DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

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DS loop in WY, CO, UT & ID

Postby Andy on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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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