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Old 09-04-2012, 03:48 PM   #226
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Sad cliff hanger?
Oh, not at all - I didn't want to make it sound like we were glad/relieved the UTBDR was over!

We were only sad that it was the end of the trail.
I'll go fix that...


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thanks for the ride report LittleWan and big wan i have read a few you guys have
done and they allways impress
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:49 PM   #227
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:58 PM   #228
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You're just hoping for some shaved beaver next time...




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Old 09-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #230
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if you were serious:

The answer is NO - I don't share and he doesn't teach!
Seriously, I was thinking of the first time that my husband took me for a ride on our full suspension tandem mountain bike. We went down a twisty, rocky singletrack trail and all I could do was giggle my a$$ off. I imagine it would like that times 10 with Matt!

I mean, look at the stuff he rides with his eyes closed!


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Old 09-05-2012, 07:05 AM   #231
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Kelly , following along as usual . I love your style of story telling along with a great mix of pictures and video . It still boggles my mind that you guys cruse through trails two up that would scare the crap out of me by myself on my WeeStrom . Hats off to Matt's skills piloting the school bus and yours for riding pillion . Can hardly wait until you get to "our" section , the WABDR . Planing on a late sept. go at it . Thanks again for all your hard work in doing a great ride report , once again !
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:46 AM   #232
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I imagine it would like that times 10 with Matt!
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Can hardly wait until you get to "our" section , the WABDR . Planing on a late sept. go at it . Thanks again for all your hard work in doing a great ride report , once again !

Thanks, Gramp-Z! So glad you're following along with us.
Hope you can hang in there til the WABDR!








Day 17: 7/8/12
Beaver View CG to Garden City, UT 159 miles




Today’s map.
I’m going to miss the UTBDR map, with the pretty colors and all:




This day would cover the last bit of Section 5, along with Section 6.




We took the alternate route, but it’s not bad at all.
It’s a tiny bit rocky...














Still not sure why it was an alternate route...






Oh, maybe it was the water crossing...






My notes say this is Bear River. In the beginning of July, it was deep.






Hard to tell from this photo, but it was moving pretty fast, too.





We thought about trying to cross.
Our bags are waterproof...
Except for the tank bag full of electronics.
It sure would suck to drown the bike.
(KTMs do not dive well)


I threw a rock into the deepest part...ooh. That was a loooong splash.
It must be at least 4 feet deep.
Shoot.
I couldn't even wade across, I'd have to swim...



I took a flower photo for Ladybug while we mulled it over.




Why are we even considering this? Idiots!
We passed dozens of trailers and 5th wheels out here.
There’s obviously another way across.


Sure enough, there was a road that went over Bear River.
I almost forgot to take a photo.
This is looking back - that white trailer is crossing the bridge or whatever it was (culvert?)
Turns out this is probably the non-alternate part of the UTBDR.






Now this is more like it.






It was a day of easy forest roads.






and easy trails through meadows.














Trees.







No trees.







The road to Evanston.





Wyoming, here we come!






Hmmm. What’s this?






Whoa. Sheep.






Lots of them.






At the end, there was one lone sentry - alert and ready.
Good dog!
(I'm told that this is most likely a Kuvasz. Thanks for the info, NoVa Rider!)






Cows.












Evanston, Wyoming was an interesting place.
Pyros.
(considering that the west was on fire during this time, I hope this place wasn’t open)






Dinosaurs.








and cheap gas.






Back on the road.





I noticed that this guy was stuck on the GoPro...
He was okay - I pulled him off and he flew away...






The Cache Forest was lovely.






More trees.






More meadows.






It was hot. Matt wanted to swim in this gross little pond.
Joann Spring.





Can you see him in this pic?
He’s down there, laughing.
I had just yelled, “Oh hai, I’m in my bathing suit!”




He decided to pass.
It was all swampy and surrounded by muddy hoof prints.
Not that inviting for a swim.





















Bug.
Who likes bug photos? raise your hand.
I took a bunch on this ride.
They were always hitting Matt’s helmet and falling into my lap.







These are the kinds of roads where we just chit chat.





















Hello bull.













I’m not sure if this was on the official trail or if this is Norm’s handiwork...
We went through this tunnel thing.






Onto a narrow trail.






It felt like the back way into Bear Lake...






Through a nice neighborhood.






And then onto the pavement to Garden City.






Interesting yard art






We felt compelled to get raspberry milkshakes - apparently that's the thing to do at the end of the UTBDR.
OK.

