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Old 04-13-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Well Hi there everyone, been taking it easy since my return from my south of the border excursion. Well after my 11,000 Mile ride poor ole "Moya" my 990 needed a little TLC So, I flushed the coolant, and even though I only had 2600 miles on the oil since I changed it in Houston, TX I went ahead and changed it out too.

My OEM drive-line had been through a lot and the ole chain was looking pretty tired so I ordered in a a new set of sprockets and chain (steel sprockets) dropped my counter down to a 16 tooth.... I really like it so far.

She cleans up real good after using De-greaser, and a good old fashion power wash.




Pretty...... ain't it




Well all loaded up and spring is a trying, so off I go





I had posted up on the local M/C board if anyone wanted to head south, originally I was going to Escalante Staircase in southern Utah hit the Smoky Mtn road and Hole in the Rock rd, but alas no takers and the weather had become very iffy. So, I decided just to wander..... didn't even take my GPS, went old school and packed a map... and we're off.

Took back roads and farm roads down to Oakley, neet little town, grabbed a snack and drink-n-took a short walk around. On the way down hit a fun FtoM I never rode ended up here at Balanced Rock





See fun road




Oakley









Interesting Link of area http://www.summitpost.org/cache-peak-id/152960



From there it on south down Birch Creek heading to Grouse Creek.........

Beautiful ride through the Cedar Hills







44 miles later I finally rolled into Grouse Creek in Grouse Valley UT..

I know there's people living there I saw smoke rising out of the chimneys. There was a very nice LDS ward across the street was a school K thru 5 I think for all the Ranchers kids.




Pulled up to the local store and no one was in........ Figures! well at least there's fuel here (the last one for 100 miles)








OK, so some of the picturesque building of GC.





Down town





A link to Grouse Creek http://www.grousecreek.com/intro.html


So headed south towards 30, 21 miles of straight gravel road, soooooooooo I rolled on the throttle






Finally hit the highway and I now have 65 miles on the clock out of Oakley, and I've not seen a soul, nada, one person.


Well, I cross the highway heading south, four and a half miles later I come up on this







Here's the 90 rail bed








Well it is getting late in the day and wind is kicking up so I think I'll start looking for a place for the night. I can see a stand of trees about 1/2 mile away guess I'll head over there.

Cool!




Rolled down to the oasis of threes







Cool, this is the place for tonight; set up camp and started walking around collecting firewood



















Pretty neat an Eco-friendly cabin looks like it even had electricity once upon a time.





The trees were just starting to bud out also there is a small pond of water on sight I could even hear water running from someplace.

Settled down to eat and it was weird quiet, as I was reflecting about the day, I had my first external noise since Oakley



Then it went silent except for the wind. This tree was just odd to me...... guess one would deduct the prevailing wind direction... from the south.




Figured I'd get a fire going



Yup, I having a good conversation with myself. and then this damn song popped into my head and I started dancing around the fire all alone in the middle of the desert..







Well that's it for now more later. Man that tree is wicked looking...




Here's some history of the area http://www.onlineutah.com/lucinhistory.shtml
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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Really enjoying the RR so far, Sam. Love Utah And rarely see much on this part of it. Thanks
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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Lucin IS a long way out there
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Very interesting. Checked in for this one. Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Morning, for those who popped in... Thanks. So to continue on with my little day tripper ride. I thought I would get a great nights sleep, but that wasn't to be; you see the problem of being around the only water, particularly an open source is every friggin nocturnal animal seems to come into to fill their thirst during the wee hours and so along comes the days scuttle-butt conversation. Song birds, small indistinguishable quad peddled creatures scurrying here and there. This accompanied by a very audible hoot... over and over again all night long swooping from tree to tree. Then a pack of coyotes came in for a drink and are so lippy yap, yap, yap!

I finally faded off when a west bound train came rolling by startling me awake again, 30 minutes later another, finally sunrise and the desert oasis fell silent. Crawled out of my bag only to greeted by this fella



He didn't like me taking his picture




Packed up enjoyed my cup of coffee and headed off south towards Wendover 50 miles out









I went about 8-10 miles when the wind started really kicking up and a blackness encroaching my way. Well for those who live out here, we know what happens to these back roads when wet...... not a pleasant experience, trust me, so I did a turn around because I figured if I'm going to get wet I would rather be on pavement

Started hauling butt back north and while up on a rise I spotted and anomaly sitting out on the flats north east of me; looked to be a mile or two out hum, I have to research this later. It looked like old large pipes well here is what I researched after getting home



Nancy Holt's Earth Art she placed this out here back in 1976.

I will come back again soon but because of the approaching weather and two, the ground out there is still tacky and soft from the last rains a couple days ago. time to get

Headed out to the pavement and started hauling east on highway 30 well Rosette.. no gas, Park Valley, still no gas a few miles later BING, the amber low fuel light illuminates; crap. well I know you can go about 30 miles on reserve, not wanting to proof this too often. Snowville Ut, Gas and had to stop off for a lunch "Millies" interesting experience.

Well wind is howling and intermittent rains, so, where can I go.. Oh! I've never been to the Golden Spike Historic Site it's close so off I go.

