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Old 08-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #151
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I'm definately not taking the superduke again, I had a blast but this time I'd like something a bit more practical. Plus I love getting out on the dirt and exploring. I am thinking of a dualsport to replace this thing with. I am really lusting after an EXC 500 but that's stoopid money for a dirt bike.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #152
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:16 PM   #153
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I get up at a reasonable hour to see Mesa Verde, which has a great twisty road leading up the mesa. The actual dwellings though, not my cup of tea. I was still adjusting to the altitude, climbing ladders and hiking? Yea right.

There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the indigenous people who lived here. Why did they pack up and abandon their settlement one day? Perhaps they found some place more accessible to live. We'll never know.



I rode up the million dollar highway, again not at all what I pictured. In fact none of Colorado is. The rockies span all the way up to Alberta (and beyond) of course. I thought they would be similar, and that I would be riding through something like the icefield parkway in jasper - banff. I had saved my heated gear and all my layers throughout all this hot weather, in anticipation for the cold high passes in CO.

Well that didn't happen. It was nice and sunny out, I didn't even realize I was riding through the rockies as there was no snow on top.



The only thing that hit me really hard was the fatigue again. I kept pulling over and pacing around the bike, trying not to fall asleep.

As I hit Montrose and headed East, I started running into the smoke from the wildfires.



Pulling up in Salida, where my tentspace was for the night.


My host in Salida was Renee, she told me that she didn't come on adv much anymore, luckily she got my email and offered up this cool yurt to stay in. Looks small and plain on the outside, but was actually very spacious and modern inside.



That evening we met up with her husband who was working on a film on a missing mountain biker. They were shooting in an old haunted bar, and we got a tour of the creepy attic area where strange noises and cold drafts would appear. No pics here, the place was definately creepy and I wanted to leave asap.

We had a very lively dinner with some great microbrews and story swapping. Nathan, a friend of theirs told me about his ride through Mongolia. Maybe one day...
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #154
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The route takes me East to Canon City. I bought a butler map at the dealership that changed my tire, and decided that Skyline Drive was worth a short detour. In short, hell yea it was!







Tonight I was staying in Woodland Park with inmate Pablo83, so I decided to slab straight there, unload my bags, and have time to ride Pikes Peak. After a quick hello, and some fine tuning my route, I was off to Pikes Peak on an unladen superduke. Now thatsa spicy meatball! I got back all my ponies, and the bike actually handles for once!

I'm pumped to ride the hill climb. As a bonus, the race was coming up just days after, so the entire course was laid out with start/finish line and crash barriers. "Watch your speed" the guy at the toll booth warned me. I put on a straight face and said "I will." *fingers crossed*



Soon after, the gopro was rolling and I was flogging the crap out of the KTM up the hill. Most people heard me coming and pulled over to let me by. There were a few naughty passes here and there. As I came up behind a VW car behind a hairpin, a little voice told me to wait. As we round the corner, there is the sheriff ready to pull me over. He heard me coming up the hill, and he knew by the way I was running it to the limiter I was being bad. Bet he was expecting me to come around the corner with my knee down. I literally yelled "HA!" as me and the Volkswagen chug past him at 15mph.

My common sense prevailed again near the top, where I was about to pass a SUV. Wait a sec.. why does he have a light bar on the roof. Doh!

The hillclimb itself is breathtaking. Just when you think you've reached the peak, it keeps going and going some more. It feels impossibly high at the top. Your engine is wheezing for air. You look over the edge of a curve, a sheer drop, and suddenly your balls shrink. I've spent lots of time on the race track, and I'm pretty confident on a bike. Something about being past 12,000' took away my desire to rail each corner as hard. The course is now entirely paved to the summit, a few years ago the last stretch was on gravel.






Skip the tourist trap at the top, jam packed with people who ride the rail car up to buy trinkets. One other biker was at the top, a harley rider who helped me snap this pic.



Nice hair..








After coasting down the mountain with the engine off (very cool feeling), I did a loop down 67 to Cripple Creek, with some more fantastic twisty roads along the way.

