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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:35 pm 
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Telluride to Ouray on Imogene Pass:
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Black Bear is an intimidating sight across the way. Was feeling a little uneasy about coming back that way.
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Going down the other side:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:50 pm 
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The next day we rode Last Dollar Road from Telluride to Ridgway. Herrie joined us today-- she's new to riding off-road, and we thought this might be a comfortable introduction. It was.
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Some of the best camping any of us had ever experienced was on the Telluride side of Last Dollar, right where the road becomes a trail.

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Hammocks are the best.
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We rode into town for breakfast in the morning.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:00 pm 
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Nice shots and liking this thread. :2_thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:41 am 
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Sweet! Between this and the divide report that just went up, you guys really have me itching for my own Rockies ride. Looking forward to the UT part :2_thumbsup:

EDIT: Oh, yeah- extra nice to see an off road adventure with a girl along : )


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:03 am 
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IN!

Love RR like this. LOTS of pictures. Gets my mind away from work.. oh, not that I'm "at" work you understand.. no, no.. wouldn't surf at work.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:46 am 
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Outstanding stuff! If anyone gets the urge to replicate these loops, keep me in mind. I'm mostly retired with a "you have 7 years 'til I retire, so go do all the riding you want" hall pass.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:29 pm 
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Before our trip I'd followed a Youtube tutorial to make a wood gasifier stove from soup cans. It worked really well, and we used nearly every morning to make coffee. A handful of dry twigs, some water, and instant coffee.
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Going a bit out of order now, but Ophir was actually the first pass we tried. It was supposed to be the easy one :/ Herrie made it up a bit of the pass, but decided to turn around when the loose rocks got bigger.

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The pass cuts a cool line across the mountain.
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Kirk was glad to have stayed upright. I was too. Later, at Animas Forks, I'd donate a quart of oil to guy who dropped his huge BMW on one of Ophir's tougher sections and ended up puncturing some important piece of equipment. People were saying Ophir Pass was especially beaten-up by an entire summer's worth of activity. There were some really hard spots for sure. These were two of them:

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Kirk said he could tell when a difficult section was coming up because he'd see me waiting with the camera. It became a joy to use this tactic irregularly to keep him on his toes.

While we were up at the top of the pass, catching our breath and talking about how hard it was, this guy came rolling by in what appeared to be a totally stock utility van. Arm out the window. AT&T has really got their man on it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:52 pm 
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Amazing trip, thanks for the writeup and the pictures!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:58 pm 
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Cool pics. Always funny how pictures don't really show the degree of incline or difficulty. Looks like a sunday ride in the park with a few rocks. I'm sure it wasn't.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:37 pm 
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Kirk and I finished Imogene Pass and rode into Ouray for burgers and beers at the Ouray Brewery. It was good. The plan was to take Black Bear back into Telluride, but Kirk was feeling a little uneasy about videos he'd seen of "the steps". I was too, but those switchbacks had been taunting me from town all week. We split off-- Kirk headed back on the highway via Ridgway, and I hugged the cliffs up 550 to the beginning of Black Bear.

The ride up was not too difficult and a lot of fun. Too much fun to stop for pictures. Up at the top there were some guys in a farm truck scanning the landscape for their missing sheep. Good luck. One of them was kind enough to take my picture.

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Black Bear Pass felt really different from any of the others-- it was less rocky and more like grassy tundra. The trail was really pleasant, and gave no indication to the difficulty ahead.

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Point of no return:
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No photos or videos I'd seen had prepared me for how difficult and precarious this section really is. My photos don't do it any justice either. Riding a motorcycle down these rocks was like pushing a sofa down a set of stairs. I bottomed out twice just going straight. Telluride sure is a pretty sight down there.

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A look back up:
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I didn't manage a photo of the creek crossing up there. It's unremarkable in technical difficulty, but you cross right through at the very edge of the waterfall.

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Looking down the cliff at the switchbacks:
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Black Bear was definitely my favorite pass, save for the life-threatening stairs/waterfall section.


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