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Old 08-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Rwelch360 View Post
This couldn't have come at a better time for me because I still have about a month of recovery from my broken leg (not bike related) and have been super bored.
Sorry to hear about your leg! what a waste of a summer vacation heal up soon!

Originally Posted by Tn. Walrus View Post
Love it! Make sand and loose rock your favorite!! I watched the Klim video. The appear to be quite taken with Matt. I thought I saw him in there 4 or 5 times! I see you guys are rocking the Klim gear also. I sure love mine.
Hmm. Well, he is kinda big and hard to miss...
Yeah, our old gear was literally coming apart at the seams so it was time for some new stuff.
So far so good - we've been testing the hell out of it, too.

Originally Posted by Bgunn View Post
Keep it coming I'm taking notes...
Yay, 2up! Stick around - it would be nice if someone learned from our mistakes

Originally Posted by larryboy View Post
Is that a new design for the cones? Easier to make? Cheater cones.

That's an awfully big bike for Cap'n Backflip.

Hell yeah it's cheating! Those crocheted ones take like 5 hrs, maybe more - the new ones are much faster.
Pretty soon the cone fairy will have to start looking for a chinese sweatshop...
(humph. matt just said, "you ARE a chinese sweatshop" )

Cap'n Backflip?
I'm not touching that with a 10 ft pole...

Hi Sam! hi wachs!
hi everyone!

OK, just a quick breakfast and I'll be back with Day 2...

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:49 AM   #32
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Hey guys it was great meeting you two on the wabdr. You two inspired me to ride some 2up dirt with my kids and wife in the future. Look forward to the rest of your RR.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:53 AM   #33
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SWEET!!! Bring it on, I can't wait for this report.
one day I will learn, until that day... fuck it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by LittleWan View Post

(humph. matt just said, "you ARE a chinese sweatshop" )

Thanks Matt, just choked on my coffee.

Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die. ~Lewis Carroll~
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:31 AM   #35
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Day 2: 6/23/12
Mina, NV to Cherry Creek Campground, NV 233 miles

I think we were all tired enough to sleep well.
also, Dump Road was surprisingly quiet!
Got a decent start in the morning. Maybe not early (9-ish), but better than yesterday.

Pretty much the same kind of roads as the previous day.

Had sandwiches for lunch at the Landing Spot (Hadley, NV).
Nice, friendly folks there. FYI there’s a bathroom in the attached laundromat.

We were a little concerned about our fuel mileage/range on this trip.
Prior to this ride, the 990 was getting horrible mileage. Really bad - like 23-25 mpg.
So, 2 days before we left Matt used TuneECU to re-map the bike.
He changed the fuel injection map from the Akra map to the 07/08 stock Euro map.

It seemed to have worked - we were getting 36-38 mpg so far - but we didn’t trust it.

Matt knew that the next section was going to be pretty long without another gas stop
(can’t remember the exact number - 230?)

Just to be safe we filled our tanks, the aux. tank, both MSR bottles,
a 60 oz orange juice bottle (one from home that we had been saving for such an occasion),
and a 1.5 liter Aquafina bottle.


Oh goody. A powerline road. Those are always fun.
This one was no exception.
(note the Molotov cocktail strapped to the duffle)

We drove through Manhattan before getting back on the trail.

Back into the sand

Deep sand

Cap’n underpants was making sand his favorite!
(you got it, Tn Walrus )

BigWan and I had just done a bunch of 2up sand in Death Valley,
but it was nice to get more practice before we got to Utah.

Next, it was back on the slab for the ghost town of Belmont.

Fire truck for Bob!

Back in the dirt

Stopped to explore this old homestead...

Okay, we have miles to cover...

After so much monotonous desert and the same boring landscape, it was nice to see some greenery.

And pretty horses.

There were lots of gates, but I didn’t mind. It was such a beautiful valley.

This furry guy was so cute...

