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Dang your hood flew off and was replaced by orange baggie!! Or is it just getting lime green paint? LOL
I miss these parts of CO and these trail runs, thanks for sharing dudes
 



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A few photos of the Alpine Loop yesterday from my phone.

I camped in the same spot again last night at 10.4k ft next to a creek up a gulch. I drove to the top of the gulch this morning in the rain then came into Silverton to catch up on phone and internet service.

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What it was like taking pictures on this trip
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Also just saw this on YouTube. Posted 4 days ago 😮 We had rain and hail on Tuesday after black bear, During Imogen.
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This was filmed back in July. Wasn't the same rain we experienced.

Not the same rain. But still makes you think what if the rain got that bad for us.
 






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Not the same rain. But still makes you think what if the rain got that bad for us.

I would have turned us around and had everyone head back to Telluride if I felt the storm was going to be too bad.
 






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Thanks to the amazing hospitality of the Boyle family, I am rested, fed, and on my way back home. Thanks so much for everything Mike!

If all goes well, and no more issues arise I should be back by Monday night.

Have to relocate the trailer from its current location, to another about 1 hr closer to home.

I lost the ability to turn off the overdrive as the button refuses to work now. The passes on 50 going across Colorado will be interesting with out, and towing the trailer that little bit with out, will also push the trans temps.

Son and traveler made it back home safe and sound last night. Thanks for getting him home Mike!
 






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Thanks to the amazing hospitality of the Boyle family, I am rested, fed, and on my way back home. Thanks so much for everything Mike!

If all goes well, and no more issues arise I should be back by Monday night.

Have to relocate the trailer from its current location, to another about 1 hr closer to home.

I lost the ability to turn off the overdrive as the button refuses to work now. The passes on 50 going across Colorado will be interesting with out, and towing the trailer that little bit with out, will also push the trans temps.

Son and traveler made it back home safe and sound last night. Thanks for getting him home Mike!

Check fuse #26 possible?

 






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26 is good. Must be the button switch / wiring. Dunno, something is wrong electrical as the door lock feature isn't working as it did, and the upper console said SC, instead of temps for a while the other day.
 






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Too bad I couldn’t make it. By the time my PTO was approved everything was sold out.

I was in Ouray 2 weeks before you guys. We did Imogene. Some guy in a rented Polaris didn’t have the skill t9 get around me and broke my tail light. 1000 dollar mistake. They have to come out with some tail light guards for these new rangers.

I went from explorer to an FJ cruiser when they stooped making them as trucks. had to sell the FJ to save my house. Do t worry, Things are better now. I now have the 2019 Ranger and it’s paid off. i was surprised how good it was on the trail. It was much better then my built up FJ.

hopefully next year I can go!
 












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I didn't take many trail pictures as I wasn't out on them but for 2 days, and dealing with a hurt rig one day, and a son learning shelf roads the next. LOL

Some of what I have from day one, on Poughkeepsie:
 

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Friday, our last day here, Traveler, my Son, & I went and did some local sight seeing in Ouray & Telluride.

First up was Cannon Falls. This was mined by the old timers and again many decades later. There are a few pools after the falls that will collect gold nuggets over time. To get to the falls, the park installed metal walkways, like scaffolding, but better. They hugged the walls of the small cutout from the falls, and are elevated a few stories up. To get to the water from the falls, you have to descend down the walk way stairs. The falls are actually hard to see, as it is hidden mostly by the rock wall formation it made. You can most certainly hear it tho. It's very loud and powerful as it pummels the rocks below.

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An old winch on a turntable was left behind.
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Ok, that was at the very bottom, now it was time to see it from the top. We started the hike up the 200 ft staircases at 8000 ft. Wow, legs hated me for a few minutes after that. lol After a 2 min break, we went back at it, this time on a steep tight shelf trail up to the top, where a metal walk bridge waited on us, to cross the canyon the falls carved out.

Bridge from below. Yep, we climbed (walked lol) that high to get to it.

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The bridge, made it! Time for another break. (hey, I'm old) It must have been rough getting the metal to this point to build this thing. You can look straight down to the bottom on this thing. I took a couple pictures pointing down, but they just look like steel grates, and 2 feet. Dumb.

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Bridge view overlooking Ouray from the south.

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Once over the bridge, we was greeted by a dark 150 foot rock tunnel that was about 5.6 foot high. It reminded Traveler he was taller. Bonk! Ouch!

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When we emerged from the tunnel, there was a staircase going down. This was a shelf ledge case, that hugged the wall. It had newer stainless steel rope to hang on to at least. At the bottom of these stairs, is another shelf type trail that is a few hundred feet above the water from the falls. Great views of the area and the other side of the passage we crossed.

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We walked to the edge of the parks property and turned back to do it all over again, just in reverse. We had thought it was a loop, but nope. The loop actually is a hiking trail that goes around the ENTIRE town of Ouray. Pass, we still had stuff to do today!

Telluride coming up!
 






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After the Falls, we took a 1 hour scenic drive Northwest of Ouray, with Traveler at the wheel, to Telluride. Home of the Rich & Yuppie.

