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Old 10-12-2013, 03:31 PM   #16
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #17
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This looks to be a great report and the photography is outstanding! I've always wanted to do a tour around the Grand Canyon with as much off road as possible. Looking forward to the rest of your report!
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #18
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Hi RRR. I actually thought of contacting you when I found myself unexpectedly spending time in St. George.[/QUOTE]

Should have hit me with a PM -- never know -- perhaps we would've had the chance to get out on the small bikes.

Ok. Riding along with you. Sounds like there's going to be some St. George time before too long . . .
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:47 PM   #19
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Smokin' RR, really enjoying the pics. What a beautiful area!!
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:24 AM   #20
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Wow your Photography is amazing! Looking forward to this one
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:48 AM   #21
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Wow. I don't even have to read the RR. Your pictures tell it all. Fabulous!
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:05 AM   #22
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Day 2 Asphalt Run

Route 66 is scenic enough. I make my way back to I-40, ride through Kingman, and head towards Vegas on the 93.





I cross the Colorado River on the new bridge near the Hoover Dam. I don't stop for the touristy stuff this time.





The scenic route through the national recreation area west of Lake Mead is the only place on this trip I was required to show my park pass.





It was blazing hot. I was once again cursing myself for wearing the waterproof riding suit.
The jacket is okay as it vents well at speed, but the pants are super sweaty and clammy.




The speed limits are to low for this road.










I stop at the Redstone picnic area to suck down more water.





After Lake Mead...




I turn northeast on I-15 and fight the high winds all the way to Mesquite, Nevada.


Almost there.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #23
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Day 2 - Into the Arizona Strip

I stop in Mesquite for a fast-food dinner and re-supply of water, snacks, and fuel. I squeeze as much fuel in both tanks as possible.
I'm gonna need it! It is warmer than I expected so I leave town carrying 7 liters of water as well.

Leaving Nevada and civilization behind for the Arizona Strip





I'm excited. The time has finally come to put together a ride I've dreamed about for years now.

In June 2009 I rode all the way around the Grand Canyon and did this route.


The section between Mesquite and Fredonia through Elbow Canyon RD and Toroweap was over 190 miles requiring me to carry extra fuel.
Since that trip I have dreamed of exploring more out here, but the limiting factor is fuel range. The distances out here are huge!
I've been back to Toroweap several times, but without the fuel range I could only dream of visiting other places as well.
I came close to purchasing a smaller bike with better fuel range when I realized those super-expensive Safari tanks were much cheaper than another bike.
In December of 2011 I transformed the bike into a Safari Supertanker and have been biding my time until I could get way out there...


So this is the plan I put together. It is about 409 miles between fuel stops and I think I can get about 400 miles on these tanks (depending on terrain).
I may have to cut a little bit out. That shouldn't be a problem as there will likely be areas I decide not to ride alone if to rough.
Fuel is only available at Mesquite, St. George, Colorado City, and Fredonia. The Bar-10 Ranch in Whitmore Canyon
has been known to sell bikers fuel, but as I understand it, the price is high and they don't always have extra to sell.


Of course, adventures don't go as planned...


I'm filled with nervous anticipation as I head towards Lime Kiln Pass.

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Old 10-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #24
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Been meaning to do this ride for a hile now. Looking and reading your ride reports makes me kick myself and say what am I waiting for. Great ride report and even better pictures.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #25
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Day 2 End

The ride up Lime Kiln Pass is supposed to be easier than Elbow Canyon as it is graded.




And for awhile it is.





But is was just recently graded loose rocks on a steep climb that seems longer than Elbow Canyon.
As the KTM neared this gap and strong gust of wind nearly blew us over.
I had to steer left to keep the bike under me and then stop before running off the road.
The wind tried its best to blow me over as I tried to get this picture.










Elbow Canyon RD a little farther north actually tops out at more than 6400 feet, so my memory could be stale since I rode it in 2009.





The shadows were getting long as I got a view of what's to come.





I found some Trees to camp near in a valley sheltered slightly from the gusting winds.










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I've been waiting for your next report! I've also had the Grand Canyon on my mind. I can't wait to read all about this one.
Its a great place to ride. Maybe this will get you up there. Thanks, AKMotorbiker!

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Sweet!!

Remember to pan right, kids.


Yes. Scrolling right is needed as I tend to see big and always want to capture all of it. Especially on this trip I found myself shooting lots of panoramas.
Welcome to the party, Rob!


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Hiya Dave!

Great to see you on the KTM again! hey, you only recently blacked it out, right?

I'm looking forward to more gorgeous night sky photos...



Hi Kelly! Nope. The KTM was blacked out in 2011.
Thanks for chiming in. I'm still hanging in there following every word, picture, video, links, banter, jokes, etc. of your entertaining report.
There's no chance mine will be as bad ass.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #27
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In! I just recently made the trip out to the GC from St. Louis but it was closed off because of our wonderful politicians... So I'm looking forward to seeing everything that I missed!
I'm sorry you missed it and hope you get a chance to return. Maybe I can give you a few ideas to help plan your next one.

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Old 10-13-2013, 02:08 PM   #28
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This looks to be a great report and the photography is outstanding! I've always wanted to do a tour around the Grand Canyon with as much off road as possible. Looking forward to the rest of your report!
But with your ridiculous trials riding skills you could find even rougher stuff to entertain you up there.

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Smokin' RR, really enjoying the pics. What a beautiful area!!
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Wow your Photography is amazing! Looking forward to this one
Thanks for coming along, yyzmdo and Mendo!
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:10 PM   #29
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Wow. I don't even have to read the RR. Your pictures tell it all. Fabulous!
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Been meaning to do this ride for a hile now. Looking and reading your ride reports makes me kick myself and say what am I waiting for. Great ride report and even better pictures.
Thanks for the nice compliments, Humunn and Rojeck.
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Day 3 - Out There

I ate a cereal bar while packing up camp and headed out onto Mud Mountain RD.





The same system that flooded Colorado a couple weeks before this trip also dumped onto Arizona. I start seeing more evidence of the erosion.









Then the road turned to sand...





and rocks.




Over and...




over again...




the road crossed the creek.




There was never more than a few hundred yards before the next washout.




The bike and I were both getting hot, so I stopped here for a short break and snack. As I sat on the berm I ran the sand between my fingers.
I'm not sure you can call this stuff sand. Its not quite silt either. Its something between the two.
Shall we call it SALT? No that doesn't work. SIND? Maybe. Even when its not very deep, its slippery.

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