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    Colorado Trip Pictures

    I posted some of theses pics in the Colorado thread but thought I'd repost them in one spot.
    Trip was 12 days and a little over 3,100 miles. Shortest distance to Gunnison is 800 miles. Took us five days Most days for the trip were 300 miles or less.
    We took almost all two lane roads to keep things interesting.

    Broken Bow Ne.
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    Hwy 12 in the Sand Hills of Nebraska.
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    Carhenge north of Alliance Ne.
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    One of my pee stops
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    Chimney Rock east of Scotts Bluff Ne.
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    Stayed at Torrington Wy. the 2nd night. Second hottest day at 104 F. Hottest day was 107. Coldest morning was 41 at Walden Co.
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    Don't remember the picture limit on each post so I'll break this up into several posts.
    Last edited by Lee; 1 week ago.
    Lee
    Iowa
    2016 R1200RS

    #2
    Next day we headed to Walden Co. taking 210 in Wy and 287 down to Co. 14 Pouder River.
    Since it was Saturday the first part of the canyon road was busy with kayaker, rafters, fly fishers and hikers.
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    It's been a long time since we have been on this road and noticed Glenn Echo campground had a new store.
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    Common AKI octane ratings at higher elevations.
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    Walden turned out to be a good place to spend the night with a good motel and restaurant.
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    A couple months ago I could have picked this up and sold it
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    Sunday we headed west to Vernal Utah to visit Dinosaur NP.
    Water stop.
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    Wall of bones
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    Last edited by Lee; 1 week ago.
    Lee
    Iowa
    2016 R1200RS

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      #3
      It was too hot to go see the Petroglyphs so we saved that for the next morning.
      That night we had our cheapest and nicest room for the trip. $69
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      Back to the park in the AM.
      Got to the park when they opened at 9 to beat the heat. Stayed too long and that plan didn't work out the best.
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      Good gravel road back to the Petroglyphs.
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      That's our bikes down there
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      139 in western Co. was a nice road but boy is it hot out there with no good place to get out of the heat.
      Instead of going to Gunnison we came very close to getting a room in Delta. After sitting in air conditioning at a Loma gas station for 30 minutes or so and stopping again for ice cream in Delta we felt good enough to continue on to Gunnison.
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      The motel was full or almost full each night.
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      Gunnison and Crested Butt had spots block off on the wide street for a place to eat and drink if the restaurant were full.
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      The motel didn't have much for breakfast so we went out each morning.
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      The W Cafe was a good breakfast place.
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      If anyone has Clearwater lights the covers are cheap insurance.
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      Another good spot to eat close to the motel.
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      Free meals for veterns on Thursday
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      Last edited by Lee; 1 week ago.
      Lee
      Iowa
      2016 R1200RS

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        #4
        Day rides out of Gunnison.
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        The parking area was overflowing both times we were there.
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        North Creek Falls
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        Black Canyon
        Debbie had a little trouble backing in. When she got off the bike the guy with grey hair complimented her for her 300,000 mile medallion. She smiles and said, over 300,000 miles and I still have trouble backing up
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        Almont after a run up Cottonwood and back.
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        She was a happy girl, cool temps, ice cream and a nap.

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        The plan was to go to Naturita a night, then Del Norte a night after Gunnison but it was too hot over by Gateway so we spent a extra night at Gunnison.
        Almost didn't get a room.
        We left Saturday and headed for Trinidad. On the way we decided to make a stop at Great Sand Dunes NP. Last time there for us was 1981.
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        You only need to dig a couple feet to hit water.
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        Hwy 12 west of Trinidad is a great road.
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        Debbie thought the short telephone poles on 350 east of Trinidad were interesting.
        Simple things entertain us on the road.
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        Sunday night was Norton Ks. then home on Monday.
        Last edited by Lee; 1 week ago.
        Lee
        Iowa
        2016 R1200RS

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        • wildbears
          wildbears commented
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          Nice Razor Back!

        #5
        Looks like you had a great road trip! The heat can be brutal but it can make for good memories and laughs, 15 or 20 years later!
        ain't skeered

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          #6
          Originally posted by Lee View Post
          Trip was 12 days and a little over 3,100 miles. Shortest distance to Gunnison is 800 miles. Took us five days .....
          And THAT's how it should be done. Thanks for the pics.

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            #7
            Just awesome Lee, you and Debbie really know how to do it right!

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              #8
              Great pictures you guys. Thanks!

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                #9
                Excellent Lee! You always do a great job of documenting your trips which helps us poor schmucks who can't make it.

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                  #10
                  Awesome pics Lee! Looks like a great trip!
                  A straight road never made a skilled rider.

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                    #11
                    Thanks for the pics and story, Lee. I was interested in the Dinosaur Park. You showed me some of your photos at the hotel, but they are really clear on a desktop monitor. Interesting stuff - I especially like the petroglyphs.

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by 955i View Post
                      Thanks for the pics and story, Lee. I was interested in the Dinosaur Park. You showed me some of your photos at the hotel, but they are really clear on a desktop monitor. Interesting stuff - I especially like the petroglyphs.
                      It was hard to get a picture showing the wall of bones. There's a bunch of exposed bones.
                      Bones from above the wall and to each side were removed and placed in different museums around the country.
                      When were there in the early 80s they were still exposing bones in the section they decided to keep in place.

                      I'm glad we decided to go back the next morning so we would have more time in the petroglyph area. We stayed too long that morning but it was worth it.
                      We met a old guy from Arizona who was a serious photographer and was very knowledgeable on petroglyphs.
                      We visited with him a long time because he knew so much about the history.

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                        #13
                        Tyson sent me this picture and said I was straightening the silverware on the table.
                        I don't remember it, but how can you sit there with crocked silverware on the table

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                        • 955i
                          955i commented
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                          Just in time, too, Lee. Debbie looks like she couldn't take much more of the crooked silverware.

                        • Susan
                          Susan commented
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                          Long sleeves? Were you cold? And I always "straighten up" the table anywhere we go.

                        #14
                        Tyson Is my memory correct that one of your degrees is in Geology?
                        If it is, what do you think caused this rock formation? Uplift or erosion?
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                        • 955i
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                          And Lee, by the way, thanks for the pictures of the sand dunes. I had no idea they were so BIG and extensive. Where in the world are all those people walking to? Doesn't one stretch of sand pretty much look like another? Or are there little defiles and features here and there among the dunes that can't be seen from afar?

                        • Lee
                          Lee commented
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                          The dunes are huge and you can see them from 20 or 30 miles to the west when riding through the flat potato fields.
                          The people are climbing to the top so they can surf down on what looks like snowboards.
                          Some spots are too steep and you would see people slide or tumble as they try to climb.
                          We didn't climb any of the tall dunes

                        • Capnrip
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                          Great explanation Tyson. I love geology.

                        #15
                        Tyson here's some info on the Dunes.

                        https://www.doi.gov/blog/12-things-y...k-and-preserve
                        Lee
                        Iowa
                        2016 R1200RS

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                        • 955i
                          955i commented
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                          Thanks for the great link to the Department's site on this.
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