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Old 01-18-2013, 10:02 PM   #496
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Been way too cold in Southern Utah

Yeah, samthg -- it has been too quiet on the moto front. Temps have been cold. Lots of ice around St. George in the mornings. Pretty unusual. Also been busy with all the regular routines of life. Plus starting a new Boy Scout Troop, and getting ready for my son's last Pinewood Derby race as a Cub Scout. We have lots of victories, so high expectations!

Your 1% clear day in SoCal post got a lot of deserved mileage. I've looked back through it a few times.

Regarding the Utah roadside history book -- probably good stuff. Exploring out of the way places and discovering the lesser known bits of local history has been a real highlight of the moto riding. Easy to find stuff most folks would never come across. In addition to amazing scenery, lightly travelled roads, and some very nice people, Southwest Utah is home to some very unique local history. I'll leave it at that.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:13 PM   #497
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After nearly 40 years of snowmobiling I would have to say that one of the best inventions is the "Snobunge" This towing device allows a stuck sled to be pulled out with another sled. Glad you are enjoying your sleds! Got to go get on mine now. Hopefully the temp in NE UT gets above 0 today. Great posts. keep them coming. One of these days I will make one of your inmate rides or run across you out there. I'll be the guy with short legs on a KTM 950SE giving you the ADV salute.
Good call, DirtyJohnny. Had these on order before your heads up. Been sitting in my garage waiting for our next trip to Brian Head to play with the sleds. Will be happening this three-day weekend. I doubled down -- went for the hand pull extraction tool (Rattler), plus the sled-to-sled (Cobra).

Plug for website: http://snobunje.com/public/index.php Guy who runs the company will answer the phone.



Youtube clip of the Snowbunje Cobra in action.

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Weather finally warmed up a bit in the last few days. Been spending time at Brian Head on the skis, and out with the snowmobiles. Bought a bunch of industrial strength tubes for pulling kids (and wife!) behind the sleds through the Brian Head Meadow. Great fun. My wife took over sled driving responsibilities and tried to launch me by accelerating through a turn and waiting for the "boomerang effect" to send me flying. Payback coming. All good fun! Kid loves to see the parents go sailing. He's very good at hanging on through the bumps! I'll try for a few pics next time.

Moto pic. Had most of the bikes out for a bit of maintenance. Took each for short spin around the neighborhood.




Our Cub Scout Pack just had its Pinewood Derby. My son's car won 1st place for the Webelos 5. He's had some fast cars over the years. Pics of past winners on page 15.




And a close up of the car. Note the graphite stains on the yellow paint near the rear wheels. We are liberal with the graphite. Makes the car look like a real racer!




Took the V out around town today. Business trip to San Diego in the next few days. Looks like the weather will be warmer and dry so riding the V looks like the way to go.




Always like the contrast between the green V and red rocks of Southern Utah. Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe out there.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:04 PM   #499
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Wow!! This thread has been fun to follow, I had to blow through it just so I could see the pictures! Not trying to hijack your thread, but your definitely the guru for southern Utah, so I need to ask you a question. My brother in law and I are planning to come down to St. George the third weekend in march with our bikes. We may have two, single day ride opportunities, and wondered if you have a recommendation. The only thing I could find is the Toroweap road out of southern St. George, which we may take, but would prefer more single track trail like places. Any thoughts Red Rock Rider? My son may come too, so nothing too technical for at least one of the days.... Thanks my man, and if you'd prefer PM, I'm happy to do that.

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Hey Duhfactor - Thanks! Gotta hand it to you on the name.

Two best areas for single track riding around St. George are: 1) Warner Valley (east side) and 2) past Navajo Drive in Bloomington (west side). Warner Valley is much more extensive although both areas offer multiple days of riding including single track and dirt roads (various quality). I ride from Navajo Drive more often as this is my backyard.

The ride out to Toroweap (and back) is an all day affair. Most of it is fast, smooth dirt. The last few miles are the most scenic, but all of it displays the vastness of the AZ Strip. The route directly south from St. George (River Road) via Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse is slightly longer, but better than the straight dirt roads from Colorado City or Kanab.

The Toroweap Overlook is perhaps the best for the entire Grand Canyon. Sheer cliffs drop to river level with views of water straight below.

Lots of rides listed on page 1. Also a few $$$ for a Benchmark Map is well spent.

Late March should be a great time for riding around St. George. But, be cautious on the AZ Strip if recent rain (snow). Elevation is higher than St. George and some of the roads are really prone to sticky, slick mud. 60 miles is a long way back to pavement if your back wheel won't turn due to mud.
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Hey Duhfactor - Thanks! Gotta hand it to you on the name.

