10 Days of Utah Desert Madness!!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Buuurrrt

    Buuurrrt Adventurer

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    The oversized tanks (6.6 gal) give you a range close to 400 miles on our bikes. Which means it is unnecessary.

    If you look closely at some of the earlier photos our buddy on the WR you can see he is strapping a half gallon liquor bottle to his handle bars with a thick pad taped to it. I have also strapped bottles to my front and rear fenders using slits cut through the fender with Voile straps to hold the bottle on. These straps are critical to our setup. They are very strong and dynamic which hold bottles and bags tight.

    You also need to think about Water. It is starting to cool off in the desert this time of the year but we were carrying 100 oz. Camel back with at least another half gallon for 2 days in the desert. On warm days you will go through that in a day.

    Have a great ride.
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  2. Zerodog

    Zerodog Long timer

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    Awesome trip guys!! My friends need to see this so they think I plan normal routes!! On easy terrain!!
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  3. caktmrider

    caktmrider Been here awhile

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    Now THAT'S my kinda ride! Love the report!!
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  4. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Been here awhile

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    Morning broke and we quickly loaded the bikes. Mother Nature was kind enough to provide cloud cover which was huge!! We discussed how we would proceed. We decided to attempt the climb with all the gear on the bikes and go as far as we could before unloading them and hiking the gear up to the top. We would then walk back down and double team each bike past the difficult sections. Some sections were very loose and littered with rocks. Nothing like confronting this about 15 minutes after you wake up!!
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    Some sections weren’t as rocky but fairly steep.
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    As it turned out, the route ended up not being quite as steep as we remembered it when we descended it the day before. We were actually able to climb the whole thing without unloading the bikes. We had to stop 6 or 8 times to rest. We would climb a little section to a place where we could stop and take a quick break. Each section we completed we’d say “well, looks like we won’t have to hike the gear up that section”. We kept anticipating a stopper somewhere but after a couple of minor wrecks we made the top.
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    Here was the post we both acknowledged seeing the day before. We talked about just leaving it down because we knew what it would show and we really didn’t want to see it.
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    But we picked it up and sure enough, there was the signage that would’ve steered us onto a different route. Just a slight kick of that post to roll it over would’ve saved us a bunch of headache plus kept us on open motorcycle routes.
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    We worked our way along and soon dropped onto another single track that was marked for motorcycles.
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    I’m sure you can relate to how happy we were as this perfect trail provided some much needed relaxation.
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    This was a 2<SUP>nd</SUP> and 3<SUP>rd</SUP> gear route.
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    It was just the cruising type of trail we needed at that juncture.
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    It wound down a drainage and we were getting into red rock territory.
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    We came out onto pavement which we followed for a few miles then grabbed this gravel road that would take us back up and over the mountains.
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    Up near the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">high point</st1:place></st1:City> there was a crew doing repair. It’s amazing how much maintenance these roads require. Just one good storm can about take out entire sections. A bonus about traveling on motorcycles is you can just squeeze right by situations like this.
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    Now we’re dropping south back into the desert. This is where we are really getting out away from any civilization.
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    We head for a LARGE canyon and get on a decent graded road that leads into it.
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    It’s all we can do to keep our minds from exploding with the intensity of the scenery.
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    The graded road drops into this giant wash and continues down.
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    The wash has sections of 4<SUP>th</SUP> and 5<SUP>th</SUP> gear with lots of action.
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    The canyon is around 25 miles long and seems like it goes on forever.
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    Still looking down the canyon with the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Henry</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Mountains</st1:placeName></st1:place> in the distance. This is where you really don’t want anything to go wrong.
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    We start working up out of the canyon on an old mining route. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Juan</st1:place></st1:City> county maintains a number of these as OHV routes. This one was badly washed out from a flash flood earlier in the summer. As you can see, we’re not done wrestling for the day.
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    Nope, not done AT ALL!!! Right at the pass a large rock fall blocked the route.
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    We’d been riding for about 11 hours at this point. We needed to pile up a bunch of rocks to make it over this section or back track for a number of hours which in my mind was not even a choice. At this point my partner had had enough of me and my routes. He announced he was no longer having any fun and as soon as we got through this it was time to head north back to Salt Lake.
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    It took some work but we made it. I was doing some quick thinking about how to avoid a total collapse of the trip. We needed a serious attitude adjustment. We worked for about another hour until we found a place to rest for the night.
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    Here’s what we found for a spot. JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!!! <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Powell</st1:placeName></st1:place> was around 75 degrees. The swimming alone was enough to put us right back into the game. Plenty of food and whiskey were just the toppers. We washed up all of our gear and it was like we were back on day 1, totally refreshed and eager for the next day.
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    Day 7
    Mileage: a lot
    Difficulty: off the chart
    Mental Status: to the brink
    Complete Melt Down: narrowly avoided
    Overall trip status: it doesn’t get any better!!!
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  5. New Trick

    New Trick A guy that likes to ride

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    Keep it comin' C'boy. My condolences to your riding pard. More camp debauchery shots!

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  6. jdubya

    jdubya surf, ride, repeat

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    Great report....this is the way to go!
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  7. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...just plain wow....
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  8. Treedguy

    Treedguy Long timer

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    GREAT TR!!!!
    Amazing pics!!
    Thank you!!!!
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  9. Rellik

    Rellik o-KAY!

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    I'm lovin' this! Did you guys run that buzzard down in a meadow? Sure as hell saves money for drinking!:rofl
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  10. mdd0127

    mdd0127 Banned

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    This RR puts the Adventure into ADVrider! Inspiring! I need to learn to ride a little better and I'd LOVE to join you guys on a ride sometime.

    Half the fun of this stuff is getting lost and having to belay the bikes! Right?
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  11. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    :clap That's hardcore!
    Keep it coming
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  12. utah1

    utah1 Big Love

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    I'd just have filled the borrowed gas cans back up with some recycled Old Crow!
    Nice ride by the way, I've been exploring a bit North of that area but gonna have to
    check that part of the state out next.

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  13. kanur

    kanur cu new er

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    Utah and you FF rock :super

    I just got back from my first offroad trip to Utah and can't wait to go back.

    +1 on the Katooms. My 400 EXC worked flawlessly.

    Keep the hootch flowin :freaky
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  14. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Been here awhile

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    New Trick is giving condolences because he's been there. Gets a little hectic sometimes huh New Trick!!! Does "I think this route goes through" remind you of anything?
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  15. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Wow, what a great trip! The best rides always seem to take you a little bit over the edge, don't they? Glad to hear that you were able to save this one.
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  16. brad21

    brad21 Gunga galunga.

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    Wow. Love it. And not a GS in sight. :D

    Looks like you've got some front page material in your photos. I KNOW that the pics don't do the sights justice either. Wow again. :thumb
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  17. Flyin Brian

    Flyin Brian Been here awhile

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    Nice report and great shots. I like the minimilist style. Sweet singletrack too....
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  18. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Great Ride Report and Pics.

    :freaky
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  19. ant f

    ant f Adventurer

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    great pics! well done! keep em coming!:clap
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  20. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    The best RR I've seen a long time!

    -dman
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