2012 UT/ID/OR 2300mi 11d Outback Ride via UTBDR, T2, OBDR

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  1. dvwalker

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    Moab UT to Midway UT – 336 miles

    Tom and I woke up and turned on the weather channel. To the north and east, directly over our route the green rain blob was still active. The area had received 2 to 3" of rain the past 20+ hours. Forecast indicated the front would finally push out around 10am. We figured with the desert sun beating down that conditions would dry out fairly quick. We took our time in the hotel room, cleaning, charging, organizing etc. Also walked up the strip looking to grab a few supplies and grub.

    Finally, departed the hotel around 9:30am and stopped to top off our gas. Next gas stop wouldn't be until Green River, approx 150 miles.

    We headed out of town from the strip on 300 which turns into mill creek rd, then turned onto sand flats road which will take us east past all the main moab attractions (ie, slick rock, porcupine rim trail, etc).

    To gain entrance into sand flats recreation area, you're required to stop and pay an entrance fee. We mentioned to the tax collector that we're riding the UTBDR and passing thru. He didn't know anything about the UTBDR, but mentioned he had only heard of one other that mentioned this route. Perhaps the wan's on their school bus since they went thru in early summer.

    So we spent a few minutes educating, talked about the discovery trail website and showed a zoom'ed out track on the GPS. He mentioned the road is closed ahead in about 20 miles due to construction at Lasal Mtn Loop rd. He looked over our bikes and said but we may be able to use an alternate trail workaround, which he explained. Then he let us pass without paying the entrance fee, as long as we're going one-way.

    finally, ready to roll and heading east on sand flats road. We disagree with the signage

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    a few clouds still lingering over the primary peaks in the Manti-la Sal NF, no dust yet...

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    fun little dirt road, area still recovering from a fire

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    construction workaround is the GPS file. To the left of the road closed signage there was a unpaved semi-graded road that headed down. This turned into a jeep track then a steep rocky uphill back up to the pavement, and around the culvert construction. Definitely would be a handful on a loaded big bike. In any case, looked like a temporary closure, so probably not an issue for future travelers.

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    looking west into porcupine draw, arches NP on the picture horizon

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    Next up Kokopelli trail
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  2. dvwalker

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    After passing North Beaver Mesa to the left, there's a turnoff to the north with actual signage marking the next section of the Kokopelli (horny flute dude) trail. As many know, the entire Kokopelli trail is a 142 mile multi-use route used primarily by mountain bikes between moab and colorado state line (loma). The UTBDR uses a couple sections.

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    soft wet sand to keep us on our toes, you can see BackCountryCruizer's track

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    route descends the mesa on onion creek and hideout road (jeep track). Very fun section. Quick poser stop at a overlook near cowhead hill. Weather is definitely looking good.

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    Very strange to see water in the desert. This next section called the Narrows was really neat. The graded road crosses onion creek a couple dozen times and terminates on hwy 128 hear the colorado river.

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    quick rest stop at dewey bridge campground

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    remains of the old suspension bridge (longest in Utah until fire) over the colorado river, burned in 2008. Long history and sounds like they're trying to raise funds to rebuild, more info here

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  3. dvwalker

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    Proceeding on hwy 128 pavement for a few miles, we turned onto Owl Draw Rd heading west then north. This is an unimproved jeep trail and was a lot of fun. Eventually crossing under US I-70.

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    One of the old mining shacks still standing, at least for now.

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    eventually you pass under I-70 on frontage road then head west on a jeep track after crossing the denver rio grande western rail line.

    Conditions were icy in spots, definitly had to pay attention. Water was still draining from the previous rain event and just below surface grade, and in the draws crossing the road

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    appears rancher is working the area getting it ready for grazing

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    fussing with his bungie tied bits. I think next trip Tom will finally break down and buy an waterproof ortieb bag

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    for the most part, we ran side by side until green river, until....

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    This. BackCountryCruizer was feeling in the zone so twisted the throttle and took point. I was still not feeling it with the icy conditions. Then around one of the next corners, I see this which didn't look good :eek1

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    you can see in the line how he lost it, got sideways, then regained forward momentum towards the bank, until the front went left and nosed under. His foot was severely tweaked under the bike. Bike was okay with exception of the Lynx fairing, which you can see is cracked and came jarred loose from the mounts. After a quick repair and sucking up the major pain, BackCountryCruizer remounted his stead for our final push into Green River for gas and lunch. So close to pulling it out...

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    last wet draw before Green River. I took a virgin line

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    old US 50, mother nature beginning to reclaim

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    Pulled into Green River around 3:30pm, a bit longer than expected with the unexpected. Tom's 690r ran out of gas just about 100 yards from the gas stop, but was able to coast into the pump. Text book, but lucky...
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  4. dvwalker

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    Got a quick fried meal and elevated foot rest time to let Tom's throbbing pain settle, wishful thinking. Very thankful he was wearing his big heavy tech 8 dirt bike boots, otherwise trip would have ended here. He decided to leave the boot on during our stop to contain the swelling, otherwise may have been difficult getting it back on and causing even more pain.

