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Old 10-09-2010, 10:32 AM   #76
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Oh cool... we'll be in that area next May if we do our trip as planned.

Yeah I saw the trail -- is that a rideable trail??

I'm trying to plan up the fourteen-day trip from Reno to Moab and back and hit high points along the way, but not so many that all we see is a glimpse of each. Trying to refine it down to some, and then it gives us reason for another trip a year later. :)

After Moab, we plan to head south to Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, and eventually the North Rim area, but seeing this, I know I need to add it to the to-do list.

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:49 PM   #77
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Oh cool... we'll be in that area next May if we do our trip as planned.

Yeah I saw the trail -- is that a rideable trail??

I'm trying to plan up the fourteen-day trip from Reno to Moab and back and hit high points along the way, but not so many that all we see is a glimpse of each. Trying to refine it down to some, and then it gives us reason for another trip a year later. :)

After Moab, we plan to head south to Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, and eventually the North Rim area, but seeing this, I know I need to add it to the to-do list.

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Really easy to get to Deadhorse/Canyonlands (north) in about 30 minutes from Moab (nice after dinner ride)
-north out of Moab on Hwy 191 about 7 miles
-Left (west) onto SR 313 for about 13 miles or so as the road winds up teh plateau...
-Left onto SR313 toward deadhorse, or straight 4 miles (on what is now Neck Road) into Canyonlands, both require an entrance fee


The Schaffer trail IS a great ride, but bike must be plated to pass into the state/national park stuff- like many trails in Moab, conditions vary quickly. This trail is trypically one onf the easier ones (and views are wonderful) though has a few tricky spots (esp for a big bike).
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:01 PM   #78
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Cool, that'll be a nice ride. Sounds kinda like Gemini Bridges in terms of difficulty. On quads that ride is a cake walk, on a bike maybe a little more work given some sand.

Should be a nice ride on my DR650.

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Old 10-09-2010, 08:10 PM   #79
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Cool, that'll be a nice ride. Sounds kinda like Gemini Bridges in terms of difficulty. On quads that ride is a cake walk, on a bike maybe a little more work given some sand.

Should be a nice ride on my DR650.

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Okay Rob- Dug out one more pic from Deadhorse that shows the Schaffer trail comming in from the north (off Potash Road that branches west as you cross the Colorado river, just north of Moab)- This one was mislabeled and I missed it the first time (had it labeled as Canyonlands- pretty similar actually)

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The blue "lakes" are drying ponds from the underground potash mine, and are really quite beautiful as a contrast to the red rocks. The trail is visible in the right lower quadrant. The La Sal Mountains are looming way back there
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:22 AM   #80
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You have me lamenting the poor use I made of time while living out west (work, work, work).

I need to get out there again someday. Thanks for the great photos.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:03 AM   #81
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Real nice thread, thanks for all the pics. Now I'm sad that I spent the season working and not on my bike!!

Hope I see you out there on the roads.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:21 PM   #82
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You have me lamenting the poor use I made of time while living out west (work, work, work).

I need to get out there again someday. Thanks for the great photos.

I agree- I try to get out as much as I can, but there's vast amounts of stuff to ride and see...

Much of this thread is made up of photos over about the last 2-3 years- it likely looks like I get out more than I do....


I did however, get out early this morning before a few hours at work-

Antelope Island, out northwest of the greater Salt Lake area, sticks out into the big salty/stinky lake...

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The causeway, a long 4 mile straight out to the island

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A new twist- LOTS of birds this am, but this was a BIG flock of young geese

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Along some of the "beach"

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The other side of the island, from Buffalo Point

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Found a few of the buffalo herd (these things are big, and tasty if you get the chance )

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Lastly, the Utah Army Ranger memorial sits on the north end of the island- Thanks guys
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:25 PM   #83
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Real nice thread, thanks for all the pics. Now I'm sad that I spent the season working and not on my bike!!

Hope I see you out there on the roads.
Thanks Roach

I understand the work thing-- if we all just weren't so damn greedy , you know, wanting to eat and stuff
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:36 PM   #84
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Arches National park


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The big Arch

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Elephant Arch

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...and for those who like things two at a time--Double Arch
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #85
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Down the road a few miles (Hwy 191) from Moab, you'll find Wilson Arch just on the east side of the road...So climbed up in it

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Wilson arch, with a bad self portrait angle (my cheeks are not chubby) but at least I was smiling in this one (Lobster girl )

A few more miles and you run into this oddity--

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The "Hole in the Rock" home/diner/tourist stop. A very dilligent fellow, back in the 50's began to drill, blast, dig and clear out a shallow cave into a residence-- was also a diner for a time. His stuffed donkey still resides there, in the living room. THe place is like 4800 sq ft lots of touristy stuff for sale in the gift shops.

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A bust of FDR carved into the upper wall. Pretty talented
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:44 PM   #86
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While I love 2 lane highways, I (like most I'd guess) have a general adversion to Interstate freeway stuff (but is sometimes nessessary).

One exception is the stretch of I-70 from Moab/Green River to Richfield...
I'll admit these are not the best photo quality-- all were taken on the move

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Get to weave around through this...

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Now right..

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Across the valley to the next set

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getting al little closer (at somewhat better than "freeway speeds" )-- a good example of the Great Basin "Upthrust" that created so much color and terrain
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Yeah that stretch of I-70 is neat, except when going east and towing a giant 5th wheel and don't have an exhaust brake. Then it's just very slow as you try not to get going too fast and fry your brakes. :)

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:23 AM   #88
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Yeah that stretch of I-70 is neat, except when going east and towing a giant 5th wheel and don't have an exhaust brake. Then it's just very slow as you try not to get going too fast and fry your brakes. :)

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THere are a couple roller-coaster like sections
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Tonight, a few more from the lower entrance in Canyonlands--


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Newspaper Rock, outside of the entrance of Canyonlands proper-- the ancients left "messages" --

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Down a bit further on the wall

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Now entering the park

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"wooden shoe" arch

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can't remember crazy-red-rock-castle, something or other


Hope you're all still enjoying the ride
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:04 PM   #90
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Did that same route, beautiful roads. Great report.




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Fair enough, Dave........More Hwy 12

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What's not to like about this

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Red to White

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Back to Red (Between Escalante and Boulder) down...

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Up.......



Now, for the truly bizzare- I give you "The Hog's Back"-
A short 1 mile section before the climb up to Boulder Mountain, that has severe drops on BOTH sides (really odd to ride, having no background, some of the turns sort of get lost in the horizon)......

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Kinda tough to get the scale in a photo, but you get the idea


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A view off 9600 foot Boulder Mountain (the clouds really limited sight distance this day)
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