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Old 10-10-2014, 01:35 PM   #1
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A quick 3 day in Colorado (warning! lots of pics)

My friend Chad and I got us some hall passes and decided to do a quick 3 day trip around central Colorado. Chad played tour guide as I have not been here long and don't know a whole bunch of roads. We tried to do as much dirt as possible and stay off major roads. We didn't have a major plan on where we would go, we just rode.

I'm not very good at non-cuss words, so I will just let the pictures do most of the talking.

Day one 234 miles.

Hwy 285 heading towards South Park


Along Turner Gulch Rd.






Lower part of Cottonwood Pass


From the top of Cottonwood Pass


The Gobbler


delta21 (Chad)


Moose!


Looking down on Taylor Park


Taking a break at bottom of Cottonwood (I love taking pics of my bike)


Taylor Park Reservoir




Chad again


CR744


Chad and me


On CR744 I notices I had zero rear brake. When I looked at the caliper I saw brake fluid all over it. I just assumed the fluid all leaked out. We stopped in Gunnison to get some brake fluid. It was much worse, my brake pads were destroyed as well as my caliper. I had checked my pads before leaving and they were fine. I assume the brakes seized and killed the caliper. The KTM has too much power and I didn't even notice.



Oh well, disconnect the brake and have no rear for the rest of the trip.



Our campsite on Los Pinos Pass











A great ride with fantastic scenery on day one and an evening BS'ing and going through about 500 rounds of ammo.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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Day two 127 miles

Beautiful morning


CR788 (I think)


Had to stop and put in some gas. Thank goodness I ride with the Rotopax, the KTM is a gas hog.


So we are riding along and Chad finds a nice leather chair in the middle of nowhere and decides to rest a little.




After our little break in the chair we carry on and are in awe of the scenery




Overlooking the outskirts of Gunnison from 114 (I think). This is the road Chad tried to kill me by going down a very rocky decent with no rear brake. To Chad's credit, he road it without using his to be fair.


That's Hwy 50 down there


Lost Canyon Rd towards Crested Butte


Coming into Crested Butte


Back along 744




We find another great spot to set up camp by Spring Creek Reservoir


If you look closely, you can see our campsite


A great spot to set up camp


Life does not suck!


Looking the other way


Trying get all fancy with this picture


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Old 10-10-2014, 01:36 PM   #3
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Day 3 168 miles.

Was a little chilly in the morning






Time to start the last day


How about a little water crossing to start the day off right








More great scenery on tap for today


A quick stop at Pie Plant ghost town






More great scenery


Up and over Weston Pass


We then just motored on back home along 285.

A great 3 days exploring just a small bit of what Colorado has to offer.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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What a great ride! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:47 PM   #5
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What a great ride and nice pictures.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:59 PM   #6
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Hell Yeah!! God bless 'Merica, and all the beautiful things in it!!

Great trip with a great riding partner, cant wait to log another trip
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:11 PM   #7
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Hey Gobbler what time of year did you take your trip? And you didn't happen to log your tracks did you??
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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Gobbler, I had exactly same brake problem on the way to the KTM rally at Taos. My bike 99 KTM 640 Adv R.
I can share some thoughts/cures should you be interested.

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Old 10-10-2014, 07:21 PM   #9
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Beautiful pix.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:13 PM   #10
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Excellent! Ballsy, riding with the snow in the high country. We were up by Taylor Res a couple weeks earlier in the 4x4 and just missed seeing a moose!
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:19 PM   #11
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Gobbler, I had exactly same brake problem on the way to the KTM rally at Taos. My bike 99 KTM 640 Adv R.
I can share some thoughts/cures should you be interested.

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Thanks Gale. I would be interested in finding out why this happened. I found a replacement caliper on ebay, should be here next week.

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Hey Gobbler what time of year did you take your trip? And you didn't happen to log your tracks did you??
This was last weekend. I did log my tracks. PM me your email if you want me to send them to you.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:57 AM   #12
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Terrific pics...you're killing me.....
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:52 PM   #13
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Nice pics! Two comments. I've ridden past that chair a few times, I know exactly where it is! About 2 miles past my house. :) and second, that's not lost canyon rd. The chairs actually on lost canyon rd. That's Jacks Cabin Cutoff. :)
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So we are riding along and Chad finds a nice leather chair in the middle of nowhere and decides to rest a little.


Lost Canyon Rd towards Crested Butte
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:39 AM   #14
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Very Cool!


My kind of ride report!
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:28 PM   #15
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You are a very lucky man to live that close to all that riding! I didn't know where I was half the time on this trip, Chad was tour guide.

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Nice pics! Two comments. I've ridden past that chair a few times, I know exactly where it is! About 2 miles past my house. :) and second, that's not lost canyon rd. The chairs actually on lost canyon rd. That's Jacks Cabin Cutoff. :)
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