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bigdon Rocks the COBDR

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I had been planing to finish the TAT this year but with the Weather acting up and changing the route I decided to wait. I had friends riding the East Coast but I really wanted to ride the West in the Fall.
I had bought the Colorado Back Country Discovery Map last year. I whipped it out,that,s what I'm going to do.
I called all my wishy washy riding buds that weren't going East but non of them can go. Had to wash their hair or something . The only other option was to go ahead and do it.

COBDR here I come!

Looks promising !

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I hauled the DRZ out to Utah to see Scott, Julie , and the 3 Step Hideaway.

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What a Great place and a awesome place to start and adventure!

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Scott, Julie, and Bailey are awesome and treat you better than Family

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My home for the night

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After unloading my bike and getting a Cat Scan, I notice a gas leak

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Fuel is leaking out of the carb. Crap !
Scott helps me get the bike on the lift and off comes the carb, numerous times. The carb bowl gasket is leaking . After several attempts to get it to seal ,I think it's good. We eat a great steak , corn , salad,and maybe a cerveza or two. Life is good.

Day 2 I wake to coffee and a beautiful Sunrise

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I get geared up and loaded, crap, gas is still leaking. Back to the lift.

Scott had Dr.Rocks DRZ 400 stored in his shed. He had called to see if the good Dr. had a spare bowl gasket in his bag of tricks. Doc told us to check and see and if not cannibalize his bike and get what we needed. ( Big Thank You Dr.Rock) I did not want to do that but thought I had no other choice.
We install the good Dr's. gasket and check still leaking not bad but I'm going to be in the sticks ,alone, for a while. Back off comes the carb. In a last ditch effort I ask Scott if he had in pipe dope. Why yes ,yes he does.
I very carefully applied some thread dope and then reinstalled the gasket. I think it is holding. Reinstall , wait a few minutes, Hallelujah it's dry !

Scott thinks that with my Luck I may need some help. He says, you've Dr.Rock parts on your bike ,you need some Anti Hassel Tassels(http://www.anti-hassletassels.com/) to ward off the evil spirits.

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Thanks to Scott, Dr.Rock and Anti Hassle Tassels ,I expected no more problems.
I geared back up with the greatest confidence and left 3 Step in a Cloud of Dust at crack of 10:30.
I scoot South East through Dove Creek to Cortez ,Co. to start The COBDR.
I did not go all the way to 4 corners.I had been there,done that. They did not need another $10 from me.
With my A/H Tassels blowing in the breeze that may have been the smoothest 70 miles of Black Top I have ridden.

I start to pick up the trail but wait, It's lunch time!

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This Guy comes in as I was leaving

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He was finishing the trail on his new 1190

Sweet

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The roads North of Cortez start out wide and smooth!

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Beautiful Blue Skies

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It's a great day to be alive!

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Hunters Camps are everywhere

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The roads are not crowded

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Just beautiful

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Home for the night. Just South of Telluride.

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I wake to another great weather day and get to start with Ophir Pass.

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It's a bit rocky but not bad.

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I actually walked around a little. I live at 465' and was now at nearly 12,000'. It did not bother me ,much.

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I continue over Red Mountain and Corkscrew Passes without any trouble.
The road started to get more interesting up Hurricane and California.

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After a beautiful morning with great views and fun roads I round a sharp steep switchback, and run out of talent!

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Well what happened next? Did you find your talent under the bike when you picked it up.;-)
 
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If you remember, in our last segment I talked about walking around at 12,000' not giving me much trouble. Well picking up my bike and getting it stabilized gassed me big time. You know all the disclaimers, it's steeper than it looks , etc.

Why do the wheels always stay on the up hill side ?
After pulling the bike around, standing it up and getting the side stand down I was breathing hard. I took a little brake then tried to start the bike. When I pulled the clutch in ,the bike started to slide backwards and dang near fell again. I had to get a big rock behind the wheel to be able to hold the bike.

Finally the bike starts, I get on and ride more aggressively to the top.

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Glad to be here! Look a Lake

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Well worth the effort!

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Then it was on up California Pass with no problems.

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Art

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These guys were having a great time until the new Husky started puking oil!

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Excellent pics and report! :clap:

Seeing old mining ruins makes me think about the challenges of running a mule for supplies/transportation, no chainsaws, power or power tools, etc. Tough men, those miners.
 
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I found a really nice spot to take a break

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The only problem, I should have taken a left about 10 miles back. Crap !
Now I'm on the right road

These guys were having a blast

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Had to do a little mining work

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They would not let me in

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I made it to Lake City early afternoon and set up camp in town.

These guys and their Wives invited me to Dinner

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They were riding Razors and camping in RV's

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We had a good meal at some French place. They were really nice people and I enjoyed the evening.

Day Three I head towards Buena Vista

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I lucked out and had perfect weather for the entire trip

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That DRZ is very photogenic

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Made it to Pitkin for a Cheeseburger no Ice Cream

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This is JP. He was having fork seal problems and I am a fork seal specialist. I loaned him my nifty difty brass feeler gauge and he cleaned them out. Good as new. Helping JP out would pay off later !

