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Return from the Colorado Colors Run 09 - Ouray: Pics, Video and Reports

Brian1

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The 10th annual Colorado Colors run was held over Labor Day weekend in the mountains surrounding Ouray, Colorado.

The planning discussion can be found HERE

In attendance were: Brian1, Scott B., gmanpaint, chad551, mrboyle, crawlin91, bronco2guy, dkchrist, nssj2, pwhiteelec05, MickeySpiers, joker1457, Turdle, 88Comingup, 2-Stripe

Picture Albums:
Brian1: http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b141/Brian4x4/Ouray CO LaborDay09/
mrboyle: http://public.fotki.com/mrboyle/explorer_4x4_trips/colorado-labor-day-2009/
2-Stripe: http://s416.photobucket.com/albums/pp247/dbrubacher/oura 2009/?start=all
Chad551: http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae328/chad551/
88Comingup: http://photobucket.com//88comingup
pwhiteelec05: http://s267.photobucket.com/albums/ii295/pwhiteelec05/ccr 2009/?start=300
Turdle: http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff269/jtsmith1362/Colorado 2009/
more to be added...

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Brian1

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Thursday-

Thursday I ran Ophir Pass into Telluride and then took Last Dollar Road into Ridgway. These are 2 easier trails in the area.

Ophir:
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Last Dollar:
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Friday -

Everyone met at the park at 9 and then we went to Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane and California Passes and Picayne and Placier Gulches.

Corkscrew Gulch
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Hurricane Pass
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California Pass:
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Picayne and Placier Gulches
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Saturday

This was the day to run the famous Black Bear Pass into Telluride. We got to the trailhead behind 20+ Toyotas and a few other vehicles went by while we were airing down.

We got to the pass and stopped to look at the view. Once we started going down a Cherokee lost its trackbar in the middle of the road but he was able to pull off after giving it a temporary fix. We made our way to the steps where we hit the traffic jam going down.

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We all made our way down without incident and continued to the tight switchbacks after stopping for pictures at the bottom of the waterfall

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We got to Telluride where we spent a little time before running Imogene Pass back to Ouray.

Group shot, Imogene Pass
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Sunday -

Sunday we ran the Alpine Loop, Engineer Pass to Lake City and then over Cinnamon Pass to Silverton

Engineer Pass
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Cinnamon Pass
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Monday -

On my way home Monday I ran the upper part of the Red Mountain Mining Area trail which starts across the road from the Blackbear trailhead. This is a very scenic drive with a few mine and building ruins.

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Wow I wish I coulda been there. Let's see some more pics!

Once we started going down a Cherokee lost its trackbar in the middle of the road but he was able to pull off after giving it a temporary fix.

I cannot imagine the pucker factor level if that happened to me going down Black Bear LOL. What color was his driver's seat?
 






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Nice!!! Brian it looks like you put together a hell of a run:salute:

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How long did it take for this to clear out??

Imagine trying to go through that pack on a street motorcycle... That's what I had to do while on my way to school one day! They were hearding sheep down the road the community college was on. One guy on horseback with hundreds of sheep coming towards me! I stopped, and braced myself as the sheep proceeded to bounce off me and the bike, jumping over one another in the process... Quite the scene! The sheep in those photos don't look like they are in a hurry to go anywhere though:confused:
 






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I cannot imagine the pucker factor level if that happened to me going down Black Bear LOL. What color was his driver's seat?

Lucky for him it happened in a fairly safe spot, long before the steps and switchbacks came up.

Nice!!! Brian it looks like you put together a hell of a run:salute: How long did it take for this to clear out??

Thanks Rick, wish you could have made it. It took about 10 minutes. I took a little bit of video of the sheep going by, I will post that later.

Looks like you guys had a fun trip. Any idea why my brother had his hood up in the group shot?

Just letting everything cool down faster, we had just come up the steep switchbacks.
 












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Wish we could have made it with you guys, too. We went with the FSJs in July again. It sure is beautiful out there and very hard to come home. I'm looking forward to more pics and stories.
 












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I had an absolute blast out there. I left Sunday AM at 9:00 AM and got back to St.Louis at 2:00 A.M.

It was grat to meet a bunch of fellow members and cannot wait until the Moab 2010 run!
 






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just got back in, I had a blast Ill post up some photos soon.
 






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Looks like fun. Great shot of Chad:

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Looks like fun. Great shot of Chad:

I thought so too ;)

I ran the upper half of the Red Mountain Mining Area on my way home this morning, it was a very scenic trail. I will put up a few of those pics sometime soon.
 












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Well-it was great trip! Good to see everyone.
A whole week of offroading was great!!!
We drove until we got home at 4am this morning, fog was terrible from Kansas City all the way home, was terrible with truck weighted down and lights shining up and no fog lights, found a pace car and followed them.
 






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fog was terrible from Kansas City all the way home, was terrible with truck weighted down and lights shining up and no fog lights, found a pace car and followed them.

I felt like I was on hells revenge and fins and things, leading the trail down hwy 70:D
It was actually was pretty scary in that fog, never seen it that bad before.
 






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Made it home a couple hours ago (spent the day at my parents place in Colona). Had a great time this weekend and want to thank Brian for planning and organizing everything as well as the MO and KS crew (and the lone Georgian) for coming all the way out to join us. It was great meeting everyone and hope to wheel with you all again soon.

Pics are coming soon.
 












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