Originally Posted by wbbnm
I just discovered this thread a few days ago. Your rides look fantastic.
We went thru some of this area on a loop from Abq to Death Valley in May 2010. We had to skip Toroweap because of mud.
We tried to go back in September but never got past Canyon de Chelly and Chinle AZ again because of mud. This time we destroyed or damaged 3 clutches.
We are going to try again next year. We were originally planning to go from Mesquite down to Moapa and then into the DNWR and loop up to Alamo. But it looks like the Alamo rd is now seriously closed due to washouts.
So for now I think we will reroute and use some of your tracks thru and around St. George. Looks like the ride will be spectacular.
Looks like you use Benchmark maps for much of your ride planning. I do to and use them to augment creating GPS tracks.
Read through your ride reports. You and the guys had some weather, serious weather. Personally, I have only experienced "wheel stopping" mud only one time, near Enterprise Reservoir. It stopped my dad's Honda 230L cold. My WRR has a bit more room under the back fender and didn't grind to a halt. We had the special "stick tool" also and dug out the tire every hundred yards. Luckily, we were able to retreat relatively easily and didn't have to call in reinforcments or sleep on the ground. You guys toughed it out, complete with pics. Nice job!
Yeah, I like Benchmark. My Dad messes with his Garmin, but often it just doesn't help. A simple map plus lots a daylight and gas seem to work best.
Your KLR should do great on the AZ strip. That bike has the right tank capacity (range) for the territory. Give me a heads up as you plan, and definitely if you are riding in the St. George area for a day or two. Ride safe, RRR.