Run Forest, run!
we were going slow, waiting for him to turn off the road. I didn’t want the chunky little fella to have a heart attack.
after looking at this close up, maybe SHE was preggers?

This really was an oasis in the desert

More gates surrounded this house. Cute dog in the back of the truck!

As we were leaving the valley, we saw this huge herd...

Matt said, “those are bighorn sheep!”
What? really?
Yep, he was right!

More bighorn were up on the side of the hill.

A little blurry, but I like this one.

We were really close to the Lunar Crater, but with the gas situation we couldn’t afford to get off the trail and go fool around.

Oh well. We had plenty of other cool natural features to gawk at.
Like this.

We stopped for a water break in the crotch.
(Hmm. that sounds wrong )

Here comes Aaron...

Spacemen (take us to your leader!)

This next part reminded us of a mini Mengel pass...

Looking back at Aaron...

Down into the valley...

Aw. Poor cow. It looks like the desert is still taking lives.
This is the same place that Boney and Luke saw dead cows on their ride.

Ticking off some miles.

We had been hoping to camp at elevation, but weren’t sure if it was going to work out...
Yay! It was.
We saw the signs for Cherry Creek Campground and headed up.

It was kind of pretty as we went up the mountain, but it was getting dark and the pictures aren’t great.
Here’s the campsite we chose.

We thought it was Cherry Creek CG, but the waypoints I found online don’t match up with what Norm shows:

Never found the pit toilet, either.
Oh well, it had a table, it was free and there was no one around.

So, you may have noticed that Cap’n underpants was sporting quite the ‘stache...
Apparently he lost a bet and was forced to grow a handlebar mustache.

He was trying to go as long as he could, but the last couple of days were tough.

The heat, the sweat, the hours in the was making him nuts.

He broke out a bottle of tequila (I totally forgot to take a pic, dang it!)
and we had a tequila mustache cutting party!



Was it a bad idea for Aaron to cut his mustache by the light of a headlamp,
using a tiny pocket mirror and some folding scissors from a leatherman knockoff?



All better.
Now that’s a happy FF!

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by adventurerik View Post
You two inspired me to ride some 2up dirt with my kids and wife in the future.
That sounds crowded!

Thanks, Erik - it was great meeting you and Blane, too!
OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #37
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Hot dang! Another Wans report. Bring it on.
"I can't think of nothing better than riding a fine horse through new country. It's what I was meant for,,,,,", Gus, Lonesome Dove
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #38
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Make sand your favorite? Grrrrrr. Sand eats Superbug's clutch. Bad sand.

I like the critter pictures especially the live ones.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #39
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Woot Woot!

Another Wan adventure!

Ready for MOAR!

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #40
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WOOOOOHOOOOOO in again, wish I were there to show you some favorite dirt in BC, next time

I sent Matt's Résumés to Denver Broncos as an offensive lineman , Peyton is gonna need lots of protection GO MATT GO

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #41
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I love the Wan reports. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #42
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Laugh loving the report so far

Love the report so far!! Got the OK from the doctors yesterday to start walking on it again!! So of course I am doing lots of walking, but she denied my request to ride my motorcycle I guess I still have to wait on that. Poor Poor DRZ.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #43
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #44
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8400 miles and no Booty??????
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:33 PM   #45
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So nice to see you guys - it's killing me not to say "Hi" to each and every one of you!!

bigdon, dave6253, Abenteuerfahrer, Scott_PDX, Bob, Alleycatdad,
j2beers, J-dub, Ladybug0048, VFR, Rwelch360, dvwalker, DingWeed,
Baja Ho, Tn. Walrus, Idahosam, eakins, RedRockRider, rider914, Loud Al,
oldtrucks, larryboy, wachs, Bgunn, adventuerik, killurtv, dickosaurus,
Questor, Gale B.T., madeouttaglass, and PDX Alamo!

whew. hope I didn't miss anyone.

