COLORADO, GHOST-TOWN Exploring + Camp-Out: JULY 25th - 29th 2024

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The last section for today is simply to Ride the easy-flat dirt road north from Tincup out to Taylor Park.

We meet back up with Pavement here.
We'll turn right on Rd-742 and after a short 2-miles we'll turn right again on Cottonwood Pass Rd. (306)

This will take us east up to the top of Cottonwood Pass.
We can stop at the top for pictures, before heading down the east side and arriving back at the Campground.

Here's the Map of Today's 4th section:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/DSBrUY55t5pE5L7S7
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Those that want to break-away here to eat on their own, or back to their Lodging, are welcome to do so.
I'll be preparing my own Dinner at Camp.
Those that want to prepare their own Meals are welcome to join me!

There will be a Campfire for those that want to hang-out after Dinner.
Bring your Beverage-of-Choice.............Adult or otherwise...........
I will have "Some" Camp-chairs available.
We can hang out, and tell all our lies and stories :p



"My Maps" will not let me route over the pass currently, so I will post the last GPX file at a later time.
 
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SHOWERS:

For those who are staying at the Campground and would like a Shower, there are Public-Showers at the Community Center in Town.
They are Operated by "Quarters", and I believe they are $2.00. You have to bring your own Quarters.
It closes at 10:00PM

https://maps.app.goo.gl/3ANjnLvFzZg686kTA
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It is a straight-shot from the Campground, right down East Main Street. Make a right on South Main Street, and the Community Center is directly on the right.
Community Center-Public Showers.jpg

Here is the Info, taken directly from their website:
Community Center.jpg

Alternatively....................You may be able to "Bribe" someone that is lodging in-Town for them to let you use their hotel shower, but this is merely a suggestion and I won't have anything to do with this. ;)

I will have Hot-Water available for washing up at the Campsite, but only for "Washcloth" type washing-up if anyone wants.
 

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I would also like to add:

I am NOT in any way, shape, or form, a "Historian"....................Heck, I'm not even that good at storytelling!

If anyone would like to know more about any of the Sites we will be visiting during this weekend, I would suggest to use some of the links I provided, or to search about them on your own.
Everyone has their own idea about what "Old West History" is, and mine just might be different from Yours........

I simply wanted to put together a small list of interesting and/or Historic places to visit that are "Easy" to get to on a large Motorcycle, and hoped that there would be some others that wanted to join me.

I also realize that everyone has different riding-ability, and a lot of you on here Ride "Street" only...................... I only included Routes that I consider "Easy", and that anyone who is comfortable on a graded-gravel-road could Ride.

Believe me when I say "We are barely scratching the surface" of the amount of History that is in the area. The majority of it lies in slightly more "Rugged" terrain.


If anyone has other questions or things to add, feel free to post them up!
I'm sure there's still some things I forgot about...............
 
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Man....I wish I didn't have acrophobia and mild vertigo (twice as much fun on a motorcycle, as you can imagine), these mountain trips look amazing.
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Man...............Sorry to hear about that! I imagine this, combined with the possibility of effects from the altitude could lead to a pretty miserable experience :(
I'll be filming a bunch during the weekend, so eventually I'll release a Video of it on my YouTube channel.....................

Sounds like a ton of fun. Need to see if Mrs. Merchant has anything on our calendar.
You should just write this on the Calendar yourself!
Mrs. Skunkworks always tells me to write any plans I have coming up on our Calendar, so she knows about them.....................other than that, I'm usually good to go!

Hmmmmmm - this is looking better every day. i have a black hills dirtbike trip 13-20 July, so i have to see if i can fit this in. I'd probably bring the tenere 700 instead of the 1200, but i'll keep watching this to help decide.
Definitely show up if you can! Bring the T7 too!
Nobody will be shunned if they show up on any Bike.....................All are welcome!
 

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Just a Quick PSA about Altitude and Hydration:

As Motorcyclists, we should always be thinking about Hydration.
Those of us who ride at higher elevations frequently already should have this at the forefront of our minds, but I know how easy it is to forget about basic care of oneself when you're out riding.

I myself am guilty of not keeping myself hydrated enough during rides sometimes.

For those of you who may be arriving from lower elevations, or are not used to riding at higher altitudes...............
Here's some great info I found on the subject, and is a good reminder to all of us:

We will be spending the entire long-weekend at "High Elevation" (9,000-12,000ft elevation) so keep this in your mind........

Also I'm going to say:
Bring Electrolytes with you!
Have a way of replenishing your electrolytes as you hydrate (either electrolyte-powder/tablet, or an electrolyte-drink)
Hydrating too much without adding back your essential minerals can lead to other problems as well!

I use little packets of Electrolyte-Powder that I add to my bottles of water throughout the day.......They are relatively cheap, and you can buy them online or at most Stores.
Some taste better than others........maybe try a couple different ones to see what you like?


