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Inukshuk
10-04-2014, 10:44 AM
Live from the Outlaws Run 2014 - 10th Annual!

wait for it....

wait for it....

Inukshuk
10-04-2014, 11:44 AM
Just saw an AEV Brute in Castle Pines at 38924

DanS
10-04-2014, 12:56 PM
Nice!

I'm in Raton replacing a fuel line real quick.

Still got 22MPG even spraying fuel all over the engine compartment it seems. :)

Dan

Inukshuk
10-04-2014, 11:46 PM
As outlaws fate would have it we befriended local Drew Kennedy and his cousin Matt and now find ourselves camped by a remote river on the family ranch. Day 1
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simps80
10-05-2014, 09:42 PM
keep those updates flowin' !!! :):cool::thumb:

nakman
10-06-2014, 10:21 PM
you call that a fire? :bolt:

Inukshuk
10-07-2014, 02:37 PM
Good times and even when caliper bolts fall out it's an adventure. 389563895738958389593896038961

DanS
10-07-2014, 02:50 PM
Here's a few of mine....

These are all near Folsom, NM--more or less.

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DanS
10-07-2014, 03:00 PM
you call that a fire? :bolt:

Yep. I do. Stick your hand in it and prove us wrong. ;)

More pics. These were from Yesterday. Two of us took a detour to Springer, NM to get a tire replaced, and then we all met back up in Angel Fire, NM. Then we went through some pretty lame scenery to get to Taos.

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Now the guys appear to be getting lost and working their way back to the highway outside Taos while Inukshuk and I get his caliper bolt holes fixed.

We're off to Chama tonight!

Dan

AxleIke
10-07-2014, 07:31 PM
So much want.

Awesome pictures guys. Really need to get out on one of these.

Corbet
10-09-2014, 06:49 AM
Nice pics. Wish I could have made it.

cruiseroutfit
10-09-2014, 08:26 PM
So jealous!

TheHoneyBadger
10-09-2014, 08:51 PM
Looks like a blast, guys!:thumb:

Inukshuk
10-09-2014, 11:03 PM
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Corbet
10-10-2014, 07:54 AM
Did you get hit by the rain yesterday? I had to ford nearly 20" of water on the HWY yesterday on my commute home at the NM/CO border. The Arroyos were flashing pretty hard over the road.

Hulk
10-10-2014, 04:48 PM
What day is today?

DanS
10-10-2014, 10:14 PM
I'm just starting to go through photos....

So here are two teasers...
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But from a quick look through my photos (and video) tells me that this was ABSOLUTELY EPIC!

Each day was different, and each day my pictures are very different.

Some were out on the plains of Eastern New Mexico, some days were like a teaser for what was to come, one day was all about incredible vistas, one day was about a a train, the next day was about a truly stunning pass, and another was about a detour that turned out to be more scenic than we could have possibly imagined.

I had an absolute blast. I'm going to hold back some of the best pics. I think we may have a little competition amongst a few of us for the cover of Toyota Trails. ;)

Dan

CardinalFJ60
10-11-2014, 01:01 PM
Got home at 1am. What a trip...private ranch camping, stunning colors, train ride, tarantulas, minor truck issues. Good weather, bad weather, and great times. Sorting through gobs of pics tonight and tomorrow.

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bh4rnnr
10-11-2014, 04:18 PM
Epic week!! Thanks gang! Already going through photos, will start a thread soon. Going to be hard to top this one.


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DanS
10-11-2014, 08:42 PM
Already going through photos, will start a thread soon.

That's a good idea. I'll save my photos for that thread.

This morning, I drove back over La Manga Pass to ride the train again. 32 degrees and foggy. But it sure made for a pretty picture...
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As I have started organizing my photos last night and tonight, I have ended up with, like thirty two folders to try and categorize them. It's so overwhelming, that I pretty much froze, and decided to post this picture I snapped today at Osier (I only took 320 photos today, so it's pretty manageable).
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The difference from Wednesday to Today is incredible. We definitely hit the peaking of the aspens. Maybe half of the aspen leaves have fallen up high in the past few days.

Dan

bh4rnnr
10-12-2014, 11:30 AM
Starting to go through the pics, a teaser for now.

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It was an all right drive into Taos.....

Dan, love that morning shot of the pass!


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DanS
10-13-2014, 12:01 PM
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It was an all right drive into Taos.....