Originally Posted by scottmac View Post
8400 miles and no Booty??????

hey, scottmac!

I got yer booty right here - comin' up at the end of day 3

Day 3: 6/24/12
Cherry Creek CG, NV to Red Creek Reservoir, UT 216 miles

Hit the road about 9am and dropped back into the desert.

It got kinda silty here.
Looking back at our tracks - you can see where Matt and I got all wiggly...

But it wasn’t bad. Not like the silt we’d soon find in Utah...

This part was pretty fast.

Here, too.

We had been trying to get video of Aaron when we came across this little guy...

A baby antelope. With really spindly legs.

We watched for a bit, then rode away slowly. Hopefully Mom was nearby.

So, this was the long section that Matt had been worried about.
These roads went on forever.
Our fuel light came on right about here, much earlier than we had expected.
Aaron thought he had more fuel than we did and, in the past, he had gotten better mileage than us.
But, this section had been sandy and silty and it was only a matter of time before his light came on too.

There was a highway up ahead and we had a decision to make:

1) Keep following the tracks that took us across the desert,
even though they were 5 years old and no one seemed to have used them recently
(not to mention, Boney and Luke had gotten lost during their ride)...

2) Let Norm reroute and see if he could find a faster way to Pioche (the next fuel stop)...

3) get on the highway and hope that we would find a gas stop that was closer than Pioche...

We stopped on the highway and checked the GPS.
A nice couple on a Harley stopped to see if we were okay.
They told us our options for gas - I can’t remember the details, but they weren’t great.
Matt didn’t think we could reach either of the gas stops on the highway,
and Pioche was even further away via pavement.

(useless map just to show Pioche from space)

So, it looked like our best bet was to continue off road.
When we told the Harley couple that we were going to cross the desert and go to Pioche via the dirt,
they looked at us like we were insane.

Which is funny, because when they pulled up wearing tank tops and jeans, I shuddered.
They were just baking in the hot sun and blasting down the highway with no gear!
Now who’s crazy?

We were going to let Norm re-route us, but right away he was telling Matt to turn when there was no turn in sight.
Stupid box!
So, we went back to Luke’s tracks.

They sent us through a gate that hadn’t been opened in a long time.

A very long time.

The two track went on and on...

It’s not often that we’re happy to see pavement.


So, after all that we only took 4.8 gallons. WTF?
We weren’t that low after all?
Still don’t know what happened there, but, I’d rather have the light come on too early rather than too late.

Had lunch at the Silver Cafe. They’ve painted it since 2007!

Another powerline road

Gate duty

Welcome to beautiful downtown Lund, Utah!

heh. I don’t remember what that face was for, but it makes me laugh.

As soon as we got to Parowan, we all had the same thought -
Uh oh. Utah on a Sunday!
are we going to be able to find beer?

The answer was, yes! 3.2%, but it’s beer.

Cap’n underpants was jazzed!

Looks like we were sleeping in the Dixie Forest...

We found one potential spot, but it had bones everywhere and was freaking me out.

Norm was saying that there was a reservoir nearby.
I say we listen to the box!

way to go, Norman

We were at Red Creek Reservoir (a.k.a. Paragonah Reservoir)

Bath time!
Cap’n underpants, sans underpants

(there's the booty you wanted, scottmac!)

Lots of happy campers tonight.

Improvised drying rack

the day’s numbers

After dinner, I was writing in my journal when I saw the guys walking up the beach, carrying something to the camp.
what the...?
They had found an old backseat from a Suburban or something and decided to bring it home.
Really? You want to hang out on some nasty, filthy seat that’s been lying here since who knows when?

I was skeptical, but it turned out to be a brilliant idea...
Movie night!

We put slime (our hackintosh) on the pannier and it was perfect.

Settled in with some snacks, beer and...

Land of the Lost!

It was mucking AWESOME!

OSO LOCO!! osoooo!

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