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A stop for tasty Maid Rites
A stop for tasty Maid Rites
Yummy!
Yummy!
Breakfast...and wind power...in more ways than one
Breakfast...and wind power...in more ways than one
Scott riding through Pike National Forest
Scott riding through Pike National Forest
The trail through the National Forest
The trail through the National Forest
There was a fire here in 2003, but it's already starting to recover
There was a fire here in 2003, but it's already starting to recover
This was a very fun road
This was a very fun road
Here comes MCM
Here comes MCM
Roadside stop for a BBQ sandwich...yum!
Roadside stop for a BBQ sandwich...yum!
Screw you guys...I'm going home.
Screw you guys...I'm going home.
4x4 Highly Recommended...sweet!
4x4 Highly Recommended...sweet!
View heading up Mosquito Pass
View heading up Mosquito Pass
The road started out very nicely...
The road started out very nicely...
...and just got rougher and rougher
...and just got rougher and rougher
Two KLRs
Two KLRs
This is as far as we got
This is as far as we got
This looks simple, but it was at least a 12% grade with big ruts...only a matter of time until someone got hurt.
This looks simple, but it was at least a 12% grade with big ruts...only a matter of time until someone got hurt.
So we took a more simple pass instead
So we took a more simple pass instead
Mr. Clean
Mr. Clean
Weston Pass...very simple going up, only slightly interesting going back down
Weston Pass...very simple going up, only slightly interesting going back down
Well groomed
Well groomed
Smile!  Scott enjoyed the yellow trees even though
Smile! Scott enjoyed the yellow trees even though "we have yellow trees in Wisconsin."
Whoops!
Whoops! "Hey, let me help you...right after I take this picture."
We decided to tackle Mosquito pass from west to east, having failed going east to west
We decided to tackle Mosquito pass from west to east, having failed going east to west
The road was rough, but passable
The road was rough, but passable
This looks simple...but believe me, it was not.
This looks simple...but believe me, it was not.
This was a very tough road with uphill switchbacks, big rocks, and great views if you could pry your eyes from the road ahead
This was a very tough road with uphill switchbacks, big rocks, and great views if you could pry your eyes from the road ahead
Looking back into the valley, where we would eventually camp for the night
Looking back into the valley, where we would eventually camp for the night
The KLR
The KLR
The KLR at the top...waiting for MCM and Mr. Clean to arrive.  The last 1/2 mile was severely uphill, so I didn't stop to wait for them until the summit.
The KLR at the top...waiting for MCM and Mr. Clean to arrive. The last 1/2 mile was severely uphill, so I didn't stop to wait for them until the summit.
The KLR at the summit.
The KLR at the summit.
Here they come!
Here they come!
Success!!
Success!!
Matt is pressing the
Matt is pressing the "OK" button...I wanted to throw it off a cliff, tie it to a bird, or throw it in someone else's truck bed.
MCM and Mr. Clean
MCM and Mr. Clean
Dumas
Dumas
TNDC
TNDC
The sign
The sign
TNDC 2009
TNDC 2009
Camp at 11,200 feet
Camp at 11,200 feet
Yes, it was cold
Yes, it was cold
but it was a beautiful campsite
but it was a beautiful campsite
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A "quick" tire change...for me at least
Breakfast in Leadville
Breakfast in Leadville
After breakfast, we headed up Hagerman Pass
After breakfast, we headed up Hagerman Pass
It followed an old railroad grade for a while, but never got really rough
It followed an old railroad grade for a while, but never got really rough
MCM, Mr. Clean, and one hell of a view
MCM, Mr. Clean, and one hell of a view
View of the road
View of the road

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