High Altitude Dehydration is Real - Here’s How to Prevent It
From skiing in Colorado to camping in Utah or summiting the great Denali, high altitude can affect your physical and mental condition. High altitude dehydration is one of the most common challenges you may experience, especially if you’re training, racing, or being very active.
Drinking enough water can mean the difference between feeling good on the mountain and feeling just blah, or even really bad. And we definitely want you feeling good out there! So, get the facts about high altitude dehydration, plus tips for keeping it at bay so you can shred all day.

Does High Altitude Speed Up Dehydration?
It’s pretty well-known that dehydration is one of the potential effects of high altitude. If you’re wondering what is considered “high” elevation—benchmarks vary by source but you can use the following reference points:

  • High altitude - 8,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level
  • Very high altitude - 12,000 to 18,000 feet
  • Extremely high altitude - 18,000+ feet
Depending on your body, you may become more prone to dehydration starting at elevations of 5,000 feet.

So, why does high altitude cause dehydration? You're more likely to get dehydrated exercising at high elevation than when you’re at sea level due to a few combined factors:

Faster Rate of Respiration
With less oxygen at high altitudes, your breathing becomes faster and shallower, contributing to increased water loss. Not to mention if you’re skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or mountain biking at high altitudes you might already be breathing harder than usual.



Lower Humidity
The higher the elevation, the dryer the air (and the lower the air pressure). You feel it in your eyes, nose, skin, and even your hair. This also means moisture evaporates more quickly from your skin, which could trick you into thinking you’re not losing water through sweat, when in fact you definitely are.



Increased Urine Production
High altitude can also cause you to urinate more, increasing the risk of dehydration. The scientific name for this is high altitude diuresis. In short, your kidneys react to the drier climes of high elevation by releasing more of certain hormones and less of others. While this helps regulate the thickness of your blood and its ability to carry oxygen in these harsher conditions, it also causes you to pee more often.

Decreased Thirst
Even though your body loses fluids faster at altitude, you're less likely to crave the water you need to perform well. Your risk is even higher in cold temperatures, which can further reduce your impulse to drink. That's why it's so important to drink lots of water when you're exercising in the mountains—you can't always rely on thirst to be your guide.



Dehydration Symptoms to Look Out For
We talk a lot about dehydration symptoms here at CamelBak—water is a basic human need, after all. The condition can be serious or even life-threatening, so recognizing the onset of dehydration ASAP is super important.

Some early warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Crankiness
  • Dark-colored urine
Keep an eye on yourself and your friends when you’re hiking, skiing, biking or doing other activities at great heights.

Pre-Hydrate
The best way to beat high altitude dehydration is to stay ahead of it. Drink plenty of water in the days and hours before heading to a high altitude destination. Whether you’re sitting in the car, airplane, or on your way to the trailhead, drinking water should be a part of your preparation for excursions at elevation.

Balance with Electrolytes
People often wonder about Pedialyte, sports drinks, electrolyte drinks or electrolyte powder mixes for staying hydrated in high altitude. Electrolyte balance is critical for peak performance and avoiding dehydration. This is especially true in high altitudes, as you need to replace the salt your body is losing via sweat and increased respiration and urination.
 

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I have to say I’m extremely envious of this ride. It has everything I love about exploring the landscape. Mountains, dirt roads, historic towns and industrial archaeological sites. Add to all that, riding at altitude which I have never had the opportunity due to Australia being vertically challenged geographically speaking. The organisation by Skunkworks is next level. Looking forward to hearing about it and seeing the photos.
 

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I have to say I’m extremely envious of this ride. It has everything I love about exploring the landscape. Mountains, dirt roads, historic towns and industrial archaeological sites. Add to all that, riding at altitude which I have never had the opportunity due to Australia being vertically challenged geographically speaking. The organisation by Skunkworks is next level. Looking forward to hearing about it and seeing the photos.
I'd say Come Join Us! But I know that would be a hell of a stretch to get here from there.............
 

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Id like to get a "Rolling Head-Count" going

Just to give me an idea of how many people to plan for.
If you are planning on showing up, please list your Forum-Name and also indicate if you are planning on Camping, or Lodging in-town.
Please Copy the entire List, then add yourself to it, and post in the reply!
If you post that your joining, and then later decide you can't make it, remove your name from the list and re-post it.
If any of you are bringing another friend or two that are not on the Forum, please list their first-name(s) and add them to the list.
I'll start it here:

Attendance List:

SkunkWorks - Camping
 

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We can make a "Possibly" List too if this works!

Attendance List:

SkunkWorks - Camping
Mad_Matt - Camping



Possibly Attending - Undecided:

Tabasco - Camping
 

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Attendance List:

SkunkWorks - Camping
Mad_Matt - Camping


Possibly Attending - Undecided:

Tabasco - Camping
Blitz 11 -80% in (will update as I know more
) - camping with trips for showers and eating in town
 

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Attendance List:

SkunkWorks - Camping
Mad_Matt - Camping
Paul466 - Camping


Possibly Attending - Undecided:

Tabasco - Camping
Blitz 11 -80% in (will update as I know more
) - camping with trips for showers and eating in town
jbuhl - ?
 
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