Rode by the ATK rocket plant, didn't stop maybe another time here's a link on the site http://www.atk.com/

Arrived at Promontory to an almost empty parking lot went in an no choo-choos







Well a few other folks showed up too (the ones I passed on the way out) So Ranger Dan or what ever his name is said the trains come out 1 may for the season but he took us down to the engine house and gave us dang good history and tour of the trains














The engineers were busy polishing the brass and going over the machines for the upcoming season.

Anyway the wind was pretty steady and a light horizontal torrent of rain was coming down where-in someone made the statement "suck to be you on that motorbike" "whatever!"

I was going to go find this place as it's some 16 miles south of here, perhaps another time... soon



So well the forecast was not promising so I took off for home. I had to chuckle to myself in the helmet because the last time I was this close to Brigham City (back in January coming home from my Mexico trip) the weather too went to hell-in-a hand basket. Oh a long cold wet ride to the house some 280 miles just slabbed it down the freeway.. boring, but it felt good to get out.

I noticed a little different running a 16 tooth on the 990. better acceleration (really) loved the low speed performance too (slow speed maneuvering) seems the RPM's at highway speed increased around 600 rpm and dropped from 43-44 mpg highway to a consent 41-42 not a bad trade off. I normally don't do freeways and prefer dirt roads so at speeds in the 40 to 60 MPH range the fuel economy issue is a mute point.

I will definitely be back to explore this area more, i.e ride the 90 miles of grade some interesting things out there to see.

http://byways.org/explore/byways/68996/travel.html

The Ranger told me about a cool geological site in the Bovine Mountains called "The Devils Playground" think I'll go looking for it too.

I'll light this thread up again when I have more to add.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:10 AM   #6
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I noticed a little different running a 16 tooth on the 990. better acceleration (really) loved the low speed performance too (slow speed maneuvering) seems the RPM's at highway speed increased around 600 rpm and dropped from 43-44 mpg highway to a consent 41-42 not a bad trade off.
Moya's lookin' good!
Wow, you get such excellent mileage!!



Looks like a nice ride (when the weather's not messing with you). Bet you're breathing some sweet, clean air.

I really love these photos...










Beautiful.




(Idaho? Bob, are you going to a Glorp party at Questor's place?)
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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Moya's lookin' good!
Wow, you get such excellent mileage!!



Looks like a nice ride (when the weather's not messing with you). Bet you're breathing some sweet, clean air.

I really love these photos...










Beautiful.




(Idaho? Bob, are you going to a Glorp party at Questor's place?)

Hey there littlewan . I too have been out playing in the desert What do you mean good gas mileage? I forgot you guys have a 950? also 2 up and gear for 2.


Yea I like the new gearing, but I think it's getting time to look at the water pump soon $%^&

Funny, I was just looking over my map of Death Valley and going over your guys ride so I know where all the cool places are.

OK, Whats a Glorp Party.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #8
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OK, Whats a Glorp Party.
Haha, it's just something from our last ride report.
If you remember from his many RRs, Questor always makes 1 pot meals (various combos of canned meat, veggies, soup, etc. all mixed together) and calls them "Glorp."

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Believe me, it tasted better than it looked.

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Matt and I were teasing Questor that he should have an ADV party at his place since there's such great riding in Idaho.
We said it would be B.Y.O.G. - bring your own Glorp.



anyway. I think I'm the only who laughed at that one...

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What do you mean good gas mileage? I forgot you guys have a 950? also 2 up and gear for 2.
We had a 950 and got pretty good mileage (in the high 30s). Now we're on a 990 and we're often getting 25mpg. I'm excited to get 32 mpg.
Part of it is the fuel injection, it seems like 2007 is a bad year for that.
Part of it is the driver (he sometimes gets worse mileage when he rides alone).

Death Valley seems like the perfect place for you visit when ID is snowed in!
Maybe you'll find the marble bathtub that we missed...
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Haha, it's just something from our last ride report.
If you remember from his many RRs, Questor always makes 1 pot meals (various combos of canned meat, veggies, soup, etc. all mixed together) and calls them "Glorp."




Matt and I were teasing Questor that he should have an ADV party at his place since there's such great riding in Idaho.
We said it would be B.Y.O.G. - bring your own Glorp.



anyway. I think I'm the only who laughed at that one...

We had a 950 and got pretty good mileage (in the high 30s). Now we're on a 990 and we're often getting 25mpg. I'm excited to get 32 mpg.
Part of it is the fuel injection, it seems like 2007 is a bad year for that.
Part of it is the driver (he sometimes gets worse mileage when he rides alone).

Death Valley seems like the perfect place for you visit when ID is snowed in!
Maybe you'll find the marble bathtub that we missed...
OMG that looks like something I ate in my Army days... but we had a different name for it if you know what I mean so GLORP sounds good. Seems now I remember when reading his RR's YES! East Idaho has some beautiful country along with NW Montana and Wyoming. Come on over.

Weird, My Moya is an 07 too but the worst I've ever gotten was 36 mpg and that's when my back tire only lasted 1600 miles Maybe cause Moya's my Maui girl.

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OK my last few shots; looking out on the Salt Lake












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and then this damn song popped into my head and I started dancing around the fire all alone in the middle of the desert ...
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:21 PM   #13
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Thanks for the trip and pics Sam, glad you got out for a ride!
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #15
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I'll have to go out to Lucin one night after those coyotes

Good choice not being out there in the salt/clay when it rains
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