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Old 07-10-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Dirt Bikes and Mountain Bikes in the San Juans!

This ride report will be mostly pics, and documents our 5th annual trip to the San Juans to ride mountain passes. Kurfer and I were able to sneak away from work for a week to get some good riding in.

Kurfer rides a KTM 690 Enduro...I'm on a KTM 530 EXC, which is pretty much perfect for the mountain passes we ride.

Over the years, we've ridden most of the passes out there, but the scenery never gets old. This year the weather cooperated and we had clear blue skies every day...also went late enough in the year that all of the passes were open!

In addition to dirt bikes, this year we decided to bring mountain bikes to check out the bicycle scene around Telluride. If you're into mountain biking, this is a must do!

The drive from Kentucky is around 24 hours. We tend to drive Iron Butt style, only stopping for gas and catching a few hours sleep at a rest area. We made it to Ouray, CO by mid-afternoon of day 2.

Bikes loaded and ready to head to Colorado!

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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Day 1: Mineral Gulch, Engineer Pass...and dinner at the Outlaw!

We typically ride between the 3 Western Colorado cities of Ouray, Telluride and Silverton. We usually stay in Ouray...nice small mountain town with good camping and great bars and restaurants -- it works for us!

Our campsite at the KOA in Ouray, CO



After getting our campsite setup, we took off for some nearby passes -- Mineral Gulch and Engineer Pass. Both are close and easy, with awesome views -- a great way to kick off the trip!





























Dinner would be at the Outlaw -- a tradition of ours!



We were able to spot our shingles from our 2011 trip...The shingles can be "earned" by drinking 4 shots of the bartender's choice!

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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Day 2: Ophir Pass, Imogene Pass...more food!

The next day we took Ophir Pass into Telluride...great riding and views -- one of my personal favorites.













We had lunch at the Mexican restaurant, LA Cocina de Luz in Telluride...great food!



After lunch we headed back to Ouray via Imogene Pass. We have tried to ride this one in the past, but it had always been blocked by snow. The ride had a lot of loose rock, but some great views!

















We went back to Ouray for a soak in the hot springs, then dinner at Bon Ton!

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Day 3: Black Bear Pass and Mountain Bikes!

The next morning was Black Bear Pass into Telluride. Lots of fun on this pass, with almost no traffic on the way up to the summit and to the steps. After the steps, there was a lot of congestion on the lower switch backs with jeep traffic...still a worthwhile ride though!





Yet another video of the Black Bear steps!




For the remainder of the trip, we focused on pedal bikes. We rode mountian bikes in Telluride, making use of the free gondola to carry us up the mountain.

There are some fun single track trails up there...lots of bike shops to buy parts and rent bicycles too. Definitiely worth checking out if you're a cyclist!










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Awesome pictures. I had my mountain bike in telluride last summer during the bluegrass festival and had blast doing downhill runs from the gondola every morning.
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very nice pics from an awesome place

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You guys really know where to ride and EAT! I could spend a full summer in Colorado with three bikes; a small one for trails, big one for passes and touring and pedal for all those other trails. A couple years ago I did some all day adventure rides on a mountain bike up there. Lots of work, but really fun!
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You guys really know where to ride and EAT! I could spend a full summer in Colorado with three bikes; a small one for trails, big one for passes and touring and pedal for all those other trails. A couple years ago I did some all day adventure rides on a mountain bike up there. Lots of work, but really fun!
Yes, we are very good at eating! We really lucked out with the weather this year...last 2 years we saw lots of rain and snow. Not so good for Colorado, though...lots of drought. We crossed over dry creek beds this year that had been deep heavy streams years before.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:27 AM   #10
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Thanks For Sharing. What Model Tank Bag Is On The 530?
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Thanks For Sharing. What Model Tank Bag Is On The 530?
Tank Bag: Wolfman Enduro
Tail Bag: Wolfman Enduro Tool Bag
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:35 PM   #12
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Video

Kurfer put this video together right before we left for Colorado...it's from our 2011 trip -- same people, same bikes, same places. Pretty cool video...too bad it took him 2 years to put it together!

Maybe in 2015 I'll post the video from this trip!

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We did pretty good on the MTB downhill courses in Telluride...here's a screen shot from Strava -- 12/105...I'll take it!



Finally, some long exposure shots Kurfer took of the night sky from our campsite in Ouray...





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