Welp, here it is. Wanted to organize some pictures and have an account of our 9 day trip from Farmington, NM to ride the OBDR. Came out to almost 4,000 miles with about 700 of that off road.
First off,allow myself to introduce...myself on the F800GS. Just recently got in to dual sport about a year ago, but have been riding street for about 10 years. In charge of route planning and navigating. Also bring bowstaff and computer hacking skills to the table.
Next up is my little bro Ben, aka "shit-show Benny" aboard an F650GS. No significant off road experience, but substantial road expertise. Water Purification Specialist.
Last up is the old man, aka "thencamebronson" on a DR650. His normal ride is either a BMW Boxer Cup Replika or the 100k+ mile R1100RS. Also, limited off road expereince, but a lifetime of riding under his belt. Handled all the coffee preparation and also Video-ographer.
DAY 1: ~200 miles. Farmington, NM to Moab UT.
Alright so the plan was to slab it to the OBDR Trailhead as quickly as possible. Bronson flew in from KY, where I met him at the Durango airport. Benny was going to meet us in Reno from Turlock, CA.
Both our tires were looking a little worn so we decided to bring a set of fresh knobbies with us. (I gave two from the tire rack seen below to the DR when I arrived at the airport.) New knobbies were hands down the best thing I brought for the trail.
After grabbing some lunch in Durango we headed to Moab. We didn't really hit the road till about 2:30 that day.
The tires did make for a decent back rest. Was pretty handy on the long highway sections.
Rode past the wildfire near Mancos, CO. Really glad they were able to contain it enough to not jump the highway.
We were able to unexpectedly figure out exactly how far the DR650 will go with on a tank of gas ... This was about 15 miles outside of Moab, good thing I brought the extra liters of gas [this wouldn't be the last time we used them]
Stayed in a cabin in Moab and caught some good rest for our 4:30 wakeup the next day
Day 2 is when the fun would really start...stay tuned.