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Old 08-24-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Is this the road to Urique? Si...si...buen viaje!

The plan had changed several times over the last three years, but the time was locked in, on the calendar, and non-negotiable. I ( on a r80g/s) was to get a month in the summer of '08, free from any duties other than coming home safely to my wife of 8 years, my 6 year-old daugher, and my 4 year-old son. My partner in crime, RJP (KLR650), had six weeks on the calendar, with understanding from his frau and a well prepared staff at work.

He was to leave NY, superslab to the start of the TAT, then ride out to Colorado where I was going to meet him. Change oil, tires, and other assorted parts, do a final gear sort, then head out for Colorado and Utah TAT, Vegas, Baja, ferry from La Paz to the mainland, up through Copper Canyon, then a little Continental Divide to bring us back to Colorado.

Yeah, I know...the trip ended a month ago, so why the report now?

Well, I still had part 2 of the summer to go through, a massive road trip with the family, including driving the minivan while my 71 year old father enjoyed his first cross country road trip, the Grand Canyon, Moab, etc.

Thankfully, we encountered few major mechanical problems, no corrupt cops, and only one band of a dozen or so military-type looking people with mismatched uniforms and lots of guns in the middle of nowhere, in what I have since learned to be major narco territory in Mexico. Live and learn, right?

Morning of departure, with my sleeping accommodations all set in the back of the van:




My steed, loaded up, lubed up, and rarin' to go:
(sticker on the tank is from Jay Peak resort in Northern VT. It says "You are what you ride." )


Hit to road on a Tuesday morning at 7:30 from Vermont, and "camped" somewhere in Ohio:



Woke up, drove a few hours, and enjoyed a heartland sunrise:



Met an old friend for lunch in Joliet, IL:



And blah, blah, blah...COLORADO! The pass between Breckenridge and Alma, just two miles from my starting point:




Jesus...thats only the end of the 2nd page of my photos from the trip on Smugmug...

Hang in there...the riding is about to begin. A little ride around Breck the day before actual departure. We got blocked by snow at two passes:





Slept well, and hit the road for real the next day--after I managed to partially strip the bolt for my final drive fluid...



More to come-
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:57 AM   #2
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Keep on postin'.......

Reassuring to see that someone else has come up with my solution to getting to good ridespots (i.e. somewhere besides Fla-la land)... love that campsite!
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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More nice open roads in Colorado...no traffic, perfect riding temperature...




Spent our first night on the road in Lake City, CO. NIce little town, with this awsome bakery!



Yummy food. We stocked up for the day here.




...cause right out of town we were heading into this:



Cinnamon Pass, 12,500+








An old mining town on the other side of the pass...



Followed by some re-routing due to blocked passes..




We headed into Silverton, since RJP had to catch Germany in the Eurocup, walked around a bit, checked out the other tourists, then headed out for some National Forest camping...tough to beat.







RJP in some stylin' stay warm gear courtesy of Wally World. It was getting cold in our summer bags, I tell ya.



On to Utah. We went from high 30's at night to just over 100 the next afternoon...



On to Canyonlands, blocked roads, and life-sucking heat
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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Here is a self portrait of the crew - Colorado I'd say.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:54 AM   #5
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And one of the author - tough to take this picture but I had the camera out to shoot the tank, so why not?
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:55 AM   #6
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The tank (APC).
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:57 AM   #7
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Love those National Forests - the price is right, no neighbors, and the view is OK.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:00 PM   #8
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Some "obstructions" on the "great Divide" Mountain Bike trail enroute to TAT in CO.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:02 PM   #9
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Nice winding dirt roads boardered by aspens on TAT (or is it "great Divide"?)...CO is nice.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #10
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For me, coming for NY, to Deals gap, then on TAT to Breckenridge CO - I saw some amazing sights like this:
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:13 PM   #11
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and wildlife like this:
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:14 PM   #12
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And mountains like this:
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:16 PM   #13
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Good parking spot
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:17 PM   #14
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saw it too late, but tried for solid ground.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #15
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Ride following the GPS - close the gates when you pass through.
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