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my Colorado trip

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this is where we camped, a little over 10k feet

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Saw this guy on the way to Colorado. Still in Texas.
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He never moved no matter what I did. Seemed a little lethargic.
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Stayed at this motel in historic Santa Rosa on old Route 66. Less than $40.00 including tax. We asked to see the room before paying and were pleasantly surprised.
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We got a little rowdy and that's all I'm saying.
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Our first ride on the road across from Black Bear Pass (parallel to 550)
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Looking in awe!!
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Near same spot. The road is less than 5 miles, I think.
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Road going up Black Bear
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Picture of a Jeep going up to give it a little perspective on how steep it is going up. Going down is steeper.
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Person on the left is out of breath, the one on the right is happy to be on top of the world.
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Beautiful pics!

We stayed at that same place in Santa Rosa the day I totalled my van on I-40 there. The van, or portions thereof, is probably still in a salvage yard there.
 
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Sometimes my wife requested a short walk;-)

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View before going down.
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On our way to Stony Pass
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Above the road from Silverton to Animas Forks, on the way to Stony Pass and Creede, looking downhill
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Looking uphill
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Sign at the pass
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Mine and evidence of a log building
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Our lunch table
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This is the road. We haven't seen anyone for 2 hours. We're alone. It's over 20 miles to pavement. I strip down to my skivvies and walk the bike across. 2 four wheelers drive up. A pickup truck drives up. 2 more four wheelers drive up. I put pants back on.
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Looking back
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The reason for the flood.
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The head waters of the Rio Grande River just before it flow into the Rio Grande Reservoir. Note the writing in the mud.
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It's on the north side of the Rio Grande but I not sure what the writer is trying to say other than "HI"
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The Rio Grande Reservoir and the Beauty half of Beauty and the Beast
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Aspens turning yellow and aspens not turning yellow
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We leave Lake City after 5:00 and have been over Cinnamon Pass before. Very few pictures.
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Decided to eat here since it would be dark by the time we got to camp.
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Stacked enchiladas. YUMMY
Note margarita: we stayed in Silverton an hour after eating
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"Wow, two up on a loaded DRZ over those passes. I'm totally not worthy!"

Did you see the picture where she's walking? That happened at least once a day, twice over Black Bear and twice over Stony.
 
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"Wow, two up on a loaded DRZ over those passes. I'm totally not worthy!"

Did you see the picture where she's walking? That happened at least once a day, twice over Black Bear and twice over Stony.
Even still...any length of time spent two up on a DRZ is impressive stuff regardless.
 
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Decided for a short day today after about 140 miles yesterday. We're going for a soak in the hot springs tonight. A short ride is Maggie and Minnie Gulches. The first trail head is about 20 miles from camp.

Let's go to Middleton toilet.:rider:
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First stop not very far up Maggie gulch
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Where we came from
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Start of a deep canyon on the right. It will be nearly obliterated by trees but the sound of the creek will attest to how deep it actually is.
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Getting closer to the top, above tree line and stopped for a peanut butter sandwich. Walking for exercise this time. She's diabetic and uses walking as 1 method of control.
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Gear/pulley? at one of the abandoned mines
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Ore crusher. The round "hammers" at the bottom of the vertical rods are moved up by a cam type mechanism then allowed to drop by gravity.
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Cam mechanism and one of the flywheel pulleys
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The pulley at the bottom of the picture has a twin on the right side of the crusher. Both were turned by steam engines which are missing. One boiler is still there and they may have shared a boiler or both may have been driven by one engine. Those 2 pulleys turned the large flywheels on the crusher.
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Looking towards the start of Maggie from near the end of the road
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Next up Minnie Gulch

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Miner's cabin
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The stairs leading up to the Master bedroom:-P
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Just a wide spot in the road
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Approaching tree line
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At the top looking down. Note small railroad rails
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The road up as seen from the top
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To the hot springs
 
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I don't know how I got those pictures posted twice. This is my first ride report and I just learned how to post pictures. Sorry!
 
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Fine pictures. Love the way the pumps were designed. Simple but efficient camming system.
 
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Thanks for all the compliments. A lot of the equipment has been removed or damaged by thieves and vandals but a lot of the stuff way up high is still there. California Gulch has a bunch of stuff also. Engineer Pass on the East side has a mine that is open to tours. It's fairly cheap and if you have a the time, I recommend it.
 
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North of Silverton- on the way to California, Picayne and Placer Gulch
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The line across the mountain is my route. Still on a smooth road. That's soon to change.
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Standing on the road in the last picture, looking back to where it was taken
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Met a couple from Chicago and they took this one. They were about 70 and she was driving.
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Still on the way to California
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Last 100 yards was fairly steep
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Couple from Chicago are in the rental Jeep. They come to Colorado every Sept.
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Three jeeps headed to lake Como
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bike saying, "I made it!!!"
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My feeble attempt to take pictures of California and picayne. It must be seen in person.
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Next up (when I get time) will be Wheeler Geologic area, another place that is better seen than photographed

Teaser
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GHT

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I am totally impressed, having been there twice on my DRZ-SM with dirt wheel set-up... I just can't imagine doing Black Bear Pass, Two up, on a DRZ with street tires!!!! :eek2::eek2::eek2::eek2: My hat is off to you, and the story of the river crossing sounds like something that would happen to me, nobody around, strip down, and the whole county shows up!!! Great pictures, you need to go to Ouray with us next year, you can lead.
 
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Beautiful pics!

We stayed at that same place in Santa Rosa the day I totalled my van on I-40 there. The van, or portions thereof, is probably still in a salvage yard there.
I miss that van. Sure am glad you didn't total the trailer you were pulling.
 
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I cant wait to do this, I recognize the old cabin or mine shack with the stairs, haven't been to CO. since 93. great pics.
 
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Glad you like the pictures. Thanks

We had a change in plans. We were supposed to ride up Pikes Peak and video tape it for a friend that is going to race a motorcycle there next year. Another mutual friend, Joe Prussiano, raced there last year (he won his 450cc class) and had a helmet cam. No reason to ride up there again unless we couldn't find something better to do. We could!!!

Drove 14 miles down this graded road to a trailhead/campground with no amenities but it is free.
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There is a sign that says the Jeep road is 14 miles long and the hiking trail is 7 miles. According to the sign, hikers sometimes beat Jeep riders. I believe it but we rode anyway. The road is pretty non descript so I didn't take any pictures that I deemed worthy of TWT viewers. The end of the road was worthy.

The sheer quantity of aspen that were just beginning to turn was mind boggling
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At the end of the road we had to hike about a mile. The view we came for is in a wilderness area and no engines or even wheels are allowed. No wheel barrows, no bicycles, only wheel chairs.
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Our first view of something "different"
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A little closer
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Then suddenly you break out of the woods and there is this
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And this
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We looked in awe
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This area is called the Wheeler Geologic Area. It used to be the Wheeler National Monument but the road (the last 14 miles of it) became very expensive to maintain so the name was changed.

I have driven within 28 miles of this area at least 8 times. I had never heard of it so didn't bother to turn down Pool Table Road which is about a mile north of Wagon Wheel Gap. I will go back when I have more time to explore.
 
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