Follow along as two dumb kids (and one superhero) from Wyoming go on their first 2UP motorcycle adventure in Colorado and Utah. With longer motorcycle trips planned for this summer, we wanted to take a ride over a long weekend to provide a sandbox to test our gear and ourselves in a 2UP backcountry motorcycle setting. While we had done some 2UP in the mountains before, we have never done a trip with a fully loaded bike. We needed to get a feel of what we would be capable of. We chose to run what I would call the Kokopelli Light, running between Grand Junction, CO and Moab, UT. We rode the 4x4 version of the trail avoiding most of the steeper, narrow single track sections. I didn't feel comfortable trying to ride the big KTM down Rose Garden Hill, so we bypassed the roughest section of the Kokopelli via Onion Creek. I had driven the trail in my Tacoma, and felt fairly confident that we could conquer the mildly technical terrain 2UP without hurting ourselves or seriously damaging any of our gear. Our tentative itinerary was: 4/3 - Load the bike into the Tacoma and drive to Grand Junction, CO. My mom and stepdad live in Grand Junction and we would use their house as a staging area. 4/4 - Ride the bike from Grand Junction to a good camping spot on the Kokopelli. 4/5 - Ride from camping spot to Moab, UT. Once in Moab, we would meet my mom and the dogs who had driven the Tacoma from Grand Junction. We would run a short trail if we have time, then camp near Moab. 4/6 - Trails in the morning in the Tacoma with Mom, Kelcy and Dogs. Drive back to grand Junction in the PM. 4/7 - Visit the Colorado National Monument, load the bike, then drive back to Wyo. 4/4/2013 (Part 1) Grand Junction, CO - Hideout Campground, UT 107 Miles Rabbit Valley The first section of the trail takes you through Rabbit Valley. This is great motorcycling, and I really want to go back for a day when we aren't carrying all of our of gear. Here is the bike, my KTM 990 loaded to the brim. This was too much gear for just a weekend trip, but we wanted to see what we could do with a fully loaded bike. And here is Kelcy, gearing up in Rabbit Valley. And Dredd, no one really likes him, but he comes along on all of our moto trips. How she thinks she looks: I'm the ugly dude. Taken in the lower section of the valley. Rabbit Valley started off pretty slow. I was amazed at how heavy the bike felt with the extra gear. We took our time, trying to get a feel for the new weight. These guys are much tougher than we are. Rougher section of the trail. We had one slow getoff, but nothing relationship ending. Taking a break before the climb out of the valley. Kelcy got hot, so she took her pants off. Some decent dents had already accumulated. We met these nice guys from Grand Junction just before the climb. I think they were slightly skeptical that we would make it out of the valley. Video summary of Rabbit Valley Should be available in HD. My apologies that the camera is aimed down a little bit. Apparently I like to look right under the visor while riding. <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7fk7tALpZNE" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> We found this little guy at Cisco Crossing. Dredd was very amused by him. Dome Plateau After climbing out of Rabbit Valley, the trail lazily winds toward Cisco. We continued to the Dome Plateau loop. We were feeling much more confident at this point. I had gotten more comfortable with the extra weight, and was moving faster and a little more fluidly. This trail was great! The trail eventually dumps you onto a rim of slickrock. More getoffs. Amazing views toward the rear of the loop. The loop climaxes with a great view of Dewy Bridge. Dome Plateau Videos Part 1 <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/byt1tmmElyo" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> Part 2 <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k2rWbGGS78o" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> Onion Creek/Thompson Canyon After Dome Plateau we took the highway down to Onion Creek. This was the perfect, tame, beautiful trail to end our day. We tested our boots with small water crossings. There about a bazillion of them. Onion Creek Video <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eZi1-igrd5Y" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> The descent into Thompson Canyon is steep but fun. We chose to camp at Hideout Campground. No people, beautiful scenery. The bike vomited gear everywhere. More views from camp. Day 2 coming soon!