10
Sep
10

Baja 2010 1000 (rumors, inuendo, fact)

rumor
This is what I have heard.

1. Leave Ensenada

2. Ojos Negros

3. North of Tres Hermanos

4. K76

5. In towards Santa Catarina

6. Come down either on the staircase on the highway or just before onto the highway

7. Highway to San Matias Pass

8. Either run down Diablo Dry Lake or take the trail to Borrego, Three Poles, (basically run backwards toward San Felipe.

9. Down “Old San Felipe Rd” to

10. Puertecitos

11. Stay on Highway (new) to almost Gonzaga, then turn to

12. Coco’s Corner

13. El Crucero

14. Bahia Los Angeles, South

15. San Rafael Camp

16. Just east of Los Arcos

17. Highway to San Ignacio

18. West to San Juanico

19. La Purisima to

20. Loreto

21. Mission San Javier

22. Insurgentes

23. West of Ciudad Constitucion

24. Near Santa Rita

25. Punta Conejo

26. And back to La Paz
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10/03/2010 SCORE releases Prelim. Course Map..map says 1050 miles..

2010 baja Prelim. Course Map

I’ve been looking at the map and a ton of old notes and my best guess for 1,050+ comes out to 1,073:

107 Valle de Trinidad
122 San Matais
178 San Felipe
235 Puertecitos
298 Coco’s
327 El Crucero
376 Bay of LA
512 On the pavement south of Vizcano
550 San Ignacio
660 San Juanico
780 Loreto
851 Santo Domingo just north of Insurgentes
958 Santa Rita
1,073 La Paz

GPS course is to be released in ~4 days…

02
Aug
10

The Road

We leave behind the ones we love for it.
Spend our last dime for one more mile on it.
We sacrifice the skin on our knuckles to keep our wheels rolling on it.
Go through the worst weather to ride it.
We look for it to solve our problems, to ease our pain, and forget our troubles.
We make best friends on it.
Lose best friends on it.
We destroy our bodies when we fall on it.
Patch ourselves up to stay on it.
We want our friends to join us, but we’ll gladly ride it alone.
We long for its embrace like a lover.
Return to it time and time again Like an old, solid, best friend…

It will always be there for us.

06
Dec
09

Telluride-Silverton-Ouray Map

Latitude 40 has BLM Maps of the area:

http://latitude40maps.com/tso.html

Map Coverage: covers 18 USGS 1:24,000 7.5-minute quad maps
north 7 miles north of Ouray
south 3 miles south of Lizard Head
east 6 miles east of Silverton
west Western boundary of Lizard Head Wilderness
Size: 39″x 25″ flat 8″x 4″ folded
Scale: 1:50,000; 1″= 0.8 miles or 1.3 km
Contour Interval: 50 feet w/ shaded relief base
Latest edition: 2nd – 2007
price: $11.95

Sample Map Alpine loop, Cinnamon Pass:
sample map

Telluride:
Telluride

Ouray:
Ouray

Sample Road/Trail Descriptions:

Trail Descriptions

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Here’s a quick overview/summary:
1,013 miles total
639 miles paved
374 miles of dirt

24 paved passes
16 easy dirt passes
10 hard dirt passes

And that’s being pretty liberal with the use of the word “hard”. The 10 counted as hard are:
Black Bear
Corkscrew
Hurricane
California
Engineer
Tomichi
Hancock
Tincup
Ptarmigan
Webster

I counted those 10 as hard for people that have never done them before. For those that ride these passes all the time, I think the only hard pass is Hancock. I’ve done it on an 1150 Adventure, but not without breaking a sweat and cursing a few times. I think this ride could be done on an 1150 GS Adventure. A smaller bike is just more fun.

I would recommend to people that want to attempt this ride but aren’t sure about it, to get out there and try Hancock on your bike, going both directions, before July 25th. That should be your litmus test. If you hate Hancock, you will probably hate this ride. And if you love Hancock, you might be bored with this ride…

50 in 50 link

05
Dec
09

..Ouray, Telluride, Silverton campground recommendations

..i posted up on ADV looking for campground recommendations..

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=531109

hey kidz, thaw your brains out for a spell, and help your ADV buddies out.

a few of us from the warmer climates of the ADV universe are planning to pillage, plunder and generally ride the hell out of the Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, area this upcoming summer 2010.

we are looking for campground recommendations in this general area. what we’d like is to drag a toy hauler or two to use as a base camp, and some will tent camp. so our minimum requirements are for RV accessible sites that will also allow tent camping.

additional facilities also appreciated, but not really required, are wifi, bar, hot showers, bikini dancers and serving wenches, hot tubs or hot springs, fire rings, dirt bike (dual sport type) friendly, aesthetics, and location…

anybody have any recommendations? or conversely have you been to any of these places you would absolutely not return?

there is tee-kill-ya, whiskey, maybe some charred animal flesh, a camp fire with a lot of bench racing, and oh yeah bacon, offered as payment for an excellent suggestion!!!