I guess. ;)

Just for you Perry:

Guy on a Buffalo (Ep. 1)
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Ep. 2
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Ep. 3
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Ep. 4
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This might be ever funnier every time I watch it.

Dan

CardinalFJ60
10-13-2014, 12:15 PM
This is awesome!!!!!

bh4rnnr
10-14-2014, 07:44 AM
I guess. ;)

Just for you Perry:

Guy on a Buffalo (Ep. 1)
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Ep. 2
v5Lmkm5EF5E

Ep. 3
L55dKrjxcCY

Ep. 4
WXtpNm_a4Us

This might be ever funnier every time I watch it.

Dan



Agree! Man those are:lmao:

DanS
10-14-2014, 08:11 AM
I'll bet you guys didn't know we filmed a rap video on the run too....

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It's like the cliche beat down shot, but on the front of the truck!

Dan

Woodsman
10-14-2014, 08:17 AM
Sorry I missed everyone but glad I missed the snow on I70.

I headed up through Nebraska and Wyoming to Devils Tower, Sundance, Deadwood and the Black Hills before heading home. I was driving in the rain you love so much nearly the entire way home. Very tiring.

smslavin
10-14-2014, 08:45 AM
looks like another successful week. so incredibly bummed i missed it. looking forward to more photos.

bh4rnnr
10-14-2014, 08:40 PM
I'll bet you guys didn't know we filmed a rap video on the run too....

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It's like the cliche beat down shot, but on the front of the truck!

Dan

Rappin' about those locked gates?

CardinalFJ60
10-14-2014, 10:21 PM
Yeah...locked gates...here's a teaser for perry's official writeup...One of the sets of locked gates saved my butt when the smog pump seized on the 60. :confused: :eek::eek:

MDH33
10-15-2014, 06:36 AM
Where heck is the trip report?!?!:confused: :p:

bh4rnnr
10-15-2014, 09:36 PM
Where heck is the trip report?!?!:confused: :p:

Your just going to have to wait. Just bought a new desktop today. So it begins. Enjoy the one time pics for now.

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Inukshuk
10-15-2014, 10:53 PM
It was a creepy time

Cocarlisle
10-16-2014, 08:24 PM
That's freaky

Great pics keep them coming

DanS
10-17-2014, 08:22 AM
Enough chit chat!

Time to make with the pics!

I didn't take any of the Folsom Hotel or Museum, but suffice it to say they were very, very cool.

I'll leave any storytelling to Perry, but I'll try to group my photos by day, for easier storytelling.

Day 1: Folsom, NM.

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I am uploading small versions of my pics, all untouched, not cropped, etc.... If anyone wants a better version of any of them, I can email them to you.

DanS
10-17-2014, 08:31 AM
Day 2:

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DanS
10-17-2014, 09:54 AM
More Day 2:

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Taking a break for a bit now, probably upload more this afternoon.

bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 12:01 PM
Fun pics Dan, thanks for getting some up. Finally got things set with the new computer, going through pics now. Some good ones:).

bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 01:42 PM
So this year was the 10th year that i've lead the Outlaws Run. Chasing Outlaws across the western US. Crazy to look back on all the ground we've covered, and the memories. Some good memories for sure:bowdown::beer:.

We headed to Northern New Mexico for this years run. Quite a bit of Outlaw history in them parts. Another reason for going down there was to hopefully check out the ranch that my Great Grandfather Leon E Willioms owned in Wagon Mound, sadly things didn't work out for that. Northern New Mexico has some awesome country and I know a few are already talking about going back next year:blah:.

This year was EPIC. Thanks to everyone who came this year, and anyone who has tagged along in the past. This run is nothing with out you guys:cheers:.

Onto the pics. I'm still working through them and will add as I make progress.

I-25 south to Emery Gap. Spanish Peaks in front.
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Crossing into NM.
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The gang starting to trickle in.
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Chilin' at the museum.
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Most of the crew.
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Strolling through downtown Folsom.
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 01:49 PM
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When I got to Folsom, I found the museum and the hours stating it was closed. Bummed I waited for the rest of the crew to show up. As we were hanging out, we ended up befriending Drew and Matt who owned the old Hotel (circa 1880) in Folsom, they offered us a tour that we couldn't pass up:cool:
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 01:55 PM
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Inside the Hotel.
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I thought this old poker table was really cool. Can only image the hands that passed over it.
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Would you like a room sir?
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You can see part of the wall that fell down.
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 02:04 PM
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More from the Hotel tour. Upstairs. Apparently all the great Outlaws passed through at one time or another. Black Jack, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and so on:bowdown:.
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 02:07 PM
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Last few of the Folsom Hotel.
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 02:13 PM
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After the Hotel tour Drew and Matt asked us where we were staying. We replied with a "Well either the Volcano or somewhere else. So, they invited us to camp on there familys ranch out side town. Some truly kind folks. We ended up camping below Emery Peak, next to the Dry Cimaron River, this is close to where General Kearney marched his troops to take Santa Fe and ultimately California.
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More pics to come.


