The Good Adventure Company is known for putting epic trips together with superior remote riding for the intermediate and experienced riders.
This time around we did a big 1200 miles loop starting from our Good-ADV Basecamp in Cortez, Co.
11 Riders, 2 guides, 2 sweeps and a chase truck with Chef providing the needed supplies.
The Team, a variety of Internationals from Canada, US, Italy, Denmark and Holland…
Day 1: Basecamp Cortez (Co) to Muley Point (Ut). We rode via the 4 corners towards Monument Valley thru the Navajo Indian Reservation, from there North into the South East part of Utah with a visit at the Mexican Hat, the Valley of the Gods, up the Mokie Dugway and set camp at Muley point where our Chef Tomas was preparing a nice meal for the group.
Day 2: Muley Point (Ut) to Lands Lodging Ranch, Monticello (Ut). Riding the 2nd part of the first section on the UTBDR towards Monticello, UT. Starting in the morning after breakfast towards the Snow Flat Road and North up the Butler wash. Our Chef Tomas would meet us halfway along the road to serve lunch. After lunch we headed up into the Abajo Mountains. The day ended up at a Mountain Lodge South from Monticello were we spend the night.
Day 3: Monticello (Ut) to Telluride (Co). We rolled into Monticello for Breakfast and after that we headed for Colorado via the 491. Dove Creek, Egnar and onwards to Slick Road, a short stop at the Groundhog Reservoir, following the country road into the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests in a downpour of rain towards Telluride. We would be spending the night at the Towne Park so we could close the “Last Dollar Saloon.”
Day 4: Telluride (Co) to Corkscrew Gulch (Co). We started the morning a little “Dusty” after a tough evening in Telluride. The plan was to ride Ophir Pass towards Ouray, back towards Telluride via the Last Dollar Road and then Imogene pass to our final destination for the day. Ophir turned out to be a good warm up for the group and after a lunch break in Ouray it was decided to go around the Last Dollar road due to the wet riding conditions. (Note: The map states:”impassible when wet”) Back around in Telluride we fueled up and went up the Imogene pass what was very interesting, this pass would bring us over 13.000 Feet Elevation. Not everybody was comfortable in the group to go all the way to the top as it became challenging for the big bikes. It was decided that a small group with one guide would return back to Telluride and ride around to meet the group later that day. The smaller group decided to take the Last Dollar Road after all since it dried out for a few hours at that time of the day.
Day 5: Corkscrew Gulch to Lake City (Lake San Cristobal). It turned out to be another wet and rainy night. All camping gear had to be packed wet again. Fortunately the morning started off dry and it staid nice for the entire day. The schedule was first to ride up the Red Mountain and California Gulch towards Animas Forks, look around at the old ghost town, ride down to Silverton for lunch and fuel. Back up to Animas Forks and ride the Engineer and Cinnamon Passes. The highest elevations of the entire trip would be reached that day close to 13.000 Feet. Working our way to Lake San Cristobal were our Chef Thomas would be waiting with cold beer and an inviting lake to take a cool dive. It was also a welcomming opportunity to wash off the collected dust for the past three days…
Day 6: Lake City to Buena Vista. The day started off nice with good weather and it would stay like that for the entire day. After the morning briefing we went into the small town of Lake city to get fuel and supplies for the day. We would be riding the trails of the Gunnison National Forest up to Cathedral, Cumberland and Cottonwood passes, crossing the Continental Divide, both at 12,000 Feet elevation. Taking a break in Pitkin and lunch stop in Tin Cup before arriving at the hot springs in Buena Vista were we would be spending our last night of the trip. We scheduled a nice farewell dinner in the town of Buena Vista.
Day 7: Final day, Buena Vista – Cortez. Heading back to Basecamp in Cortez, Co. 300 miles of pavement and twisties, a welcomed variety after 6 days of trails, mud, dust, dust and more dust and elevations. We started the already sunny day early with bringing the tires back to the normal road riding conditions. We would be riding in 2 teams to spread out the group a little bit. After a long day of riding we arrived back at Basecamp of The Good Adventure Company in Cortez where we loaded bikes and gear in to our trucks with trailers. Some of us spent the night, others said their goodbyes and hit the road, reflecting back on this epic ride, with new friends for life…