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View Results: What did the Osos do after Lica's hit in Hell's Gate?
Hit the 911 button on Lica's spot and waited for search and rescue 8 2.51%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 5.33%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 69 21.63%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 111 34.80%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 30 9.40%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 107 33.54%
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:53 AM   #211
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This is Awwwwsomeness OSO style!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #212
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Best ride reports are from the Wans!can't wait to see the rest.I'm a noob on adv rider but I've read all the Wan's reports.they just rock!thanks for sharing with us all Kelly
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #213
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #214
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Day 5: 8/5/13
goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles, continued.







So, weíre 15 pages in and I havenít gotten to even one of the teaser pics yet!






Here ya go!







Matt and I had spent a lot of time planning this ride,
but we were always looking at the big picture.
3200+ miles of GPS tracks takes forever to map out.
When it came to the fine details, we may not have been so thorough.



These little trails didn't show up in Topo 9 and we were too lazy to order a Taylor Park map (I've seen recommendations for this one)
That would have made waaaaay too much sense.
We had 1 or 2 big trails on the GPS tracks,
but were going to have to wing it for the most part.




When I showed that pic of Matt and Radek looking at a map (top of Pearl Pass)...






this is what they were looking at...
A map of Colorado that I had purchased at the gas station in Green River, UT.






Not exactly helpful for finding singletrack in Taylor Park.
It didnít even show Pearl Pass!








Oh well. We found some.







Checking that the camera was on...






At least we caught a break and it wasnít actively raining!






It was even sunny.






But the ground was still plenty wet and slippery...






Yep.







Radek stopped here to make sure we were okay.
He rides a lot of singletrack in BC.
Matt and I donít do much ST except on our summer tours.






Looking back at the trail.






Itís one of those things that always sounds fun, but then once weíre out there,
Matt realizes that itís not so fun 2up.
The schoolbus isnít exactly nimble and thereís no room for error on ST.
Not to mention, our weight tends to make the bike slide off the trail in inconvenient spots.




This stuff was fine - not scary on either side.







But, this - meh.
Hard to see, but there were rocks on one side, a drop off on the other...

and, it was muddy.








Well, as long as it doesn't get much worse...
Aw, crap.







Radek did great (those long legs again!)...






He only needed a tiny push.






We, on the other hand, got hung up.






Thanks, Radek!







Ugh.




















Looking back...







Nasty mud.







Are we still having fun?
yeah.






Iím pretty sure he was smiling in there!






He was in his element.





















Uphill with mud and roots. yay.





































hey, Radek!







This sign wasnít very helpful...none of that stuff was on our crappy map.
I don't think Norm had them either.






Is that the trail we want?






Radek went to go check it out...



He came back and said it was pretty muddy and there were lots of big roots to get hung up on...



Nah.
Letís go this way.






nice.





















OK, where to next?







I really wanted to see American Flag Mountain.

So, off we went....





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Old 09-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #215
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Make ice cold water in your pants your favorite!

As someone said before, when I find myself about to leave something like a cookset at home because I didn't want to carry the weight I just think of the Wans.
Amazing stuff guys.

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Old 09-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #216
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i'm the wan getting tired just for looking at the bike and the rocky trail.....



haven't missed a page, keep them coming kel. they do the riding and you get to do the writing......
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #217
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Heh. Hiya Q (hey Joel!)
I'll get to the comments soon...







Day 5: 8/5/13
goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles, continued.



Aw, man. Hope it’s not going to rain again.














Matt thought he had American Flag Mountain marked on the GPS,
but he didn’t.
We knew it was around here somewhere...



We stopped at a campsite and lucked out.
This nice couple kind of knew where it was - they told us to go over the bridge and that we would see the trail, “that way.”
Their eldest son had put up the original flagpole, so they were excited that we were going up there.







That must be the bridge they were talking about...




So, now that we’re home and I’m googling around...
I think Lily Pond trail would have been a nice ST ride for us - too bad we didn’t know about it sooner.
Though it would have meant missing American Flag.
Oh well. Something for next time.
























Can you read that sign? It says, “If you go any farther, you better be a friend”



OK, so not that way...





How about this way?







Cement creek - that’s us.
































As we were getting closer to the Mtn, we rolled up on some guys.
Hey! a KTM 950 and 2 990s! very cool.




It turned out to be TLtrials (Brian), from North Carolina...







Lambchops (Wade) from Arizona, and benwracin007 (Ben) also from North Carolina.






Great to meet you, fellas!
They agreed to go up American Flag Mtn with us - wooo!
Matt didn’t have the GoPro on, neither did Radek.
But I snapped a couple of pics...













and have a screen shot swiped from Brian’s video...(thanks TLtrials )






Yay! There it is!







The Majestic Canimal on American Flag Mountain.














We talked to the guys for a little bit and gave them Oso Loco stickers.
It sounded like they were having a pretty fun visit in Colorado!



Photo time...
Smile!






I have the finished photo, stolen from TLtrials' report

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Very nice!




One of the guys returned the favor - thank you!
(it was Radek’s camera, and I’m not sure who took the pic)




Awesome!
Love it.



What a beautiful spot.






A special memorial for someone.













And then we headed down.






Ben and Wade








I have a screen shot from Brian’s video...







and the resulting photo.







It was looking pretty dark up there...







But, also pretty pretty. I think this was Italian Creek.





















I don’t know what we asked them, but this photo cracks me up!
Are you sure you guys know where you're going?





















Oso Happy. It had been a really good day of riding!







We said goodbye to Brian, Wade and Ben - it was super nice meeting you fellas!












