Colorado Road Trip 2006
It started with an idea: race the International Six Days (ISDE) qualifying
race in Colorado, then spend a few days riding the trails of Taylor Park
near Gunnison. I hooked up with St. Louis buddy Matt Sellers on July
5th for the long drive to Walsenburg, south of Pueblo.
Here's what you hope to see in your rear view mirror.
Middle of Kansas on I-70, nothing
better to do than read Rolling
Stone.
But wait, here's a little
excitement...one of the trailer's
16-year-old tires shredded itself (no
spare). Pulling the trailer was an
afterthought - we honestly believed
we could fit our bikes, gear and
camping stuff in Matt's truck.
We got lucky...Wally World was
only two miles down the road
(Hays, Kansas).
Fixed and ready to go.
I had actually been to the Hays
Walmart in a past life as a St.
Louis banker.
Here's what we saw when we
pulled into the race site on Friday
(7-7-06). Where's the hills?
Where's the trees?
At 6,000 feet, a few carburetor
jetting changes were needed.
Matt tests his jetting on Friday
afternoon.
International enduro rules require
impounding all bikes on Friday
night. Once there, we couldn't
touch them until the race began
on Saturday morning. Afternoon
thunderstorms were moving in.
All the bikes inside the impound area.
Saturday morning, rider's meeting.
Ready for the start. Riders left in
groups every minute. We had to
push our bikes up the ramp onto
the stage, then start them within
60 seconds after they'd sat outside
all night.
Finally, some scenery. We rode up
the canyon on the trail to the left,
then back down on the other side.
The flatbed trailer was actually part
of the course, although an alternate
route to the right was available for
(scared) riders like me.
A few crazy guys jumped it (Jordan Brandt).
Matt had some problems with flats
on the first day...Saturday night in
the KOA Kampground, repairing
inner tubes.
After two days of racing over the
weekend, we moved on to the
Dinner Station campground in
Taylor Park. No showers for 4 days!
My home (tent on the left) for a
total of 6 days. Altitude = 9,500
feet. Low temperatures at night =
35 degrees.
My bike...never complained for
300 miles with only a couple air
filter changes.
American Flag Mountain,
elevation approx. 13,000 feet. The
bikes were a little underpowered
at this point.
The panoramic view.
When the sun was out (which
wasn't often), this is what we
awoke to in the morning.
Not a bad way to start the day.
Matt is a tiny speck in the middle
of the photo.
We did manage to find some mud....
Dinner Station was 34 degrees
when we left; 7 hours later, peak
temperature in Kansas was 104.
Here's what happens when you
don't shower or shave for four days.