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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 2.30%
Called Radek's cop buddy and got a TOY 4x4 extraction 17 4.89%
What's the problem? He rode out with one hand and no throttle - OSO!!! 77 22.13%
With the engineering flow chart, WD-40 and duct tape - trail repair, baby! 117 33.62%
Flagged down a tour jeep and put the bike in the back with some French tourists 36 10.34%
This is just a ploy to buy time and still act like you're working on the report, isn't it? 116 33.33%
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #271
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Hey Kelly!

Just stumbled across this last night and stayed up too late so I could finish reading it. You guys keep raising the bar regarding what can be done on a 990. Great trip, excellent RR as usual.

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:03 AM   #272
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Hurry! Loving it so far. Sure wish I could get time off like you guys get time off. My summer riding has been almost non-existent. boo
sorry, Brian -
I worked on this until midnight and still couldn't get it together.
Boo for missing out on summer riding, but at least you still have winter to look forward to...









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Ya it sucks about only getting liability but I could end up with some cash because many of the parts are just dings and scratches... all total maybe $1,500 to get the bike rolling again and straight..

TTYL,

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Matt asked what the hell "TTYL" meant...
"talk to you later," silly! that's what the kids say nowadays.

OMG, I was LMAO.

I love being old.
hey, that may be from 2008 but it's very helpful for us non-cell-phone-havers.




oh yeah, Good luck with the bike, Paul!





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Hey Wan's!

Your right, hilarious photo from St Elmo! "Duuuddde" caption works perfect...

Sorry for the misunderstanding on Alpine Tunnel, we thought it had some cool views along the road to the tunnel, and we didn't realize you were hitting Tomichi Pass either, we thought you were going down Alpine Tunnel road to Pitkin. We didn't take the time to walk to the start of the tunnel either.

We did find Williams Pass that is right up your alley, it is between Hancock Pass and Alpine Tunnel. Wade's Uncle went over it on his 450 and Logan on the 250. We went over Hancock instead with the 9X0s. Williams Pass Road started in a scree field and looked interesting to say the least! Rick and Logan said it was pretty tough with the large rocks. My map says it is only open in August. Maybe something to check out if you are back through there.
Oh Brian,
No worries, we were fine. I was just busting your balls for laughs in the RR!
Sorry, I do that. Hope you don't mind.


Williams Pass sounds good, Napoleon Pass looked promising, too.
Both will go on our short list for next time.
Thanks for the info!





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So ive pretty much been a silent member until now, i came across this site via google search for info on my xt550, I grew up racing mtbs in the dirt, then got street bikes later and dirtbikes, now i find myself wanting something i can ride in more off the path conditions than my gsxr.It is tales like these that make me want to take a vaction from my ( work,,,,s) and life then do some adventuring, thank you for taking the time to share these stories with others, yours truly KYLE the late night in between the day and night job reader.
Hi kyle!
Welcome to ADV!
(and to our little corner of it,
Oso Loco)

Now that Pandora's box has been opened, there's no turning back.
Hope you'll be able to take some time off for getting dirty and having fun.
I know it can be daunting, but you'll do it.
It's tough to balance life with living, but I guarantee that it's worth it.
ADV trips (and traveling in general)... these are the moments when you feel truly ALIVE.


Start scheming for your own adventure and I hope to see a ride report in the future!






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Hey Kelly!

Just stumbled across this last night and stayed up too late so I could finish reading it. You guys keep raising the bar regarding what can be done on a 990. Great trip, excellent RR as usual.

Leo
Hey Leo!
Yay, you found us!
Thanks, and thanks for reading.





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Old 09-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #273
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Beautiful pics and great writing! Those rocks look TOUGH!
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #274
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Napoleon Pass looked promising, too.
Here's a little story: Back in 2009 (I think or maybe 10) we were headed to Tin Cup for lunch when we decided to take a shortcut across Napolean in weather similar to what you rode in. Coming from the south it was a river running down a large rock field up the initial climb, then muddy climb then long muddy root filled descent in the woods to Tin Cup cemetary. At the bottom was a swamp for lack of a better term that out leader kept telling us he wasn't certain we'd be able to cross it because of the rain. It wasn't bad but looked like it could be. I would say Napolean is too much for two up but I forget who I'm talking to

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Old 09-10-2013, 11:01 AM   #275
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sorry, Brian -
I worked on this until midnight and still couldn't get it together.
Boo for missing out on summer riding, but at least you still have winter to look forward to...