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The state park in Ridgway(just below 7000′) is nice, but you would need to ride a bit of pavement to get to the good stuff.(1)

The areas above Silverton (above 9000′) are your best bet. At Eureka you are near to Engineer, Stony and Cinnamon passes to the east and Black Bear and Ophir on the other side of 550.(2)

Camping near Telluride is a bit tough. There is a campsite in town (3) and there is a NF campground(Sunshine) a few miles south.(4)

Near Ouray is the KOA (5) and just above town is a NF campground(Amphitheater). The NF campground is nice as you are close to Ouray(hot springs, good food) and close to Imogene Pass.(6)

(1) Ridgway State Park

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/ridgwaypark

Ridgway State Park One of the most popular parks in Colorado. Full-service facilities including 25 walk in tent sites, 3 Yurts and 258 RV/tent sites. Great place to play including swimbeach, fishing, boating, windsurfing, waterskiing, biking & hiking. There is a $6 entry fee to the park.

Rates: $14-22
Units: 283
Seasons: Year-round

Website: http://www.parks.state.co.us
Email: rhonda.palmer@state.co.us
Phone: (800) 678-2267 or (970) 626-5822

Physical: 28555 Hwy 550, Ridgway, CO, 81432
Mailing: 28555 Highway 550, Ridgway, CO, 81432

Weber Westridge RV Park & Campground

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/weber

Weber Westridge RV Park & Campground RV Park & Campground, located between the towns of Ouray and Ridgway. Long term and overnight camping. Cabin available with beautiful view. BBQ grills, full hookups, guest laundry, some pull-throughs, tent sites and restrooms. Summer Special-$375 monthly rate. Best Views Best Prices

Rates: $15-25
Units: 11
Seasons: Open Year Round

Email: luvridgway@yahoo.com
Phone: (970) 626-5383

Physical: 20725 US Hwy 550, Ridgway, CO, 81432
Mailing: 20725 U.S.Hwy 550, Ridgway, CO, 81432

(2) Red Mountain Motel & RV Park

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/redmtnsilverton

King & Queen sized rooms. Full size Kitchenettes, Laundry, pets welcome. Kids 5 and under stay free. Playground. Cabins with kitchenettes. RV Park has 50 amp service, water & sewer, showers, cable TV and dump station. ATVs welcome and trails. Jeep rental and guided snowmobile tours. Ice fishing and skiing!

Prices are for two people additional people are $5.00 each in Motel and Cabin and $3.00 each in Campground.

PETS ARE WELCOME

Motel, Cabins, Campground, and Jeep Rental prices

X-large cabin/ full kitch——————————–$138.00

Large cabin w/kitch————————————$118.00

Small cabin w/ micro————————————$98.00

Camping cabin——————————————$68.00

Motel room w/kitch————————————$108.00

Motel room w/out kitch———————————-$98.00

Motel room single Queen bed—————————–$88.00

Motel room single full size bed—————————-$78.00

R.V. full hook-up—————————————$38.00

Water & elec hook-up———————————–$35.00

Water————————————————$10.00

Dump————————————————$10.00

Shower———————————————–$10.00

Tent Site———————————————–$18.00

Rates: $18-150
Units: 12
Seasons: Year-round

Website: http://www.redmtmotelrvpk.com
Email: redmtmotelrvpk@frontier.net
Phone: (970) 387-5512 or (888) 970-5512

Physical: 664 Greene Street, Silverton, CO, 81433
Mailing: P.O. Box, Silverton, CO, 81433