    The setting sun wasn't going to wait any longer so Tom sucked it up we got back on the bikes, heading west thru central Green River. The town is actually bigger than I had expected.

    From here our planned route was to get on US 70 a short distance and join the TAT to ride black dragon canyon, then rejoin the utbdr via buckhorn draw rd. From various TAT ride reports I've read, the Black dragon wash looks like a real hoot if you like sand, but with a little common sense applied we decided to take the easier route option today.

    We drove west on US 70 for a couple miles then took US 191 north. Then turned off onto CR-1029 after about a mile. This was a nice graded road for a while, then turned into more or less a powerline type road. The track basically parallels US 191 in a longer way going north into Wellington. We briefly discussed dumping onto the hwy to shorten the route, but adrenaline was taking over and we were having too much fun.

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    Apparently this leg was part of the old Spanish trail trade route linking New Mexico and Cali.

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    the numerous washes were still wet and muddy, so extra precaution was taken

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    We pulled into Wellington around 6:45pm and headed to a gas station on hwy 191 to discuss route options. The planned route continues north east on nine mile canyon rd then heads into some remote back country. We had less than an hour of light remaining. Not really wanting to stay in one of the Wellington box hotels, I suggested an speeder alternative to keep going north and lay up in a fancy timeshare I had access to near Midway. Provide a medical layover and opportunity to take a soak. Tom said that works for him.

    I had loaded BigDog and DingWeed's Mexico to Canada track on my Montana just in case, and noticed an interesting track section that cut north thru Uinta NF then Uintah/Ouray reservation and past Solider Creek Reservoir. This was a direct and the shortest route to the town of Midway. We could rejoin and t-bone the UTBDR the next day by simply going east.

    So we got back on US 191 north then turned onto US 6 north heading towards Solider Meadow. The track started just before Solider Meadow, on Right Fork rd. It was dark now, and cool so stopped to put on layers and zip up the vents. For the most part the next section was an unimproved forest road. We road side by side to maximize our lighting. The 690r had upgraded lighting (2 HIDs?) and the factory wr250r beam is pretty good. As we road we could see wildlife darting out of the corners of darkness. At one point I swear I saw a big cat of some sort.

    We had an absolute blast riding like this for the next 35 miles, sensory overload.

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    After a cold section of US 40 highway, we pulled into Midway around 9:30pm and checked into our room. Unfortunately the room was up a flight of stairs, so helped Tom with the gear shuttle.

    After boot removal the left foot wasn't looking pretty. Shades of purple and swellng, Ibuprofen time...

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    Day 3 conclusion 336 miles, 634 total

    Next up Idaho border and Bear Lake
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  7. dvwalker

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    Midway UT to Garden City UT &#8211; 215 miles

    After a long hot shower and good nights rest, we loaded up the bikes headed for a gas station in downtown Midway around 9:30am. Topped off our drink bladders and fuel tanks. Midway is a cute little village town just east of Salt Lake City, up and over Lone Peak Wilderness as the crow flies.

    Going east on hwy 50, we met up with the UTBDR near Lambert Meadows. This is the south-western corner of the Wasatch-Cache NF.

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    Started seeing a few rocks as we ascended switchbacks up to 9700ft.

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    about 5 miles from initial morning turnoff, navigated this more challenging short rocky uphill, near buckeye lake

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    after the climb, stopped to shed layers and have a quick beef jerky snack

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    The forest service road rejoins hwy 150 for some pavement miles. Lots of neat roadway +10K overlooks as we made our way past big high mountain lakes.

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    view after turning off hwy 150 onto whitney rd, still in wasatch-cache NF

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    beautiful mountain streams feeding the surrounding area

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    Roads were unimproved hardpack, perfect!!!

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    Simply awesome country. Didn't see any sign of cattle grazing, lush bunch grasses a foot tall

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    Stopped to watch a herd of elk transition to more cover. Hard to see in the pic but we waited a good 5 minutes for entire herd to pass.

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    unfortunately all good things eventually come to an end, and we start our descent into Evanston Wyoming.

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    Stopped for a home cooked lunch at Mother Mae's Kitchen, downtown Evanson WY

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    Next up Garden City
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    :tb i've been waiting for this

    subscribed!

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  9. byways

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    Terrific story, guys! :clap

    I appreciate the effort such a great RR requires.
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  10. dvwalker

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    After filling up our tummies with yummy food at Mae's, we headed north on hwy 16 and back into Utah. We stopped and topped off our tanks at Woodruff. Odometer indicated 135 miles from last fill up in Midway. From Woodruff the route follows hwy 39 going west for another 20 miles of pavement before the turn off onto a unpaved graded service road.

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    The "unnamed" service road basically follows a similar elevation profile for a number of miles and passes thru high mountain aspen groves, conifers and open meadows. Very pretty area. Apparently this is the back way into Hardware Ranch and elk viewing area. See info here...

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    It was a quick 50 mile run on the service road into US 89, which leads into Garden City, and the massive Bear Lake.

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    Our day ended in full day light at around 5:30pm, which was a nice change from the previous two evenings. We stopped at local store and bought all the trimmings to make a big massive pot of spaghetti. This would come back to bite me later...promise not to get detailed.

