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    Tour De Mines

    The day started at 6am on the bike and riding above the beautiful Clear Creek

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    It was raging with all the snow melt

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    I found the old railroad grade I was looking for and began my 6 mile climb

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    I dig riding earley

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    1st of the ruins of the old mining days I come across

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    gotta love these old railroad grades. They make some beautiful easy climbing

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    More mine ruins

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    crossing over 10,000 ft on a north facing slope and I run into a bit of snow. Funny thing is this section was maybe 25 yards long and then no more snow seen all day

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    The Alfine performed flawlessly all day and enjoyed some singletrack

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    Views from the highest point of the day

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    The descent brought the music of multiple creeks

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    the next section of singletrack was world class

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    Got some good timer shots

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    I think I rode stuff with more exposure thoughout the day but this is the infamous Turn of Doom. Hard to tell but its loose and off camber and if you miss it, a 50 foot drop awaits.

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    a quick ride through historic Georgetown

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    Check out this old Military Medic Truck. My wife and I are huge MASH fans

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    Then it was back to mining roads and the single track that lay beyond

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    with some huge exposure

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    some cliff riding

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    and miles of more great single track

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/3540256676/" title="Tour De Mines by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3334/3540256676_fd2044ea4e.jpg" alt="Tour De Mines" width="500" height="375" /></a>

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    with great views

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    and more exposure

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    old mining caves

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    and narrow single track

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    Wonder how long that wood has held this section of trail up?

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    Top of the Spring Creek 4x4 Trail

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    and watchin the 4x4's go up

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    While I use some orienteering skills

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    Eventually I make my way back to Clear Creek

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    Then on up to Empire

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    Checked out some more Mines

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    and Made my way down Empire Pass

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    Beautiful morning to be on the bike and I've already got a few more routes planned for Clear Creek County.
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    Very cool ride! How'd you piece that together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter
    Very cool ride! How'd you piece that together?
    Researching maps and old trail stories. It was just as awesome as it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    The day started at 6am on the bike and riding above the beautiful Clear Creek
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    Wow, that's really nice. Couple of questions:

    1. Is it all public land?
    2. I'd like to do some panning in those creeks. Is it claimed?
    3. Total mileage?

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    Wow! Good stuff! I'm wondering about the mileage too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    1. Is it all public land?
    2. I'd like to do some panning in those creeks. Is it claimed?
    3. Total mileage?
    I Believe some of it was right of way passage as there were several signs posted to "Please stay on trail, private property beyond" but the rest was public lands.

    I've got no idea on Claim status. Panning ain't my thing.

    approx 30 miles give or take. Got a cpu but need a new sensor. Took me about 5 hours but that was with route finding, taking a massive amount of photos, and talking to some folks on trail. I think I could go back and make 3 hours without racing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    I Believe some of it was right of way passage as there were several signs posted to "Please stay on trail, private property beyond" but the rest was public lands.

    I've got no idea on Claim status. Panning ain't my thing.

    approx 30 miles give or take. Got a cpu but need a new sensor. Took me about 5 hours but that was with route finding, taking a massive amount of photos, and talking to some folks on trail. I think I could go back and make 3 hours without racing it.

    Cool, thanks.

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    Great pics Jeremy! Had to ride it solo eh?! Sorry about e, hope the back heals up! damn!

    Nice route finding, another one to put on the have to do that one with you! list for sure.
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    Looks like a great ride!!
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    Very nice!

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    This is a fine thread. Thanks for the Monday wake up, MGE!
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    Harumph. Nice looking ride, I want in on the next one!

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    Cool.. This is one of my regular training rides. Glad to hear Pavilion Point /Silverdale is free of snow . I Ďm planning on riding it Tuesday. The Flats in Empire are private so itís prolly better to ride up by the water treatment plant or on HWY 40 to Empire from Empire Jct. About 28 miles 3-4 hours depending on stops
    The snow is melting fast. One week ago


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    Quote Originally Posted by big galoot
    Cool.. This is one of my regular training rides. Glad to hear Pavilion Point /Silverdale is free of snow . I ‘m planning on riding it Tuesday. The Flats in Empire are private so it’s prolly better to ride up by the water treatment plant or on HWY 40 to Empire from Empire Jct. About 28 miles 3-4 hours depending on stops
    The snow is melting fast. One week ago

    Cool...Will do next time for Empire...Couldn't find the bike path from 70 to Empire but found the "signs" I needed to follow to the flats..Where's that bike path start? Any word on Bard Creek Trail itself yet. Is it clear? I'm wanting to ride from Georgetown to Loveland and hit Bard Creek next.

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    Great report, thanks!
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    nice stuff. easy on the eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyonrat
    Harumph. Nice looking ride, I want in on the next one!
    Sorry you missed it bro. We probably could've had you home in time but it'd been by the skin of your teeth. I got home just before 1pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Cool...Will do next time for Empire...Couldn't find the bike path from 70 to Empire but found the "signs" I needed to follow to the flats..Where's that bike path start? Any word on Bard Creek Trail itself yet. Is it clear? I'm wanting to ride from Georgetown to Loveland and hit Bard Creek next.
    Itís not a bike path just an old road. You can find it on the south side of HWY 40 a few hundred yards up Empire Hill. Ride against traffic watch for it to take off on the left about where the turn lane starts. This will take you past the water treatment plant and on to Empire. Left (south) on main to Empire Pass. Bard Creek usually mid June to July who knows? BLT, North Empire and Saxon Mountain are usually the next to dry out. All the lower stuff should be open too: Beaver Brook, Warren Gulch and Barbour Fork.

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    Awesome stuff...

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    Sounds like a great ride, MGE. I hope I can join up for your next one.

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    great riding and a most excellent post. My missus always teases me about my MASH mad respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Beautiful morning to be on the bike and I've already got a few more routes planned for Clear Creek County.
    Those look nice, let me know if you need company...

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    That is awesome, loks like a great ride. I need to get up that way more!

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