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Old 08-14-2013, 03:04 PM   #136
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Absolutely loving your report. I had hoped to do something similar with my boy but cancer took him first. Lola is a very lucky girl to have such a good dad.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:46 PM   #137
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Excellent all the way around, plan, pics, and writing. My daughter and I are enjoying reading your reports and look forward to a new addition each night, it's become our little time together the past few nights. Plus, this is making me re-think getting a Ural...I have my 50th b-day next year, might have to tell the wife to get me a Ural!

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Old 08-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #138
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Another wonderful update! Thanks for taking us along!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #139
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Kinda makes me wish I still had my ural.

Looking forward to the next post!
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #140
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As a fellow hack owner and a trusty pooch herder I am digging your ride report. Keep on, keepin on!
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:41 AM   #141
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:04 PM   #142
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Glad the link to your report was posted over on Zina's report on SDAR......great stuff.....from both of you

Zina's thread on SDAR: http://dualsport-sd.com/forums/index.php?/topic/16160-14-legs-7-wheels/page
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #143
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Incredible stuff! Great pics, beautiful country and awesome write-ups!
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #144
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Alex, you should receive a commission on every Ural sold for the next year or so (even the used ones). I've sent a link for your RR to people who don't even ride. Hats off.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:55 PM   #145
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While the campsite was nice, the three of us deemed it was not worthy of $27 dollars, and wed be best to push on.
I just got back today from a 5000 mile loop of the western states and I have to say this was one of my biggest hearburns with the trip. Every campsite we stopped at either federal or state was at least 15 dollar and normally 20 or more.

I was on the Strom so I was ready to just go down some forest service roads and setup but my dad was on a Yammie Stratoliner (1900CC) with trailer totaling 1400 lbs of bike and gear so we stuck to the "developed" campgrounds.

Most of the trip that 20+ dollars wouldn't even get you a freakin shower. Just a tent pad and some valut toilets and maybe a rickety picnic table. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled by Texas state parks where it's usually 12 bucks a night and most of them have showers.

We stayed in the Grand Tetons for one night. Ouch.......20 bucks to get my dad in to the park I got in for free with my Military Annual Pass and then 24 bucks for a campsite 44 dollars for a spot to park a picnic table and a vault toilet.

I almost felt like I was nickled and dimed to the point at these campsites that I might as well have just gotten a damn hotel room.


Sorry to vent in your thread when I read those posts it just reminded me how ripped off I felt in some places just to camp.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:52 AM   #146
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Day 15



Clear skies, brilliant sun, and a comfortable cool air. Good morning Colorado, its nice to be here.



The unspoken camp-pack-up competition continues. Despite Wayne & Zina coming the closest they ever have to beating me, I still enjoyed the last of my ritualistic coffee from the sidecar step while watching them stuff items into bags. As always, Lola was ready to go when I was, and Simon stood near his backpack so nobody would forget about him.



Riding out to Kremmling, we got a better view of the scenic valley we had slept in. Absolutely stunning views made this pavement stretch really nice.



After topping off our tanks in Kremmling, we motored off on some wide, smooth, dirt superhighways into Arapaho National Forest. If it wasnt for the fences, and other sporadic signs of ranching, wed feel pretty alone out here.



As most roads do in a civilized world, the dirt eventually turned to pavement. We passed the huge tailing lakes created from the Henderson molybdenum mine. Id love to know what evil deal transpired in the 70′s to allow this to national forest land to become private land.



Ive touched on this before, and I believe it bears repeating. The Ural is not a hill-climber. Climbing to 9,000 feet over mountain passes, even with the proper jetting on pavement is a slow and steady process. As the road steepened, I waved Wayne and Zina on. Shifting into second gear with a quiet sigh, Lola and I crawled up the pass, peaking at 30mph.



Despite the somewhat frustrating slow climb, our patience was rewarded with this beautiful view of Dora, Keller and Eagles Nest peaks on a straight and long downhill grade.



The sun is blazing, but the air is still cool. A light breeze blew out of the south, and puffy clouds of moisture bloomed up over the mountains. Considering we woke up to mostly clear blue skies and its only 9:00am, Id bet my donut against your dollar well be getting wet sometime today.



The Dillon Reservoir is a real pretty detour around I-70, despite the traffic. Tensions must be high here however, as large metal gates adorn each end with guard shacks, and concrete barriers set up in a zig-zag fashion popular with most military forward operating bases.



We pushed into Breckenridge, where we fueled up and decided to get an early lunch. Soupz On had some delicious combinations, as well as sandwiches. Ever conscious of colon health, I chose an all-vegetable meal to supplant the damage from last nights chili and minute-rice festival.



Onwards, through the throngs of vacationing populace we rode. One of the great joys of riding a Ural (especially with a dog), is the smiles you put on peoples faces. Rolling down main street, you can watch people turn, look, laugh, smile and point as you go by, all in one smooth motion. Even bums on street corners raise their afternoon 40-ounce malt liquor in a salute as we chortle by.



Onward and upward, turning onto Boreas Pass, just outside Breckenridge. Remember those little puffy clouds from 9:00am? Someone or something pissed in their Wheaties, and they are angry.



The paved portion of Boreas Pass ends rather abruptly, and turns into a narrow railroad-grade dirt road. Lots of tourist traffic coming down from the pass, so try to keep a steady throttle hand.



Midway up with a few rain-drops still clinging to our visors and (do)goggles, I stopped to admire the view. Zina and Wayne donned their humidity suits again, while Lola found a delectable defecation from another animal. Lunch is served I guess. Gross. Bad dog.



These railroad-grade roads are perfect for a Ural. Even though the air up here at 11,000 feet has around 30% less oxygen in it (and 30% less bang for your buck), the gradual grade up over the pass gives the Ural a fighting chance. The buried rocks on the road are also at the right height not to rattle us around.



