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Old 09-24-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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UTAH Rock Fight - 8 days - 1800 Miles Offroad

We have an 8 day loop sketched out, riding the State of Utah clockwise. After a 800 mile truck/trailer program, we will start out in Brigham City Utah on this Friday. I will try to update our ride each night, and give a quick report on the varied terrain. The three riders expect to see everything from red rock canyons to wide open desert scape.

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Mike R. - Lead Dog and route professor. He has the group hitting some of the most spectacular tracks in Utah. Thanks again to many of the ADV riders before us who broke these trails. Lead Dog always keeps us on track, even when we are riding back home with our sons.



Paul V. - Sweep and chief mechanic. Every rider needs to know their own bike, but it is cool to have a sharpshooter wrench on hand for unexpected repairs. Thanks in advance for all of your help Paul



Marc M - Catastrophic Failure. I will take photos, mis-spell words, and buy the beer.

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We are hoping for some classic fall weather, and some long runs through open spaces.



Maybe some classic red rock canyons too.



The three of us have ridden many thousands of ADV miles together, and with several other great riders! But it never gets old exploring fresh land and taking new corners every single day.



Day One takes us away from Salt Lake City into the Wasatch Mountain Range. In 2013, 85% of Utah's population
lives within 20 miles of the Wasatch Range, mainly in the valleys
just to the west. Since the mountains top out just below 12,000 feet, the Wasatch peaks are not especially high compared to the Colorado Rockies. However, they are sculpted by glaciers, yielding notably rugged sweeping scenery comprable with other prominent ranges in North America.

Route for Day 1, will cut into Wyoming for a few miles.

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Old 09-25-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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My 2003 KTM 640 Adventure is same machine that I have always ridden over the years. No major modifications other than a being lowered an 1" or so, a Rich's custom seat, a pumper carb and an Akropovic pipe. Below are some of the ADV routes I have taken 'Old Reliable' on



Actual past GPS routes shown in Gggle Earth - The PINK is UTAH route this coming week


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Old 09-25-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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Utah Rock Fight

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Travel Day

800 Miles of pavement today... left early and got into Brigham City Utah late...





We past a couple of positive signs for this ride on the way here





The riding starts in the morning
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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Ride - Day One

Up and out of Brigham City, light hail/snow right out of the gate. Up Blacksmith Fork Canyon. We saw a couple hundred hunters stalking the trails.



Up and over the Monte Cristo Range



Started to hit some heavier snow patches and sloppy conditions.



Stopped for lunch in Evanston, WY. and checked the maps for potential 'getouts' in case the snow got worse.



It did! Snow got heavier, and the temp. dropped from mid 30's to low 30's with strong wind. Brrrrrr....



Ranchers were busy checking fences and chasing livestock down fromt he higher hills.





Colder and slicker as the day went on...



The weather finally started to break as we snuck into Wyoming, and finally got near our destination of Flaming Gorge Resevoir. 265 miles today




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Old 09-27-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:49 PM   #8
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looking goood

Nice way to start it out, weather is looking better ahead.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #9
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Round One goes to Mother Nature

While day one wasn't a knockout punch, it was a standing 8 count for the riders. We went down to one knee, but will get back in the ring again today for 216 miles, past a swinging bridge and some dinosaur rocks.

PVD is riding his 2008 990 Adventure. It has Leo Vince pipes and has been EFI re-mapped to go go go.



Lead Dog is riding a 2009 950 SE Erzberg. It has been re-piped re-jetted and has a large tank for covering the miles. It also has the suspension to eat up any suprises at speed

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Subscribed!!! Can't wait to see what unfolds!

By the way the SE looks awesome. I have a 2001 640e LC4 and a 1997 620 EGS Adventure. I've always said that they were as big as I'd ever go, but the 950SE looks like my style!
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Day 2

We left the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and ran into Homeland security at the dam. Then met up with K. O'Connor on his BMW at the juice station. He and his GS were rolling towards Montana, and we shared some war stories


We headed East through the Clay Basin on Browns Park Road. This goes towards the Swinging Bridge, which swings over the Green River... in Colorado





Big Views over every hill in this part of the world








After the bridge we headed South on Crouse Road, and went past one of Butch Cassidy's old hideouts



We had a quick lunch in Jensen Utah, and headed towards Dinosaur National Monument



Minors Draw Road took us up towards DNM





Today was an Epic soils day for dirt biking. Much like the day after a huge snow storm dumps tons of powder at a ski resort. The past few days of heavy precipitation in this Park, made the ride incredible. No dust, great traction and big gears







I have hiked the Grand Canyon, but the views in the DNM were equally as powerful. Careful, that first step is a Doozy



We then headed South towards Hwy. 40 over a couple of washed out passes.



There were some tall gear, single lane gravel on our way towards Rangely CO. The GPS tells the story of these pefectly watered down tracks

220 Miles today


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Old 09-28-2013, 09:31 PM   #12
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It was great meeting PVD at the car wash in Rangely washing off some of the local color.

Safe journey fellas and have fun!
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It was great meeting PVD at the car wash in Rangely washing off some of the local color.

Safe journey fellas and have fun!
Thank you Sir for the heads up on the Alternate Routes. We did some map work last night and have a couple choices. What a great part of the world you live in

Below is an overhead shot of the Dinasaur route we rode yesterday.

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Old 09-29-2013, 08:44 PM   #14
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Day 3

15 miles out of Rangely we spooked some wild horses. It took these animals about 10 seconds to bolt 400 yards up a rock ridge.



We rode the Overlook Ridge on 194, and had 100 mile views, and lots of rock formations





Some left over water from the recent weather events



9000' and sun



128 into Moab



Thank you Jim Ryan for the fork repair. Nice job, glad you had the parts!



202 miles today, and lots of ADV riders in town
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Lookin Good! Glad to see Jim is still at it! Have fun.

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