A little bit of sun...




















I love these cloud pics. Haven’t had too many with all the rain.






Not huge miles, but some really frickin’ good ones!



Wow, that singletrack really screwed up our average!




Tires.
Ours.





Radek’s.





Those are some dirty, dirty bikes!



Oh, hey - I have one more post for today -
I need to go find Bartek’s photos so we can see what the other Osos did on their “take it easy” day...





(but probably won't post until later tonight. Just realized I need to go make dinner! )


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Old 09-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #218
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Very nice to see some sunny pics. High mountains in Colorado are amazing. Great pic by the flag!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:32 PM   #219
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WOOOO HOOOOO!!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:53 PM   #220
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Day 5: 8/5/13
goofing off around Gunnison 119 miles, continued.







We got to the Rodeway and saw this in the parking lot:












Hmm. Did something happen while we were gone?
Carbon monoxide leak in the rooms? Some kind of outbreak?

Fainting goat-itis?




Looks like Radek caught it, too...






Haha. The guys were just fine-tuning their suspension settings.




I don’t know exactly what Scott, Bartek, Lica and Osito did this day.
Pretty sure they went to Taylor Park and rode there.


Even though they were supposed to be taking it easy and resting up
(Bartek and Lica were injured, don’t forget)...
I believe they said they had tried a little of Star Trail.




Bartek’s photos:
First of all, I thought Scott was in charge... goggles!






Rocky.






Muddy.







Hmm. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t know if that’s appropriate terrain for someone with a separated shoulder...







Good job resting that knee, Lica!


















Ah, well. Osos will be Osos...

I’m just glad they had fun!







One of the reasons I had picked the Rodeway was that there was a Mexican Restaurant next door.
Unfortunately, they had moved in the last year or so.



Scott and Lica had already eaten and were enjoying some beer.
The rest of us went to El Paraiso.













Radek even got a margarita!






Our friendly waiter took a pic for us - Gracias!






I ordered tacos - the only real tacos of the tour.
They were supposed to be soft tacos, but arrived like this:



Tasted better than they look.





Osito ordered Flan for dessert - it was delicious!






But, for some reason, Bartek thought “Flan” was a meat dish.
He ordered a grilled jalapeno to go with the Flan...
Once it arrived, he tried it anyway (to be polite)





It was HOT. Not just a grilled jalapeno, but one with some kind of special coating (habanero? ghost pepper?)
I wish I had a photo of his face when he bit into that pepper!




Osito gave it a shot...he's used to spicy foods. Or so he thought!
I wish I had a photo of his face, too!





Those poor guys were dying. Crying.
It seemed cruel to take a picture at the time, sorry.










OK, Day 5 is in the books!


As far as I know,
zero casualties for Day 5 - Woo! Osos!!!




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Old 09-04-2013, 11:05 PM   #221
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Very nice to see some sunny pics. High mountains in Colorado are amazing. Great pic by the flag!
Thanks, RRR!
I know, I wish we had a little more sun on this ride.
Although, I did learn to love the rainy pics, too.


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WOOOO HOOOOO!!!









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Fantastic!!!! So much fun and adventure!!!!!
Hey Cannonshot - thanks for joining us!
as always, sorry about the crappy maps




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Oh Kelly,
You and Matt are far more than "Barking Loonbats"
Y'all are certifiable!! Geez...... Some serious meds might fix that....but where would be the fun there, eh?
Only wish my legs were long enough for some of that 'orange koolaid'.... ;) Well, and about 30 years younger, ha!
You are the absolute best in the R/R biz... The 'piloting/pillion' abilities speak for themselves (yet again)!!!
Just curious how you'll ever top this one? ;)

So, does Matt dry after you're done washing......the dishes that is ;)
Can't wait for the 'next episode'...
Have a great Wednesday :)
Hi CB,
haha - no comment about "the dishes..."

Glad you're enjoying this report!
Oh, I don't even want to *think* about what we would have to do to top it!




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This is Awwwwsomeness OSO style!!
Thanks, dano!!
Osooooooooo!!





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Best ride reports are from the Wans!can't wait to see the rest.I'm a noob on adv rider but I've read all the Wan's reports.they just rock!thanks for sharing with us all Kelly
Haha, you're welcome reed valve!
Thanks for reading!!





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Make ice cold water in your pants your favorite!

As someone said before, when I find myself about to leave something like a cookset at home because I didn't want to carry the weight I just think of the Wans.
Amazing stuff guys.

Q~
Heh, that calls for the safety dance!
Everybody look at your pants!
Glad you're enjoying it, Q!




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i'm the wan getting tired just for looking at the bike and the rocky trail.....



haven't missed a page, keep them coming kel. they do the riding and you get to do the writing......
Thanks, Joel!
Yeah, I think I get the crap end of the stick.

Aww, it's fun. Sort of.



You readers make it fun!


thanks, everyone!





OK, I have no idea what's happening on Day 6.

Hancock and Tomichi passes?
Guess we'll find out!

see you next time!







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Old 09-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #222
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AWESOME!!

I so love your RRs!

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Old 09-05-2013, 12:31 AM   #223
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Great Report

Love following this !!
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:30 AM   #224
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Wow! Awesome! Well done and well written!
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #225
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Laugh Great stuff....

Looks like you guys were having a blast. Have I mentioned how much I love Colorado? Looking forward to Hancock and Tomechi Passes.

3years ago on Hancock Pass after getting the bike righted with some help.


Finally got Lionsroaar to send me his pics of our TAT ride. RR coming this winter. 3 years late but it'll be fun to revisit it doing the RR.
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