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Re-post of Event canceled In April. LOOSE ITINERARY. Friday Sept 25th-Monday 28th Camp at the beautiful and historic Temple Mountain near Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, Utah. Plan is to drive out after Work on Friday and set up camp at Temple Mountain Campground. This will be our base for the swell. Plans to ride Eagle Canyon, Black Dragon Wash, Temple Mountain and generally explore more of the area. Lots of options here for all riders. I know I will be hitting one easy trail that was an absolute blast! ( Sorry about the gate prank, Kevin! But the look on your face!!!!!) Tuesday Sept 29th-Sat. Oct 3rd Break camp in the AM and head down to Moab. Plan to camp at Sand Flats Recreation Area. From here we are only 5 mins to town for food, fuel and brewsky's. Quite and very well kept campground. Great base to start from each morning! Ride Fins 'n Things and Hells Revenge in the afternoon once camp is up. Wednesday ride the White Rim Trail. Thursday explore south to Elephant hill, Steen Road. Friday ride Lockhart Basin out and back. Chicken corners is also off this way and is a great easy ride. Sat. 3rd -Mon. 5th Lets pack it up and move up to the White Wash Sand Dunes area and explore the dunes and south to Mineral Bottom areas before heading home Sunday night or Monday Morning. CONSIDERATIONS: All bikes and skill levels are welcome to attend but in the interest of brevity i'm only listing the more iconic and technical trails or roughly what I want to hit while out. All areas we are going to have plenty of options for alternate rides on less challenging trails and nothing listed here is a hard and fast "You Must Do This!" Would someone be willing to volunteer to lead rides so we can divide into hard rides/small bike and big bike/new rider/easier rides? We will be camping with night time lows in the 30's-40's with 20's posible (San Rafael). If you plan to Hotel it please make those accommodations yourself and please plan to be at camp or rally point for kickstands up each morning ON TIME!!! (Insert Tom Hanks Polar Express joke here) I will be bringing my XR650R for technical rides and my Africa Twin for easy rides and the White Rim. (A side note on the White Rim Trail. The White Rim is an absolute bucket list ride and one of the most iconic "Utah" areas. It is not overly difficult but does have challenging parts (steep, rocky, but short climbs/descents, sand in mineral bottom, ect. And accidently riding off the road in some spots will afford plenty of time to contemplate the divine before the sudden sto..!) PERMITS ARE REQUIRED! They have to be done online the day before and while the site says they sell out we have never had any problem getting them. We will plan to meet in town and all get them together to insure everyone has one. If you read online The White Rim is 70 Miles. This is true, HOWEVER! The Distance FROM Moab TO Moab [ Shafer Trail, Mineral Canyon road ,313] IS 130 MILES!!! Please insure your bike has a minimum of 150 miles range or that you bring extra fuel. I have run out of gas on a 200 mile range bike after having to turn around to find folks. It takes 12 hours to get a group thru if no one has any issues. We will be planning to leave at the crack of dawn to insure we have plenty of time to get back before dark. Don't let this discourage you, but please understand what you are signing up for!) If you have any questions please Call my cell phone. [masked] I'm looking forward to this awesome week or riding, drinking, and telling tall tales of other times we rode and drank and told tall tales of times we rode...
