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Old 08-28-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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Gaspipe's 2011 Western Desert Tour.....

It's been a while since I had the time to pen a ride report to share here in ADV. A wobbly economy made for a way to get some time away from responsibility, and hit the western deserts of the ol' USA and spend some time riding. A great place for me to rethink my strategy in life. Is there one?

I spent a night going over the 950 Super Enduro, checking the valves, cleaning the float bowls (fuel really sux these days) and reinstalling close to OEM jetting, installing new filters, refitting an auxiliary fuel tank, a set of homebuilt Dirt Bagz brackets, and slapping on a new 908 rear and a 606 front tire.

I pretty much dislike crossing the middle of the USA these days, having done it so many times, so I put the bike in the back of the old GMC, and headed west with no particular place to start, other than somewhere above a mile high. My old riding buddy, JumpingChollo answered the call, and we picked a place to meet up near Holbrook, AZ. He and I have been riding together for about 40 years now, primarily in dirt. How cool is that? 1,500 miles and 24 hours later, we hook up. The big surprise? He has a 950 SE also. We spent a little time rejetting it, and deemed it ready to go.

Off and running, heading northeast towards St. Johns and the New Mexico state line, no particular destination in mind, as long as we're in the dirt most of the way.



Yep, feels like home.





I set a goal: let's get as far away from civilization as we can. We agree to ride a convoluted path to achieve same.



That's not Salt Lake City, either.

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Old 08-28-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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I wish I was out there. I'll settle for your RR, tomorrow. I have to get some sleep.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #4
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Gear is minimal. No tents, no sleeping bags. Tubes, tools, patches and socks are pretty much all we're carrying. We're planning on bivouacking, but in the no frills way. The way we used to do it. A poly space blanket is all I'm carrying - the same one I carried when I rode the TAT in 2006. I think BigDog dubbed it "camp gaspipe".

Cyphering with the 276C, I plot a path around people.



'Chollo's bike hasn't yet been fit with his aux fuel system (should be really trick and cool too), so that throws a bit of a monkey wrench into the route planning. But I'm carrying about 250 miles of fuel range, so I use that to help me plan.



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Old 08-28-2011, 10:44 PM   #5
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I wish I was out there. I'll settle for your RR, tomorrow. I have to get some sleep.


This one's gonna take some time.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:51 AM   #6
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
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Off and running, heading northeast towards St. Johns and the New Mexico state line, no particular destination in mind, as long as we're in the dirt most of the way.
I set a goal: let's get as far away from civilization as we can. We agree to ride a convoluted path to achieve same.
What an awesome adventure philosophy! I tend to over-plan trips, drawing tracks, looking a photos, finding campsites at home in advance tends to get tiring and sets too many expectations.
I think leaving some unknowns in the adventure adds spice, and lets things unfold in a more natural way.
Cant wait for more! Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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We climbed off the valley floor where Salt Lake had been generally northward towards Fence Lake and to Gallup beyond.



A few miles of asphalt.....north of Fence Lake....



And we wander back into the desert of the Zuni/Navajo Reservations.



As the sun began to set, we had two options. A fleabag motel in Gallup, or find a stealthy spot and do some primitive camping. We chose the latter. I found a remote spot not visible from the road. In fact, it's rather hard to not find a remote spot where we were.

Dinner was beef jerky, peanuts and a few shots of....



....And we called it a day. Since it was hot and dry, I used my space blanket as a lean-to. We got started late today, but still managed to cover a couple hundred miles of mostly all dirt. The bikes feel good, but better yet, *I* feel good. This is going to be a good ride. I can feel it.

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Old 08-29-2011, 10:25 AM   #10
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What an awesome adventure philosophy!
Thanks! I generally like to let the ride just flow and decide what to do as opportunity presents itself.

Takes a lot of pressure off
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #12
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Go Gaspipe Go!


It usually takes about a days ride to get away from all the everyday problems of life.

I'm N! Thanks for the report!
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:02 AM   #13
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We woke early. You always do when you sleep outside. As we packed up, we discussed which way to go. 'Chollo mentioned getting onto the CDT to gain some altitude and get out of the day's heat. We could easily do that by going west to Quemado and getting fuel, then make a run around the west side of the Malpais by the ashcones, and then up onto the western flanks of the dormant volcano of Mt Taylor.

Or we could bite the bullet and blast north. The Super Enduros are perfectly happy pulling some highway miles and putting us somewhere we know a lot less well than the roads around here. That sounded good.

We cruised into Gallup and got fuel. Both bikes are getting nearly 50mpg right now, so we have about 160 miles of range in Chollo's bike, and about 100 more than that in mine. We could do 200+ between both bikes. That should be fine.

We left Gallup and headed north on 491 towards the 4 corners area.



We droned along, wondering why NM's DOT decided that it needed to spend $25 million to make some of the highway 4 lane out here in the middle of the Navajo Reservation.

Passing through Ship Rock.



My camera battery died. I didn't set up a charge method for it, so I'll have to 'borrow' an outlet somewhere ahead. We crossed into Colorado, and got fuel in Cortez. I found an unoccupied outlet and inserted the camera battery charger while we had a burger. It was hot, about 95 degrees, so a little shade, some food and a quart of Gatorade was as good as it could be.

The charger light went green, and we hit the road again. We decided to head a few miles north to Dove Creek, and hop onto the TransAm Trail for a bit.

But first a little fun on a little section of singletrack I knew of...



As we intercepted the TAT, I was somewhat disappointed in that some of it was paved in the last five years. I suppose that is an eventuality for almost all of it as time marches forward.

The La Sal mountains!



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Old 08-29-2011, 03:36 PM   #14
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Im in, need something like a Gaspipe RR to get me thru this grind.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:13 PM   #15
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