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I'm just here for the mountains - the Great Divide Ride 2017

Tourmeister

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Final thoughts

I realize that the CDR is on a lot of riders' bucket list. And I wouldn't try to persuade anyone from doing it. However, speaking just for myself - and this is just one man's opinion - I wouldn't do it again. The riding was too easy for my tastes. A 1000 miles of class 1 gravel roads is boring to me - I definitely prefer class 2 and class 3 riding. The scenery is nice but didn't make up for all the class 1 riding. Again, that's just my take on things. As the saying goes, YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Cheers until next time.
:tab I was looking at all these great pics and thinking the same thing. My GS with a set of TKC 80s would have been about perfect for this trip. That rocky stuff would have been a challenge, but I think I could have done it.

:tab This is why you need a big adventure bike to go with that sexy KTM 500 ;-) Most of the stuff you just did would be perfect for taking a bigger bike so you can take your grandson on a trip :trust: I did this kind of trip with my oldest daughter last fall on my 1200 GS. She was eleven (almost twelve) at the time. We did Southern Utah, Capitol Reef NP, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Cedar Breaks NM, Skyline Drive, and then skipped over into Colorado to come down the dirt passes from Rangely, Rifle, Paonia, Gunnison, Lake City, Pagosa Springs, and finally back to Farmington, NM. We did a LOT of dirt. Most of it was class 1. There was a bit of class 2. It was perfect for a fully loaded GS with a passenger. She had an absolute blast (as did I). Her and Daniel both have also been able to ride with me up in Arkansas and Missouri. She's not as wild about full on dirt bike riding like Daniel, but she loves doing the DS thing and exploring little back roads. Daniel likes it too, but he really likes being the one with the throttle in his had :-P
 

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Hey Colin,



Of our original 8 - Curtis and I were the only 2 to make it to Steamboat for the final group dinner.

Then next day, we had breakfast at a nice little cafe, then parted ways.



Curtis continued on solo toward Banf-stopping to talk to interesting people and wild camping his way though Wyoming and Montana. Along the way, he met up with young guy from another CDR riding group who'd lost his companions along the way.

Close to the border, he had a minor mishap; and the bike landed on his foot breaking a bone at the base of his toe. He is now casually making his way back to Houston, with crutches now strapped to the side of his bike:)



I had to head back to Katy for work the next week; so took off by road south through the mountains to Trinidad; then home via Amarillo. 36 hours - the last thru 107 deg heat! It was rough. !


All the way home nn the same tire we looked at in Antonio.


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Rich,

the day 2 part where the road was closed, our group was the last group in. We saw the fire fighters, they told us to go ahead and they were closing after us.

That end d up being the road Chuck got hurt, and Adam had to save Collin and mine lives :)

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Final thoughts

I realize that the CDR is on a lot of riders' bucket list. And I wouldn't try to persuade anyone from doing it. However, speaking just for myself - and this is just one man's opinion - I wouldn't do it again. The riding was too easy for my tastes. A 1000 miles of class 1 gravel roads is boring to me - I definitely prefer class 2 and class 3 riding. The scenery is nice but didn't make up for all the class 1 riding. Again, that's just my take on things. As the saying goes, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
+1 to what TM said. The GDR and similar BDR's are not technical fun for lighweight dirt bikes riding with support. But a big bike loaded down heavy for a completely self supported 1-2 week ride is a different story. Add in inclement weather and can be downright challenging.

Also didn't you get detoured onto pavement once or twice? Not sure what you missed. Plus the big kicker is your route was only roughly 1/3 of the entire GDR. Kinda a broad stroke to paint the whole GDR from that sample size.

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I look at the CDR as adventure travel more than Man vs Mtn riding.
There are plenty of challenging single track sections and two track like Fleecer Ridge all along the way but you'd have a hard time getting it done in a short amount of time. Read a few threads of people doing the CDR in 2014 when the torrential flooding was taking place to get an idea of how much it can all change depending on weather.

The BDRs seem to be more challenging overall and less gravel highway. The upper section of the IDBDR I rode was big bike antagonistic so a lot of it depends on what you're riding and if you're self supported.

For anyone wanting a real challenge, check out the Tour of Idaho T1. They've got rules and everything if you want credit for actually completing it! I don't know how'd you'd do some of that without carrying a chain saw.

My LWRR route is designed to be easier on the S to N along the CDR and then progressively harder on the return N to S route which encompasses IDBDR and BOM routes. That way your chops are up by the time you hit the harder stuff.
 
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I agree with SB. For an adventure is definitely worth doing it especially if camping. For motocross type of riding would not be my goal. Riding less per day in some areas would give more time to enjoy between towns.

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I'm using the 640x480 size. I don't know what to do to post them original size.
If you are uploading images as attachments, the max allowable size is 640 X 480. The reason is to keep the file size small. Otherwise, my server would fill up quite quickly with large attachment files.

