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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:34 pm    Post subject: Headed for Colorado Reply with quote

We will be headed out tomorrow morning for a two week trip to Colorado from Salt Lake City. We will travel I-70 to Grand Junction and then follow 141 south to Gateway and Naturita and then up the river and over to Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton and then down to Pagosa Springs to our timeshare for a week. Then back through Durango and Southern Utah (I'm thinking Moki Dugway).

We will camp for three nights on the way to Pagosa Springs and then 4 nights on the return trip. We hope to catch some good autumn color. We're taking the mountain bikes and hope to get some good riding.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are leaving for Colorado on Friday. feel free to join us, should be fun Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:31 am    Post subject: Re: Headed for Colorado Reply with quote

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We will be headed out tomorrow morning for a two week trip to Colorado from Salt Lake City. We will travel I-70 to Grand Junction and then follow 141 south to Gateway and Naturita and then up the river and over to Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton and then down to Pagosa Springs to our timeshare for a week. Then back through Durango and Southern Utah (I'm thinking Moki Dugway).

We will camp for three nights on the way to Pagosa Springs and then 4 nights on the return trip. We hope to catch some good autumn color. We're taking the mountain bikes and hope to get some good riding.
Blue Bay Bus Have fun,love Pagosa Springs. WE like to stay at Pagosa river side camp ground. Mountain bikes in Pagosa try Treasure Mountain and north of the airport try turkey springs. And the 7 mile look road is cool. Love Moki Dugway, worked for a river rafting co. had to take a 32' trailer full of gear down that road lot's of fun! Ouray and Silverton love this time of year there, hope you have a syncro thats the best way to enjoy those towns. Next to a mountain bike.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you have nothing doing you should join us.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: colorado Reply with quote

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Joesph-
If you have nothing doing you should join us.
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Blue Bay Bus Would love to go with you but this weekend is the Jerome Arizona jamboree. I'm going with 2 other vans, have fun in Colorado! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am heading to Salt Lake City. Plan to squat in someone's vacant house for two weeks while they are away. Kidding. Enjoy the road trip. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joseph928 I just saw that post saying that your headed to Jerome this weekend. I will be up there Friday night on. I have a white 84 with a SVX conversion..you will have to stop by and say hello!

On a side note I am from Durango and love every time I get to head up for some camping.

Lots of camping going on this weekend..everyone stay safe and have fun!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tomorrow, I'm heading the opposite direction, but going the same areas as you! Plan is to go to Silverton/Ouray tomorrow, then work my way up to Muley Point near Mexican Hat then to hwy 141 to John Brown's Canyon(just south of Gateway). I know of a couple of killer camping spots. Maybe we can coordinate a path crossing?

If interested PM me.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our first nights campsite was near the top of the hill up John Brown Canyon which we found while driving down 141 south of Grand Junction arriving at Gateway just as it was getting dark. This photo was taken the next morning.

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We then drove farther up the John Brown Canyon road as far as the Utah border. This view is looking northeast.

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We were looking for a shady lunch spot driving along the Dolores River and found this spot. Just down the road was a picnic area with a table.

More tk.

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Camp at the Blue Lakes trailhead up County Road 7 on the way to Ridgeway.

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Fall color looking back at the Blue Lakes area.

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More color on the way to Silverton from Ouray.

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Our camp in Mineral Canyon near Silverton. The round thing in the back of the van is a Coleman Power Cat Heater that came in handy since it got down to freezing that night.

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On the way from Silverton to Durango.
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We are now in Pagosa Springs. I am surprised how few Vanagons I have seen on this trip. It seems not more than a couple, a few Bays, and maybe half a dozen EV's.