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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 03:36 PM
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Guided through private property to camp.
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Evening #1 sets in. Life is good.
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Emery Peak in the distance. Fine place to be.
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 03:39 PM
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A fine evening indeed and a great way to start the trip:cool::bowdown:.
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Nothing better than a little R&R around the campfire:).
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bh4rnnr
10-18-2014, 03:42 PM
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Overlooking camp. 2 a.m.
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A full day of exploring ahead of us:).
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CardinalFJ60
10-18-2014, 04:21 PM
Here's a few from my stash of photos...strarting at the hotel. what a neat...and creepy Hotel, proper spelling was not a high priority.:thumb:

CardinalFJ60
10-18-2014, 04:26 PM
the museum had lots of local history, donated artifacts and cool pictures. Here are some interesting things. like bank notes, a picture of BlackJack Ketchum, and other stuff..

CardinalFJ60
10-18-2014, 04:29 PM
As Perry mentioned, we were lucky enough to have met up with Drew and Matt, whose families have been ranching this land for 3+ generations. He let us on their land for first night's camp. Really nice site, by a creek...a little buggy, but awesome!
then we hit the road again...

Woodsman
10-18-2014, 05:51 PM
That's a good start. Now, more please !

bh4rnnr
10-19-2014, 12:30 PM
Fun photos of the Museum Shawn! Didn't think to bring the camera in with me:rolleyes:.

Here's some more pics:

Views from camp, on the ranch.
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Dan S and the Dry Cimarron River.
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bh4rnnr
10-19-2014, 12:35 PM
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Ready for the days adventure.
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Playing with the Ham.
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Daniel crossing the Dry Cimarron River.
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bh4rnnr
10-19-2014, 12:43 PM
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Breakfast and gas in Des Moines.
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Interesting name...
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bh4rnnr
10-19-2014, 12:48 PM
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South of Capulin Volcano, making our way to Mills canyon.
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Open country.
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Great day for a drive (every day was).
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Passing through the Kiowa National Grass Land. Almost to the turn off for Mills Canyon.
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DanS
10-19-2014, 10:43 PM
Any chance we could get a mod to move my posts (in the other Outlaws thread) into this one? I can also, of course, repost the pics.

Keep them coming! I'll try to post pics to keep up with the storyline as you post it Perry!

Dan

rover67
10-19-2014, 10:57 PM
I love the pictures!

and i still dont know where you guys finished

also, was the mud bad? it seems like it rained a bunch a few days while you were out....

I missed being out there with y'all..

bh4rnnr
10-20-2014, 07:36 AM
I love the pictures!

and i still dont know where you guys finished

also, was the mud bad? it seems like it rained a bunch a few days while you were out....

I missed being out there with y'all..

We ended up Finishing at South Fork. Daniel got food Poisoning and the winter weather/flash floods didn't seem to welcoming.

Mud wasn't to bad, at least when you don't get splashed with it. Weather was great all the way till CO.

Bummed you couldn't make it this year. Hopefully the rigs back to a 100%.

DanS
10-20-2014, 11:49 AM
Mud wasn't to bad, at least when you don't get splashed with it.


*BA dumm tsshhhhhhhhh*.

He'll be here all week folks! Nicely played.

Dan

CardinalFJ60
10-20-2014, 04:46 PM
*BA dumm tsshhhhhhhhh*.

He'll be here all week folks! Nicely played.

Dan

:lmao:

bh4rnnr
10-21-2014, 07:22 AM
Any reason my trip report got moved? Wanted to keep it separate from the Live from thread. Less clutter.

Lars
10-21-2014, 08:35 AM
We had a couple of request to have one thread. I look at moving it back.

