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DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:50 pm

Richard, Bert, Brian and I got in a 10-day DS ride earlier this month through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho. Just over 3500 km through a wide variety of terrain – desert, alpine forests, canyons, mountain passes, etc.

I had been working on the route for a long time now – wanted to combine parts of the Great Divide cycling route, Trans America Trail and the Tour of Idaho. Everything came together for the 4 of us to cut loose from Calgary early on Sept 10th.

The KTM boys took the opportunity of having my Husky captive on Richard’s trunk on the evening of the 9th to do some minor “upgrades”:
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Breakfast in the very patriotic “Red, White and Blue” restaurant in Alpine WY:
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Richard managed to talk a visiting US armed forces patron out of his cap:
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In the Great Divide Basin – not much of anything nearby once we got out of Pinedale:
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Bumped into 2 French riders on horseback who were enroute to Oregon from Kentucky. Low on food and water, they weren’t in the best of shape to be so far from any town. We gave them some of our supplies and tried to steer them to the closest town:
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Not a common site on this trip – everyone’s bike was pretty reliable… even the Husky:
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Checking out Hancock Lake… something like 11,000’ at this point
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In the saddle between Hancock and Tomichi passes:
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Looking up towards Tomichi:
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Late in the day on Engineer Pass – beautiful place to be:
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Looking back on the way up California Pass
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On top of California
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Bert taking a break before tackling the “steps” on Black Bear Pass Rd
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Rush hour traffic on Black Bear
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Top of the World trail outside of Moab
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In the Black Dragon Wash just west of Green River UT. Encountered some wicked sand near here… pretty tough riding in spots
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Nice to see the KTM guys sticking together…
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Riding Oxford Ridge just south of Pocatello – awesome trails that day
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Brian busted his foot pretty bad on a crash here (Boundary Trail in southern Idaho) – we were able to apply cold beer in Pocatello soon after to help with the pain
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For me, this was the highlight… Big Southern Butte. Saw this years back while riding my street bike in Idaho and have been obsessing about riding up it ever since
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On top of the Butte – I swear you could see the Earth’s curvature from here…
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Back at the start after 3500 km… 2 flats, one broken sidestand, broken chain roller, broken fuel tank mount, broken windscreen and a couple of broken foot bones was all the carnage… not bad for a ride of this nature
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Great way to cap off the 2010 riding season. Next time need to take more than 10-days… 4 weeks would have been a good start.

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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby kiffernathan » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:04 am

Wow!!! What more can I say! It looked like you rode a lot more trails than we did on the GDR, and got up to some pretty high elevations!

Jealous. If you ever want to do that loop again, Andy, just let me know...
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby knighter » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:58 am

just wondering how the bike ran,did you have to re jet ??
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Rellik » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:41 am

That's great stuff Andy, good to see Richard on the bike again! [thumbupright.gif]
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:11 pm

knighter wrote:just wondering how the bike ran,did you have to re jet ??

I had no issues with the Husky as a result of the altitude... it ran fine with no re-jetting. Of course it was down a bit on power at 13,000 ', but not enough to prevent me from making it up anything.

Did a few impromptu drag races with the trio of 690s there... I always finished in the top 4 :) Although the 610 performed admirably, there's no replacement for displacement. At 574 cc I was on the "baby" bike in the group.

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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby fasteer » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:25 pm

Brian's broken foot: boots? cause? prognosis?
Hope it's healing well.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby farkle690 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:04 pm

Well the foot is in it's 3rd week of healing and is still sore on the impact point not so much the break area. I think I just rode too close to the uphill side of the trail because I didn't want to drag my bags and go off the trail so instead A "Rock Gremlin" hit my left boot and that sent me off the trail. Andy being the perfect gentleman kindly asked permission to take a picture before he, Bert and I dragged the 690 back up on the trail. The X-ray revealed a dislocated metetarsil bone that fractured the next two bones beside it. But for the record I did finish that days ride and went back and helped a fellow 690 rider repair his front tire and readjust his forks after a involuntary laydown from said front flat. But I have taken the bike for a ride since. I had to find my spare key because the wife hid the other one:)
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Rellik » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:02 am

That's the "million dollar wound" Brian! Ride all summer and break your foot just as all the fall yard work needs to be done! [bravo.gif]
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby farkle690 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:56 pm

The timing wasn't that good I am mising all the great warm weather. This body mending is cutting into my riding with the fall colors. Maybe next week. Enjoy your riding you able body people.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby kiffernathan » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:14 pm

just wondering how the bike ran,did you have to re jet ??


