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Up and Over Tin Cup Pass in Colorado

In July 2006 I made my first trip to Colorado to attend the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum Western Mountain Ride. I arrived in Colorado a few days early so I could help the event organizer, Dan Huber, do some scouting. One road that we took was the road from Tin Cup to St. Elmo , via Tin Cup Pass. This road was an old stage and freight road that had been built in the 1800's, when the mining boom was in full swing. One of the Colorado four wheel drive books rates the road as medium - this is the grade for jeeps. I found it to be very challenging on my fully loaded Suzuki V-Strom. It is one of those things I am glad I did, but don't want to do again (on my V-Strom :o). The pictures that follow are in sequence, starting near Tin Cup and ending in St. Elmo. Remember that pictures always tend to show terrain flatter than it really is.

Going back in time

Tin cups in the window

Looking back on Tin Cup - The town has changed from mining camp, to ghost town, to a hunting/outdoor recreation mecca

The first hard climb

Getting high

Captain Morgan and me

On the top


Stooging around

Collegiate Peaks

Going down

Why do they call them the Rocky Mountains?

St Elmo

Pictures credits to Dan Huber and Andy Simons