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Old 10-11-2010, 01:27 AM   #1
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Long Beach to Moab 2010

I'm going to make an attempt to document a trip I took back in April. My name is Art, I'm 22 years young and am currently living in Long Beach, CA.

The plan was simple, I had 9 days off of work, I was going to ride my 2009 KLR 650 (now a 685 ) solo from LB to Moab, ride the White Rim Trail and come home. Simple enough. The plan was to camp as much as possible and get a feel for living off of a motorcycle so that I could gage future rides with some experience under my belt.

Needless to say, I learned a lot.

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[IMG]My kILL3r[/IMG]
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:48 AM   #2
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Here's me doing some last minute, er, packing before the big day.

[IMG]drink[/IMG]

Here's the pig packed and ready to go:

[IMG]packed pig[/IMG]

Looking back at the pictures from the trip makes me laugh. That bag that I used was supposed to be "water resistant".
I wanted something that I could take on and off of the bike quickly and with ease and the soccer bag actually did that just fine. In the future, I'll have a waterproof bag for my bag -haha. But it held everything I needed for the trip including my sleeping bag just fine. My tent was strapped on top. Good to go.

As far as preparations for the bike. It had around 9,000 miles on it at the time, I threw a set of Kenda 761's on the bike, changed the oil and filter and didn't look back. The tire change was a very unique experience for me. It was my first time changing a motorcycle tire, after I wasted 3 tubes, 2 rear, 1 front, I got really "good" at taking those damn tires on and off. It was a bonding experience for sure, I don't recall ever having bled on my bike up until then. hahaha. I brought along a spare rear tube. Yes, I said rear. Should have been a front, but I lucked out. Live and learn.
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:58 AM   #3
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Day 1:

Ah the goodbyes...


Yours truly:

[IMG]MOAB 2010 001[/IMG]

"Off he goes"

MOAB 2010 002

As you can see, I'm wearing jeans, a pair of Doc Martens and a Spyder Soft shell. With the Soft shell I wore a fleece liner and UA when itd get cold. This outfit is obviously the reason why I am investing in a good riding jacket. Currently looking at the Transition Series II, but haven't decided yet. I never did get cold or uncomfortable until I was leaving Utah and I hit a snow storm, but more on that later.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:05 AM   #4
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[IMG]MOAB 2010 003[/IMG]


There really isn't anything like the open road. It's hard to describe the feeling of getting away from the city, away from work, away from bills and neighbors, away from the traffic and the cages that compound it all. It just feels right.

Piss break somewhere off 15...

[IMG]MOAB 2010 004[/IMG]
[IMG]MOAB 2010 005[/IMG]
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:12 AM   #5
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I took a detour through Mojave, having never been there I just wanted to see it. Shame I couldn't have stayed longer, it could have been a trip in itself. With all the trails leading off the main roads you could spend days exploring them, I'm sure they lead to some great sights.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 006[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 009[/IMG]

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BTW I almost cut the trip short trying to take this last picture. I wouldn't recommend pulling over just past a hill and crossing the street on roads where there aren't many police and people take complete advantage of that fact with heavy feet.

MOAB 2010 018
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:22 AM   #6
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[IMG]MOAB 2010 015[/IMG]

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I made it into Arizona that night and pulled off at Hualapai Road north of Kingman, AZ. I found a few trails that branched off the main road and found a spot out of sight and out of mind to pitch a tent. I initially found a great spot, but exploring the area I found a bunch of pitched cardboard boxes and empty beer cans thrown about and decided to move on a little further. I had seen a hitch hiker out near the exit and decided to move on to avoid an altercation. Word to the wise if your camping in non-camping locations on the road. Explore first before you unpack. That could have went south easily.

Day 2

MMmmmm What could possible go better with toothpaste then a cold granola and a bottled water?

NOTHING! If your on the road!

[IMG]MOAB 2010 026[/IMG]
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:33 AM   #7
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[IMG]MOAB 2010 028[/IMG]

I wanted to cover more ground on that day, I felt I had spent more time then I wanted to going through Mojave the previous day. It started to dawn on me though, how far away from home I was, the lack of experience I had in motorcycle maintenance and repairs, but I brushed the jitters off and kept moving forward. I wanted to get to Utah and ride the rim so bad!

I passed Flagstaff and jumped onto 89 where I found this cool little detour, I'm such a sucker for detours!

[IMG]MOAB 2010 027[/IMG]

Lots of trails to explore here as well, there were some really interesting stops as well with an inactive? volcano...my memory escapes me. I enjoyed the views along the twisty 38 mile stretch a bit more then the volcano though.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 029[/IMG]
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:42 AM   #8
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[IMG]MOAB 2010 033[/IMG]

Check out this goober, he woke up real quick when I shared some of my granola. Mmmm granola.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 035[/IMG]

FN UTAH!

[IMG]UTAH[/IMG]

The clerk at the visitors center in Blanding pointed me towards "Devils Canyon Campground". It's a seasonally open site with free camping! Amen to that! [IMG]MOAB 2010 041[/IMG]

[IMG]Devils Canyon[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 045[/IMG]

Your not gonna find views like that on Pine avenue that's for damn sure!
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Day 3

After leaving Devils Canyon, and proceeding north I could feel the terrain changing. Canyonlands was approaching. The ride through Utah into Moab is absolutely incredible.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 048[/IMG]

[IMG]Canyonlands[/IMG]

[IMG]Canyon[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 053[/IMG]

Two things to point out on this picture, my poor mans "GPS", and sand. A laden' KLR's worst nightmare.