Winter riding is something I look very much forward to doing. Since discovering it, it has become better a better, and it's first class riding I can do locally. Work is good, but it also sux these days. Yay! I got a shout out!

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:17 PM   #276
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Here's a little story: Back in 2009 (I think or maybe 10) we were headed to Tin Cup for lunch when we decided to take a shortcut across Napolean in weather similar to what you rode in. Coming from the south it was a river running down a large rock field up the initial climb, then muddy climb then long muddy root filled descent in the woods to Tin Cup cemetary. At the bottom was a swamp for lack of a better term that out leader kept telling us he wasn't certain we'd be able to cross it because of the rain. It wasn't bad but looked like it could be. I would say Napolean is too much for two up but I forget who I'm talking to

John
They can make it!

We went through the swamp and up the muddy root hill. It wasn't raining at the time but had rained the evening before. It was plenty wet, and plenty tough on the 9X0s. We had a few push and pull moments!
We have now called the muddy root section in the trees as "Hell Hill"
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:22 PM   #277
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Day 7: 8/7/13
Lake City to Silverton, CO 84 miles, continued.







California Pass is one of my favorites. The gulch, too.







I knew Bartek was going to love it!







Osito, too. Heh - show off!











There were a couple of sheep hanging out.






Lica got a nice photo of them.






Bartek, too.





Remember this video?
(I used the hell out of that in the Summer of Stupid)






Shutterbugs, snapping pics of each other...
















Now you see why I was losing my mind last night,
trying to get these organized!




Marmot!












Once we got to the summit, the cameras continued clicking away like crazy...












Osos Doble?




























































Bartek!









OK, we’d better get moving...

We decided to check out Lake Como.


















There were a fair number of jeeps in the area.
Guess everyone was happy the rain had stopped...






Where did that dog come from?






Haha, from this jeep family.
We offered to take their group photo...






and they returned the favor.







As we headed back up to the backside of California Pass,
we saw that Call of Duty jeep (on the left).





Hmm. I don’t really get it,
but here’s more info on the CoD jeep.





OK, next up - a bunch more passes...
After a brief intermission.






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Old 09-10-2013, 12:26 PM   #278
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Tomichi Creek Trading Post is a great spot. Did the Western TAT last August and stayed the night in the Teepees. Probably would have froze to death if it weren't for the propane fire pit inside.

Great ride report!
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #279
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I want to ride this road


And I want to go to California Pass. I guess I need to add it to my list of things to do someday.

Good job on getting a couple flowers and some critters.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #280
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Unfortunately on our trip one of the Osos was in heat!
It was particularly embarassing when he was around other animals.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:40 PM   #281
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I had the same kickstand relocator on my 990 and had the same problem. It eventually broke one of the tabs on my frame that the center stand sits on.

I replaced that piece of junk with the Black dog one and its worked great since
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #282
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Beautiful pics and great writing! Those rocks look TOUGH!
Thank you, Dubl-A! So glad you're enjoying the report!





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Here's a little story: Back in 2009 (I think or maybe 10) we were headed to Tin Cup for lunch when we decided to take a shortcut across Napolean in weather similar to what you rode in. Coming from the south it was a river running down a large rock field up the initial climb, then muddy climb then long muddy root filled descent in the woods to Tin Cup cemetary. At the bottom was a swamp for lack of a better term that out leader kept telling us he wasn't certain we'd be able to cross it because of the rain. It wasn't bad but looked like it could be. I would say Napolean is too much for two up but I forget who I'm talking to

John
Hi John!
Thanks for the info!
Uh oh - Napoleon just moved to the top of the short list


You know that pass is calling our name...






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Winter riding is something I look very much forward to doing. Since discovering it, it has become better a better, and it's first class riding I can do locally. Work is good, but it also sux these days. Yay! I got a shout out!



You guys know that was B-Rod in the video, right?







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They can make it!

We went through the swamp and up the muddy root hill. It wasn't raining at the time but had rained the evening before. It was plenty wet, and plenty tough on the 9X0s. We had a few push and pull moments!
We have now called the muddy root section in the trees as "Hell Hill"
Aw, now we're really sorry we missed it!!






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Tomichi Creek Trading Post is a great spot. Did the Western TAT last August and stayed the night in the Teepees. Probably would have froze to death if it weren't for the propane fire pit inside.

Great ride report!
Hi Drufiddy!
Teepees! Cool.

That must have been fun. Did you do a report?




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Unfortunately on our trip one of the Osos was in heat!
It was particularly embarassing when he was around other animals.

Yeah, but what was Bartek's problem??

(da dum dum!)






