TAT Day 12

Posted: July 18, 2010 in TAT

Today we left Salida and headed for Hancock Pass. We had heard that Hancock was closed due to a washout, and when we got close we saw signs that confirmed the closure. We decided to ride on and check it out. We reached the spot where the road was washed out and it was impassable. However, there as an old bridge that would take us across if only it wasn’t gated and locked. Ben came up with a solution of laying some old half-rotten boards across the chasm to the edge of the bridge. By taking off our bags and all three of us pushing and holding on to the bikes we got them around the gate and on the bridge and continued on. I was really glad that I had geared down the DRZ and rejetted once I started up the rocky path to the pass. I was able to leave it in first gear and just tractor right up. After Hancock we made it to Tomichi Pass. It took us hours just to go the first 40 miles because we were stopping to take so many pictures. After that we headed on to Lake City and found a great campsite. The were no showers, so we decided to jump into the very cold fast moving mountain stream near our site. I’ve never felt water so cold but it felt good after being so hot and sweaty from riding all day. Tomorrow we hit Cinnamon and Ophir passes.

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Comments
  1. Notar520 says:

    Looking good, and congrats on your adventuring style to get over Hancock.

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