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Old 05-04-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hey doc, how do I use the sling while I'm on my crutches?

April 29, 2012

I got my field guys lined out on Friday so I could take Monday off and do an overnight ride/camp in southeast Utah.
I left Durango early Sunday morning and headed west. Mancos to Dolores, then up over the mesa and across the Dolores below McPhee Reservoir.


My first camp/ride with the 950! Got all the gear packed and ready to go.

The Abajo Mountains in Utah from western Colorado-


The Sleeping Ute Range in SW Colorado

The Dolores River Valley



I was able to cross Hwy 491 and continue on back roads through Hovenweep National Monument and into Utah. Stopped for food/fuel/water in Blanding and headed west on 95 to Cottonwood Road. This is a dirt road that goes up to the southern edge of the Abajos.



Lunch up top



Some good views of the canyon country below.




And past the Bear's Ears before heading down to the desert....


to be continued (believe me, I have some spare time this weekend).
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Sounds bad.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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Sounds bad.
Coulda used a doc on the trail, doc.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:30 PM   #5
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After descending to Hwy 95 I took a few minutes to study my options. That was my first time through that route and it was beautiful, but I was in need of something slightly more difficult. I decided on Snow Flats Road from above the Moki Dugway down to comb wash. On the way south towards the FS road the only traffic I saw was about 40 hd's heading north. Beautiful day for a ride.
Snow Flats Road was what I was looking for. Pretty much the limit for me solo. The conditions vary from slickrock-dirt-sand. After descending half way I recalled a family camp trip to this road a few years back. We were there on a Labor Day weekend and didn't see another person for two days. We ended up leaving a day early due to the heat.
Down towards the bottom it gets a bit sandy. I got through one stretch and as I am finishing the thought that "Shit, I only made it through with the right mix of throttle and luck" I am into the next stretch of deep sand. Not so lucky with this one and I took a tumble to the left into some soft sand. The big bike was easier to pick up then I expected. I wasn't hurt and was able to mount and ride it out.
Here's a few pics of the Comb Ridge from along the road.
Starting at the north.









I took one more stop before heading onto the highway and west.


The plan from here is to take the long way to my campsite. As I am not sure where I am camping that should not be a problem.
I decide to take the Valley of the Gods Road from the south with a few things in mind. I could scope out the camping spots so that if nothing else, I could back track to here for the night.

A few pics through Valley of the Gods...




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Old 05-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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After coming out on the highway south of the moki dugway I headed south to the Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park. Not much camping, unless you are in an RV. What a view, though.





Down to Mexican Hat for fuel and water. After that I decided to go back to the Valley of the Gods and a nice camp spot I had used on another trip,




Dinner and a 'Lucky U" IPA. mmmm....



The night was calm and warm. And that is enough one handed typing for now....
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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I woke up early as usual. After a breakfast of coffee, oatmeal and dried fruit I took a hike up canyon.
Found this cool natuarl arch. It's only about 2feet tall.

Another view from the hike...


The plan today is to take an indirect route home. I'm thinking north on 263 up the moki dugway....





Then East on 95 through Comb Ridge...









The plan from here is a road I've been on a few times in the past 15 years. Butler Wash road heads south along the east side of Comb Ridge connecting Hwy's 95 and 262. We first came here camping and exploring the numerous Anasazi cliff dwellings and rock art that exist in the canyons up and down the ridge. I have since been on this route both directions with my GS.
Well, I'm about 2 miles from the highway heading south. The light on the ridge is spectacular and I am looking for a good spot to stop for a pic. I'm sorta high up in 2nd gear and drop into one of the numerous drainages. Bad line, too much speed and I realize "this is bad".
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #8
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I was in the steepest section of the descent over rock towards a short - like ten feet- sandy bottom followed by a 4 inch ledge. At this point I was braking and sliding. Into the sandy bottom while braking, I lost direction and hit the 4 inch ledge at an angle. Sorta high sided. More than a low side, that's for sure. The momentum carried me and the bike forward another 15 feet or so where we came to a rest. My right foot was pinned under the panier, hard landing on my right elbow and my left foot was caught between the mirror and the handlebar on that side. I was able to hit the kill switch and tear myself loose.
I was able to right the bike and hobble to some shade. Ouch.
I'm able to walk, but some pain in the right ankle. My elbow is sore and I know it is going to swell. Nothing 'feels' broken.


I take a look at the right side of the bike. Lost a turn signal. The tank guards did their job but will need to be replaced, or bent back into shape. Panier is bent, no cracks though.
What's the plan now? I'm less than 2 miles in from the north so I decide to back track to 95 and stay paved routes home.
I can feel my elbow swelling. Ouch. By the time I stopped for lunch in Cortez I had trouble walking.
In the garage I stripped out of the riding gear. The right boot took some work.
The bump on my elbow looks bad.

After shower I rotated ice on/off for twenty minute stretches for the rest of the day.
Tuesday and a trip to the doc. Nothing broken, just bruised. Sprained right ankle.
So the doc writes in my release form to keep right arm in sling. While my foot is in an air splint and I can't put any weight on it.
Glad I was ATGAT. Everything took a hit.
It's gonna be a long heal.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for the report mate. Great photos up till the one of your busted up elbow, that looks rather painful. I suppose you have to look at the bright side there is nothing broken .
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #10
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That hurts just looking at it, sure hope the healing goes well.

Do hope you are able to make the Austin Vince show at Basin Motorcycle ,Mancos, on May 16th.

see ya there,
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:04 PM   #11
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Geezz, DADDO! Was thinking I accidentally hit Face Plant! Heal-up dood!
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #12
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Dayum. That is your elbow? Thought it looked like a knee/leg.....

Get well soon.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:10 AM   #13
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I was enjoying the RR, right up to the picture of the elbow. Heal up quick-summer is coming.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #14
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Holy shit Josh!! Cool report up until the get-off. Ouch.
Glad you made it through with no major damage!
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Thanks for the good thoughts and well wishes.
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