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Old 07-01-2014, 01:09 PM   #541
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In Encampment now. The "primitive routes" are NOT to be missed. For those of you on the fence about doing this ride - do it! It has been truly fantastic.

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Where did you guys start? How's the weather been late June? Rain and temperature?
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:33 PM   #542
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Thanks to two early-season H.o.W. travelers reporting in from the route, I've just learned that western Colorado's historic Swinging Bridge is closed indefinitely.



Bummer... Maybe they'll have it fixed by Sept.


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Old 07-01-2014, 07:49 PM   #543
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Where did you guys start? How's the weather been late June? Rain and temperature?

For Montana and Wyoming...

Weather started off quite wet. Roads slippery. It was not the typical I have seen in the area before. Torrential down pour. Really screwed the guys riding the divide race. Heard some real horror stories.

Temperatures have been fine. Pleasant during the day. Close to freezing at night. Pretty windy.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:50 PM   #544
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Pinevalley -

Have you started a RR yet? linky?

Doing this in September. Can't wait

No RR started - sorry.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:57 PM   #545
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Byways...

I started just north of Dillon. Heading clockwise. Currently in Craig CO (no hotel in Hayden). I have had no surprises to date with the route.

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Old 07-01-2014, 08:47 PM   #546
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Locals report the tractor has been removed from the bridge now. Engineers are assessing the bridge now and hopefully it will be open soon.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:44 PM   #547
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Locals report the tractor has been removed from the bridge now. Engineers are assessing the bridge now and hopefully it will be open soon.
Maybe the engineers can remove the tractor drivers head from his ass while they're at it
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:28 AM   #548
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Now now ... we all make mistakes.

I just got off the phone with a local lady at the nearby John Jarvie Ranch Historic Site. Not necessarily a definitive source, but she said that damage is only to the wooden planks, apparently isn't too severe and is repairable. She didn't know a timeline.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #549
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Byways...

I started just north of Dillon. Heading clockwise. Currently in Craig CO (no hotel in Hayden). I have had no surprises to date with the route.

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No motel in Hayden? Is the Red Stone Lodge kaput? No room? Or just not up to par?

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Old 07-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #550
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No motel in Hayden? Is the Red Stone Lodge kaput? No room? Or just not up to par?

It is kaput. Now a rent for the week/month kind of place.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:44 PM   #551
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Thanks for letting us know, Pinevalley.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:23 AM   #552
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GTR Mapping ... the portable choice

Friends:

Before the Internet was commonplace ... before there were CD ROM-based topographic mapping programs ... before we had Google Earth and Garmin and Benchmark Maps ... there was GTR Mapping's unique series of statewide, folded-paper topographic recreation and travel maps.



I recently revisited these old friends from my years as an adventure-motoring guidebook author and magazine writer. The reason: The need for a more moto-friendly (i.e., light and packable) alternative to Benchmark Maps' fine series of statewide atlases.

Good as they are, BMs are expensive, heavy and large. Users sometimes find that the pages don't replicate all that well in photocopiers.

My review of GTR's current maps for the states that are included in Heart of the West Adventure Route found that they remain a good choice to carry along. They are packed with useful data -- elevation contours, primitive roads, mileages between junctions, etc. -- and I recommend them.

I found only a couple of the more obscure H.o.W. two-tracks missing, as was the case with Benchmarks until I provided tracks of the omissions to their cartographer. GTR Mapping's maps also have not been durable, in my experience.

If Benchmark atlases won't fit with your kit, GTR Mapping's topographic recreation maps will.

At $4.95 retail, these widely available maps won't be your biggest expense. Better yet, GTR Mapping has agreed to offer paid H.o.W. clients a very good deal. If that includes you, just send me a PM, and I'll tell you how to get your H.o.W. deal ... today!

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:34 AM   #553
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Tire Question

For those of you that have done this route on mid size bikes, our group will be on XRL's, XRR's, a DR350SE and a KLR. What tires did you run and any issues getting the required 2,800 miles or so out of them?

I'm thinking D606 rear and MT21 front on my XRR but I'm curious what others have used that have actually done this route.

Tony I hope you don't mind me using your thread for this, if so let me know and I'll gladly delete it.

Thanks folks....Scott
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:45 AM   #554
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Scott, everyone is welcome to use this thread for this sort of discussion. Thank you for your courtesy in asking.

For what it's worth ... on my KLR I run a Duro Median ($77 from American Motorcycle Tire) on the rear, Kenda Big Block front.

In my experience, the Duro is well-suited to this kind of mixed-surface ride ... long-lasting, reasonably knobby, and performs well on both paved and dirt surfaces. (I used it on the COBDR two years ago as well.) I've stopped shopping and use it exclusively on the rear.

You can't really see it, but here it is on a custom-route scouting trip in Idaho a week or so ago ...



The Kenda has been fine.

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Old 07-10-2014, 11:29 AM   #555
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Thanks Tony, I'll check those out too. Without having done the route it's tough to know exactly how much tire we'll need. I'm assuming durability over ultimate traction as this isn't really a technical route?
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