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Old 07-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #46
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Not long after reaching to top of the plateau the Burr Trail is paved...












...and twists and turns through Long Canyon.










Near the end the road climbs out of the canyon and you get a sweet view of where you just rode.


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Old 07-14-2013, 12:05 PM   #47
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We hang a left onto Highway 12.




I've always passed through here without spending time. The canyon below looks inviting.














We stopped at the Calf Creek Recreation Area. We were disappointed to find all of the campsites full.




We must hurry if we want to finish this 6 mile hike and find another place to camp before dark.

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #48
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Lower Calf Creek Falls




The canyon is more impressive down here than from the highway above.








It was in the 90s...




...but must have dropped 20 degrees as we neared the falls.




The other hikers were all heading out...





...we had this spectacular view all to ourselves.










Lower Calf Creek Falls is 126 feet high.

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #49
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I probably take to many photos. I hope you don't mind.



Dave, your work keeps getting better and better.

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #50
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Excellent Pics, cant go wrong with hwy 12

That's a great route, I've been on all of it at various times but never linked together in one ride, epic!
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #51
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Inspiration

Dave,

Thanks for taking the time to take, process and post such beautiful pictures to go along with your text.

My wife has always been good to ride with me but seeing the professional photographs that several of the ADVriders (like yourself) post, she mentioned that she might like to learn to ride a small dual sport so that we could travel together in the west and she could photograph these wonderful scenes as well.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:45 PM   #52
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:35 PM   #53
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End of Day 2


The return hike was just as scenic.





It was getting late in the day by time we finished the hike and back on the bike.






It wasn't long before we found Spencer Flat Road.
We turned down a little sandy spur and found another free camping spot.
I'm now happy the Calf Creek Campground was full.





We had a Mountain House dinner and crawled into bed.
I didn't wake up to shoot the starts tonight.






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Old 07-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #54
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Love the photos, and the free camping down little dirt roads, that's the best way. The Burr Trail, the washboard, and those spectacular switchbacks brought back memories of riding that area a few years ago.
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:00 PM   #55
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Hey Dave
I'm glad to have found your latest RR. It was a pleasure to meet you at the OX by rtwpaul's latest bike. As always your pictures are fantastic.
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #56
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These are for you guys that like visual aids when planning your next trip.


Day 1
This is my favorite Escape Phoenix route. I've taken it numerous times.
Free camping is available anywhere north of the Rez at places like Goosenecks of the San Juan, Muley Point, Valley of the Gods etc.





Day 2
This would be different and shorter if the ferry was open.




The start of Day 2.





End of Day 2
If you have ever been on Highway 12, then you remember that scenic overlook.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #57
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A couple questions

Nice RR. I took the wife to Utah last year and im in the middle of planning another trip, this time to Telluride and southern Utah. How long is the moki dugway and valley of the gods? Are the stars that bright year round? Was that Halls Crossing that was closed or a different one?
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #58
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Stunning photos and your report's timing is perfect! I'm reading The Monkey Wrench Gang which is centered right in the middle of your report. Glen Canyon, Black Mesa, Hite, Lake Powell, etc.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:00 PM   #59
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I'm new to your RRs and photos. They're great. The star photos are particularly amazing. They remind me of backpacking in the Sierra Nevada when I was in high school and looking up at night and seeing the stars and the Milky Way in profusion.

I copped your star photos for screen savers...I hope that's OK.

Thanks! I'll be following along from now on...
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #60
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This is all wonderful, the photos stunning but I really like the waterfalls..... And this one is awwwwwwwwwwww how sweet, I love it.



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