Another pass, and another crossing of the divide. Considering Lola is retirement age in human years, shes really getting around.



There are some that say you can get scenery-apathetic when you are in the same landscape all the time. I think those people need to eat more vegetables. I could look at this all day long.



Unfortunately, looking around at scenery on the backside of Boreas Pass was not a luxury I could afford. Ever-longer stretches of half-buried rock gardens kept popping up, requiring evasive maneuvers on the Ural.



We picked up the pavement for a brief stretch, offering Lola and I some respite from the pounding we took coming down Boreas. It would appear the angry clouds in the distance are forming a posse.



Elkhorn Road put us back on dirt through a bunch of open ranges. Beautiful gravel road through rolling hills. Lola stood at full alert in case any stubborn cattle presented themselves. 4th gear at 45 mph, and loving every minute of it.



Kait loves baby animals, and I promised to take as many photos of the ones I encountered as possible. This little girl was frolicking all around, unfazed by the loud motorbikes near her.



Despite Zina and Waynes rain suits, there was no doubt that we were about to get soaked. This news brought a bit of concern, as some of these roads can get really, really, bad in a hard storm. Also, being a large metallic object moving across high alpine meadows with an inch or two of rubber separating you from a good electrical ground is cause for concern.



And the rain rolled in. A few large drops at first, and then a deluge. Lola laid down in the sidecar to avoid the stinging raindrops, while I covered my face with my scarf. Deluge of water. Earlier I had told Wayne "Id rather be cold and wet, than hot and sweating". Seems the fates had given me my wish.



Thoroughly soaked, we rode into Hartsel to gas up and evaluate our options. The Ural had handled the snotty, mucky roads without much problem; it doesnt have to balance. The motorcycles do, and the soft muck did not please the either rider (or dog). I had seen some slides and swerves riding behind them which confirmed their concerns.



After chatting with some other riders coming the opposite way about the weather, we made the executive decision to by-pass the dirt section from Hartsel to Salida. With a steady rain falling and dark clouds bordering the valley, the chances of getting stuck on a 10,000 foot mountain in a thunderstorm were high. That is to say nothing about the condition of those mountain roads during a bad storm.



Fifty-five ball-busting wet miles into Salida. The bands of rolling storms produced lots of wind, which slowed the Ural down considerably. Wayne and Zina zoomed forward at 70mph to land a hotel room in Salida, while Lola and I chugged over the pass into Buena Vista.



And the best way to recover from cold water? Hot water. Throw a few bubbles in there for good measure, and feel the miles melt off your shoulders. Major thanks to the Super 8 in Salida for letting a bunch of dirty moto folks pollute your hot-tub.



Lola offloaded some photos while we piled through some mexican take-out. O-Brother, Where art thou? flickered on the TV while we caught up with emails and the outside world.

Happiness is a warm, dry bed after a cold, wet day. Bonus points if can have a puppy curled up next to you.

Days Mileage: 182 miles
Total Mileage: 2,684 miles
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:03 AM   #147
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Absolutely loving your report. I had hoped to do something similar with my boy but cancer took him first. Lola is a very lucky girl to have such a good dad.
Sorry to hear that. Life is all too short, so we gotta enjoy it while we still can.

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My daughter and I are enjoying reading your reports and look forward to a new addition each night, it's become our little time together the past few nights. Plus, this is making me re-think getting a Ural..
Yikes! I apologize if you had any awkward moments explaining my profanity or grade-school potty humor. The Ural is a great ride, as long as you are not concerned with speed. Once you embrace it for what it is, its a completely different way to travel.

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Alex, you should receive a commission on every Ural sold for the next year or so (even the used ones). I've sent a link for your RR to people who don't even ride. Hats off.
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Haha! Well, I wouldn't complain if they wanted to send me a t-shirt and a few oil filters. :) Very happy to hear other non-moto folk are enjoying it too!

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I almost felt like I was nickled and dimed to the point at these campsites that I might as well have just gotten a damn hotel room.
Sorry to vent in your thread when I read those posts it just reminded me how ripped off I felt in some places just to camp.
I know exactly how you feel. Some of them are very reasonable, but the high-tourist-traffic areas are obscene. Where possible, we tried to find the 'out-of-the-way' campgrounds when we needed a picnic table or a power outlet.

I wish they could offer strictly tent camping areas for a reduced fee. Considering how few tents you see at "campgrounds" anymore, I'm guessing that most people view tents as misery devices for the masochistic few.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:09 AM   #148
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Just got into work and enjoy starting my day with a cup of joe and catching your latest ride report. I have a trip coming so I'm looking forward to it.

I am impressed with how all of you are keeping your head in the game. Making smart decisions about environment, terrain and weather, minimizing risks and really watching out for each other and your four legged friends. What an inspiring adventure!!

Stay safe!!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #149
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Just discovered this thread. Haven't got all the way through it, but Im loving what little I've read to date! Good on ya for bringing along your best little buddy, makes me miss our Molly who sadly passed over christmas.
Looking forward to the read and future updates. All the best to you and Lola!
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:08 AM   #150
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Great report, have been reading quietly (supposed to be working) but I have to say you made a very wise decision to take the highway to Salida from Hartsel. I've been through there on a KLR in the rain and caught up with some CDR riders who were patching up a Beemer after one went down in the snot. I bailed to Buena Vista/Johnson Village. The road does not really go over mountains as much as a high plain, much like that you encountered in Wyoming. You drop down into Salida but remain pretty much level most of the way. But then you probably already knew that.

PS, I had a hold-over '98 Ural that began life as a solo and had the hack added because it wasn't selling. I loved the bike but had to sell it when we moved from AZ to TX and downsized our garage! I might have to think about another one now!
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