CardinalFJ60
10-21-2014, 11:46 AM
I'll start the Day2 report with an APRS map of the route. OH..and stay tuned on how nice the APRS/Ham/Text messaging is when your smog pump seizes and several folks are 50 miles away and out of cell and ham(voice) range.

bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 07:28 AM
I'll start the Day2 report with an APRS map of the route. OH..and stay tuned on how nice the APRS/Ham/Text messaging is when your smog pump seizes and several folks are 50 miles away and out of cell and ham(voice) range.

That is cool when you can track the route.

Been going to bed early the last few nights since haven't been sleeping well. Will get back onto the posting tonight. Slacker I know...

Jacket
10-22-2014, 09:47 AM
The APRS stuff is super cool; I'm more intrigued every time I hear about it or see a map. I need to learn more....

DanS
10-22-2014, 08:17 PM
The APRS stuff is super cool; I'm more intrigued every time I hear about it or see a map. I need to learn more....

VERY cool. I was blown away with the two APRS rigs on the trip. I will put one in my 60 once I get the 1HZ in it.

Dan

bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 08:31 PM
Back to the pics. Guess my post trip report thread is stuck on the live from thread. Oh well.


Descending down into Mills Canyon. Turned out to be an unexpected awesome.
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Crossing the Canadian Rive, first of many crossings. Mills Canyon was a fun place to explore and relax. And on a side note, the Santa Fe trail crossed the Canadian River at one point, though a bit further north than where we were at.
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Proved to be a good spot for lunch. Oh, and a great spot for camp (more on that later).
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 08:40 PM
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A nice shady spot for lunch.
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After lunch a few of us went out exploring the depths of Mills Canyon. "Base camp to explorers".
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We got pretty far down the canyon before getting distracted and doing other stuff. Never did find the cave that was supposed to be down there per the rancher we came across outside Folsom... Fun to do a little evening/night wheeling.
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Sean got a flat. 10 plugs later and he made it to Springer, NM.
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Enjoyed a lot of this that evening:cool:.
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 08:47 PM
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A few of us took a midnight walk to check out the old ranch house close to camp. Fine night for a stoll:).
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Morning light in Mills Canyon.
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The road looks like it goes through on the map. Felt bad telling the group no (originally had it planned to camp near Cimarron). A good reason to get back I guess;).
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 08:53 PM
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Camp views.
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One last look down into Mills Canyon and the Canadian River:cool:.
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Back on top, into the Kiowa National grass Lands. from here, we made our way to Wagon Mound.
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 09:28 PM
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The back way into Wagon Mound.
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Wagon Mound. Sean and Dan S took off for Springer so Sean could get his tire fixed, we would meet them in Black Lake later on.
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Turkey mountains in the distance. The Diamond A is back against them. Great grandfather Leon E. Williams bought the spread from the Thatcher brothers. The ranch originally spread from Wagon mound to Pueblo, Co. Grandpa was a foreman and my dad and Uncle grew up there.
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For those that were not able to enjoy the drive with us.... It kinda got OK from here.
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 09:36 PM
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Passing through Ocate
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The aspens were all right......
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I could live there:bowdown:.
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Skelator.
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bh4rnnr
10-22-2014, 09:44 PM
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It was an alright drive into Black Lake....
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Like I said, I so could live here.
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From here, after meeting up with Sean and Dan S in Black Lake, we took an o.k. drive into Taos.
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DanS
10-23-2014, 12:36 AM
Here's mine from Day 3....

After Sean and I rejoined the group in Angel Fire (I didn't take any pics of the Vietnam Veterans memorial, but it's very cool if you haven't seen it) we headed out, and these pics start once we hit the dirt....

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About this time, Shawn and I kept the two 60s together for photo purposes. Seriously, some of these photo spots made us act like kids in a candy store!

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DanS
10-23-2014, 12:42 AM
More from the drive to Taos.

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Perry decided that the 60s were really photogenic too, so he hung back with Shawn and I for some photo fun. I probably posted this pic (or one of it's twins) in lower quality already. But I really dig this series.
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Dan

CardinalFJ60
10-23-2014, 08:48 AM
Yeah Dan, that was a saaaah-weeeet drive. loved having another 60 on the trip! i SHOULD NOT have driven that 12HT powered 60. :bowdown: That thing is AWESOME!

Any-hoo...here are some of mine from the same timeframe. as you might imagine I got lots of similar shots...I'll try to find unique ones.

CardinalFJ60
10-23-2014, 08:52 AM
it was an uneventful drive...and beautiful.

CardinalFJ60
10-23-2014, 08:56 AM
OK...here's a few more...