**EVERYBODY KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED AND KNOCK ON WOOD FOR GOOD WEATHER. LOTS OF EARLY SNOW WILL TORPEDO THIS TRIP** This will be the 3rd year I have done this fall ride and it is always spectacular! General route: Denver to Gypsum to Buena Vista to Lake City to Buena Vista to Denver A 4 day, 3 night ride to see the amazing fall colors along part of the Colorado BDR (will have large Airbnb reserved -details below- in both towns but camp if you want to!) . These will be mostly easier/medium sections of BDR (BUT harder options available for the Sunday rides out of Lake City for those that prefer!). Will route around any portions that are rated as hard/difficult. All skill levels and bike types welcome (as long as they can handle some dirt and some highway travel). Optional lodging will cost: about $50 maybe 60 max per person per night (at the 2 really amazing airbnb houses we will be staying in, 3 nights total, 1 night Buena Vista, 2 nights Lake City). PLEASE let me know when you sign up if you will be staying at the airbnbs. Here is the plan: Day 1: Friday 10/2 Kickstands up with full fuel tanks at 8am from The Kum & Go Gas Staion (18465 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401). Will ride to Gypsum on I-70 (about 2 hour ride) and hit Section 4 of BDR to BLM area near Buena Vista, stay overnight there at a rustic Airbnb house that is on a ranch ON THE ACTUAL BDR ROUTE. If anyone wants to camp there, plenty of spots right on the property to set up tents! Will probably have some time to hit the mucho fun trails in the area! :-) DINNER ON ME! WILL MAKE A BIG POT OF SPAGHETTI WITH MEAT SAUCE (MEAT OPTIONAL FOR ANY VEGI FOLKS) AND A BOTTLE OF WHISKY! Bring something along if you would like to add anything to the meal. ALSO the awesome owner of the house said if we need anything from grocery store let her know and she will drop off before we get there! Day 2: Saturday 10/3 Ride Section 3 of BDR to Lake City, taking the route through Old Monarch Pass. Check into the awesome Gowdy Manner in Lake City for 2 nights, a way cool vintage mansion that we stayed in last year. Really cool place with lots of bedrooms and like 10 beds. Staying here for 2 nights. Day 3: Sunday 10/4 Open Day of Riding in Lake City Area. We can plan some different day rides of varying difficulties. There is some incredible riding in the area with many choices! Day 4: Monday 10/5 We can decide on the best route back to Denver. Some more of BDR possibly back towards Buena Vista on a bit different route possibly. Take 285 back to Denver. Call or Send me a text if you have questions: Mark[masked] Photo credit: not sure who took this photo from last years ride BUT there is a guy and a motorcycle in the picture in the distance. See it?
Join us for a fun Weekend trip to Camp in the Great Sand Dunes NP. Plan will be to ride out from Sedalia on Saturday morning and work our way down thru Phantom Canyon making a stop by the (in)famous Bishops Castle before heading over Medano Pass and dropping into the Sand Dunes from the back side! If you are not familiar with Medano, it is very sandy with something like 30 water crossings!, Although late season should mean lower water levels. Sara wants to do it 2 up! Wish us luck! I'm going to list this ride as an "Expert" ride based on this one section. Anyone who wants to skip this section will be made fun of Relentlessly, and can slab it around and pay the park entrance fee like an out of State Tourist yuppy and meet us in the park. :) Sunday will be a fun day left to ride the local area, hike the dunes, or try your hand at surfing the sand before we break camp mid-day and head for home on Highway. Any Questions please post them to the comments or call me at[masked]
We have always done this ride as a first of the year spring ride. That didn't happen this year so I thought it might be fun to do it in the Fall! Starting in Sedalia, we will be heading out to Cripple Creek and onto Canon City and back using Phantom Canyon and the Shelf Road for a loop. We will stop for lunch in Canon City.*subject to change at time of event* This is normally a VERY popular ride, and I will open it up to more people if a couple people volunteer to lead groups. I have GPS routes or we can run the course early for the other leaders. Thanks! The date is weather dependent and may change due to adverse conditions! This old toll road, which Canon City built in 1892, is the rough middle leg of the Gold Belt Tour, a Colorado Scenic & Historic Byway and a National Back Country Byway. The third leg is mostly paved High Park Road, to the west. It was the first wagon and stage route to link the Cripple Creek and Victor gold fields with the Arkansas River Valley and cities of the Front Range. Points of interest include Window Rock, a hole eroded into 1.7 billion-year-old rock; The Shelf, a rough one-lane section above Fourmile Creek; the site of the toll collector's cabin (private land); the limestone cliffs of the Shelf Road Recreation Area, popular among rock climbers; Red Canyon Park's sandstone figures; Garden Park Fossil Area, an important dinosaur graveyard discovered in 1876; the site of the West's first oil well; possibly Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. (Brownie Points if you actually see them) The road through the canyons of Fourmile and Cripple creeks involves an elevation change from 5,330 ft. at Canon City to 9,395 ft. at Cripple Creek, and passes through differing life zones. Difficulty : Easy to moderate graded roads, perfect for Larger Adventure Bikes (KTM 990, BMW 1200 GS, Tiger Xplorer, Yamaha Tenere) and Dual Sport Bikes. Some sections of highway and paved back roads. We can add more groups/riders if some people are willing to volunteer to lead groups, GPS tracks of the ride are available. Let me know if you are willing to lead a group and I'll increase the head count.