10/2-4 Moab with my son

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by markbxr400, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. markbxr400

    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Pre-Day 1

    I drove up from the gulf coast of Alabama, my son drove over from the middle of Michigan for another ride at Moab.

    We did a guided ride when he graduated high school back in 2008. Flew into Grand Junction, met up with our guides who provided everything - bikes, food, hotels, extra bike and so on. We trekked across single track and back roads over a couple of days into Moab. Then rode some slick rock, Shaffer trail and others. Always wanted to go back.

    Then my son sold his dirt bike to build a mid-70's Toyota FJ40 rock crawler. So without my riding buddy, I sold mine as well. He was just a college kid, and built a very capable crawler from the frame up. Chrome Moly axles, lockers front and rear, Orion crawl box, Spring over axle, caged, on 37" Nittos and full beadlocks. He also was one of a half dozen in the world that built a "2FE" motor. Take the heads and fuel injection manifold off a later model 3FE, machine and modify it and marry it onto the original 2FE block. More torque and horsepower than either donor motor, and no stalling on climbs. So that I could have something to keep hanging out with him, I bought a new Jeep JK Rubicon, lifted it, caged it, 37's on full beadlocks, skids, etc. So our second trip to Moab was to crawl all the fun stuff. We hired a guide and had at it for a week. Day 1 was Hells Revenge, including climbing Hells Gate, and Fins and Things. Day 2 was Moab Rim, Golden Crack, Golden Spike, Rusty Nail. Then on to Poison Spider, Dead Horse, etc. And so on.

    My son eventually sold his FJ, so I sold my Jeep. We both had street bikes and I would ride to Oklahoma, Michigan or wherever his job took him to ride. I was excited a couple of months ago when he told me he had just bought another dirt bike. Had to do it - went and bought my Husky. So we started planning another trip to Moab.

    This time we just wanted to do some day trips around Moab. Planned 4 days with a guide, but we brought our own bikes and gear. (me - 2017 Husky FE501, son - new 2015 Yamaha WRF450)

    As a bonus, I had been looking for a trials bike for several months. I happened to find a 2016 Beta Evo 300 4T in Colorado Springs about a week before I was leaving for Moab. Swung by there and picked it up on the way.

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Day 1

    We started the day off with a lot of rain. This on top of a lot of rain late last week. I've never seen Moab muddy. It was today.

    Anyway, we met our guide north of Moab at the Dalton Wells parking area. We took a short ride on the east side of the highway to make sure everything was good. Then we crossed the highway and went over to Uranium Arch, then hit a lot of slick rock and made our way around about 15 miles of good riding. A lot of sand, so the traction was very good. I ended up with a flat on my front tire (Tubliss), and rode it flat for about 5 miles on slick rock and sand back to the parking area. Turned out to be a small hole either from a stick, thorn or small sharp rock. Stuck a couple of plugs it in and we were on our way.

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    We went back to the east side of the highway into the Sovereign trails. Hit some slick rock, but then started up very steep switchback ledges. Was a challenge because there was no sand, just big rocks and a lot of very slick mud. Was pretty hairy getting up the side of this thing, with a pretty big drop over the edge. We finally made it, then hit some slick rock at the top. Then we had to come down an even hairy-er drop. Slick mud, very steep, very tight switch backs all the way down. Wheels caked it mud by the time we got to the bottom, so much so that wheels just almost stopped rolling altogether. Finally at the bottom we had to dig the mud out to keep going. We were able to sling the rest off and make it back to the truck. Great day, thanks to our guide we tried things we would never had tried by ourselves.

    Tomorrow, we are taking a single track trip from Moab to Green River. The good news - only sunny skies in the forecast for the rest of the week.

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    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    A little wet sand is OK--good traction.
    But mud sucks.
    It seems like you two had a good time and formed more memories together.
    Did you get a chance to take the trials bike Beta to the slick rock area?
    Simba
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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    This mud sucks. When you ride on it. it's like ice (really slick clay). When it dries, it's like concrete. Fortunately today things had dried up a lot. Even made the sandy areas a little more manageable. Deep sand whoops suck too!

