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The Great Divide Ride: June 10 - 16, 2017

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Sitting in Chili's in Espanola. Hope the big bike guys bypass from Cuba to Espanola. Lots of difficult sections. We did the 3 hard sections, and there are at least 2 sections of the main trail that are as hard or harder (and not bypassed with the easy track!!!)

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Sitting in Chili's in Espanola. Hope the big bike guys bypass from Cuba to Espanola. Lots of difficult sections. We did the 3 hard sections, and there are at least 2 sections of the main trail that are as hard or harder (and not bypassed with the easy track!!!)

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But that section started so nice. We even saw a cattle drive down the middle of the highway. We got to the hotel at 9pm. I've never seen so many rocks.....I was so sick of rocks that I was absolutely giddy when we got to the sand sections. Only to be disappointed by more rocks.

So can someone tell me which track/route to download that is more big bike friendly? Yesterday we did nine, or was it twenty-nine, water crossings.Twice, because we finally bailed and reversed out.
 
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But that section started so nice. We even saw a cattle drive down the middle of the highway. We got to the hotel at 9pm. I've never seen so many rocks.....I was so sick of rocks that I was absolutely giddy when we got to the sand sections. Only to be disappointed by more rocks.



So can someone tell me which track/route to download that is more big bike friendly? Yesterday we did nine, or was it twenty-nine, water crossings.Twice, because we finally bailed and reversed out.


Here's what we did last year on big bikes. If you're following gpsKevin's tracks, take the greens when you have the chance. We mostly did Blue routes and took a green when we were tight on time.
The greens are all great roads as well. You can even see a nice alt route we took that cuts over to lake Abiqui where the rocks start west and slightly north of Cuba, although you may already be past there.

This will give you a good overview. Just have the map show the Planned Routes and what we actually rode S to N. One day we had to find a welder for a broken kickstand but it should be obvious when we got way off the route and then doubled back.

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Fire in the mountains
Run boys run

Detour today courtesy of a uncontained fire and high winds.


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Fire's gotta get up early to beat them Queen boys! We got turned back on the first difficult section but made it through everywhere else. 1/4 mile of snowy mud that would've been a task on the big bikes, and a couple of places we had to divert around snow, but really pretty big bike friendly today. Hope you got to see some snow!



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For tomorrow night in Salida, I highly recommend Quicy's Tavern for dinner. We are eating at the one in Monte Vista right now This and a lettuce wedge is what you get for $12.95.
 
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Riders,

Let's have a final meal on Thursday night in Steamboat Springs. To celebrate this great ride.

Meet at the Mahogany Ridge brewery and Grill at 7 PM in Steamboat Springs.


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Richard...looks like you've got ya hands full with this big group. Also looks like you won the lotto with the weather......... I see you chose to stay more easterly on the CDR tracks vs the higher COBDR route like we talked about. Can't go wrong either way. You'd have crossed higher passes on the BDR....
Why stop in Steam B SPR, ya just have three more States to the Canadian border ?
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If anyone missed this trip, I'm taking 8 Bikes up on Sept 2nd, base lodging in South Fork CO. riding day trips out, and maybe an over night camping run. Staying on the Forest roads n trails , riding Creede, TinCup, Pitkin, crossing some of the high passes of the COBDR tracks.......
Any and All are welcome to tag along. This is not a formal ride, just friends getting together......
Always look forward to seeing trip Pics...Get on home n post them up guys..
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"ya just have three more States to the Canadian border ?"

I'm thinking you're wondering what that statement means......Three more states would complete the entire CDR......
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Actually I was wondering which three states, I could only come up with Wyoming and Montana.
 

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Waiting for our 4:00 check in.. planning on dinner at Quincy's in Salida if nothing else comes up. Probably 6:30 or so (local time). EDIT- will go to Benson's tavern about 6 instead.

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I have reserved a room at Mahogany Ridge for tomorrow night. Unfortunately we can only get the room reserved at 6 PM. So please join me tomorrow night at Mahogany Ridge in Steamboat Springs at 6 PM for our final dinner at the end of our epic adventure.


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Looking for a group to finish with. One of my riding partners isn't feeling well, so they're headed to the truck.

Big bike, not the slowest, certainly not the fastest.
 

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A small group of us are continuing on to thr border and past for some. We are in Wyoming already hoping to hit Montana tonight or tomorrow. Once we reach he border i will make a left to Seattle to visit son. Good ride thanks.
 
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