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Old 07-28-2011, 01:22 PM   #21
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I don't remember the day, but we rode back up to Clear Lake on one of the days that Chris and Susan rested their injured legs. Linda and Lori were willing to walk a little.

Jeff and Lori at Clear lake.


Me and my babe


Lunch for the day.


Our "table"


Dainty flowers


More flowers around Clear Lake




Waterfall along South mineral creek road


Small rock overhanging the road going to Imogene Pass


A couple of Jeeps added for scale


I'm getting a little bushy around the chin area


This Jeep full of old people got stuck and wouldn't start.


Good samaritans came along in a Jeep truck


Happy he's finally moving. Pay attention dude.


Our lunch spot. The road up is along the cliff to the left.


Jeff's lunch.


View looking out the window of our dining room.


Nice waterfall


Linda's leg being used as toilet paper by a friendly unknown dog.


Them


Us


Jeff and Lori up the road and Linda getting ready.


My nieces. I thought I would see if you are paying attention.




Getting closer to Imogene.


Still a little washed out road to contend with.




Looking the opposite direction from the snow banked road. Lori and Linda conquered their fears and stood on the edge of death.


View west from the summit. Note the ski tracks.


Another.


She put her hood down for this picture. It's windy and cold.


I didn't have a hood.


They left their riding gear on.


Little bit of snow left. This was taken on July 21, I believe.




Bridal Veil falls in the background.


Our dinner. Explanation of why it was in a restaurant will follow.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #22
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We ate in a restaurant because the road to our camp was closed due to a wreck. It was a head on collision with a Jeep and a pick-up. Helicopter was used for extraction. One vehicle was cut open to remove the passengers. 4 people injured. If you do the million dollar highway, pay attention at all times. That is not a place to make a mistake. Stop before looking at scenery or to take pictures. Chris and Susan were stuck at camp and had left over chili with beans. I'm sure it tasted better than our stacked enchiladas.


On a lighter note, Bishops castle is coming. Be sure you come back later to see the pictures. Mr Bishop started the castle in the late '60s and has been working on it ever since, nearly always alone. It is very impressive. I recommend a ride to Colorado just to see the Castle. If you like our government or if you don't believe in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob in the old testament or in the God of Jesus in the new testament, then I suggest you remain silent with your political and religious views while talking to Mr. Bishop. He is a very nice and likeable man but he has very strong views on politics and religion. In his view, we have nazi republicans and communist democrats and most of the sheeple (spelled his way) of the US belong to one of these 2 parties. In any case, a visit to his castle will be an eye opener.

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Old 07-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #23
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I believe this is going up to Ophir pass headed west.


Another. As a matter of fact, Ophir pass was our last ride so all of the pictures from here on are of Ophir unless noted or obvious.


The summit.


We met a girl riding this Honda and suggested that she ride Imogene also but she declined, saying that she was afraid of heights. I don't know how she got down from Ophir.


Me and Lori on the snow field at the summit.


The shelf road down. Loose, wet, slick, steep.


Looking further down.


Dense aspen stands lined the road at lower elevations.




Ophir city limits?


Ophir post office. This is the smallest full service, 8 hour a day post office in the US, according to the postal clerk.


What happens when a really large rock breaks off that mountain behind the house. the saying is "geology happens NOW"


We mailed letters.


Looking toward the pass and over the town. We turned around and went back over Ophir. It was the closest way and we wanted to get back to camp in time to load up early for our departure in the morning.


We'll stop at the castle tomorrow afternoon. Don't miss it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #24
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Excellent, can't wait!!
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:13 PM   #25
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I asked because you live so close, both have the same interest, etc. Keller/North Richland Hills
Gotcha. I'm sure I'd loving knowing them. Speaking of where I/you live, I spent a few more years in Bryan than my dad bargained for. Gig'em!
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:11 PM   #26
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A few more from Ophir pass then the trip home.

Our lunch table beside a beautiful stream.


Our beautiful stream is joined by a not so beautiful stream


Dandilions were imported by 1800's miners as a source of wild growing edible greens. They took off and have crowded some more desireable species. They do add a special flavor to a salad.


The city of Gunnison has a yearly carving contest. Dead trees are "planted" in the city park and carver get to pick their tree. When the park gets too crowded, the carvings are moved to other areas of town. Here are some of the park carvings, also our lunch spot.
















Totem pole type


This carver must have been from the Solomon islands.






One side.


Other side.


Flags and bald eagle are always popular.






Mr Bishop and his dad started the castle in 1969. His dad died in 1971 and Mr Bishop has been working on the castle ever since. It is not finished. Almost nothing about the castle is finished. I saw it about 25 years ago and lots of work has been done but some things that could be finished in a relatively short time are still left undone. There is no admission charge although there is a donation bucket. Nearly all the work has been done by 1 man. He started with an old pickup with a winch in the bed. He now has the original and 2 other old pickups with winches in the bed and a winch to operate the elevator to the 2nd floor. He cuts his own lumber and hauls his own rocks. He does very intricate wrought iron work.
Bishop's castle from the road.


