2014 Adventure Tour

Fruita, Colorado

Fruita, Colorado

I had plans to do a few things this summer… One was to visit my Aunt and cousins I had not seen in years in Sheboygan, WI., and also to take a trip to paddle and ride around the west. It made sense to pack up my gear and make a trip out of it. I’d stop each day at a destination, to ride or paddle and move on.

Helpful in planning my route was Garmin Basecamp, Riderplanet.com and Bing Maps. My gear consisted of a Husqvarna TE 310 R, SIC Maui X-14 Pro, and a Specialized Epic MTB. Lake or mountain trails were destinations I needed to find daily. First day out was Flagstaff, Arizona, as I had done this route last fall and provides cooler temps at altitude and 2 great trail networks north and south of town open to dirt bikes and mtb.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

This time instead of a direct route to Durango, went east and up to Santa Fe for a night. Great place to relax for the night and morning as I planned to ride up to 60 miles near Taos on the Husky.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

After Taos was to Pueblo for a day to paddle the reservoir and re-supply. Dillon, Colorado to paddle and ride the Husky above Breckenridge…

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska to paddle after the prior nights storm…

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

Council Bluffs Lake, Madison, Wis., and into Sheboygan, Wis., my furthest east destination.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Returning I tracked further north towards the Black Hills, then Cheyenne, Dillon, Fruita and Ouray, Colorado.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Last night was in Flagstaff once again so I could ride the Husky in the morning before heading home. All in all an excellent trip. Missed the tornados and storms and no breakdowns along the way. It is a bonus today to be able to map routes efficiently with time to destinations and satellite imagery. So many great places to visit here in the USA. A gallery of my adventure shot with my Nokia Lumia Icon (dng files)…

 

Western Tour

In a hailstorm earlier up top. Good challenging ride =)

Early September seemed a great time to head to Colorado before the hunting season was in full swing and snow arrived. Summer has been a scorcher so was anxious to get out of town. Packed all my gear; Husky 310, 12.6 SUP and a mountain bike. For a few weeks attempted to avoid the sudden deluge of rain… Worst in history for Colorado. Just my luck as the rains began I was just arriving in Flagstaff, AZ.

The following day arrived in Durango to more rain but was able to do some riding out of town near the College. With more rain coming I decided Moab would give me more options… Slickrock would be rideable so first stop was Poison Spider….

The first afternoon in Moab headed to Poison Spider and did a loop on the mtb until storms were looming. I camped near the end of Potash Road for a couple of days and rode Porcupine Rim from the Colorado River up and back down instead of heading up Sand Flats. Next was a dirt bike ride out to Hurrah Pass as I thought as did Jim Ryan at Dualsport Moab, would be clear and easy. Unfortunately as you can see in one of the photos below was right up to my fenders. Luckily made it across and back without ingesting water.

Next up was heading to Fruita to mtb for a few days and make my way back down to Durango after touring around a bit. After a night at Super 8 Motel rode the awesome singletrack on Kokopelli. The next day headed out of Rabbit Road on the Husky for a nice 30+ mile tour of the mesa towards Moab. The following day toured the Colorado National Monument as rain was in store.

Leaving Fruita and Grand Junction, I planned to paddle at Ridgway Resevoir and stay a couple of days in Ouray so I could ride a couple of the pass roads. Though it was raining and hailing I made it up and over Imogene Pass into Telluride and back as shown in the top photo.

Was time to head home so back tracked to Flagstaff and rode the Husky for a night before arriving back in Santa Barbara the following day.

To Hurrah Pass and out of Rabbit Road …

Paddling on Ridgway Resevoir…