    Another fancy lodging layover, this time in the WorldMark Bear Lake timeshare. Nothing but the best care for my most excellent but injured riding partner. He really sucked up the foot pain today. Saw our first big bull moose of the trip, right next to the lodging. Smart old boy.... After dinner, rented one of the later james bond movie's, but I fell asleep.

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    Another incredible day of riding. 7 more to go...

    This concludes our time on the UTBDR. Want to send a big thanks to Touratech discovery team for a well thought out route that exceeded our expectations. Also to Butler maps for producing a most excellent big overview paper map. Could the upcoming CO route get any better? :ear

    Next up Day 5 to Pocotello ID
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    Minor correction: the maps lie...everyone knows it's really "Evingston, Wyoming"....:wink:
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    "Unfortunately all good things eventually come to an end, and we start our descent into Evanston Wyoming."

    :rofl:rofl:rofl Having use to live in UT, most recently Park City - just West of Evanston - this made me laugh. I cannot tell you how many people feel this same way!

    Great report.
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    In true Utah vernacular :rofl
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    Garden City UT to Pocatello ID &#8211; 132 miles

    On the road by 9:30 this morning, another casual start. Trying to rest Tom's foot as much rest as possible. Still another 1300 miles of rocks and other fun surprises.

    Normal routine, topped off our gas and drink bladders in Garden City. Tom and I use a simple method of paying for normal expenses that works for us, simply by alternating even/odd days. Big ticket items like bike parts and tires are excluded, but the routine transactions seem to balance in the end, and makes it that much faster to get out of town.

    Plan for the today; quick ride north to Pocatello, goto PowerSports, buy and mount fresh tires, then ride west on the T2 route till a good camping spot is found. That was the plan anyway, until Mr Murphy raised his ugly head. More on this later...:sick

    From Garden City, rode west on US 89 for approx 15 miles then turned north onto nice graded gravel Franklin Basin Rd, towards the ID border. Nice and fast...

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    Sheep grazing country

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    Near Hull valley

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    Very near hwy 36, Tom motioned to stop. The dreaded nose bleed, lots of dust the past few miles.

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    After the bleeding got under control, rolled north onto hwy 36 then after a short distance turned towards Oneida Narrows Reservoir. Noticed some hot springs along the way

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    cool harvest patterns, and local hooligans

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    nice valley ranch and old homestead, complete with cattle resting under the shade tree

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    always hate to see places go out of business, looked like a good biker type lodge

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    Next up Pocatello
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  17. dvwalker

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    Arrived at KTM Powersports around 1:30pm and started shopping for tires. After looking over the available selection, I decided to finish the trip on my d606. Tom on the other hand didn't want to risk the next 1300 miles on the upcoming rock gardens, so he picked up a new front and rear, forgot model but wasn't the rally raid he wanted... :waysad

    Apparently Powersports service was backed up today, and couldn't promise a tire install by closing. Not wanting to wait around, we shuttled across the street to SportMotos. They immediately started working on the job. Good folks...We walked down to subway to get out of the heat and have a bite while waiting.

    BackCountryCruizer is one happy camper w/fresh tires

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    Looking good, back on the road leaving Pocatello by 3:30pm. Quick stop for gas then exit town. Should be able to get west towards Sawtooth NF and find a cool place to camp. :clap

    But then, I really started to feel like crap. :sick

    Remember the spaghetti from the night before? Well, I had been tasting grease all day and knew something wasn't working right. For self preservation reasons, I asked Tom if we could lay up in a hotel tonight. He said no problem, so we checked into the inexpensive Thunderbird motel on 5th.

    The entire evening was a blur. My body started a jet powered fluid purge like you wouldn't believe. For the next 7 hours I was one with the :flush. Can't imagine what Tom was thinking since we shared a two bed hotel room. Around 11pm with my life energy fading, I called a taxi for a trip up to the new Portneuf emergency room to get checked out. I was getting a bit worried.

    Long story short, turns out my liver functions were off the charts. The doc said I most likely have gallbladder problem (aka gallstones)...WTF :eek1...we're only halfway on our bike trip. The doc ordered up an IV to rehydrate, and some imaging the next day after the lab opens. Turned out the country doc and RN both had their gallbladders removed recently. I felt normal again after a couple liters of fluid intake, so was discharged and returned back to the hotel.

    Next morning, I rode the bike back over to Portneuf for a 8am ultrasound and doc consult. The image tech said with a smile that I had a couple really big stones. The doc said I should schedule a visit with my primary when I get home, but not to worry I should be able to finish the trip. :clap He recommended just stay away from fatty and spicy foods.

    Can't say enough about the excellent staff at Portneuf that took care of me, big thanks :nod

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    Not exactly how I wanted to remember day 5 and the cool town of Pocatello

    Day 5 conclusion 132 miles, 981 total

    Next up Pocatello to Rogerson ID
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  20. byways

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    The new "hospital on a hill" is pretty spectacular, but Pocatello, tucked into a mountain valley and right at the edge of national forest, does have a lot to offer. I'm glad to see it getting a shout-out here. And that part of Idaho has terrific riding opportunities.
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