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Old 07-16-2013, 04:41 PM
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Wow. That brings back some memories of driving over Rollins Pass from Rollinsville to Winter Park in my brother's FJ40. Circa 1978. Those trestles were freakin scary!
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That's "Devil's Slide". Got some books on the DNW&PRR / Denver & Salt Lake with pictures of it, and 200 ton Mallet locomotives pulling freight over it. On the WP side is a loop named Riflesight Notch, where the track goes over a bridge and out on a finger of rock, loops around, and comes back under itself in a tunnel beneath the bridge. That tunnel is long since collapsed.



Locomotive 210 lost a side rod, which took out its air lines & brakes, and then left the rails about the end of the ridge at the looparound, going about 60, flying over another locomotive on its way down the mountainside. It then exploded. There are pieces of it still in the forest, though it's been picked over pretty well.



As tidy as it would be to sum up the BWR controversy as Boulder County Liberals vs. law and conservatives, that would not be anywhere close to accurate.

It is closer to the truth to say, Friends of the Indian Peaks Wilderness et.al. incensed at obvious irresponsible damage visible on the BWR caused by motorized users who no only will not respect the closure, but do not respect the trail route. Right next to Wilderness. Couple that with the liability concerns about the natural gas line (imagine some kind of accident resulting in fire in the middle of the forest with THAT), and motorized users have successfully and collectively shot themselves in the foot on ever seeing it open.

All the issues are solvable, but at more cost than anyone wants to put into it. Then you turn motorized users loose on it, which is like herding cats.

A sellable scenario? Good luck with that. It is a terrible loss.

Too many people wanting to follow their own rules and their own sense of right and wrong. Motorcyclists have been at the top of the offender pile, and I know one person in particular who is at the very top.
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hey bill so your thread on ADV rider just died after the lawyer talks... is the above a summary of what resulted from that?
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:01 AM
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It's kinda where it sits. Not sure anything resulted from any lawyer consultation. I have no hope of resolution.
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Here is a picture of the road closure from the Rollins Pass side.

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I saved this and haven't ever scanned it in. It made sense to scan it and post it to this thread. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The Moffat Road - self-guided auto tour.
Revised and reprinted through the effors and cooperation of:
The Grand County historical Association
The Rollins Pass Restoration Association
Aprapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

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Very Cool Mike, thanks for sharing this.
Even Udal has not taken the right course and keep his word on keeping this route open. One of my favorite rides was coming back from Steamboat springs over this pass and having Lighting bounce all around us(The Lalley's and my family), it was just fantastic views.
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Wow - that scan is awesome, thanks Mike! That must be the brochure alluded to in this sign, below. That's my lovely wife Linda on the left and my granddaughter Athena on the right. For the record, Athena has decided that she loves bouncing around in a Land Cruiser!
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