I broke an awning support from all the washboard roads we've been driving but got the awning strapped in place so it doesn't budge. I'll fix it when I get home.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love my Westy I am also a Mt. Biker and usually hit some of the out of the way places here in California. Question; Do you leave your Mt.Bike on the rack when you hit the sack? I am asking because a friend of mine had his $5000 Carbon frame bike stolen in a campground. I am now starting to bring it inside but when my son and I go out 2 bikes inside the van creates a major problem. I have a Fiamme rack on my Westy and locking it down might not be safe enough. just wondering how you handle your situation.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! There were a few of us Vanagons around on the weekend, just in a slightly different locale. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: burglar alarm Reply with quote

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Love my Westy I am also a Mt. Biker and usually hit some of the out of the way places here in California. Question; Do you leave your Mt.Bike on the rack when you hit the sack? I am asking because a friend of mine had his $5000 Carbon frame bike stolen in a campground. I am now starting to bring it inside but when my son and I go out 2 bikes inside the van creates a major problem. I have a Fiamme rack on my Westy and locking it down might not be safe enough. just wondering how you handle your situation.
Blue Bay Bus My bike is under me or at camp with my burglar alarm - MY ROTTWEILER- so far no problem! Very Happy PS if you don't have a wife bring it inside!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love my Westy I am also a Mt. Biker and usually hit some of the out of the way places here in California. Question; Do you leave your Mt.Bike on the rack when you hit the sack? I am asking because a friend of mine had his $5000 Carbon frame bike stolen in a campground. I am now starting to bring it inside but when my son and I go out 2 bikes inside the van creates a major problem. I have a Fiamme rack on my Westy and locking it down might not be safe enough. just wondering how you handle your situation.


I keep the bikes locked with a good cable when on the back, but generally I travel with the bikes inside the van, this trip being a exception at my wife's request. I also try to camp in out of the way places where the chances of a thief committing a crime of opportunity are less if no one know's you're there. I also don't own a $5000 bike with decals on it that say "Steal Me". My bike is a 12 year old Gary Fisher that is beat to a pulp. If I did own a high-end bike I would never let it out of my sight or I would keep it out of sight of potential thieves. You might consider a bike cover of some sort so no one can see what kind of a bike you have, plus the hassle of trying to remove a cover would slow a thief down enough that the might go after an easier target. How about 2 or 3 different cables, or something that will make a lot of noise.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos and trip report Rich. The van looks great, as usual. Keem em coming!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more images from our trip.

Ouray,

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More Autumn Leaves

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta watch those camp robbers, Rich. One minute they're eating nuts out of your hand, the next they're driving your van away with your daughter.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice I did a simlair trip about a week ago, aspen-ouray-silverton-durango-dolores-rico ( PM me for info on a free hidden hotspring in rico) - telluride- moab-salt lake and back to Summit county.

have fun guys..its def starting to get cold in these parts!
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Nice I did a simlair trip about a week ago, aspen-ouray-silverton-durango-dolores-rico ( PM me for info on a free hidden hotspring in rico) - telluride- moab-salt lake and back to Summit county.

have fun guys..its def starting to get cold in these parts!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hecbom wrote:
Love my Westy I am also a Mt. Biker and usually hit some of the out of the way places here in California. Question; Do you leave your Mt.Bike on the rack when you hit the sack? I am asking because a friend of mine had his $5000 Carbon frame bike stolen in a campground. I am now starting to bring it inside but when my son and I go out 2 bikes inside the van creates a major problem. I have a Fiamme rack on my Westy and locking it down might not be safe enough. just wondering how you handle your situation.


we have 2 sometimes 3 bikes on our bike rack, now admittedly they are not much more than junkers, but they are always locked up, i usually use 2 combination locks, we need one for each bike anyway, i also made up my own cable with loops at the end for securing the seats, as someone decided that one i our seats would better on their bike Sad
so there's an extra cable now, though the lock, then through each seat and back to the lock, it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to get the bikes off, so i should have time to hear if someone tried it while we are asleep
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all the locks go though the welded loop on the back, there's no way it would come off without waking me up, i guess it could go if i was away from lucy, but it's be pretty heavy to walk off with
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more: This one is up the Piedra River Road north of Pagosa Springs.

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and these were shot up the Blanco River Basin south east of Pagosa Springs.
Notice, I took the bike rack off and the bikes are inside.

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Tomorrow we are going to drive up Wolf Creek Pass.
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