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Old 07-16-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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NM to Oregon Backcountry Discovery Trail

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.


Cahone, CO.


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.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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The "Old Man" checking in, I'll post pics later, but my only comments for Day 1 are it started at 0500 to catch a flight from Louisville after a week of prepping and packing for a move to California, so by the time we got to Moab I was done. The DR was new to me so give me a break on the gas! I bought it here on ADV just for this trip, and for the off road portion it was great, for the highway it was OK. Oh, and other than a day and a half in Colorado on a rental 250, the last time I rode off road intentionally was in the 70's. The early 70's.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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Been looking for a RR on the OBDR, can't wait to hear how the 800GS does.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:16 PM   #7
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #8
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Farmington!?!?!?! No one does this from farmington. where the hell did you really come from??? ( P.S. I really really really wanna look at your f800GS)
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #9
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Farmington!?!?!?! No one does this from farmington. where the hell did you really come from??? ( P.S. I really really really wanna look at your f800GS)
Yup, home sweet home, Farmtown, New Methico. I registered yesterday for the RMAR rally in Silverton (the day after the $15 increase deadline of course). You can find me hanging out in the pretentious BMW owner's section....
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:25 PM   #10
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Yea yea yea, if i can make it you'll find me in the broke ass barely running bike section. aka half way there.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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Day 2

DAY 2: 704 Miles. Moab, UT to Fallon, NV (60 miles east of Reno, NV).

We got out of Moab around 4:30 or 5 in an attempt to get ahead of the heat.


Was pretty nice for the first couple of hours with huge views of uniquely Utah views of the desert. Saw a guy in a blue Rallye suit on an HP2 on the 1-70 near Green River. Was loaded pretty light though. Anyone on here?


Ran across this old gas station before we got on US 50. What this picture doesn't show is the leaking bottle of octane booster I brought along because of rumors of gas stations such as these with no premium for my delicate BMW 91+ engine. This would turn out to be bad intel, at least for the places we stopped.


From this pleasant scene we start to grind away on the loneliest road in America, US 50. This is what the majority of it looked like:

Huge basins bordered by endless ridgelines. Over one then into the next basin. Then repeat.

I'm attempting the IBA national parks tour and it's on this day that I check Nevada off the list with a stop at Great Basin National Park. The park has so many breathtaking views and attractions that it was hard to narrow it down to just one picture to truly represent our experience there. This is the winner though:


Yup. The view from the visitors center where we were eating a very light lunch as we weren't exactly craving chicken fired steaks in the hot Nevada desert. I had been to Great Basin before and remember it kind of sucking last time too. Maybe it's cool at night when you can see the stars, or if you visit the caves. Oh well, I got my passport stamps for the IBA NPT.

There's really not a whole lot else to say abuot US 50 other than it's long and desolate. I think 138 miles in between any signs of civilization was the longest stretch.
Pretty cool dry lake beds like Bonneville:



Suprisingly though, the DR was able to cruise around 75-80. I had ridden the DR a couple times back in NM just to keep the battery fresh and make sure everything was good to go for this trip. That thing genuinely scared the shit out of me a couple times on the highway at speeds as mind-blowing as 75. The thing would start a nice easy head shake that could easy turn into a fullblown tank slapper. I would intentionally try to induce this headshake just to see if it was really that bad () and the thing would just start shaking. I thought for sure we'd be cruising at 65 all the way to Oregon. Turns out the bags and load really helped settle the DuR650 down.

We began to look for other options instead of Reno since we didn't want to be riding in the dark. We ended up finding a hotel room in Fallon, NV and met up with "shit-show Benny" that night.

Ended up being just a hair over 700 miles. The GS worked like a champ. I had an airhawk on (ya...ya i know) and that made a tremendous difference as that stock seat is good for about 15 minute stretches at a time. Felt like I could do 1000 in a day with not too much drama.

Realize this wasn't the most riveting day to report, but Day 3 gets a little more interesting. More to follow.
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Suprisingly though, the DR was able to cruise around 75-80. I had ridden the DR a couple times back in NM just to keep the battery fresh and make sure everything was good to go for this trip. That thing genuinely scared the shit out of me a couple times on the highway at speeds as mind-blowing as 75. The thing would start a nice easy head shake that could easy turn into a fullblown tank slapper. I would intentionally try to induce this headshake just to see if it was really that bad () and the thing would just start shaking. I thought for sure we'd be cruising at 65 all the way to Oregon. Turns out the bags and load really helped settle the DuR650 down.

nope just took some one with more experience







was good to met cya at captricks
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:15 PM   #15
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Here's my take on Day 2. The plan was to head for Reno and link up with Ben. The route was 191/I70/US50 from Moab. The pic below pretty much sums up day 2:



There were some interesting sights along the way, this is the bustling metropolis of Holden, UT:



Here we are in Austin, NV, where you can buy $2.00 WalMart brand sunscreen at a gas station for $8.00, and be glad to get it.



A map check showed us that Fallon was a logical place to stop and through the interweb we got a room, sent a text to Benny and arranged our linkup. We got there in time for dinner and had a great pizza and a beer. I think the boys went to the casino after I went into a coma, listening to Art Bell and wondering what that US Navy facility in the desert was all about.
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