Inukshuk
10-23-2014, 10:20 PM
Sweet

Inukshuk
10-25-2014, 12:26 AM
As of a few moments ago, all of my caliper bolts have been removed, cleaned and reinstalled with Blue Loctite, :thumb: except for the DS front, that still has Taos Offroad Performance http://www.taosoffroad.com/ Red! :o

DanS
10-25-2014, 10:08 AM
As of a few moments ago, all of my caliper bolts have been removed, cleaned and reinstalled with Blue Loctite, :thumb: except for the DS front, that still has Taos Offroad Performance http://www.taosoffroad.com/ Red! :o

Very good.

http://i.imgur.com/IW8simF.gif

bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 11:27 AM
Shawn and Dan S, some fun pics of the drive to Taos:cool:.

Here's some more of mine.



Since we had a planned meet up with Sean and Dan s at Angle Fire/Black Lake, the original route over Quintana pass was changed. We were a bit far north to access the pass. We entered Carson National Forest via Valle Escondido. Awesome country.
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 11:33 AM
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The drive along FSR437 seemed to get better at every turn:cool:.
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Thought I spotted a grizzly, nope. Just Dan S.
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 11:39 AM
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Like I said, the drive was alright...
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My original plan for camp was to camp along the Rio grande down in the Gorge at Dunn Bridge. Spotted this site during a family visit to Taos last year. Upon arrival, found a no camping sign. Dang. Back up camp didn't appeal to the group so we went on. Good views of the Gorge and Sangre De Cristo's though:).
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 12:03 PM
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Overlooking the Rio Grand Gorge. If you look close, you can see the road that puts you on the river. That's where I originally planned to stay.
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A few night time shots. Sangre De Cristo's in the distance. Ended up misplacing my wireless remote for the camera:rolleyes:. So it was only 30 sec exposures for me.
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 12:07 PM
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Sunrise Tuesday morning.
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 12:11 PM
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Spotted this little guy while waiting for the group to finish getting ready.
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Caption Quest?
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Exploring some of the country around the Gorge.
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bh4rnnr
10-25-2014, 12:14 PM
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D. Linn
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Matt Farr.
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bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:27 PM
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While a few of us explored the country around the Gorge, Dan S and Daniel Markofsky went to town to get the brake caliper bolts fixed on Daniels 80. We planned to meet up with them in Chama that evening. The Gorge group ended up getting split up while Daniel Linn and Sean Boland tried to find a route to HWY 64. A few of us ended up backtracking to get to 64. We crossed over the Gorge Bridge where Shawn's 60 made some funny noises and died. Ended up being a bad vacuum pump. Arrangements were made with the Shop that Daniel just visited to have it fixed the next day. So part of the group stayed in Taos that night while a few of us headed on to Chama and camp.


We took the scenic route to Chama.
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Also made a stop at the train yard in Chama for some night time shots of the trains.
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bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:32 PM
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Dan S lead us to a great camp nestled against the Aspens. The Lunar eclipse was the next morning and I probably would have seen it had I looked in the right direction:rolleyes:.
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The group back together in Antonito, minus Shawn's 60. We took the bus to Chama.
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Our transportation for the day. Train #487.
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bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:45 PM
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I could spend a better part of the day photographing the train. :cool:
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bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:49 PM
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Mr. Cardinal.
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I think the theme for this trip was "Golden Aspens":bowdown:.
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Making our way out of Chama.
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DanS
10-26-2014, 12:52 PM
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We took the scenic route to Chama.


That's an understatement. The drive between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla is absolutely stunning. Without a doubt one of the most scenic US highways I have ever seen.

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And then, as Perry noted, we had to stop at the railroad yard in Chama for some night pictures. Interesting note, is that it's really hard to see 484 inside the engine house (in the stall to the right, the stall on the left had Rotary Snowplow OY in it, which I understand the railroad has been working on to run again one of these winters), which means that when we pulled into the yard, there were 4 hot steam locomotives. 488 (the one outside, by itself) is cooling off for some sort of maintenance, but it was still putting out a bit of steam, as they cool them down slowly.

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bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:53 PM
...



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Outside of Chama.
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Typical views of the day:thumb:.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
10-26-2014, 12:55 PM
That's an understatement. The drive between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla is absolutely stunning. Without a doubt one of the most scenic US highways I have ever seen.

