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Old 10-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #556
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I didn't have my GoPro on, but Sam did! Here's his video from the rainy, wet ride at Rabbit Valley... it gets REAL interesting over half way in...

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Old 10-12-2013, 05:27 AM   #557
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Vonski, Sam, Lev and I rode Rabbit Valley on Thursday... Lev is Canadian, Sam lives in Washington State and they came a long way to ride, regardless of the weather! It was cold & raining, but we geared up and headed out! Von was running a little late and said he'd meet up with us in the afternoon.

We started with Trail #8 and it was amazing, the sand on the trail which is normally a PITA, was incredible... all the traction you wanted! Some parts of the roads that were well packed were quite slippy, lots of Bentonite in Rabbit Valley. The washes were flowing water and we ran across several waterfalls of varying amounts of water. The trail itself wasn't slippery at all, due to the amount of sand on the ground. It was some great riding!

We moved on to the Western Rim trail and rode it across the Utah border... then decided to head back to the parking lot close to 1 PM. On the way back we came across one of the roads down in a canyon that was flowing about 8-10" of fast moving water. We could have taken the more-dry ATV trail back, but opted for the fun watery road! At one point while hauling ass up the road/river, I was able to get my front tire to hydroplane! It was crazy how much water was moving down the road, it was impressive!

Von showed up around 1:30 and magically the clouds opened up and even the sun came out! He must be a good luck charm! Von unloaded, geared up and we headed out again... this time the dirt was perfectly tacky, not slippery at all! We rode the Western Rim trail again, planning on riding the far West end of Rabbit Valley and working our way over to the Zion Curtain trail. Once we finished the Rim, we came across a large wash that was running fast & deep! We discussed attempting to ride it, but decided it wouldn't be smart. We headed to another crossing which was wider and found (using a stick) that the water was deeper than the seats of our bikes, and the stick STILL hadn't hit the bottom!

We rode the Rim trail back to the trucks as it started to rain again and were talking about making another ride on Trail #8, but the skies opened up and it started pouring. We were soaked and hungry, so we called it a night and headed for some good Mexican food in Fruita! After dinner, the other guys headed back to Green River for another day of riding and I went home, seeking a hot shower and my bed... it was an exhausting day!















Great post! Makes me cold just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:36 AM   #558
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Great post! Makes me cold just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing
If you get cold your not riding hard enough!!
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:51 AM   #559
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I can make Sunday work... what time? Rabbit Valley?
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #560
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Went out riding yesterday, ended up with a few very different kind of rides!

The microphone on my GoPro quit working, so rather than no sound, I added music to the vids... it's hard music and there's swearing, so turn the volume down or deal with it. As usual, watch in HD!





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Old 10-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #561
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Cool vids as usual Greg. Th sarlac looks pretty fun.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:43 PM   #562
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Cool vids as usual Greg. Th sarlac looks pretty fun.
Glad you enjoyed them! 'The Sarlacc' is still new, the downhill shoulder is still soft... after the trail sets up thru Winter and it gets more traffic next year, it should be in primo riding shape! It's not super challenging, but it's very scenic and long enough to enjoy. The local BLM guys have done a great job!

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #563
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Greg - The quicksand was just beyond funny!

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:42 AM   #564
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Greg - The quicksand was just beyond funny!

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Glad you got a kick out of it!

It was deceivingly sticky!! Looked firm, I rode in and as soon as forward progress stopped, I gave it some throttle, the rear tire sunk and I was done for! The rocks on the sides were steep enough that I could barley stand over the bike to pull it out... at one point my left foot slipped and I fell into the muck. That stuff wanted to keep my riding boot! Thank goodness for the tug strap on the back of the bike!

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Old 10-22-2013, 01:45 PM   #565
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Sarlacc

Greg,
Where do you access either end of the Sarlacc trail? Haven't ridden this one yet.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #566
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Where do you access either end of the Sarlacc trail? Haven't ridden this one yet.
It's not easy to find and now it's hard to get out of, since there is a well pad that was built on the top of the trail at the end.

I'll PM you some details, the trail isn't officially open and won't be until next Spring, the BLM guys are still working on it. Their window for work will be closing soon, with Winter moving in.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:52 PM   #567
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I did some work on a new well pad back in there somewhere. Very cool country! If you go on past that new pad up the hill isn't that where you drop down into 21rd??
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #568
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I did some work on a new well pad back in there somewhere. Very cool country! If you go on past that new pad up the hill isn't that where you drop down into 21rd??
Yeah, it's beautiful back there! If you take the right road, it drops you right into the top of 21 Road... but it can be confusing, there are several intersections and if you take the wrong one it can take awhile to backtrack. That said, it makes a great loop with Sarlacc & 21 Road. I need to find & ride the Edge Loop and add it to the list of options in the area.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:02 PM   #569
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So who's riding where this weekend?
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:25 PM   #570
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So who's riding where this weekend?
I was thinking about rolling out of GJ by ~ 9 (give or take an hour, re someone's schedule) and heading over to Moab for a day ride, coming home whenever we're done. I'm in the Redlands, got a pick-up and I can fit 1 additional bike. I'll check back later if anyone's interested. PMs are good too!
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