(3) Telluride Town Camp

http://www.telluride-co.gov/index.aspx?page=59

NO RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

* 28 vehicle campsites & 5 walk-in area campsites
* $20 per vehicle campsite & $15 per walk-in campsite
* Seniors, ages 59 and up, $10 for any site
* $6 additional charge for a 2nd vehicle or trailer, if space at site allows. Walk-in sites are excluded as we only have available parking for 1 vehicle per site.
* Cash or money orders only please, payable to the Town of Telluride
* Sorry, personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted
* Check out time is 11:00 a.m. daily
* 6 person / 2 tent / 2 vehicles limit per vehicle campsite
* 4 person / 1 tent / 1 vehicle limit per primitive campsite
* 7 night maximum stay within a 30 day period
* Camp and park in designated campsites only
* Sorry, no electrical hookups or RV dump station on site
* RV dump station located near impound lot on South Mahoney Drive
* Showers and toilet facilities are available on site. Showers are coin operated. $3 = five minutes of hot water. Cold water is free.
* Wood fires are prohibited!
* Charcoal fires are permitted in metal grills only (except during a fire ban)
* Pets must be on a leash and may not be left unattended. Clean up after your pet.
* No Horses or livestock.
* Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. — 8:00 a.m. daily
* Vending is Prohibited
* For assistance with complaints after hours, call Dispatch at (970) 252-4018
* For other regional camping information, please call the US Forest Service office in Norwood, Colorado at (970) 327-4261
*
Register at the Information Center during business hours or at the Self-pay Fee Station after hours

(4) Sunshine Campground

http://visittelluride.com/places-to-stay/lodging/rvs-and-camping/sunshine-campground-usfs#tabs

Take Hwy. 145 south toward Cortez for seven miles and it is located on the right side of the highway. There are 18 sites, 2 wheelchair accessible compost restrooms, metal tables and firegrates at each site. About $10-$14. . Sorry, no reservations accepted.

U.S. Forest Service

Other Telluride Camping

http://visittelluride.com/places-to-stay/rv-camping

(5) Ouray KOA

http://www.koa.com/where/co/06158/

Open May 1 – September 30

Here along the Uncompahgre River, you’re at the gateway to the rugged San Juan Mountains and southwest Colorado’s most majestic alpine scenery. We are a motorcycle friendly campground, so you can hop on your bike or rent a jeep at the campground and head for the hills to explore ghost towns and tour old mines. One of the most spectacular day trips takes you 31 miles along the winding Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Silverton, both legendary mining towns. Take an airlift ride on the gondola in the famous town of Telluride; another fabulous day trip.

This KOA’s elevation is about 7,250 feet. Take a swim in Ouray’s natural hot springs pool or work out the kinks in KOA’s hot tub. Kids will love the game room and playground. Be sure to stick around for some of the campground’s great meals, including Texas-style barbecue dinners, complete with bluegrass music on summer weekends.

(6) Amphitheater Campground

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/amphitheater

Beautiful US Forest Service Campground operated and maintained by Recreation Resource Management of America, Inc. This hosted Campground offers both reservable and first-come, first-serve sites.

Amphitheater CG is located on the side of the mountain above the town of Ouray, Colorado at an elevation of about 8,400 ft. It is tightly designed with loops and camping spurs among Gamble oaks and mixed conifers. There is a scenic overlook in the campground of Ouray and the “Ampthitheater,” which was formed by a volcanic explosion. Firewood is available for a fee. The campground is best suited for tenters, but RV’rs can utilize sites 3 through 15. Total RV length should not exceed 35 feet.

Rates: $16.00
Units: 35
Seasons: summer

Website: http://www.recreation.gov
Email: info@rrmofa.com
Phone: (877) 444-6777 or (877) 444-6777

Physical: Hwy 550 South, Ouray, CO, 81427
Mailing: 5925 Wagon Wheel Ln, Lakeside, AZ, 85929

4J+1+1 RV Park

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/rv4j

Make our full-service campground along the Uncompahgre River your home base for the Ouray area. Walk to everything in town. Foot bridge to public hot springs pool.

Rates: $20-26
Units: 55
Seasons: Spring,Summer,Fall

Phone: (970) 325-4418

Physical: 790 Oak Street, Ouray, CO, 81427
Mailing: PO Box F, Ouray, CO, 81427

05
Dec
09

Pillaging for GPS tracks (Ouray Trip)

checking gps exchange for routes

a great resource for Colorado GPS tracks:
Colorado GPS Tracks

Alpine/Ouray Loop

http://www.gpsxchange.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2259

Author’s Comments:
I did this on my DRZ400. I’m a flatlander & would not try this on a BIG bike. If you can ride rocks & breathe in high altitude, then go for it.
Snow made me give up looking for Imogene Pass

West Fest 2008

http://www.gpsxchange.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=17

Author’s Comments:
Dual Sport motocycle ride on jeep trails via Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Ophir, Telluride. Moderate difficulty, bikes were Honda XR650L and Suzuki DR650
This ride was from last year, but we just rode about the same routes at this years ADVrider 2008 west fest rally. Dean

Cinnamon Pass:
Cinnamon Pass

Some random Chik with weird underware on the way to WestFest ’08:
Random Chik

Mountain Passes:
Colorado Passes
Possible Routes
ouray ride tracks
Telluride Area
expanded south view




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