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And then, as Petty noted, we had to stop at the railroad yard in Chama for some night pictures. Interesting note, is that it's really hard to see 484 inside the engine house (in the stall to the right, the stall on the left had Rotary Snowplow OY in it, which I understand the railroad has been working on to run again one of these winters), which means that when we pulled into the yard, there were 4 hot steam locomotives. 488 (the one outside, by itself) is cooling off for some sort of maintenance, but it was still putting out a bit of steam, as they cool them down slowly.

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:cool:

DanS
10-26-2014, 01:04 PM
What can I say? I really like trains. And their steam with the backlighting just makes for cool pictures.
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Here was our campsite that night...
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Perry went to explore in the morning (and to locate a bigger campsite for the next night)
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And in Antonito, while we were waiting to get on the bus, the 5th operating locomotive that the C&TS has, 463 was being readied to pull the train from Antonito.
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Interesting note, that 463 is a K-27 (K refers to the wheel arrangement, and 27 refers to 27,000 pounds of tractive effort). It was originally built (and subsequently rebuilt a couple of times by the D&RGW) in 1902.

The other 4 locomotives (484, 487, 488 and 489) on the C&TS are K-36s (36,000 pounds of tractive effort). They were built in 1925. There were 10 K-36s built, and of those, one (485) was scrapped by the D&RGW after it had an accident in a turntable pit. The others are all still in existence, and only one of them is not operational (483). 480, 481, 482, and 486 are all in operation at the Durango and Silverton. When it comes to timeless engineering designs, that simply work well, and do their job for years and years and years (89 years now for the K-36s) I see the K-36s as very similar to the 40 series cruisers. Yep, there are newer, faster, more comfortable things out there, but a 1965 FJ-40 can still go to an awful lot of places reliably--the way it was originally designed to.

DanS
10-26-2014, 01:20 PM
I could also spend days photographing the train. Seriously, if they run the rotary again (which would be in the spring, and not likely until spring 2016) I will do everything I can to get down there just to photograph that.

Blowing down the boiler (to blow out dirt and muck) around tanglefoot curve.
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The cattle drive is going on during this time of year, so these weren't the only cowboys (actual cowboys, not likely to have Truck Nutz dangling from their vehicle) we saw driving the cattle down from the high pastures.
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Going around Los Pinos
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Crossing Cascade Trestle.
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Just arriving in Osier, CO for lunch. You can see the dining hall building, and of course the ever present golden aspens. I really like the golden aspens, coupled with a black locomotive, black smoke fading to grey, and a little maroon of the coach car. The only color that's really missing here is an 854 Sky Blue cruiser.
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DanS
10-26-2014, 01:31 PM
A couple more of the train while we stopped for lunch. The other train (pulled by 463) came from Antonito, but we were inside eating instead of getting photos of it.
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Here 487's safety valves are popping off even though the fireman had been off to his lunch for probably 30 minutes at this point. Just the heat from the coal in the firebox creating more steam pressure than the boiler can take, so the safety valves pop off sometimes to reduce the pressure. Pretty incredible that such an old machine is still efficient enough to do that, in my book.
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You can see some of the historic structures at Osier, along with the telegraph pole (the Friends of the C&TS have restored some of the telegraph lines)
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Phantom Curve. East of Osier is a lot of very cool rock formations, two tunnels, and of course, a very deep gorge.
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(that's it for my Train day pictures. I'll hold off again until Perry gets the next day posted)

dan1554
10-30-2014, 02:35 PM
One more train photo. Haven't had much time to sort through the pics, but theres some good ones!

OilHammer
10-30-2014, 05:11 PM
"Just the heat from the coal in the firebox creating more steam pressure than the boiler can take, so the safety valves pop off sometimes to reduce the pressure. Pretty incredible that such an old machine is still efficient enough to do that, in my book."

I'm pretty impressed with those as well. I have a 1930 boiler in my house that's still going strong. It was originally a coal fired unit, but was converted to gas at some point. I actually rearranged the floor plan in my house because of the latent heat energy coming out of that thing. You can turn the thermostat off, and the basement & room above will stay comfortable for hours from all the cast iron in it. I can imagine that back in the day, all you needed to do was hit the boil point, choke the air inlets back, and then toss in one scoop of coal for the entire night. I can probably figure that out just by looking at all the 1931 coal deliveries penciled into the old coal room door.

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 11:31 AM
Nice shot Daniel Linn!

