Friday - June 1, 2012 @ 11:00AM
Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
Planned Miles: Not Sure?
Total Miles Completed: 305
- We got a slow start this morning. It was a little hard to get out of those big comfy beds at the hotel. Once we finally rolled outside, we discovered Lane a had a flat on the KLR. Turns out it was a split in the seam of his tube. That's a first for me. No puncture, just a split seam.
- We were so close to Wyoming we felt it would be a disservice to not go there. The road going north out of Steamboat followed a river for 30+ miles. It is the same route of the upcoming Steamboat Marathon. Lots of curves and beautiful ranches.
- We grabbed a Forest Service road that show to take us across the stateline and intersect with Hwy 70 in Wyoming. It was nice a smooth going for about 20 miles and then it got interesting.
- The off-road stripes were definitely earned today. The trail slowing narrowed and got more and more technical. We were lured in to keep on going - one challenge after another...and another...and another. No one in the group wanted to back track. It was a fight to make it out and I'm sorry to say Wyoming won. We finally had to turn around after we found a giant tree across the trail with no way around.
The trail wouldn't have been too bad on a true dirt bike but we are riding 600+ lbs beast with 1/2 worn-out dualsport tires. Everyone took a soil sample today except Lane. I normally would be upset that the Super Tenere got scratched up but I feel more like they are battle scars. A right of Adventure Riding Passage if you will. Don't cry when you see the pics. All of the scars can be repaired. :)
- Once we finally made it out of the woods, I finally had to plug my rear tire. It was went from losing 15lbs a day to 15lbs in 15 mins. Lane said I need to vulcanize the plug by getting the tire hot. Luckily we were treated to 25 miles of twisties to get it very warm. :-) I still cannot believe this bike can play in the dirt and carve the asphalt like it does.
- We came south out of Wyoming and went through Winter Park and down into our new home for the next two days - Lakewood, CO. I'm actually looking forward to taking a break from the bike tomorrow. It's time to see some Motocross!
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