There are some free image hosting sites out there, but like many things, you kind of get what you pay for. A very popular and feature rich site for hosting images is www.smugmug.com.
 
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If you are uploading images as attachments, the max allowable size is 640 X 480. The reason is to keep the file size small. Otherwise, my server would fill up quite quickly with large attachment files.

There are some free image hosting sites out there, but like many things, you kind of get what you pay for. A very popular and feature rich site for hosting images is www.smugmug.com.
I figured it. If any one is interested in any of the pic, send a PM.

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Hwy 160 to Wolf Creek Pass, CO
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Winsor Hotel, Del Norte, CO
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Day 4
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Hwy 114, looking East
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Hi Guys
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Saguache Co. Rd 14PP
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Near Doyleville
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Met this guy
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Road to Marshall Pass
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Au revoir, Amigos. From here it was slab to Salida
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Historic Salida, CO
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MEEL tone, was the adv rider, "My ticket to ride" - was that Roel? Was he riding solo? Awesome that you ran into him, figuratively speaking of course.
 

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MEEL tone, was the adv rider, "My ticket to ride" - was that Roel? Was he riding solo? Awesome that you ran into him, figuratively speaking of course.
We stopped for lunch of Jerky and water. They rode by and turned around to see if we were having problems and needed any help. Quite the story on their web site, MyTicketToRide.com.

Azure O'neil on her Trans-Alp, Travelling the world with Roel Bremmers on his Africa Twin.
 

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We stopped for lunch of Jerky and water. They rode by and turned around to see if we were having problems and needed any help. Quite the story on their web site, MyTicketToRide.com.

Azure O'neil on her Trans-Alp, Travelling the world with Roel Bremmers on his Africa Twin.
What are the chances?! Wow, I wish I had been there. I really admire Azure. They both were traveling the world solo by moto, when they met. Have been just about inseparable since.
 
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I had a great ride! Thanks for all who worked to set this thing up and to all the great guys I met as a part of the riding.

Here is the link to my ride report including the bonus days through southern Colorado down to Albuquerque.
 
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No pic's? It didn't happen.
Bumped my knee on one of my falls.
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Leaving Salida
I rode solo on Day 5
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This is Colorado's South Park
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I'm guessing it was on a stretch like this that Smiley clocked 100+mph
Side note: I saw a UPS truck out here
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The town of Como is out there at the base of the hills
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Approaching Boreas Pass
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Just a few more pictures slowly going thru them

seen more sand than i care to
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more gravel
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more rock (better view of the great uphill climb)
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little bit of snow
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and construction in the middle of no where
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That is awesome :clap:
It was pretty awesome! We ended up doing more of the posted track than most, because we got up and out early. We got through ahead of the construction accident detour and we got through just ahead of the road closures for the fire.

Other than not being able to stand up much with a passenger, it went pretty well. But I am blaming Jacob for wearing out my rear wheel bearing!

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It was pretty awesome! We ended up doing more of the posted track than most, because we got up and out early. We got through ahead of the construction accident detour and we got through just ahead of the road closures for the fire.

Other than not being able to stand up much with a passenger, it went pretty well. But I am blaming Jacob for wearing out my rear wheel bearing!

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You guys were very obviously having the best time of anyone there. Nice meeting all three of you.
 
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Done! My bad. I didn't click to publish them. Can anybody tell me what type of cattle are the two ones at the last of the video CDR_1?

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How do you wear them? Under or over your riding pants? Boot to brace, any rubbing etc...?
I've been looking for a pair knee braces just don't want junk!


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Go to Revzilla and search for knee guards. You'll also want a pair of knee guard sleeves - prevents the straps from the knee guards from chafing your legs. Find the sleeves on Revzilla as well.

(1) Put on the sleeves

(2) Strap on the knee guards (they will be left/right dependent) over the sleeves

(3) On go your riding pants - over the knee guards obviously

(4) Your boots go on with the lower portion of the knee guards into the upper part of the boot. This may mean you lengthen the straps on your boots - I did.

(5) Go crash and have fun :eek2:
 
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I wear the cycle gear heat out long johns. The knee pads go over these. No chaffing even in 100 degree weather. They are not expensive either. I wore my knee pads everyday on this ride, including up and back on the highway. Another benefit, the 800GS is known to be a little hot on the legs when riding in hot weather. I do not feel the heat. :)

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I posted a few CDR pics @ https://www.instagram.com/cwj1290/?hl=en (scroll down appx 20 to get to them).

FYI I headed north after our wrap-up dinner in Steamboat, but ended up having a fall up in the mountains outside of Helena, MT that forced me to head home before hitting Banff (one broken rib and a gimped up foot). Luckily, John Moss was with me when I fell which was good.

So out of the seven folks in our Silver City to Steamboat ride group we ended up with three that incurred broken bones of some sort - not the best record for sure, but we still had great fun!

Best - Curtis (KTM 1290 SA on the Jun-17 CDR trip)
 
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