    Haven't even had a chance to take the trials bike out of the truck yet. However, with the same guide company, they have a professional trials rider and instructor on staff. Linking up with him in Montrose, CO on Friday for an all day one on one.
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    Day 2

    So we headed north today to Green River from Moab. Clocked 120 miles of desert single track, slick rock, mesa climbs, and dual sport trails. Weather was perfect, and we were able to keep a pretty good clip going. Hit a lot of the Enduro Loop on the way up. Stopped at a couple of old mining towns. Had one get off when bailing down a dual track drop off a mesa. Trail was wet clay along with a lot of rocks. Back end ended up bouncing off a rock into the opposite track, and down we went. On the way back, we hit the Tubes, Ten Miles, and White Wash sand dunes. Guide hit a soft spot running about 35 across the dunes. Front wheel literally sank to the axle abruptly, launching him a pretty good ways. My son was on his rear wheel and went down trying to avoid hitting him. Nobody hurt, no equipment problem. All's good. On back through Redrock Steps and the Tombstone, then a beeline back to the staging area. Ran across a group of 5 that were trying to find their way out. One can get lost in a hurry out here. Great day.

    Tomorrow, we are headed to Colorado. We'll hit Rabbit Valley tomorrow, then Montrose (home of the huge half pipes) on Thursday. The I have an all day trials guide lined up for Friday in Montrose to start teaching me some basics with the new Beta.

    Awesome trip so far!

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Day 3 - Rabbit Valley, CO

    Awesome day, my kind of riding. Lots of ridges to climb and descend, huge views and lots of fast flowing single track. Only thing un-nerving was what looked like a challenging hill climb always ended with a huge undercut ledge at the top. Either pop the front end into a wheelie up the hill, or scream bloody murder while tumbling down. I opted for the former. I like the low end grunt of the Husky when you need power off the bottom. These are some great trails just off I-70 at Rabbit Valley (CO Exit 2). Parking is just on the south side of the exit. Watch out for mountain bikers.

    Tomorrow - Montrose, CO.
    Friday - Trials training at Montrose, unless this latest hurricane threat calls me home earlier. My little town in lower Alabama is in the center of the current forecast strike cone.

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    Nice RR and very good pictures.
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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Day 4 - Montrose, CO

    Another awesome ride today just on the eastern edge of Montrose, CO. We rode the Adobes. Huge hill climbs, awesome ditch rides, including a massive half pipe, and long scenic rides along the ridge tops. This definitely ain't lower Alabama! Our guide hit some of the mammoth hill climbs. I hit some big ones, but valued my body enough to want to live to ride another day, so stayed off the huge ones. The half pipe is wild. You either hit it hard, or find yourself sliding sideways at a pretty good clip to the bottom. Gorgeous ride, and a good way to cap off the week of fun and fellowship with my son, who's now headed back to Michigan. Miss him already!

    One more day of riding for me, as I break out my new trials bike for a one on one with a local competitive trials rider/endurocross racer that Elite Motorcycle Tours has on staff here in Montrose. This will be time well spent to get off one the right foot with this new style of riding. Can't wait.

    Our guide, Darren Peterson was awesome all week. Trained us on every new thing we encountered, and stretched us to try things I would have never tried on my own without him. He was pretty good at assessing how far to go with us without putting us in danger, and also good at reading when we were whooped for the day. And, just a great guy.

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    markbxr400 Been here awhile

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    Day 5 - Montrose Trials

    Today, finally broke out the new Beta EVO 300 4T for the first time. Met up with a local trials/endurocross competitor and guide. We went to a place just southwest of Montrose. Big rock-walled creek beds and hills. As I had never ridden trials before, the guide helped me with initial bike setup and gave me a lot of instruction, and I did a few drills (figure 8's, balancing, popping and placing the front wheel, small stoppies, etc) all on a section of the creek bed. Then we just started riding down the creek bed with me following his lines. It was like a huge playground, with different things to try along the way. Wasn't long before I was able to climb and descend the more moderate walls, and pop over some relatively sizable obstacles. The guide was double blipping his way up 20 foot walls. Was awesome to watch and video. The Beta ran great. Reminds me of my son's Toyota FJ40 rock crawler - just let out the clutch and hang on - it ain't stopping for anything. I'm going to like learning to ride this bike.

    Sadly, this trip is over. My son left late yesterday and arrived back in Michigan. I'm in a hotel in Raton, making my way back to the soon to be hit by yet another hurricane gulf coast. But what a blast this week. Trails were awesome, guides were awesome and bikes were awesome.

    Update: Finished bee-lining it back 1600 miles to lower Alabama and snuck in behind Nate early this morning. No damage to homes or boat.

    Can't wait to go back!
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