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Old 11-26-2012, 10:40 PM   #16
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
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Butler Wash to Blanding

After a short US 191 connector from Snow Flats rd, we turn off heading north onto Butler Wash Rd.



Starts out hard packed, but then gets soft again. Not as deep as the last section on Snow Flats.





As we move north and closer to our afternoon gas/lunch stop in Blanding, we notice the clouds beginning to thicken over the peaks in the Manti-la Sal NF.



At the Blanding turnoff, W Water rd, we stop and discuss whether or not to keep going on route or stop. We decide to drive into Blanding for gas, food and a quick break. The sand and heat were taking a toll. Any temp over 70f is hot for person from the NW.

After the gas stop, we head over to the Homestead Steak house for a bite. Then drive over to the Blanding City Park to kickoff our boots for a spell under a shade tree and get a pulse on the town. And let lunch settle. Ah, the cool green grass.

Next up Manti-la Sal (where the clouds were forming)
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #18
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I'm really looking forward to the rest of your ride report. We just got back from a week of riding around Moab.I am just fascinated with that whole area. Keep it coming!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #19
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Manti-La Sal NF and Dark Canyon

After our short rest break in Blanding City Park, BackCountryCruizer and I put our boots back on around 2pm, and headed west on the same graded gravel we came into town on (W Water rd). Chatting over our Scala headsets, we were a bit concerned with the darkening clouds over the dark canyon wilderness peaks. As most know, roads can really goto crap quick...fingers crossed...

W Water Rd turns into Elk Mountain, then onto Gooseberry rd. All nice graded gravel. At around 8K feet the landscape turns into forest with green bunch grasses.





At around 8500ft, you begin to see the Aspen groves. Fall colors were just starting to show a hint of the transition.





Big pines



Near the Devils Causeway



Aspen groves stretching up Mt Linnaeus (~11K ft). Separated young bovine





Nearing twins peaks, tons of deer in this area. Also saw a black bear. Wild country.





One of the twin peaks, very pretty area...notice the white dots? Utility comm trucks coming/going to a near by microwave comm tower. Long ways from the main road.



We had a waypoint to Buckboard CG , so decided to check it out. Didn't find a soul, except lots of deer, so setup camp in the monster group site. Top notch place with good water, cement floor outhouse, nothing but 5 star tent spots for these travelers. Cell phones even worked ...





After a hot meal, the night air cooled very quickly. Big puffy clouds were still threatening in the area, so we made sure camp and tents were secure before climbing into bed.

This was an incredible and diverse day of riding. 10 more to go...



Day 1 conclusion 195 miles

Next up Canyon lands and Lockhard basin
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:57 PM   #20
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Oooooohhhhh man, keep this one coming! This is gettin' me motivated to do the UTBDR
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #22
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #23
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:53 AM   #24
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Keep em coming!Nice trip you got here!

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:34 AM   #25
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #26
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Nice........keep it coming.......
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:41 AM   #27
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Fantastic!

And right in my backyard. Keep it coming.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:22 AM   #28
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Great Start!

Nice time of year for this ride too!


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Old 11-28-2012, 11:31 AM   #29
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Please Sir, could I have some more?

As a fellow Oregonian, this trip is inspiring and now has me dreaming...

Looking forward to the next installment!
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:10 PM   #30
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2012 UT/ID/OR 2300mi 11d Outback Ride via UTBDR, T2, OBDR

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