Two best areas for single track riding around St. George are: 1) Warner Valley (east side) and 2) past Navajo Drive in Bloomington (west side). Warner Valley is much more extensive although both areas offer multiple days of riding including single track and dirt roads (various quality). I ride from Navajo Drive more often as this is my backyard.

The ride out to Toroweap (and back) is an all day affair. Most of it is fast, smooth dirt. The last few miles are the most scenic, but all of it displays the vastness of the AZ Strip. The route directly south from St. George (River Road) via Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse is slightly longer, but better than the straight dirt roads from Colorado City or Kanab.

The Toroweap Overlook is perhaps the best for the entire Grand Canyon. Sheer cliffs drop to river level with views of water straight below.

Lots of rides listed on page 1. Also a few $$$ for a Benchmark Map is well spent.

Late March should be a great time for riding around St. George. But, be cautious on the AZ Strip if recent rain (snow). Elevation is higher than St. George and some of the roads are really prone to sticky, slick mud. 60 miles is a long way back to pavement if your back wheel won't turn due to mud.
Thanks my man, I think warner Valley or out in your neck of the woods sounds more fun for this trip. I was hoping my brother in law was going to make it with us, but it looks like he's not going to be able to come. I may not have anyone to ride with potentially. I will be able to ride thursday March 21st, and Friday March 22nd. Any chance you'ld want to get together and do a little riding? I'm also wondering if Warner valley is doable on a big bike, like KTM 990? I don't want to sound presumptious here, but I don't like to ride alone for safety reasons, one cracked rib and....... I was hoping to get a little more familiar with the area so that I can bring family back later on to ride again. Heck, maybe there's a group of people who would like to go?Do you have a map recomendation? I'm assuming a Utah trail map?

Thanks Partner, I appreciate the help!
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Lots of variety in Warner Valley -- dirt roads, open washes, single track, sand. KTM 990 will be fine for most. Might be a handful for some areas. Benchmark Maps are the best. Buy the Utah book, covers the whole state. Smaller detail not shown, for that you can try some Google Maps, or just go check it out in person. Nothing beats a first hand look.

Not sure of my schedule that far out, might be Spring skiing, might be working. Generally, there are at least a few people around in Warner Valley.
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Business in San Diego last week. Rather than blasting the cage down I-15, took the Versys on some twisty backroads! Fun. Cooperative weather. Took 2 days down, and then 2 days back. About 1200 miles total. The V was flawless, other than a loose mirror which required a few adjustments. The Versys is not really a touring bike, but it is very capable of eating up the miles. Never left pavement, but made a point to seek out some less travelled twisty two lane roads. CA has a lot to offer the moto rider. I've been to many of these places before, but also covered lots of new territory. Good times, plus all of my gas money counts as a business expense!

For general orientation, here's the map of So Cal.



Left St. George about noon last Tuesday. Waited for it to warm up a bit because I knew the descent down I-15 through the AZ Gorge to Overton, NV would be the coldest part of the next week.

From Overton took the back road along the edge of Lake Mead National Recreation Area to Henderson, NV.

From Henderson south to Searchlight, NV. Continued south into CA, eventually to Blythe for night one.

Second day of moto riding from Blythe via Glamis, Calexico, Jacumba, Lake Otay, and Coronado to San Diego.

Three nights in San Diego - no moto riding.

On the return, I exit San Diego quickly via Interstate 8 east. Rte 79 north to Julian. Followed by Ocotillo Wells, Salton Sea Beach, Mecca, and Joshua Tree National Park. Overnight in Twentynine Palms.

Last day is Amboy, Kelso (), Nipton, and back to Searchlight. From Las Vegas I blasted up I-15 to be home in time for the SuperBowl. Lots of scenic country out there.

Here's some pics from my first day:

Stopped by wife's office for the good-bye kiss and photo opp in the parking lot. She had a light schedule that day and was happy to send me off.




Some cheap gas in Nevada. Easy to see $4-5 gas in CA. Keep that tank full before crossing the border!




Two awesome green machines. My kid thinks this is a funny picture. I have another pic of the bike with a green tractor in CA. He's amused. This is how Daddy entertains himself. Driving his green motorcycle around the country looking for other large green objects to park next to and take photos. Very strange in the mind of an 11-year old.




This is still only 1-2 hours from St. George, near Valley of Fire State Park in NV. I'll have to be going back here. Most of the paved road is newly surfaced and smooth as glass. Lots of nice curves and elevation changes. And scenery! Take your National Park Pass for the exit near Las Vegas.