Here's some more of mine



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Another place I could live.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 11:36 AM
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Ranch hands were out rounding up cattle and moving them to lower pastures for the winter.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 11:40 AM
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Snow tunnel.
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Blowing off steam.
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Enjoying the laid back day:cool:.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 11:45 AM
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Coming into Osier. Lunch time!
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Wondering around Osier.
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More close ups. I was having fun with these.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 12:07 PM
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Leaving Osier.
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Depths.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 12:11 PM
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Aspens.
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Typical views.
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Looks like a fine road down there.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 12:15 PM
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Sublett.
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Looks like a lonely, awesome place.
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Back down to lower elevation and almost back to Antonito.
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Being robbed?
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-01-2014, 12:20 PM
...


Camp.
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A fine drive to camp.
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Spaghetti night.
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Time for some R&R and a little cards against humanity.
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Shawn's 60 back to a 100% and ready for another day:)
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:beer::beer:

cruiseroutfit
11-01-2014, 02:30 PM
:cool:

MDH33
11-01-2014, 06:27 PM
:cool:

X2!

Sure looked like a good time. bummed to miss it but I was there in spirit! Thanks for all the excellent pics! :thumb::beer:

DanS
11-01-2014, 08:13 PM
X2!

Sure looked like a good time. bummed to miss it but I was there in spirit! Thanks for all the excellent pics! :thumb::beer:

You guys definitely missed out on the leaf peeping. We absolutely hit the peak of the color (future pics to prove it, again).

Dan

cbmontgo
11-01-2014, 10:25 PM
What an excellent trip. Loving the write up.

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:11 AM
On to the last of the pics.

Thursday with the group back in Co, the weather settled in, making for a wet day. Our planned camp for the day was Wheeler Geological area, but things would end up changing due to weather conditions. Stunner Pass took us north from Antonito. An unexpected awesome drive.


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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:16 AM
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The group taking in the "all right" views:bowdown:
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The light danced around the aspens for a sec before going back into the clouds.
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Group shot.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:21 AM
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Following along the Conejos River as we climbed toward the pass.
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Views.
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Making our way to the dyas lunch spot. Not a bad place.
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Lunch time.
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Platoro Reservoir.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:25 AM
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Just about to the top off Stunner Pass- 10,541 Ft.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:28 AM
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The back side of Stunner Pass. Ok I guess....
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Stopped to check out an old miners cabin. Again, I could live here.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:32 AM
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Weathered views along Stunner Pass.
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Summitville.
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Hulk.
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:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
11-02-2014, 10:39 AM
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Last few around the old mining town. We ended up getting a place to stay in South for that night due to a winter storm that was moving through the area. Winter storm and flash flood warning just didn't sound all that appealing for camping. Friday, with Daniel a bit under the weather (food poisoning) and the weather front that moved in, we ended up heading home a little early. Bummed to not make it to Telluride but still an amazing trip. Thanks to all who made it this year. Already looking forward to next year:cool:.
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A cloudy drive through the San Luis Valley.
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:beer::beer:

DanS
11-02-2014, 10:31 PM
Leaving our camp site in a little morning drizzle...
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Hey! I know how you got that shot!
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My version of the group shot...
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60 brotherhood.
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For some reason (aside from the fact that I was in the back most of the time to spare people having to breathe my diesel fumes) I love pictures like this. A picture like this conveys to me a story of the possibility of where you are going.
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DanS
11-02-2014, 10:37 PM
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A more cruiser-inhabited version of the pic above Platoro...
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Perry coming down the shelf road to the lunch spot at Platoro Reservoir.
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Just alright scenery at Stunner Campground.
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Matt had a good idea, and it made for a good pic.
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DanS
11-02-2014, 10:49 PM
It wasn't all aspens and sunshine for us.... Sometimes the trees were green.
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Up near the top of Elwood Pass. Yep, weather getting worse...
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Summitville. Summitville is now a superfund site, but the ghost town of Summitville is pretty interesting (as Perry's pics show)
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For some reason I really like the way FF axle hubs look with the stock wheels. Even better when they are dirty.
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On this 60, the auxiliary coolant temp sensor is located in the top tank of the radiator. This pic was taken after heading down the hill from Summitville towards South Fork. After 45 minutes of driving, you can clearly see the thermostat wasn't open even a little. Have I mentioned how much I love the efficiency of the 12HT?
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:01 PM
Some of us (myself and Matt) were planning on breaking off on Friday from the group anyway. I had to get back to Antonito on Friday night (I got to ride the train again on Saturday--life is rough, sometimes), and as Perry noted: Daniel got sick (still not sure what from, a couple of us had the same food for dinner), so Daniel, Rachel and Perry headed more or less straight back to Denver.