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I had the same kickstand relocator on my 990 and had the same problem. It eventually broke one of the tabs on my frame that the center stand sits on.

I replaced that piece of junk with the Black dog one and its worked great since

Hmm.
We started with the Black Dog relocater and then went to this one...




I think some people are just hard on stuff....






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Old 09-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #283
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I want to ride this road


And I want to go to California Pass. I guess I need to add it to my list of things to do someday.

Good job on getting a couple flowers and some critters.
Ladybug!

Sorry, I lost you there...stupid multi-quote.

There are so many beautiful passes that you would love!
Put Colorado at the top of your list (after Baja)


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Old 09-10-2013, 09:17 PM   #284
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Day 7: 8/7/13
Lake City to Silverton, CO 84 miles, continued.







OK, maybe “a bunch more passes” was a bit of an exaggeration...
How about “two more passes and a walking trail”?



Hurricane Pass




























































I wish it had been sunny here.
The guys were missing out on some amazing colors!

my pics from 2010.











Instead, they got this:






With rain.








I think this was Corkscrew Pass.

We usually lose our back brake going down these passes,
but Matt did a great job of conserving and we were fine.
Even in the mud.


















We thought it would be fun to have the guys staggered out for a photo.
Meh. Oh well.














As we made our way back towards Silverton,
we took some dirt instead of the highway.


We were just winging it, so some “adventure” was bound to happen.

The trails weren’t anything exciting so I didn’t take many photos.
Until this part. A slippery wooden bridge.



It seemed like a dead end so the other guys turned around.
I thought we would too, so it was a surprise when Matt kept going.



He said he didn’t see any signs telling us not to...










No posted signs, that is. How about gut feelings?
Hey, Matt...this feels like a bad idea.
I mean, a REALLY bad idea.


It was wet and slippery and the grass was kind of tall...
You never know what’s hidden in high grass, right?



Right.





Like, big rocks, maybe?


I think this one had been partially buried.
‘Til we hit it, of course.







Doing our part, testing out the Black Dog bash plate...







It was really on that thing!
Had to knock the bike over to get it off.






Dumbasses.





Mostly I was concerned that we had lost the guys.
Or worse, what if they decided to follow us?
I was stressing out for a while, but we went and waited on the highway and they eventually found us.
Sorry, guys - that was stupid of us.




Well, we still had time for one more stop.

Red Mountain.
I always want to call this Red Mountain Pass, but I understand that pass is paved.



So, is it just Red Mountain?
Oh - “Red Mountain Mining District”
More old mining stuff.








I think that thing up there is “Yankee Girl Mine”
I took a photo of it in 2010








We took this trail last time so we knew it went through.








Looking back at Lica...



















Blurry.





Sorry, mining nerds.
As an apology for the blurry pic, here’s an article you might like. and another.



OK, I admit I read a little of those articles...
Haha, all that Haha, all that learning juice is paying off!





Did you know those old prostitutes were known as “swamp angels?”
Oh, that sounds like a one-a-day trivia (la la la).







(if you haven't read our other ride reports, you're thinking "WTF?" )
(You had to be there)











And, now we’re on 550.







How about a tour of our Triangle Suite?




















Oh, look - my indoor photos are just as blurry as my outdoor photos!






Lica’s clutch started going out (clutch slave cylinder) on the ride.
Matt and Lica got to work.




Matt said our clutch master cylinder was also acting up.
Uh oh.
(Gus, cue the dramatic gopher music!)





Hey, guess who was here in Silverton?
Mark and Rose from Klim!
Osito took a pic from the balcony.







Lica got a surprise inspection.




Not sure if he passed.
(He did)






So, it turns out that we had a little miscommunication today -
We thought that Radek was done with the rain and didn’t want to ride.

But, when we left without him, he was sad.

Crap.



It sucked. We didn’t know!

Oso Negro was a little upset at first, but then we were okay.






What’s this? Scott got caught wearing a new Klim jacket...



(he paid a little visit to Mark)

Niiiiiice.





The evening was spent with everyone staring at their phones...









Really?





Day 7 is in the books!

Hmm. Someone looks a little wet








Casualties for Day 7:


1 clutch slave cylinder - Lica.


1 clutch master cylinder - M + K
(might as well put it here, though it didn’t fully f**k up until day 8)



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Old 09-10-2013, 09:30 PM   #285
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I love this RR. I really need to get back to Colorado and take my bike along.

What do you guys do that affords you so much time for summer adventures? Being a new engineer (my wife says I do have "The Knack" ), I only get 2 weeks a year outside of Christmas.
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