After the finish of the trail run I decided to go to Silverton for lunch and to check out the train (that I work on) and explore around.
I actually did a water crossing in Silverton that was WAY deeper than I was expecting and when I traveled back through it my loose factory oil pan skid caught on something and got pretty well bent! Luckily some forum members were around at Summit HQ and helped me bend it back and reinstall it. (Thanks ILove KEtchup and Jamesepoop!)
On Friday my run was supposed to be Black Bear Pass, but due to blockages it was reassigned to be a run up Imogene on the Telluride side and then back on Ophir Pass. I had no real desire to go up this side of Imogene so my parents and I rode across Ophir to Telluride by ourselves since I wasn't leading the run and after a lunch at Brown Dog Pizza we came back via Last Dollar Road. The snow cuts on Ophir were impressive!
Here are the shots from Last Dollar, we saw a HUGE herd of elk as well!
One of the funny things about this day was from the minute we began driving there was an odd rattling sound that kept getting worse and worse. I figured it had to be the skid plate we had reinstalled since that was the only thing I changed from the day before. So as we rode Last Dollar it drove me so crazy I took the skid off on the trail, only to discover the rattling was still there! Turned out that 2 of the 3 nuts that hold up the heat shield above the muffler had broken through so the heat shield was barely hanging on by resting on the muffler. That was the cause of so much constant rattling. So with the addition of some washers to the nuts the heat shield was re-secured and all was well.
For this day my original run was supposed to be the Northern Gulches, and once again due to snow it was reassigned to be the Rimrocker Trail, a trail I had never heard of before! Apparently it is essentially a series of off-highway roads extending from Montrose to Moab that are labeled as the Rimrocker Trail, and we did about half of the trail in total it felt like. I found out the night before that there were originally 3 runs scheduled but due to the flakeiness of Saturday trail runs and that I was the only assigned trail leader, they combined the 3 runs into one. We ended up starting the day with 12 rigs so really not too bad for three runs combined, but by the time we reached Ridgway to fuel up we were down to 11 rigs. It was a little bit of a drive to the trailhead near Montrose but we quickly realized this part of the "trail" was essentially a scenic drive. Or for me it was at least, because once we hit the National Forest roads it became very very dusty, especially on the Houser Cutoff we took. I felt bad for the others in the group who got super dusted out, but it was a really neat drive. Especially since my dad and I have actually hunted in this exact area!
Once we reached Nucla, we took a bathroom break and lost another rig who didn't find the dusty roads exciting enough for their time. Which was really a shame because the next part of the trail was most of our folks' favorite section!