Engineer Pass

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June 18-20 1999.     728 miles

In June I took a three-day tour around Colorado to test the bike with full equipment. The first day (240 mi.) I headed out from Colorado Springs through Walsenburg, Alamosa, and Antonito, camping near the New Mexico Border at Spectacle Lake (after about 5 miles of rain).

Loaded Tiger
The second day (211 mi.) took me (through a herd of cows) to Pagosa Springs and Durango (where I drove around a while before I finally found the SKA Brewery). That night I camped by the river near Silverton, a quaint old mining town on the west side of Engineer Pass, where I shared a fire with a very nice couple from Wisconsin and their son.

The bike had performed flawlessly up until then, but I really wanted to see what it could do, so on the third day (278 mi.) I took it up a very challenging, rough, single track, 4-wheel drive dirt "road" over Engineer Pass (12,800 ft.). Again the bike was outstanding. I knew I would be ready for anything on the way to Bella Coola and Back! Had lunch in Lake City before heading back home through Gunnison and Canon City.
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