10 Days of Utah Desert Madness!!
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09-18-2008, 10:36 AM
Joined: May 2007
Good morning! Great sunrise viewed from my sleeping bag although the photo isn’t as good as I’d hoped.
Here’s one of the guys with his shelter deployed. We do a couple of these trips a year and there’s just something great about being on a journey with not many possessions and nothing to be concerned about.
Since we were camped close to Duchesne we decided to check out a local “puke and choke” and get a little grub. We embraced the place and went with chicken fried steak and eggs. Classic!!
Duchesne would be the last stop before we headed south into the Roan cliffs where we’d never ridden through before. So, not knowing where we’ll end up we stock up on food for the day and the next morning. We fill our tanks and discuss the fact that the KTM’s will probably have to share a little fuel with the WR to make it to I-70 where the next fuel is available. We stop off at a ranger station and discuss routes a bit and……..
We’re off again. We follow a two track along a canal and try to link gravel roads together until we get across the
. It’s difficult with lots of private ranches and drilling sites. We stop and talk with someone coming out of a ranch and he tells us it’s best just to shoot the pavement to the
and then we’ll be back on gravel again. He was great. As a matter of a fact, I find that when I approach most locals throughout
on my bike they are very friendly and accommodating.
After a longer stretch of pavement then we wanted we were back on gravel roads. This is drilling country with lots of industrial trucks and semis traveling these well graded roads and drilling sites ALL over the place. We stopped of at this overlook for a quick break as we worked south toward the Roan Cliffs.
A while later we leave the majority of the industrial sites and start climbing a drainage into the high country.
This ends up being a very stunning and casual ride through with numerous small ranches scattered along the bottom.
The route today is very easy as expected. Usually when we roll through new territory we stick to a well used route and get a feel for the terrain. We look at all the drainages and ridges and then plan possible alternative and less traveled routes for future adventures.
This drainage went on for quite some time with spectacular scenery around every corner.
We come around a corner and, well well well, what do you know? An industrial site with a couple of full gas cans. Call it bad kharma or unethical but we took some fuel and left some money.
The easy riding continues.
The route tightened up as it started a steeper climb.
This was a cool little slot that the road passed through.
The road then topped out at around 8000 feet and followed a ridge that provided great views all around. Here’s looking south with the Uncompahgre Plateau in the center with
on the left of it and the La Sal Mtns on the right.
Our route followed a road that switchbacked down and spit us out into the desert toward I-70.
We followed the gravel until it teed into old highway 6 and followed it 10 miles into town where we found some cold beer.
It was late in the day so we went out of town and found a place to rest for the night with the
We relaxed, built a fire and cooked up some sausages, corn and other vegetables. A little more whiskey and the blah blah blahing started!! Also, we were treated to the sounds of some washed up 80’s “hair” bands that were playing at a weekend concert not far away. Bonus!
Milage: 200 miles
Route: Pavement, gravel, two tracks
Difficulty: very easy
Heavy Metal Band Rating: off the chart!!
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