The rest of us (5 trucks total) decided: why not try to head north towards Denver on dirt roads. We kind of made an efficient beeline between South Fork and Saguache....

(yes, another pic of the FF axle hub--it's mesmerizing!)
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....and then we saw some dirt roads on a few maps that went north of Saguache, and eventually rejoined US-285 near the northern tip of the San Luis Valley. Since I only had to get back to Antonito, I figured what the heck, lets go for a ride. Now, I should note that the maps showed kind of a tangle of dirt roads, but they all joined up with one another and eventually made their way north, so off we went.

We were soon greeted by views like this:
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:13 PM
These first two might look familiar. We are backtracking, after finding a locked gate, on a trail we were sure would go through. No such luck, so back to the highway to regroup...
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Then we realized there was a turn we should have taken, so back to the north we went....
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Matt thought there should be a good place for lunch up there, so naturally we went.
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Two 60s in their element. Ready to slowly lumber towards any prey they might see! Crikey!
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:24 PM
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Another pic of those sexy, sexy 60s.
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Not only was it a good place for lunch, it was a great place to view the San Luis Valley. Yes, off in the distance, that is the Great Sand Dunes. Added bonus, maybe we figured out just which trails would get us where we wanted to go.
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Move it bossy! Yep, the cows were still in these pastures.
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I'm pretty sure this is a super effective way to find your way out. Everyone go every which way!
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:34 PM
And somewhere in all this jumble the trail got kind of tight and a little rocky.
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Is there anything prettier than a classic cruiser riding along trails that have a nice bed of aspen leaves on the ground?
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:43 PM
As you can see, the light was getting pretty low on the horizon. Which made for some INCREDIBLE photos.
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This one aspen grove was absolutely captivating to me.
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The San Luis Valley in the distance...
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I know I wasn't the only one to snap some pics in this spot. ;)
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DanS
11-02-2014, 11:50 PM
Well, we didn't navigate our way north very successfully, but we did eventually find out way back to a county road that was clearly going back towards pavement.
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Snapping this pic was TOUGH. The light was moving so fast that I was only able to snap this one with the very cool beam of sun across the ground before the sun set entirely.
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One last little bit of sun, in the form of alpenglow on the Sangre de Christos as we aired up back at the highway. After all day of driving, we ended back on the highway maybe 3 miles from where we left it (twice) to head north towards the northern point of the San Luis Valley.
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From here I headed back down to Antonito--thus ending Outlaws 2014 for me. The guys went north, and were able to find some pretty passable pizza in Salida, I understand.

I'll for sure be putting Outlaws on my calendar in the future.

Dan

PS-now I need to find time to edit together the video I took!

bh4rnnr
11-05-2014, 07:37 AM
Fun pics Dan. Looks like you guys had a fun day of exploring while heading north. Looks like we need to spend more time in the San Luis Valley:cool:

DanS
11-05-2014, 08:45 AM
Fun pics Dan. Looks like you guys had a fun day of exploring while heading north. Looks like we need to spend more time in the San Luis Valley:cool:

Agreed. There's a whole "network" of trails in this area north of Saguache that were absolutely gorgeous.

LOTS of good camping spots up there too....

Dan

rover67
11-05-2014, 09:55 AM
yeah that area is pretty sweet. When we were on the Colorado Trail this summer riding bikes through there, I decided I needed to go back and explore.

Did you guys go over Sargents Mesa at all? I should have told you about the war memorial.. its pretty sweet....

Jacket
11-05-2014, 11:30 AM
I think a lot of that land is BLM, which makes it cool and open to exploration. Did you guys go anywhere near Penitente Canyon? I've always wanted to check it out.

DanS
11-05-2014, 01:40 PM
Did you guys go over Sargents Mesa at all? I should have told you about the war memorial.. its pretty sweet....

We didn't.

That memorial is pretty high on my list of things to check out. The whole Marshall Pass area is gorgeous (and has some neat old railroad history).

Dan

DanS
11-05-2014, 01:42 PM
I think a lot of that land is BLM, which makes it cool and open to exploration. Did you guys go anywhere near Penitente Canyon? I've always wanted to check it out.

We did go real close to it. The picture with the 4 trucks ahead, and the church on the ridge in the background is real close to it. In fact, I believe that is the La Garita church.

Dan