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Colorado passes
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:05:42 PM »
So my bride thought we should “do something fun” for our anniversary. I had ridden a section of the COBDR last year and she loved the photos of all the passes around Ouray/Telluride/Silverton, so we decided to check them out 2-up. The only problem is the 12 hour drive to get there. That was two long of a ride on the 1190 for her to remain pleasant company so I did the unthinkable and loaded a perfectly good motorcycle into my pickup and we headed south. I unloaded the poor machine as soon as we arrived to avoid any bad juju from this most despicable treatment of such a fine machine.
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We rode less than 400 miles in 3 days, but the scenery was fantastic
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It was a great get away and although she had to walk a couple hundred yards due to getting stuck in loose rock or a couple steep rocky downhills she never complained and has more trust in me than I have in myself sometimes!! This was the top of Ophir pass, she had to walk the last hundred yards but loved it:
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 02:45:22 PM »
Awesome.  Wish I could see pics.
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 03:02:03 PM »
oh yeah...that's heading back down into Silverton from Eureka on 2 I believe.  Fascinating as I recall. 
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 04:40:32 PM »
That's a great anniversary trip.  Congrats on your anniversary! 
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 06:29:17 PM »
Sounds like a nice little anniversary trip. 

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 06:20:32 AM »
Congrats! Nice pics, I never tire of them. Which passes did you do besides Ohpir and Cali? Which was the one with the rocky overhang?
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 06:47:52 AM »
Congrats Mike!!!.  Nice pics

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 07:50:35 AM »
Very nice!  What are those little round structures with openings?  Stealth camping opportunity?  Park in one, sleep in the other.

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 08:31:25 AM »
Congrats! Nice pics, I never tire of them. Which passes did you do besides Ohpir and Cali? Which was the one with the rocky overhang?

the rocky overhang is right above Ouray on the way to, or maybe slightly past the turn to Imogene pass. we also did hurricane, Cinnamon, and owl creek passes I thought there was one more but can't remember it?? check out Alpine loop CO. we did most of that one day.

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2017, 08:33:19 AM »
Very nice!  What are those little round structures with openings?  Stealth camping opportunity?  Park in one, sleep in the other.

that is what I was thinking. they are coke ovens that are being restored to their original condition. more than you want to know about them:
 A fire brick chamber shaped like a dome is used, commonly known as a beehive oven. It is typically 4 meters wide and 2.5 meters high. The roof has a hole for charging the coal or other kindling from the top. The discharging hole is provided in the circumference of the lower part of the wall. In a coke oven battery, a number of ovens are built in a row with common walls between neighboring ovens. A battery consisted of a great many ovens, sometimes hundreds, in a row.[18]
Coal is introduced from the top to produce an even layer of about 60 to 90 centimeters deep. Air is supplied initially to ignite the coal. Carbonization starts and produces volatile matter, which burns inside the partially closed side door. Carbonization proceeds from top to bottom and is completed in two to three days. Heat is supplied by the burning volatile matter so no by-products are recovered. The exhaust gases are allowed to escape to the atmosphere. The hot coke is quenched with water and discharged, manually through the side door. The walls and roof retain enough heat to initiate carbonization of the next charge.
When coal was burned in a coke oven, the impurities of the coal not already driven off as gases accumulated to form slag, which was effectively a conglomeration of the removed impurities. Since it was not the desired coke product, slag was initially nothing more than an unwanted by-product and was discarded. Later, however, it was found to have many beneficial uses and has since been used as an ingredient in brick-making, mixed cement, granule-covered shingles, and even as a fertilizer.[19]

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2017, 08:38:58 AM »
zee ah good pikt-chures!!!

Had to look up Ames Station...
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http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-32/issue-7/articles/ames-hydro-making-history-since-1891.html
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found it by accident. I'm in the power business and one of our engineers was telling me about L.L. Nunn, who owned a mine and brought the very first Westinghouse generator out to power his mine. I was relating the story to my wife as we rode the gondola from Telluride to the top of the mountain. the older guy across from us said "oh, that's the Ames station, it's just down the road a ways" he gave us directions so we stopped by. it is now operated by Excel energy. There was a truck there but nobody around so I couldn't get in. I will line something up the next time I'm down that way and check it out. the guy from Ouray brewing used to work there and said some of the old equipment is still in use, pretty cool stuff!!
 

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2017, 10:04:52 AM »
Looking at the one picture of the bike being loaded or unloaded, would you care to share how you did that?  It doesn't look like a very walk-on friendly situation.  Did you ride that bike across that?

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2017, 12:55:52 PM »
Congrats on your anniversary and what a great trip!
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2017, 02:11:08 PM »
Looking at the one picture of the bike being loaded or unloaded, would you care to share how you did that?  It doesn't look like a very walk-on friendly situation.  Did you ride that bike across that?

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typically just ride it in. then gravity does the work when you unload, so I just jump off the tailgate at the proper time.  a ditch or dirt pile make it a manageable step for old knees.

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2017, 02:20:56 PM »
Looking at the one picture of the bike being loaded or unloaded, would you care to share how you did that?  It doesn't look like a very walk-on friendly situation.  Did you ride that bike across that?

 :o

typically just ride it in. then gravity does the work when you unload, so I just jump off the tailgate at the proper time.  a ditch or dirt pile make it a manageable step for old knees.

And the fact that your legs are longer than we are tall is helpful as well I'd imagine.   :P
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2017, 02:33:46 PM »
lol... ya, that helps ;D

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2017, 02:58:22 PM »
Knowing you, you most likely ride it into the back of the truck while pulling a wheelie! 
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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2017, 03:00:40 PM »
Curious, how many STO folks have you met face-to-face in your area?  You've been very generous with your time when folks passing through.  You were even kind enough to come all the way to Wall to meet me for dinner after a loooong day on the bike. 


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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2017, 03:57:43 PM »
not very many. maybe half a dozen and then Ed and crew when I was in Wisconsin for work.
they were all good people though ;).  I think Vulcanbill  and his wife, and tankhead are the only ones I have ridden with?? but if anyone wants a tour guide I can usually be hired for a beer or two ;D

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Re: Colorado passes
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2017, 04:00:52 PM »
Knowing you, you most likely ride it into the back of the truck while pulling a wheelie!

haha.. you are obviously listening to greatly exaggerated accounts of my ability... you should have seen the time I tried to ride my 300 into the back of my pickup and the ramp pushed the tailgate shut.... :-[  I can usually find a place that get the tailgate within 18" of the ground and then it's fairly easy

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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2017, 04:09:02 PM »
not very many. maybe half a dozen and then Ed and crew when I was in Wisconsin for work.
they were all good people though ;).  I think Vulcanbill  and his wife, and tankhead are the only ones I have ridden with?? but if anyone wants a tour guide I can usually be hired for a beer or two ;D


With respect, you're a popular guy when someone from STO visits your area.  Good on you for taking the time to spend with us!

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