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Versys To The Notch!

This story is an except of a longer trip located here:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=20925

So I unload my bike at the cabin, and talk to a neighbor walking her dog, and told her I was going to ride up La Plata canyon to the notch.
She tells me it's a bit rough, but I should be able to make it "but be real careful, don't ride right through the notch, you have 10 feet to stop or there is a 1500 ft. drop off . If you ride through go far right."

So with this info I start suiting up, and a KLR rides by on the road heading up the canyon. Oh good maybe someone to ride up with. I finish gearing up and head up the road.

Within a mile the pavement ends and goes to an easy gravel road, eventually I pull up behind the KLR, and we get to a rough patch, we stop and chat, he wasn't sure how he felt about riding to the top, we kept going, and the road slowly deteriorated. Eventually the KLR rider stopped at some really aggressive section and said he was turning round, he said he heard the road got a lot worse farther up, bummer. I guess I'm on my own.

First thing he missed.



And yes the road did deteriorate rather quickly, there was many sections like this.



An easy crossing.



A particularly steep section.



And into the bowl, there was an old mining boiler, or something. you can see the notch up behind the bike on the ridge. it was blown open to access a mine down the other side years ago.



Just because it's beautiful.



Almost to the notch.



And. . . . . . The Notch. I did see my first Marmot just as I was pulling up to the notch, no picture.



I'm just guessing, but I am assuming there has never been a Versys to the notch before. . . anyone?



And a nice video of the notch area.

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Down the mountain we go. A particularly rough, steep section.



A Marmot posed for me on the way down. Double coolio.



I also, saw a grey wolf in the middle of the road. No picture :-(.
When I got down to the cabin, the neighbors didn't believe me, they said it was a coyote, but I know a wolf when I see one.

All in all an awesome side trip 16 miles in about 2.5 hours. I slept good that night.

And now. . . . for the rest of the story. To The Summit (part 2)
http://kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20926

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Nice Ride! I envy that.

What tires are you running in order to accomplish such terrain?

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Nice Ride! I envy that.

What tires are you running in order to accomplish such terrain?
Old worn out 023's, I was nervous about how thin they were, but for dry, rocky stuff like that road tires are fine.

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Congratulations!! I would've given that a shot, looks like fun!


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Very cool pictures!

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Looks like it was an awesome ride.

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Great shots and great ride!

Who would think a V with street treads would go where a KLR wouldn't - of course props to the KLR rider for knowing his limitations.

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I say bad idea. I save those trails for my four wheels or for something really meant for that type of terrain. Something happens to you up there and it will be a very expensive ride down in a flight for life helicopter. Glad you did it without incidents. I say your are lucky twice, to be able to do it and enjoy such a beautiful place, and that you pull it off without damage or injury to the bike or to yourself.

Make sure you make a good donation to the alpine rescue team.

The scenery is just absolutely awesome up there.

BTW. There are no wolfs in CO much less down south in the San Juans. If you spotted one you should send a note to the feds letting them know. The only couple of instances when wolfs were spotted in the northern CO mountains are wandering from the the packs in WY.
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That place is GORGEOUS! Excellent pictures! I know they don't do it justice, though. Wow.



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I say bad idea. I save those trails for my four wheels or for something really meant for that type of terrain. Something happens to you up there and it will be a very expensive ride down in a flight for life helicopter. Glad you did it without incidents. I say your are lucky twice, to be able to do it and enjoy such a beautiful place, and that you pull it off without damage or injury to the bike or to yourself.

Make sure you make a good donation to the alpine rescue team.

The scenery is just absolutely awesome up there.

BTW. There are no wolfs in CO much less down south in the San Juans. If you spotted one you should send a note to the feds letting them know. The only couple of instances when wolfs were spotted in the northern CO mountains are wandering from the the packs in WY.
It was all low and slow, I never felt like I was in over my head. It would have been logical to have someone else with though. But logic is there to be defied. Right?

And it was definitely a Wolf. We have Coyotes & Grey Wolves in Wisconsin, I've seen both and know the difference. I'm sure that's why the locals didn't believe me either.

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Just be carefull out there. When you are up there your are in a serious wilderness. There are too many stories in the news about people getting in trouble in the high country. Up there a small incident can turn into a major problem very quickly.

I'm one that would love to see wolves back in CO. Some people say they are vermin and would prefer not to have them around, others cant wait to see them back to shoot them. We have overpopulation of deer and elk in some areas and wolfs would be a welcomed sight in them.

Will be lookig forward to your trip report.

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I'm one that would love to see wolves back in CO. Some people say they are vermin and would prefer not to have them around, others cant wait to see them back to shoot them. We have overpopulation of deer and elk in some areas and wolfs would be a welcomed sight in them.
Just as done in Wisconsin, wolf hunting starts this year. We have a whole 800 or so. Rise 'em up and shoot 'em down.

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I'm relatively new to the form, but it is good to see another CheeseHead on here.

Thanks for the pictures, I'm looking forward to the rest of your write-up.

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