Typical scenery. I only took a few pics since this is still my "backyard." I was motoring along saving photo time for new territory further south.




Super smooth curves with little traffic!




Roadside signs explain the geology.




Bowl of Fire. Would have been nicer to have a deep blue sky and even more sun, but I had good riding weather and it had now warmed up by mid-afternoon and with the elevation decline from St. George.




The outflow from Lake Las Vegas down to Lake Mead.




More cheap gas in Henderson, NV. Versys probably got about 50 mpg, but I never measured. Made it a point to top up the tank prior to heading out on open stretches of road. Never even came close to hitting reserve.




Far southern Nevada. Never been here before. About 45 minutes south of Las Vegas. All the basics are available, gas, food, lodging if necessary. Like all respectable Nevada towns, there is a casino.




Mining towns, even 100+ years later, show their genetic make-up. Mining and railroad towns tend to be much more interesting than agricultural towns. Unsavory characters must provide some type of enduring appeal.



Town park:




Cart.




The ore bucket that was hoisted from below.




Winch.




I wouldn't plan a vacation around Searchlight, NV, but if you are passing through take a few moments. Continuing south on 95 is the crossing into CA just north of Needles.




Found some good curves in the Sacramento Mountains south of Needles. Finally got to put a little bit of wear on the edges of the tires. Some dips also added to the fun factor. Amazingly, I saw no cop cars, no speeding traps, and no tickets during all the motorbike time. I did see lots of Border Patrol cars further south, but not yet.




Really enjoying this part of the ride. All new territory. Just west of Lake Havasu.




Curves!!! Versys excels here. Rides a bit different with full panniers, but still very quick and smooth.




Further south the crossroads at Vidal Junction. Gas and a convenience store.




I could bypass this Agricultural Inspection Station. They were set-up to catch bad guys inadvertently bringing in fruit from Parker, AZ.




Late afternoon. Decided that Blythe would be home for the night. I'm sure there were some fine accommodations awaiting me.




CA sunset.




Close to Blythe you start to see the irrigation canals. We Americans seem to be doing a pretty good job using up most of the Colorado River before it crosses over to our friends in Mexico. Complex issue. Nice photo!




Living large. Lots of choices, but all looked pretty similar. One night, shower and ride. $50 will get it done.




Fine dining also. The glamorous food would come in San Diego with others picking up the tab. Simple food just seemed right.




Thanks for riding along. Blythe to San Diego coming soon.
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Nice RR. I'm setting my V up as a touring bike. I'll be up your way at some point on the V. I'm not comfortable on the super slab, but I'm going to overcome that and ride the 15 up to Zion and points around there.
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Sounds great. I'm trying to round up a few, or a bunch of people to go down and get together those couple of days. So far, coming up with very little. If it works out for you, it would be great to meet up and have a ride. From the sound of it, one can rummage around all over down there, aye? I guess I could just mark a way point on the GPS at the entry, so I could find my way back somehow. Does one need to bring extra fuel? It sounds like a great area to ride, and I'm looking forward to coming down. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know, I'm all ears :)

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Old 02-06-2013, 02:33 PM   #507
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Hey R3, I've lived in St. George for about 5 years, but I just recently picked up a 2007 Kawi 250s. Looking to get out and do some exploring!! I don't think I can get out as much as you do, but it sure would be nice to ride with someone familiar with the area trails. I'm not new to riding, but I have taken a looong hiatus and phsyched to get back into it. Any group rides coming up?
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When our daughter and her husband lived in Cali. we took those same "shortcuts" - I love that part of California and Nevada.

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Thanks for riding along inmates!

Sam These are some of your roads coming up in the next few days.

Tony - For riding directly from Las Vegas to St. George there is no way to avoid all of I-15. I actually enjoy the ride up through the Virgin River Gorge and have done it on all my bikes, including the mighty TW200 when returning from rides in the Mesquite area and racing against darkness. If you want to avoid I-15 through the Gorge, you can exit at Beaver Dam, AZ and take Old Highway 91 around the backside of the Utah Hill and enter St. George via Santa Clara. This is an excellent motorbike road. Overall much better than the roads around Zion, although not as scenic.

You also avoid part of I-15 by using the frontage road (south side of I-15) from Riverside (south of Mesquite) up to Littlefield, AZ. Good motorbike road. No traffic. Curves. At least this can provide a respite from the trucks of I-15.

Another much longer way to avoid most of the I-15 superslab is to get on Nevada 93 just north of Las Vegas. North to Alamo, then to Caliente, over to Beryl Junction, UT. Then south on UT 18 to Enterprise and St. George. Or from Beryl Junction to east Cedar City, then up 14 (Cedar Canyon) to some very cool high country. These are all excellent motorbike roads is you have time and are interested in taking the route less travelled. See you up here on the V.