Cripple Creek welcomes me:


Up on Cripple Creek... it's actually a mining town turned casino spot. Not much going on here.




Got back to Paul's for a bite to eat, and spent the night in his massive toy hauler. Thanks dude!
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:08 AM   #155
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I inadvertently stalked you, pne...

Thought I'd do you a favour and peek through my local classifieds site for an 500 EXC knowing you were in Alberta... and instead stumbled upon your SuperDuke.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #156
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I inadvertently stalked you, pne...

Thought I'd do you a favour and peek through my local classifieds site for an 500 EXC knowing you were in Alberta... and instead stumbled upon your SuperDuke.

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I want one of those badly... I think I drank too much orange koolaid
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:26 AM   #157
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What a great rr, canīt wait for the next update!
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #158
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Great rr. Its giving me the itch...
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #159
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I was in Salida and I saw you pass us ( group of ktm ). I thought to myself I wonder if that was PNE, nah but guess i was right. Went thru manitou, what a mess the landslides and rain did there. Thanks for the RR
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:01 PM   #160
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^ Cool, whenever I see a KTM adventure coming up I recognize the headlight, and for a split second think it's a superduke. Only saw one other on the road in san fran as he pulled up alongside me and yelled COOL BIKE!!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #161
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Armed with the Butler Map, I was determined to ride around the Rockies, hitting up some of the gold rated roads. I rode 67 North to Deckers, then jumped on 126 and 285. At a gas station along the highway I stopped to chat with a couple guys on a BMW and a KTM SMT 990. Finally a bike more rare than the super duke. I told them about my route and they advised me to stay out of Texas. "Why would you want to go there? The roads are all straight and its hot."

From 285 I headed over Guanella Pass to reach I70. Someone told me this pass was all pavement. Or I remembered wrong. My eyebrows raised when I saw that it was gravel, but I figured it was manageable. The worst case scenario was that it would take me longer than expected. The actual worst case scenario happened minutes later when a semi came barreling round a blind corner going way over the 15mph limit. I forced my eyes off his front grille, and focused on braking and swerving hard as far over as I could get. We did not make contact, I was glad.

After a few more miles of gravel, passing graders and construction equipment, the pass transitioned to crappy pavement. Halfway through the pass, upon hitting the campground, the pavement turned smooth and twisty. From there it was an enjoyable ride into Georgetown.

Hopping on I70 my first destination for the day was Mt Evans. From Idaho Springs it is an excellent ride up Squaw Pass Rd. Unfortunately when reached the toll gate, I was turned around by the ranger there. High winds up to 50mph on the mountain, 23 degrees at the top. He said they had stopped bikes from coming thru after someone nearly got blown off the road.

I turned west on I70 and tried Berthoud Pass. I'm sure at the time of printing the map, this was a great road. Unfortunately, it's deteriorated quite a bit, and not much fun to ride. Consisting of mostly long sweeping hairpins, the crumbling pavement is full of wide tar snakes and washboard.

Loveland Pass, a few miles west, was much better. The pavement was in good shape and there was little traffic. I stopped in the little town of Dillon Lake. Very picturesque with a great backdrop of mountains and a reservoir. There I met up with ADVer jjustj. After unloading my gear into a nifty toy hauler (wish I had a truck big enough to pull one of these), we headed into town for a burger. After sitting around and telling lies for a bit I learn that J also knows Renee and dualsport Jim that I just met. Small world!

We chat about trials riding and enduro, and I tell J about my other big hobby - downhill mountain biking. Conincidentally J is working on the trails at the local park and hooks me up with a cheap lift ticket. I jump at the chance to ride a bike for a change, and the next morning I am cruising down the mountain in a rented downhill bike.

Downhill is a unique style of mountain biking that involves riding down steep technical terrain. It's usually done on a full suspension bike with lots of travel, 8-9" typically. These bikes are every bit as advanced as dirt bikes, and moreso in some areas. Lift access parks are usually ski hills converted into bike parks in the summer time. You ride the chairlift up to the top with your bike, and take a trail down. I love this type of riding because it has many elements of offroad enduro type riding, but will also have features similar to MX in some trails, a bit of trials style obstacles mixed in, with it's own unique features on top.

