10
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But the Wans have super powers ...

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #11
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This looks like some good fun! Great pix too.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #12
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #13
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Bob,

Looking good!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #14
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Still riding the high from the previous afternoon, we got up with that feeling you only have at the beginning of a long awaited trip. For our first full day of riding we’d do the Alpine Loop tour. Cinnamon, Engineer, California and Hurricane Passes are what ADVers dream about and why we spend hours in the garage preparing our bikes. Keep in mind, the three buddies have never ridden off-road anywhere west of the Mississippi! Only way this could be better is if it wasn’t threatening rain…but who cares we’re riding.

I didn’t know at the time, but today I would come the closest to serious injury that I have in 20yrs (knock wood) of riding. I’ll come back to that. Dad had a moment also…










Had lunch at the “blue fish” gas station in Lake City and waited out a passing shower…



That’s what we like to see…














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Old 12-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #15
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At Animas Forks we took a right and headed for California Pass

















Between this shot and the top of the hill a nearly solid cloud rolled in and I was the only one who spotted the California sign. I lost the group briefly when I stopped.







When I started down the trail to the right (this pic taken later) I found Dad had taken a spill at the next switchback. He’d briefly lost control and was heading for the drop off so he put it down. His front tire was hanging in space but he wasn’t shaken up at all. The folks in the approaching suv that saw it were pretty freaked out. We dragged it back to terra firma and made the downhill run to Silverton uneventfully. Next I’ll tell you why this was the luckiest day I’ve ever had riding…


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