KOA Kampground, Ouray, CO
Ouray KOA…highly recommended.
Then a few switchbacks before we got to The Steps, Brice’s rear brake went out completely. It must have overheated coming down the mountain. Great! Perfect spot not to have brakes.
I got down around the corner and parked my bike. I couldn’t hear Brice anymore on the Sena so I hiked up the road to see if he needed help.
He made it down a good section of the rough stuff but still had quite a bit to go. He was already worked pretty good from muscling that 990 down the mountain with only a front brake. Not only that, but this was probably only his 2nd real offroad ride on that beast coming off an XR650. Quite a bit more bike! So at this point he was getting hot, stressed, and fatigued. Not a good time or place to test your skills. This was a pretty dangerous section with some rocky steps, an off camber trail leading to a pretty big drop off.
I decided I was confident enough to give it a go. I had ridden a 990 down a smooth section of pavement once, so I was more than qualified for the job. It was a handleful with no rear brake, but I managed to pull it off without killing myself or totaling Brice’s baby.
A couple switchbacks below, we parked the bikes to cool the brakes down and hiked up the top of Bridal Veil Falls where there is a powerplant/ house. The power generated from this place supplies Telluride with a portion of their power. Back in the day the plant was used to power a local mine.
Leaving Black Bear Pass…
There was a film festival going on that weekend and the place was a zoo! Lots of Range Rovers and yoga pants. Yuppy yuppy central. There were buses of people being brought in and it was crowded everywhere. We didn’t fit in here so we zipped right through town. We planned on riding back to Moab in time to find a place to camp before dark.