Duhfactor - you won't need "extra" gas for Warner Valley unless you are really ripping. And yes, in Warner Valley you can go almost anywhere. If venturing out onto the AZ Strip you will definitely need gas. Loooong distances and no back-up. Give me a "heads up" when your plans are firm. You can't go wrong riding around St. George.

MtnClimber - Hey a local No rides planned at the moment. But, the days are getting longer and the weather should warm up as we go from Feb to March. Way to pick up the Kawi dual sport. Great bike. Let me know when you want to go. We'll try and make something happen.

Rick - "Shortcuts" - always lookin' for the road less traveled. Springtime is coming. Hope all is well in Dove Creek.
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Day Two on the bike. Things were good.

Always interesting to see what inmates are packing. Pretty simple set-up since I was staying in hotels. Clothes in bag plus shoes. The other side case had small backpack with food, water, a few tools. Gloves and rain gear. And of course Benchmark, CA. Didn't really need it during the days, but always took a careful look at night.




Really enjoyed the morning ride south from Blythe through the Palo Verde Valley. First up close look at the all irrigation canals and agriculture of SoCal. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip and all totally unexpected. One the real joys of backroad travel via moto!




Irrigation canal.




Morning shadow. I'm always out at sunset, but not on the bike very often in the early morning hours. This was nice. One of the real benefits of multi-day moto travels.




Great combinations of canals, trees, and mountains.




Impressive rows. I was always fascinated with these as a kid. Still caught my eye and made me stop.




I'm primarily on CA 78, eventually heading south and west towards Glamis.




Classics.




And more California classics.




Flooded rice field ??? My son looks at this pic and says "that's not right." As a 5th grader he has a sense that this is a wasteful use of water. We live in the desert. Our front yard is rocks.




An active canal.




Perhaps my son's favorite pic. "Daddy does like to drive around and take photos of his bike next to big green things."




Leaving the flat lands. We get a little desert, mountains with twists and turns. Nice riding. Good to put some lean into the bike. No traffic.




The scenery looks familiar to me. We have a plant just like this in our front yard.




Silhouette of the V.




Obligatory mirror shot.




Glamis. aka Algodones Dunes or Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.




Glamis Toys.




And more toys.




The effects of sun and wind.




Front loader for clearing drifts across the road.




Just before Brawley south on CA 111 to Calexico.




Nice. No smell in the area. Perhaps it wasn't operational.




That's a big facility.




Elevation 1.




Took a break and really enjoyed poking around Calexico for a bit. Border towns always have their unique culture.




Way more Spanish than English. Not surprising.




Downtown Calexico.




Leaving Calexico on 98 West, just north of Mexico border. Abandoned building. Reminds me of some places in Utah. Pic time.




Looking out.




First sign for San Diego. But I was good on time and taking all the slower roads just north of the border. Avoided I-8 except for a short unavoidable stretch up through the In-Ko-Pah Gorge.




These exits in the Yuha Desert caught my eye. Found the signage humorous.




This place had a different look and feel to it. Really dry. Different plants than what I had seen so far. Started to see lots of border patrol SUVs in this area. It would be this way from here all the way to San Diego. Giant game of cat and mouse.




Looks familiar. I might have to rig up something like this for pulling kids on tubes behind the snow machines at Brian Head. Although I think it will be more fun to let the tubes run free to take full advantage of the "pendulum" effect.




Wind power. Although today it was very calm. Only a few were moving.




Mountain Springs Station.




Big view back down to the wind turbines.




Welcome to California. Earning its reputation for craziness.




A pretty elaborate display of aliens.












Leaving the aliens . . .




Jacumba.




Border fence with Mexico.




Getting closer to San Diego. We are in the mountains again. Good curvy roads.




Campo area, near the Pacific Crest Trailhead.




Late lunch.




Food pic. Only average at best, but still a nice break.




More motorbike roads. Starting to see guys on sport bikes venturing out from San Diego.




Took the Otay Lakes Road, staying as far south as possible. Lower Otay Lake was very scenic.




Dead trees in one corner of the reservoir.




Just beyond Otay Lake you enter the sprawl of greater San Diego. I came down Telegraph Canyon Road and made my way towards Silver Strand Beach. CA gas prices.




This was going to be a good way to get up to downtown San Diego. Good fun driving up across the Coronado Bridge.




Final pic from Silver Stand Beach of the Pacific Ocean with a container ship on the horizon.




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