Mr. Bishop likes to make signs.










Mr. Bishop, fine castle builder


His creation as yet unfinished. Comments from me will be kept to a minimum. I think the pictures will speak for themselves. Just remember, like pictures of mountains, these pictures do not do justice to the actual viewing of the castle.




The only blueprint available.


Second floor






He saws his own lumber for floors, scaffolds, etc.


The elevator winch for bringing materials to the second floor. Mr Bishop made the elevator.




What does this symbolize?




My Honey!!!


The ball moves as one walks around. It's a little scary.




Stairway up


You go ahead, I'll come later!




In the ball


Lori in the tall part




No architech or engineer was involved in the castle design.


Looking down from the TOP of the stairs.






I think the fireplace was added as an after thought. The floor boards are burned back to the edge of the pit.


Multiple use grave marker for at least 4 people.


Sawmill






Log tongs???

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Old 07-28-2011, 10:34 PM   #27
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The sawmill is not self feed. Mr. bishop pushes the log through the blade.

Crude but effective feed table


Product


2 hand winches to lift the logs onto the sawmill bed.


The origiginal winch and truck from 25 years ago. Now it's used to move logs close to the sawmill.


Target???? That's the highway behind it.


From behind the "gift shop"


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Old 07-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #28
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The end.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:52 PM   #29
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"I am pretty sure my current avatar picture was taken on the center right side of this image and looking back down the valley to the peaks on the left of the image"

Scott, I'm pretty sure that you are right. Looks like the same mountains to me.
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I'm sooo jealous Denny.........keep me in mind for next year.
Next year we are going to do something a little different. We are going to take a 2 week vacation to "test ride" retirement. We're not positive we will enjoy what we have planned. Anyway, we are taking the 16' travel trailer so that Linda will have more secure quarters while I go off hiking and such. We have never used a camper before, only a tent, so we don't know what to expect. The next time we schedule a dual sport ride, I will let you know. It would have been nice if you could have gone this year, but I know that one must set priorities.
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Bravo, sir, to you and your companions! Thank you for a great trip.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:59 PM   #32
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No doubt it was us. Wish you had come over and introduced yourselves. I did to everyone that i saw that had a Texas tag. We hav enjoyed going there for 31 years. It sure is getting crowded. Next year, we're going to thin it out a little by going elsewhere, but will be back.
yep - regret it now. 31 years... Congrats. We've only been going for 3 years now, but looking to maybe hit the Paiute Trail UT or Moab next year. Got to do that WRT some day!

Hope we get to ride together sometime Mr. Humanrace! Enjoyed your pics, especially that Castle. Was reading about it on ADVRider just a few weeks ago. Very cool!
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Thanks for sharing all your great photos. What a fantastic trip! I did an 8 day trip two years ago traversing the state from west to east and camping 3 of those days. But, alas, we were on sport tourers so had to stick to pavement (for the most part, anyway ). You guy's trip makes me want to get a dual sport.

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Old 07-29-2011, 09:22 AM   #34
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yep - regret it now. 31 years... Congrats. We've only been going for 3 years now, but looking to maybe hit the Paiute Trail UT or Moab next year. Got to do that WRT some day!

Hope we get to ride together sometime Mr. Humanrace! Enjoyed your pics, especially that Castle. Was reading about it on ADVRider just a few weeks ago. Very cool!
We are also going to Utah next year, probably October. Going to Canyonlands, Moab and maybe the WRT. If you see us next time be sure to at least give a gig 'em Ags sign
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Linda's leg being used as toilet paper by a friendly unknown dog.
Hey, everyone needs to have a purpose in life.

Really, really great pictures. I am growing increasingly envious.
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Dennie, I wish I was there!
Your awesome with that camera!

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Next year we are going to do something a little different. We are going to take a 2 week vacation to "test ride" retirement. We're not positive we will enjoy what we have planned. Anyway, we are taking the 16' travel trailer so that Linda will have more secure quarters while I go off hiking and such. We have never used a camper before, only a tent, so we don't know what to expect. The next time we schedule a dual sport ride, I will let you know. It would have been nice if you could have gone this year, but I know that one must set priorities.
Will do....I am in the process of picking up a DS.....not sure when but in the works. I have had a few trailers and will answer any question you may have. Sometimes it takes a few trailers to find the perfect one for you. Thx for sharing the pix. I need to get a contact number from you. Maybe a Hill Country ride or something?
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:24 PM   #40
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I kept thinking that some of my co-riders would post up. They haven't so I'll post a few of their pix to tide me over until the latest group of Two Wheeled Texan's get back from Co. and start posting.

From Chris and Susan's camera:

Their transportation to Co. and their trail bike.


Overlooking Ouray


A day away from the madness of trail riding 2 up.


Chris and Susan with a highly recognizable mountain range behind.


Scenery!!!










Me and Linda


A meal and a beverage in town.
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