This was a black run at Keystone Park:



After a day of biking, I rode back to town in search of a shower. I stopped at the local rec center and tried my luck. "Would I be able to use your locker room to change into some clean clothes?" *cough* after a quick shower *cough*

The cute blonde gives me a brief look. "Sure, go on through." Success! All cleaned up, I stopped at Dam Brewery, a local pub/restaurant. Just in time for happy hour, this was turning out to be a great day. A few tasty microbrews and a big plate of fried chicken later, I was feeling pretty content. Check this place out if you are in the area, great food and beer at a good price.

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:40 AM   #162
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hmmmm

well, the title sure fits !

there are other um, ways of touring .... but whatever
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #163
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Your thread updates are epic! Pikes Peak has been on my list since I started riding. Oh the jealousy!

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #164
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Of course I had to return to ride Mt. Evans. Next morning was right on the money. The pavement is nowhere near as nice as Pikes Peak, but then again it was free with my park pass, and pikes peak was $13. This road is much longer and slower going. At the summit there is a short hike you can do to get to the actual peak, which took me a good 45 minutes to accomplish. There were lots of extreme altitude signs, and I was feeling it. (having trouble concentrating, shortness of breath, and nausea.)



The actual summit, only a few hundred feet from the parking area.






My photography doesn't convey the vertigo very well.




Again, I shut off the engine and coasted back down the mountain. Got lots of smiles and waves from cyclists making the climb, I guess they don't like the smell of exhaust. Near the bottom, I pass a guy on a suzuki cruiser at a pull off area. Wait a second, I remember this guy sitting here on the way up, that must have been an hour ago. So I pull over and ask him if he needs help. Turns out his clutch locked up and there was no oil in his sight glass. He asks me if I have any oil. I pull out the remainder of my unicorn blood moterex oil I had stashed in a pop bottle and handed it to him. Guy spends a few minutes carefully pouring it into his bike while I have a smoke. Finally he hands the mostly full bottle back, and I can see that he's barely got a few ounces in there.

"Uh, you sure you used enough there bud?"

"Oh its fine, I just need enough to get to a gas station" He replies.

Ok, suit yourself. If it's not then it might be awhile before someone else with oil stops for ya. He asks me what he owes for the oil, and I dismiss that idea and wish him good luck. Which leads me to my rant for the day. On this trip I've passed many a biker on the side of the road. I have no idea whether a lot of them needed help, or were just stopping for a cigarette break. If you are in trouble and need someone to stop, wave them down! Don't stand there acting cool, especially if you're at a rest area or pull off, because nobody will know you need help. When I ride by someone stopped, I usually flash a thumbs up/thumbs down sign to see if they're ok. Strangest biker I passed was a BMW adventure bike in the ditch with his four ways on, but bike upright. I slowed down and he flashed me a thumbs up back, so I let him be.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:20 PM   #165
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My next stop was Denver. I had plans to stay with a guy I had met online via the website couchsurfing.com. I was a little nervous about this stop, since I had planned to rest my heels in Denver for a few days. This was the first extended stay a 'non-biker' and I didn't know how well it would go. Would we have anything to talk about? Would it get weird?

My fears were put to rest when I met Howie, my host. A really friendly guy who was retired and hosted international travellers as a sort of hobby. I was in for a treat, as he had a guest room set up exclusively for couch surfers. We spent the next two days touring around the Denver area, and the guy was kind enough to drive me around to some of the popular attractions nearby and be a tour guide.

Here I am at the Red Rock Amphitheater, a really amazing natural rock formation, cleverly used by natives due to its perfect acoustic properties. Lots of famous bands and performers have played here over the years. I'll definitely be back to see a show when funds permit.






It's also a spot for fitness freaks to work out. Lots of hot bodies running up and down the steps.


I'm not a huge incubus fan, but I do play a little guitar. This display caught my eye as the guitar was constructed out of wood from the original bleachers of the amphitheater.
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