I found when we did the GDR and ran up over 12000 feet in Colorado that the bikes ran quite well even at that elevation. I did notice a power drop over about 6000-7000 feet though, however being on twisty gravel all the time we weren't generally running over about 80 km/h, so you didn't really need a pile of power. If I had to guess I'd say the old KLR (well, she was new then) was down around 3 HP at the rear wheel.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby ABADV » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:39 pm

Incredible pictures Andy!! Great RR too, thanks for sharing!!
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby ifkelly » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:34 pm

Awesome ride gentlemen. That looks like a blast.
How far was it? Do you have the tracks?
Thanks for sharing the RR and pics.
Richard sure is good to see that big smile back on your face, and I just know that you must have some more pics.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby El_Birdo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:01 am

Sweet. [thankyouyellow.gif] I just read another report of a similar ride. Might be my turn soon to get out there. Nice pics, thanks for sharing. Do you have a digital map with your route on it that you can post???
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:53 am

El_Birdo wrote:Do you have a digital map with your route on it that you can post???

Sure - I'll dig it up and post it later this week.

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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby kiffernathan » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:08 pm

Hey Andy, did you find with the route that there were any closures/fences, or impassible roads kind of like we had on our Idaho trip, or did the route work out exactly as you had planned it? I've got your planned route - just curious how close the actual route was to what you had planned.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:05 pm

Chris - it worked out pretty much as planned. I think we only came across one or two trails that no longer existed, but it was an easy bypass to get back on the route. We also missed a part of the Tour of Idaho day 1 route: we skipped part of Oxford Ridge due to the warnings of "no big bikes" and missed Chinese Peak as a result of Brian's foot injury.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:52 pm

Andy wrote:
El_Birdo wrote:Do you have a digital map with your route on it that you can post???

Sure - I'll dig it up and post it later this week.

Here you go...
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Postby El_Birdo » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:52 pm

Sweet Thanks. Again great report...
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby kiffernathan » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:56 am

On top of the Butte – I swear you could see the Earth’s curvature from here…


Hey Andy, you can see the earth's curvature when you stand on the ground in Saskatchewan, so that's really not a big deal to me... :D :D :D

Just kidding, spectacular pic! Want to go there sometime! [bravo.gif]
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby boggking » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:39 pm

kiffernathan wrote:
On top of the Butte – I swear you could see the Earth’s curvature from here…


Hey Andy, you can see the earth's curvature when you stand on the ground in Saskatchewan, so that's really not a big deal to me... :D :D :D

Just kidding, spectacular pic! Want to go there sometime! [bravo.gif]


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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:32 pm

Here's a few teaser videos from my helmet cam.
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Will put together a proper video recap of the trip later this winter... have 35 GB of video to wade through

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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby DirtySM » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:11 pm

I cant watch it at work because it says it is R rated WTF. cant wait to get home and watch! (Motorcycle porn gigity)

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Postby garrett » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:03 pm

Good videos Andy. I guess I'll have to start a Slag Andy thread as well....here goes.

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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby ifkelly » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:11 pm

Andy,
Those are great pics and great videos.
Thanks for sharing.
I am itching to get a trip south for some riding.
Did you stay at hotels?
How many km. per day?
How did you go about planning this?
At least I have something to aspire to for the winter.
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby kiffernathan » Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:42 pm

Nice vid of the climb up in the GD basin. Were we close to that road on our trip, Andy?

After seeing that I'm almost thinking I could spend a few days in Atlantic City or Rawlins just exploring the area...
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Re: DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:15 pm

kiffernathan wrote:Nice vid of the climb up in the GD basin. Were we close to that road on our trip, Andy?

Yes - the Great Divide route passes right by that ridge. I just saw the 2-track trail leading up there and had to go check it out :)

Ian - we averaged about 350 km per day. Pretty easy pace for a 9-day trip. No camping gear - every night in a different motel. Do a search on Great Divide cycling route, Trans America Trail and motorcyclejazz.com's "Tour of Idaho"... great resources available online to plan routes. I guarantee it will help make the winter pass quicker.

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