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#524114 - 09/26/09 01:42 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Well, I don't have many pics to add for day one. I was too busy thinking about the power of the KLR and becoming the Ultimate Sales Machine.

It's been a crappy couple of years riding-wise for me. Between job stress, no job stress, and new job stress, riding just took a back seat. I gave myself a 1% chance of making this trip, but with a few days to go, and the offer of the KLR dangling over my head, I went for it. I spent 30 minutes packing on Thusday and was gone.

I do not like riding across Kansas.....at all....but 8 hours of the Willy Nelson channel on Sirius made it fly by eek

The Alpine Ridge trail out of Salida was a great start and just gave us a glimpse of all the good stuff to come.

One of my few shots from day 1:


Day 2:
The mountains looked angry when we awoke the next morning and snow covered many of the peaks.


So we loaded up and headed here:


And started on the first of many climbs that trip:


Back to you big-t thumbsup


Mark Davis
#524121 - 09/26/09 02:10 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Originally Posted By: Kenny Haynes
I remember when they first came out being surprised that something like this would even make it to production. Who would want that? Now I think it is the best do all bike ever made.





That bike needs a sticker on the rear fender that says, 'Warning-stay back 100' when in motion, spewing debris may be hazardous to your health' : )


Bill

I didn't just ride in on a Buell.

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#524127 - 09/26/09 02:30 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: roadscholar]  
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Originally Posted By: roadscholar

That bike needs a sticker on the rear fender that says, 'Warning-stay back 100' when in motion, spewing debris may be hazardous to your health' : )


I actually think that I'm dumping gravel out of my crotch in the background there grin


Mark Davis
#524128 - 09/26/09 02:36 AM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: StretchMark]  
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rofl


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#524189 - 09/26/09 02:02 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: roadscholar]  
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The next day was great,we were ready to go and Colorado did not disappoint us.

View from the parking lot of the snow dusted mountains




We soon entered the San Isabel forest and started the climb.








Hancock Pass is first, right out of the gate...and fairly difficult in some sections.

The new bike,short legs and lack of oxygen (about 11k at this point)is kicking my butt,so I pulled over in the middle of the rough section and took a short break,only to drop the bike from a standstill as I started to continue(short leg problem) I really didn't need that mirror anyway... dopeslap Broke it off picking the bike off...Dum...As....

Looking up the trail from where I took a break.



At the top.



The road to Tomechi Pass



Tomechi Pass

Mark



The road to Tomechi (click on pic)


Looking back toward Hancock Pass



Pitkin General store,80 residents live here fulltime







Moving along









The day ended in Lake City.


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#524200 - 09/26/09 02:32 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: big-t]  
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Originally Posted By: big-t




This is why you should always use a licensed contractor.

Great pics, thanks for sharing.


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#524225 - 09/26/09 04:01 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Fubar]  
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There is nothing quite like the feeling you have pulling out that first day on a ride like this. All the planning, packing, bike prep is done and you are finally executing the plan. No more list checking or farkling to do, just get in the saddle and twist the throttle. Try not to be stupid and let the days unfold. That feeling is what makes us all keep doing it right?

The rain the night before fell as snow on some of the passes, but we could see it burning off pretty quickly the next morning. We were greeted with a fantastic sky and great riding temps as we rolled toward Hancock pass. The morning could not be better.






Climbing Hancock was the first of many highlights for me. It has some challenging bits and very rewarding views.
On the way up.




I think Mr. Davis is happy to be here. We were all stoked.


The guys decending the switchbacks on the back side of Hancock.




Hancock pass from Tomichi.



Todd considers refilling his camelback team overkill style.



We had a relaxing stop here for some delicious energy bars. As we sat there a fellow drove by in a tiny smart car. Some of the tough terrain had turned him around. I wonder if it was a rental.



The se is tall, Iím not. So I share the short leg thing Todd mentioned earlier. Every stop is an exercise in planning so I can get the side stand down and be able to re mount the bike without falling.

Todd arrives at Waunita pass.



A few on the way to Lake City. Rain was on our tail and gaining ground.









Lake City the next morning.




More to comeÖ

#524231 - 09/26/09 04:40 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: Kenny Haynes]  
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Great video to Tomechi Pass!!


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#524240 - 09/26/09 05:51 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: bobbybob]  
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Amazing, beautiful country. Keep 'em coming.


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#524258 - 09/26/09 08:07 PM Re: TAT Part 2...or "how to pass a Kidney stone. [Re: ArmyGuy]  
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