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Old 07-16-2013, 10:44 PM   #31
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7 of us head down on Friday! Yippee
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #32
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Nice report. Keep up with the details please. 6 of us are headed to do the route the first week or so of August!
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:01 AM   #33
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Good to hear, guys. We were just talking around the campfire of doing this thread and a video to help people like you. We were looking for more help than the DVD offered and couldn't find much.

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:57 PM   #34
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Made it to Gypsum. Great riding. Here are some more pics.





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Old 07-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #35
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Camp this morning


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Old 07-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #36
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Just pulled into Gypsum. We will go another hour and get a campsite. The second half of Section 4 was probably the most mundane. If course, we are already numbed out on God's handiwork.

We all loved section 3. It wasn't that every road/trail was better than the last but just different. Different and beautiful. Some of our favorite parts of the track we thought were a mistake but they turned out to be very unique like this soft dirt road with high banks...


The big drama was yesterday when trying to reconnect with Art after his bike was fixed. Sorry for that cliff hanger but we gotta roll...

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #37
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Today we came out of Gypsum, across 70 and immediately onto a high desert road with ruts. My hope was to go until 6pm and then camp but black clouds started rolling in just when I saw an off shoot so we took it and found a perfect spot. Then the race was on to erect a shelter and our tents before the downpour. We made it. Crazy we have cell service here.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:10 PM   #38
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Here's a late update for section 2. To describe it briefly: this section is kind of like driving motorcycles into Mordor (in a good way). Super steep, technical trails, and surprisingly crowded with jeeps and ATVs. Ophir pass is rocky and way steeper than the COBDR video shows. Corkscrew pass was muddy and rocky, with insanely steep switchbacks. California pass felt like the top of the world. And cinnamon pass was a final triumph, with some really fun dirt on the way down.

Here are a few shots of California pass—12,900 ft, and the highest altitude of the trip.



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Old 07-17-2013, 06:40 PM   #39
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For those who are taking notes on us for your upcoming COBDR trip, pack plenty of bolts, bailing wire, ratcheting straps and gorilla tape for things that rattle off. Especially for panniers. All of us have had significant case problems. My zegas are split from a low side on sand. Mounting bolts have been snapped on Happy Trails and Jesses. Both BMW adventure case sets have had busted latches. Consensus among the 5 of us is that it is worth thinking about soft luggage for this trip. Here is a rundown of our mechanical issues thus far...

1) All 5 bike cases or latches broken and dented
2) Mud guard knocked lose the rear brake line
3) Abs went out
4) Speedometer /odometer intermittently working.
5) Air horns clogged with dust
6) Windshield rattled off
7) Computer cluster rattled loose
8) Shift indicator switch gone bad.
9) Ripped of a center stand guard


Sure is more to happen. Be prepared. We actually feel like this is a part of the adventure. All is good!
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #40
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Here are some photos of the pannier issues Brian mentioned before. To be fair, we have ridden the crap out of these things over hundreds of miles of dirt, sand, rocks, water and ruts. But still...

Art: misshapen case and broken latches on BMW adventure cases (repaired with a ratchet strap)


Brian: broken seam on touratech zegas (not repaired yet, but gorilla tape is the plan)
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Craig: broken racks, cracked top lid and lost bolts on happy trails Tetons (repaired with bailing wire and extra bolts)



Jake: stripped bolt on Jesse racks (repaired with a replacement bolt)


Judd: broken latches on BMW adventure cases (repaired with two nails connected by gorilla tape)
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:25 PM   #41
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Yesterday was an interesting day. We woke up in a beautiful campsite in the high desert just out of Gypsum. We headed out on perfectly moist (I know that word offends some) and compact soft dirt that otherwise would have been squirrelly and dusty.

Craig's ratchet strap busted and wrapped around his rear spokes. More case drama but all was fine as we pressed on to the beautiful Colorado River Road. It is hard pack and windy and follows the rail line. At some points the road and the track blend into one.

Later on we had more high desert with more cattle and my son decided to traumatize them and headed into the field to herd them. Maybe the first time 20 head I cattle have been moved 100 yards by a GSA.

Just when we were getting hot we came upon the obstacle of the day, the 3 foot stream that is featured in the touratech video. Jake went first and bogged down just at the end. We pushed his bike the final 12 ft just in case it was water locked.

Art went next and used his snorkel that he fashioned from a washer hose at a Denver Home Depot. He made it no problem.

He threw it back over the water for me to use. The GSA tank makes it a bit more tight to fit onto the airbox so it must not have been total water tight as i bogged down.

With three bikes across and 2 likely water locked we found a beaver dam and ripped a hole in it downstream to lessen the depth for the final 2 riders.

For the hardcore naturalist's I know all of this is bumming you out. We have decided to call our group "The Locusts" because we are tearing up in a fun and appropriate way Colorado's Backcountry.


In the end, Judd and Craig pushed their bikes over. That was the right move. Jake and I took all of our plugs out and cranked the starter and watched water spew forth on the ground. We went from a day of making great time to spending 2hrs working on our bikes.

As we worked in the sun, we also bathed in the stream and washed our clothes with environmentally friendly Dr Bronners soap (we aren't total douche canoes).

We hit Steamboat with me stressing out about finding an auto parts store to change the oil on two bikes for fear of water being in the engine. Lying on hot asphalt and wrestling off a Black Dog and Touratech bash plate was not something I was looking forward to.

By the time we pulled in, both warning lights stopped flashing and the oil looked good thru the site glass so I decided to leave it as is. I've seen and changed frothy oil before and I think we are in the clear.

We pulled onto seed house road in the Routt National Forest and found a great campsite that is to the left and past the official campsites. As we pulled into a gorgeous meadow in a hard downpour we scrambled to erect our tarp for the third night in a row.

Partying under a tarp in the middle of nowhere at the end of a day in a beautiful spot is awesome. The fire later on was awesome.

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Old 07-21-2013, 08:35 AM   #42
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Just a quick thanks to these guys. I was riding the northern half of the COBDR solo. I came across these guys right after they had made the water crossing. They saved me a water locked engine and even helped push my bike through to the other side. Great guys all around. Thanks again and happy trails!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:44 AM   #43
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The team has split, two men driving East and the rest of us killing time in Denver before the flight at Steuben's. Great place!




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Old 07-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #44
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This sums up the trip in one photo.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:30 PM   #45
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Today we headed back home after a great trip. Section 6 was easy and with very few frills and thrills. Since we had time we headed into Wyoming and spent a day in and around Medicine Hat National Forest.

If you can make your way to Phantom Lake, do it. Unfortunately, it was late in the day and not a good call to get everyone up a hairy trail. The last campsite was still a winner before we headed back.



Taking a dip in the stream was cold, refreshing and priceless!

In later posts we will give final thoughts and tips for anyone else embarking on this journey in the future.
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