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His group had a smorgasbord of Adventure bikes. One of every kind.

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Great Guys

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Then I stir some more gravel

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Look Moose!

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Over Cottonwood Pass

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I start down the paved side of Cottonwood and these Two welcomed me to the first curve with High Fives and Back Slapping.

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They had been camped some where close for the week and riding to the top every afternoon to have coasting races on the way down. I think they had a really good time and were full of Life. Had a good chat and down the hill I went.
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I made it to Buena Vista and stayed with my good friend Gene. Gene lives there and rides all over the place. I talked him into riding part of the day.
He invited Tom to go with us.

We saw some more pretty colors and some great trails through the Four Mile Area.

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I had some routing problems on my GPS. I should blame it on Garmin but it was my fault. I got in a hurry when I was making my route from the Map. I should have gone to the Web Site and loaded the tracks, but did not.
Anyway, while we were floundering around trying to stay on route, JP and Crew catches us at this water crossing.

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It looked a little tricky but it was no big deal

Scott

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Rolo ?

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Yo

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JP

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Tom

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and Gene

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The names may have been changed because of my CRS
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Look , another water crossing

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Then on to some more great roads and beautiful weather

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and on up to Weston Pass

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Just Awesome

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After Weston Pass Gene and Tom headed back to Buena Vista. It was great to ride with you again Gene and Tom. Don't change the sheets in my room. I'll be back in a year or so.

JP's group let me throw in with them. We continued on and up Hagerman Pass.

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These guys were having a blast in their Big Ford.

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Andy and I played in this water hole when we were here in July

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Now some of us went around

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Some still had to splash through

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Beautiful up there


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My new friends liked it

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Then some nice fast dirt

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Scott , Yo, and I had split off from the other group. They were going to motel it and we were looking for a good camp site.
After arriving in Gypsum without finding a Campsite we slabbed it to Eagle and got a room where the other Two were staying.
It was a good call and we had an excellent Italian Restaurant within walking distance. I ate too much and didn't sleep well but it was really good!
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After a long night in the Hotel suffering from the affects of Gluttonous Activity we hit the road to another glorious weather day.

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Awesome

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Yeah I know, I'm a regular Wordsmith !
 
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Somewhere in here my Talent Tank ran low again and let gravity sneak up on me. I was coming up a pretty good hill on a very rutted road. The left track was suddenly cut off by a very deep rut . Rut Roh ! The rut on the right looked about two feet deep. The ditch on the Left was only six inches. Talk about a lack of commitment, instead of hitting the gas and going right across, I started to find a place to fall without breaking my leg.
I tipped over to the Left, pushed the bike across and proceeded on. Probably lost 5 or 6 Adventure points but I did not break a leg. Win!

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Nice ride and great weather.

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It was Thursday afternoon and we lacked one more section to complete the COBDR. I really needed to get back to 3 Step Friday. Scott also needed to get back to his family. The rest of the guys had plenty more time. What to do, skip the last section, or ride on?

Ride ,of course!

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The last section was fast and we burned through it pretty quick. I have heard that it was boring but I thought it was very pretty and worth doing.


Score !

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I left some ear plugs. Help yourself if you need them. Pay it forward I say.

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We finished the COBDR around 5 or 6 then hit the highway back West and South. Scott said he was going home( Las Vegas) and I needed to get back to 3 Step in Utah. Scott made it home about 3:30 am , he really wanted to be home.
I stopped in Meeker, Co for the night. When I pulled over to tell Scott I was stopping , I got off the bike to find my Left foot covered in Oil. CRAP !
I push the bike over to the side and lean it up against a building. It seems the inspection port on top of the stator cover had come out. Look it's still there. I screwed in back in checked the oil, all good ! Good Luck or are the Anti Hassle Tassels working overtime?

Not bad for Interstate

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I turn off towards Moab on Hwy 128.

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128 is a great road. I really enjoyed it. Lots of great scenery!

I opted for the new bridge

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Even though I was riding a DRZ on the pavement, it was a great ride and I was happy to be there!
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Here are a few more pictures from the 128 ride!

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Then on in to Moab to the Moab Dinner. I had a Green Chili Cheeseburger ( umm) then saddled up for the ride back to 3 Step.

I cooled my heels, had a couple of Beers, visited with some other riders over a great meal, then went to bed.

With sadness I left #Step Saturday morning about 6am and drove the 1060 miles back home. I made it tired but satisfied by about 11pm.

Great Trip! My hat is off to the BDR Guys. They do a great job finding ride able roads across the country. A lot of these roads are much less than county roads . Uncrowded One lane roads and trails. bigdon Likey!
 
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Thanks for taking us along Don. :thumb:

When in 128, did you happen to see these ladders across the river? Local legend has it they are 500 yo Indian ladders. Don't know the truth behind it but thought it was interesting just the same.

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