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Bob and Gary's Execellent Adventure

Discussion in 'VA/DC/MD- Capital Land Cruiser Club' started by TRFCSUX, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. SAS

    SAS Seeking higher vistas

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    It was great to meet-up with you guys...I wish the work scheduled would have been more favorable and allowed more days--c'est la vie--that is just how the cookie crumbles, sometimes.

    I rolled into Ouray at about 7pm and met the fellas at the Outlaw Saloon and Restaurant. While the atmosphere was, indeed casual, this was no burger joint! Hahaha Thank you to my brother, Steve, for picking up my dinner tab.

    Back at camp, we fiddled with the 'campfire in a can', and determined that the 'Little Buddy' heater applied near the tank/regulator was just the ticket to prevent freezing and an abrupt shut-down. Great way to wind down a long day, around the glow of a fire.

    Monday morning we rolled-out at approximately 8am, and sped toward Montrose. We arrived at the local Mickey D's for a breakfast biscuit and coffee; right at rush-hour, it seemed, for when we entered the door and stood in line, there were a good dozen fellows right behind us. I think Jeff picked up my tab here, so thank you, Jeff; or perhaps they just lost track of who ordered and paid-for-what in that mad rush? LOL

    Back on the road, we headed east on U.S. 50 toward Gunnison, and then Monarch Pass. Down the pass and to the junction of U.S. 285, and drove north to Buena Vista and then U.S. 24 to Leadville. We fueled-up on the south side of town, and both Gary and Greg decided to not proceed over Mosquito Pass.

    Jeff and Mitch in the Tacoma, and Steve and myself in the Trooper headed into Leadville proper and turned east. I knew I was looking for County Road 3, but we didn't see any signs on the main road. So taking a chance, I lead us up what turned out to be CR 1. Well, we were close! We got up high and could see/recognize CR 3 across the valley, so we took a spur road that brought us right to it. Up we went, the bumpy western side of Mosquito Pass. A few switchbacks and amazing views back to the west, southwest filled with storm clouds. Soon we were at the summit, 13,185 feet above sea level.

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    We continued east, descending toward the North London Mine. We encountered two spots that were deeply rutted, making the drive a little more technical. One spot was above the mine, the other below. Good line selection helps avoid lots of problems, and we rolled through with no issues.

    Further down the mountain, the road becomes more akin to a gravel road. We picked up the pace but did stop a few additional times to make photos and glass-over the creek and beaver ponds, looking for the moose and black bear which had eluded the CLCC group for over a week.

    We arrived at the junction of U.S. 9 (Alma, Colorado) and aired-up our tires and said farewells. I headed south toward Hartsel and then east to Woodland Park; Jeff and the boys headed north into Breckenridge.

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    Here are a few short clips from Mosquito Pass; I'm going to work a longer duration video with more clips to update the trail guide at trailsoffroad; probably get it done after this coming weekend.
     
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    If you're submitting it to Trails then take it off this thread. They won't publish it unless it hasn't been published elsewhere.
     
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    We chose the northern route home on 80 to opt for Nebraska/Iowa vs Kansas/Missouri. It was a great call as Central Nebraska was surprisingly gorgeous!

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    It will be a different video and he is the moderator at TrailsOffroad.
     
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    Downer, Minnesota at 80mph, the only way to visit.


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    On the other hand, they sure were cheery in North Dakota!


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    Tragic
     
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    I assume that's one of the roads you guys took?
     
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    No, but we were in the Gunnison area, not sure what day, Gary would know. We did briefly wheel a pass with an 80 that, I think, was this same color.
     
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    We absolutely did do Cumberland Pass Tuesday September 5. After crossing Hancock Pass into the Pitkin area we did Cumberland from Pitkin to Tincup then down to Almont for the next two nights. It's not that scary a road but is awfully bumpy and going faster than recommended could of course cause a loss of control. And again of course you have to pay attention to the road at all times, not looking at the scenery instead of concentrating on the road itself. Tragic accident to be sure.
     
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    Okay, so we DID do Cumberland pass. I don't recall it at all. It's all a blur...
    However, according to the time stamps of my photos, these should be part of Cumberland.


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    Yes that would be Cumberland. When we got over it and down near the Tincup townsite we came across a parked Tundra with a small camper behind it. The guy had his wife and four young girls with him and had just come over Cumberland Pass!
     
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    beno Gihee Arakawa Moderator GOLD Star

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    Great pics and narrative guys.

    Glad you got to CO.

    My view every morning looking at the Continental Divide.

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    **** YOU! Rub it in why don't you????
     
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    Don't worry Greg.

    My view of the Continental Divide will unfortunately be short lived.
     
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    Condos? It's condos, isn't it???
    Or maybe a Trump golf course and/or "tower" to obstruct your view?

    Or is it something of a more positive nature...?
     
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