You need extra deep pockets to live and play here. Seriously. 3500 sf homes going for $4M on a couple acres. Very beautiful, and nice to visit, but eccentric well to do people, have exploited this old mining town, into an exclusive rich mans playground.

We walked the downtown main street shopping district after hunting a parking spot. Ended up in a pay parking garage. Glad we was in Traveler's Expedition, as the lifted rigs would have been stuck out in the streets somewhere far away.

The old clock tower court house, on main street.

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Came across the old Galloping Goose on display. This was a luxury rail road limo. Had first class cabin up front with operator, and a middle class cabin in back. Lower class couldn't afford this high end converted truck/train.

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We grabbed lunch at some wild Burger joint downtown. Here is what a $26.00 Burger meal looks like. Buffalo cheese burger, Fries, and a drink. Very good, (except they didn't hold the Kale like I asked ) and filled me for the rest of the day, but holy moly, this place had a 30 min waiting line. High prices do not bother the locals. LOL

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We was watching the gondola lifts going up the mountains, and found out that they run all year, and are free. We decided to check it out. Figured a quick trip to the top & back down would make for some good views and pictures. We got in line, masked up, and away we went to the top. Or so we thought.

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At the top of this lift, at San Sophia Station, we discovered that it was just the tip of the iceberg. This was just the front door to a whole new world. At this location, you can get onto a hiking trail or two, and some mountain bike trails, leading back to Telluride.

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Or... You can get onto a different gondola, and continue on! We had no idea there was more lifts. Turns out, there are a network of them, and all free. We jump on, and head to the next stop. Holy Moly.....Where are we, and what happened to the poor life I currently reside in?

Next stop.... Mountain village. Up here is the real $$ maker of this town. It's where the elite play, and spend frivolously. Crazy for a working stiff like me to see how the other half lives.

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This is a massive resort village, filled with high end everything. Hotels, clubs, shopping, fancy restaurants, live outdoor/indoor entertainment, you name it, if it's high end expensive, it's there.

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We walk around a portion of it, and see that they have transformed the ski runs, for downhill mountain biking during the off season. They even converted the chair lifts for bikes. You load your bike on a lift, cross over, and get onto a chair lift ahead of it. When at the top, you jump off, and then grab your bike as it comes to you. Crazy cool. These trails are rated the same as ski trails. From beginner to Double Diamond. They have bike rentals, and man was we tempted to do it, but wasn't prepared. You need riding gear for this, which we didn't have. Someday tho!

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Traveler found out that the public phones are free of charge up here.

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We jumped back on the Gondola lift, and headed to the next Resort village. It rained on us up there, but didn't dampen our moods one bit.

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We walked this location, and jumped back onto the gondola lift. We rode to each location, and found that each had it's own off shoot lifts taking you elsewhere. Unreal how many different places you can visit from up here. Seems like it's never ending. You have to get off each lift, and get back on, if you do not want to stop. They take a head count for funding, so you can't just sit and spin all day.

We headed back to Ouray KOA, and got back to camp at 6:30 pm. Was a full day of tourist stuff, and super glad we did it. It was a complete blast with awesome company.

My son ordered a pizza downtown Ouray. Kid eats like 5 times a day, and doesn't show it. Traveler & I was still full from lunch, and decided Ice cream was in order. We dropped the kid off at the pizza joint, where he ate outside. We headed for the local Ice cream parlor for some yums.

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So as we're eating our Yums, we get a message from the kiddo. Apparently a Black Bear wanted to join him for dinner. Everybody else ran up the stairs to their rooms, and watched my kid stand his ground, and defend his pizza. I guess the kid won, as he brought leftovers back to camp.

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Back to camp, and share stories of the adventures of the week around a campfire. Was a trip to remember, that's for sure. Took me 11 years to get back, and the only thing that went as expected, was the fellowship of this forum. We stick together thru good and bad. We don't throw our hands up and quit when the going gets tough. We have spirit, guts, grit, and persevere thru all that is thrown at us. It's not for the complaining Karen's & Ken's of today, it's for those that stay committed, and put in the work, regardless of what life throws at you. That my friends, is what it takes to make these trips happen sometimes. Sheer determination, and willingness to see it thru to the end.


Another adventure awaits! See some of you in Moab next spring!
 






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Fridays adventures were darned near as great as the trails! I had a great time, though I do regret not seeing Scott face down the bear while protecting his pizza.. hehehe

My own treat for the day:

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My question for the week... Has anyone explained the mysterious Blue/green flame?

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The photo just doesn't do it justice. The fire was at one time entirely blue/green.
 






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Colored flames was from the koa Colorado brownies!

Friday was a fun tourist day. Glad we did it, as it was on the trip agenda. Was a treat to stop and experience the local town sights, instead of blasting thru them to the next trail head, like we normally do.

Lake city impressed me a lot. Might have to stay there on the waters edge, next time we go. Absolutely breathtaking there.
 



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No idea what was up with the wood in Colorado making the colorful fire
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