But of course it was a Sunday, so most places were closed.
We tried this place (with the giant bear).
Long lines, slow service, annoying customers.
Sigh.





We couldn’t hang so we ended up back at the gas station.
Their sign said they were voted “best milkshakes of 2011.”
You did it! Congratulations!







There it is, the best milkshake of 2011.





I wanted to just share a milkshake, but BigWan said NO.
He wanted his very own.





Fine. Get me one. I had a few bites and then made him finish it.
Aha. That was his plan all along...






All I wanted was a grape slushee!
And she wouldn’t give it to me!
They did have orange. It was tasty.





Well, we had finished the UTBDR. Now what?
I have to say, it was a bit anticlimactic.


The UTBDR was fantastic, we loved it.
But it deserves more than a measly milkshake finale.
Maybe as more people complete the trail, a more fitting celebration will emerge.


Now that it was over, we were lost.
It was early and we could have kept riding, but we had no idea where to go.
Neither one of us had ever stayed at a KOA, so we gave that a shot.






Mostly because they had a pool






The tent spots were pretty sucky.
It was 95 and they were in full sun.
The grassy spots were wet (sprinklers) and the dry spots were gravely.
We went for a cabin.






They had a tractor in the play area.






Hmm. You know what that means...
Tractor pic!







After a swim, Matt made dinner.






Appetizers.
(I had been craving snap peas and ate most of that bag, raw.
)





Dinner.
Cheese wieners with hot cock sauce.





And, look - none of that silly 3.2% stuff...
4% beer!






Which naturally led to miniature golf.






And not just any miniature golf,
but sad campground miniature golf.





A hole in one!
YAY, BigWan!





Matt had asked the lady at the desk how hot the cabins get.
She said, “Oh they cool off at night. We always have a breeze...”
Uh huh. Riiiiight.


The room was like an oven.
It had been in the 90s all day and those stupid logs just radiate heat.






We would have been better off pitching our tent next to the cabin.
Lesson learned. No more KOAs for us.








So, that concludes our take on the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route.
It was 5 days (not counting the lay day in Moab) of great riding and beautiful scenery.
An awesome trail.





Thanks to the BDR guys for putting it together and sharing it with the rest of us!!





(See you when we get to Washington for the WABDR)






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Old 09-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #233
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Great stuff. I'm still glued to this one... may need to see my optometrist about removing the 20" monitor-shaped growth on my eyeballs.

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And, look - none of that silly 3.2% stuff...
4% beer!
I hate to be a debbie-downer and mention this (but I'm going to anyway). 3.2% beer is by weight, which is the same as 4% by volume.

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #234
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Great stuff. I'm still glued to this one... may need to see my optometrist about removing the 20" monitor-shaped growth on my eyeballs.


I hate to be a debbie-downer and mention this (but I'm going to anyway). 3.2% beer is by weight, which is the same as 4% by volume.

Haha, of course you're right.

I was just kidding anyway, I mean .8%? who cares?


Four Loko (from the summer of stupid) is something like 12% alcohol (by volume)
"Blackout in a can"



nice pic of Debbie, by the way!

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Old 09-05-2012, 01:25 PM   #235
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Milkshakes

Somehow I had ascertained (correctly, I might add ) that Big Wan has NEVER been into SHARING milkshakes.

Or any other food for that matter!

I think I may have figured out what is wearing out those K60s so quickly!

Thanks again Wans for all the entertainment. You two are the best!

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Old 09-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #236
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KOA is AOK


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Old 09-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #237
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This ride report just keep delivering. It has it all.

Flowers


Critters


A pup that brought a big smile to my face


Norm taking the Wans on grand adventures down fun looking trails.


And best of all The Wans sharing it all with us.




That ice cream looks pretty good too.

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for ID/BC/WA/OR.

Kelly, next time I see you I hope that we're some where where I can take you out for a meal to thank you for all the hard work you do on these reports. Maybe I'll find an ice cream cone for Matt to thank him for driving the school bus so you can take pictures.

The two of you are the best.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #238
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I think those milkshake pics are a fitting end to the utah chapter of this grand adventure. Great pics of the two of you. My lovely wife kind of does the opposite, she'll insist on not getting her own ice cream then proceed to eat most of mine. . I think BigWan had the right tactic...

Now onto the next chapter, Idaho...mush...
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #239
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At the end, there was one lone sentry - alert and ready.
Good dog!
(I'm told that this is most likely a Kuvasz. Thanks for the info, NoVa Rider!)


are you sure thats not Sam?

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Do you two lose weight on these trips? Looks like a lot of physical activity.
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