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6A Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer Miles into the Colorado backcountry, hunkered over a fire trying to dry their soaked socks and boots, their bodies exhausted and one motorcycle broken, Rick Stock and Jim MacIntyre couldn't imagine the glossy magazine treatment their group's adventure would eventually inspire. "ADVMoto" magazine devoted five color pages in its November/December 2015 issue to the duo's epic exploration of southwestern Colorado. The two Quincy men were part of a seven-person group that covered 650 miles in six days over rugged terrain. They rode dual-sport bikes, street legal motorcycles that are capable of handling off-road conditions. Although their route took them through towns every few days so they could restock on food, they carried everything else they needed -- tents, sleeping bags, cooking gear, tools -- on their motorcycles. They camped in secluded, gorgeous high-alpine meadows, said MacIntyre, aand Elk mountains. "It was about as hardcore structural engineer. Stock, who teaches as you can get," MacIntyre The route featured outdoor recreation said. demanding single-track leadership at Feather River One photo shows him up to trails at elevations up to College, called the ridinghis thighs in water as he 13,000 feet in the San Juan "world class." crosses a creek on the way Offer valid 12/02 - 12/24/2015. See rebate form for details and restrictions. One offer per household. Offer good on gift or wireless cards, excluding store-branded gift cards, amusement park passes, Reloadit, and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express branded cards. Subject to availability. See gift cards for details, terms, and conditions. All trademarks and Iogos are property of their respective owners and are owned by each represented company and/or its affiliates. The merchants represented are not sponsors of this company or otherwise affiliated. Products may not be available in all states. Rebate provided via The Visa Prepaid Card issued by MetaBank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A., Inc. Terms and Conditions apply to the card. An account of an epic motorcycle trip Rick Stock and Jim Maclntyre, both of Quincy, took in southwestern Colorado appears in the November/December issue of "ADVMoto" magazine. The two are shown here near 13,000-foot Imogene Pass. from Crested Butte to motorcycles in the Gunnison. California desert for years. "Creek and river crossings Their ace in the hole was had us pulling spark plugs Nick Meyers, who also has and pumping water out of local ties. The story marked the engines, while boulders his second magazine and side hills tested each appearance this year. rider's skill and resolve," Meyers was featured on the photographer Garret Smith March 2015 cover of Popular wrote in the magazine Mechanics as the man to be article, with "when the bad stuff Smith called one section of goes down." trail "rocky as anything I've The magazine interviewed ever ridden, to a point where him in his capacity as all of us went down at some director of the Mount Shasta point or another. We kept Avalanche Center for a story thinking it would get easier on survival tips. ... it didn't." A former student of Aspen groves and a Stock's, Meyers grew up in stunning view into the Black Graeagle and attended Canyon of the Gunnison Portola High School. River marked the trip's last A second FRC graduate, days. Eric Santiago, was also part "The trip was memorable of the motorcycle group. because of the landscapes Another of the riders, and the great group," Stock Dean Sheehy, a retired said. timber faller and heavy "We got lucky on weather, equipment operator from just a few hours of rain and Mount Shasta, spent many snow one day,", said ......... years in Westwood and has MacIntyre of the late family in the Cromberg area. August-early September Photographer Smith and venture. "We were prepared Grant (no last name) for everything from 100 rounded out the group. degree temperatures to Asked if he would like to freezing sleet.'! do another similar trip, Despite the challenging MacIntyre said, "Absolutely. riding, the group had no The group wants to do one injuries and just two weeklong trip every year." mechanical issues. One bike Until then, he can re-live seized up after multiple this one in the pages of the creek crossings -- thus, the magazine. huddle around the campfire. MacIntyre said that when Another time, a poorly he bought two copies at secured sweater got wound Barnes and Noble in Chico, in a drive train. "That took the saleswoman teased him. an hour to untangle," "She said there's only one MacIntyre said. reason people buy more than Had the riders gotten into one copy of the same trouble, they had a wealth of magazine." experience to draw on. Stock For more photos visit boasts decades of experience Smith's website, in the backcountry, having, and scroll to previously skied, ice climbed Southwest Colorado, Moto and mountain biked in the Madness. area. "ADVMoto" can be found A solid mechanic, online at adventure MacIntyre raced DROP AT ANY The Donations accepted through Wed., Dec. 2nd OFF YOUR DONATIONS OF THESE LOCATIONS: Feather River Bulletin Forest Stationers Quincy Hot Spot FRC squeeze chute The Agriculture Department at Feather River College is asking for community help to fund a squeeze chute for the Farm Management Class. A squeeze chute is a stall for holding cattle, horses, or other livestock safely while they are examined, marked or given veterinary treatment. As the college ramps up to offer a bachelor's degree in ranch management starting next fall, its current squeeze chute will not be able to handle the strain of the cattle raising and beef production classes. The department needs $5,200 for a new chute. Donations may be made online at gram-help-us-squeeze-fundraiser; checks may also be mailed to FRC Foundation, with a memo for Ag Business, 570 Golden Eagle Ave., Quincy, CA., 95971. Photo submitted P,