[IMG]SAND[/IMG]
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After grabbing gas I went straight for the White Rim. I remember reading before heading off for my trip about how commercial Moab had gotten. Well, they weren't kidding! Didn't bother me much anyway, it wasn't what I was there for either way so I passed right on by the "Expedition" escort companys and went on my merry way. It took a little bit of trial and error for me to find the start of the trail, I didn't have any maps or anything really, just written down directions that I got from the trails website that ended up being far to vague for a numbnut like me.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 063[/IMG]

Mineral bottom, very cool start to the trail. It's over a mile long of a decent down to the base of the trail.
[IMG]MOAB 2010 065[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 067[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 069[/IMG]

Jeez it looks so much smaller in the picture than I remember it!

[IMG]bottom from bottom[/IMG]

[IMG]the Colorado[/IMG]
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Maybe a mile or two into the trail I heard a change in my bikes exhaust note and I thought it was odd so I dismounted to inspect what was going on. I found that one of the two bolts holding my exhaust pipe into the engine block had rattled loose and was nowhere to be found. This scared the shit out of me. I had no idea whether it was safe to run the bike like this or not. So I ended up making a quick fix with some zip ties to keep the spacer from rattling all over the place and I turned around.

[IMG]the Colorado[/IMG]

Back at the top of Mineral bottom I was obviously disappointed. I had to return back to the city and find a replacement bolt, by the time I had that taken care of I decided to eat lunch and try the trail again the next day.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 075[/IMG]

After my lunch, with time to kill I decided to explore Arches.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 083[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 081[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 085[/IMG]

Me scaling the cliffs with my bare hands! HAHA!
[IMG]MOAB 2010 094[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 098[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 103[/IMG]

Defeated, tired, yet still optimistic.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:30 AM   #13
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Day 4

Bright eyed and busy tailed I woke up feeling good! I ended up drinking my celebratory 24 oz Bud that previous night because, you know, I didn't want it to weigh me down.

[IMG]morning of[/IMG]

Round 2, at the top of Mineral bottom once again, me contemplating life, and all things deep. Not really, just worried about what would rattle off and break this time. Haha!

[IMG]round 2[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 112[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 114[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 116[/IMG]

I started seeing a storm coming in, ofcoarse there was a storm right? Ha! It initially rained on and off, real light so I pressed on not thinking anything of it. It wasn't until later that I realized how serious of a situation it is to be caught on the trail in a heavy downpour. The two entrances/exits depending on how you want to look at them are very steep, and long inclines. Over a mile each, and that Utah mud, is no joke for the fat, er heavy KLR. You literally could get trapped out there.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 117[/IMG]
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This is one of the two sections that I did not expect whatsoever. Upheavel battle and Hogbatch, I hope I'm remembering their names correctly are extremely steep inclines/descents. May not look like much in the picture. But when I made it up there, I jumped off the bike and had to walk off the adrenaline. I was pumped!

[IMG]MOAB 2010 124[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 128[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 130[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 133[/IMG]

Friggin amazing views out there, for my next trip I'll be investing in a better camera.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 134[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 137[/IMG]

At this point, I really started to notice the winds picking up, which made me pick up my pace because I knew that higher wind speeds had the ability of bringing weather in much quicker.

Swear to god that looks like something from Mars!

[IMG]MOAB 2010 139[/IMG]

From then on I took very few pictures on the trail. That wind that I talked about, beat me to the finish line. I got caught in a really heavy downpour right at the base of the incline leading up to Shafer road and out of the trail. The following pictures were taken once I got out of the thick and hairy stuff. I obviously was more worried about sliding off of the cliff and dying then taking memorable photographs of my KLR in mud.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 145[/IMG]

I was soaked, everything was soaked.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 146[/IMG]

The rainbow was pretty cool though, I have to admit. I was kind of laughing at this point, I had gotten out of that incline alive, and although I was soaked to the bone the clouds were breaking up a bit and I could breathe a bit easier.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 148[/IMG]

This is what that last incline looked like from the top.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 150[/IMG]

Gotta love it...

[IMG]The End[/IMG]

People driving around the park in their cages, stopping on the side of the road to snap pictures of the rainbow with the canyons were looking at me like they had seen a ghost. I must have looked pretty ridiculous.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 160[/IMG]


She had served me well.
[IMG]MOAB 2010 166[/IMG]
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Thats it! Right? Well, not really. I started heading home. I let the girlfriend know everything was alright and I aimed my sights south. It felt so good! I knew that I had accomplished two out of the three goals, getting to Utah, Riding the trail, and now I had to get home. I jumped on the interstate and rode standing in the slow lane to try and dry my clothes as much as possible. I made it all the way to Monticello with intermitent rain so I pulled off and decided that I had deserved a motel for the first time of the trip. That was probably the smartest thing I had done in a long while as I woke up in the morning to this:

[IMG]MOAB 2010 169[/IMG]

I literally did a double take as I was taking a piss in the bathroom staring out the window half asleep. White snow, hmm. Snow!?

[IMG]who woulda thought[/IMG]

Who would have thought? And do you think she would turn over? Absolutely not. Now, I may be living in California but I bought the bike in New Hampshire so I know a thing or two about snow, the effects of it on the bike and riding through it. Instead of draining my battery trying to crank it over I walked over to the gas station next door, bought 3 quarts of warm oil and changed it out into one of the ice buckets in the hotel room.

[IMG]MOAB 2010 170[/IMG]

[IMG]MOAB 2010 171[/IMG]

The stuff came out like syrup. I left the owner of the hotel a gift for his trouble with my oil and when I let him know while checking out his response was, "Well bring it here man". Mind you it was about 0645 in the morning. Whatever floats your boat, right?

[IMG]MOAB 2010 172[/IMG]
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