7th Annual Flying Monkey Adventure Rally, Oct 5-8, 2017 Zion, Utah

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  1. cfr

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    I was hoping to get there mid-day on Thursday and explore nearby.

    I'm a bit frustrated about the lack of detail given the expectation that was set for GPS tracks a week in advance.

    Anyone interested in a trip to Red Canyon?

    http://www.zionnational-park.com/peek-a-boo.htm


  2. Nofear2trek

    Nofear2trek Wandering Aimlessly

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    Prepare for driving in Deep Sand ”

    Deep Sand, why did it have to be deep sand?

    I’ll be arriving about the same and interested in tasting an off road ride Thursday. But deep sand may be a bit too much for me to start off with.

    On some different questions, is ice for coolers available at the lodge/restaurant? Where/how far away is our fuel station from the tent area? Is there a local market close by or do we need to backtrack to the Walmart in Hurricane? Inquiring minds want to know , first timer to this rally.

    Ray
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  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Nice grocery store in Kanab next to the best mex-food place in Utah. :-) 32 miles from camp. You can also go north on the 89 to Orderville, there is gas and groceries but it's a 'dry town' - absolutely no alcohol of any sort, not even a beer.
    Kanab is south on the 89, 16 miles from Mt. Carmel Jct.

    AFAIK closest gas is at Mt. Carmel jct at the 89 out east on 9 from Zion Ponderosa. Also in Kanab or Fredonia, or further south in Colorado City if you're going to or coming from north rim. There is no gas in Zion park nor along the remote areas of the north rim. Carmel Jct is 16 miles from camp, east on hwy 9.

    For close-to-camp touring there's always Zion NP. If you paid to drive thru your ticket is good for a week - $25. You can also turn left out of camp instead of right going to Hwy 9. Turning left heads you up along the eastern border of Zion NP up into Dixie Forest, comes out at Navajo Lake. Very scenic and remote. There is LOTS of OHV activity up in that area, around Duck Creek Village, as well as food and gas. You can go out east to hwy 89 and come back on the hiway, through Orderville. Check your maps.

    BTW, there's a really nice sandwich shop and ice cream parlor in Orderville - stopped there for lunch one time way back. Nice Mormon family running it. I spotted it going there there last year but it was closed. No guarantees. :D

    Event Arrival...
    We are making the trek from LA in two legs (old guys rule :gerg) leaving early Thursday. First leg to Valley of Fire NP near Lake Mead. If we can keep going maybe Mesquite or something closer to St. George. That puts us into Zion Ponderosa Friday mid morning. We could go back to Zion park or do some touring in the Park and just arrive at the rally later. We keep a flexible itinerary.

    Saturday is the Indian Hollow trek - north rim. I expect that loop to be 110-160 miles depending on route. Unless of course, there's a better offer from Jesse. :evil

    Sunday we're heading north from camp, the dirt route to Navajo Lake in Dixie Forest, Cedar Breaks, and the 14 down to Cedar City, head back down the 15 'till we're tired, home Monday.

    Any are invited to ride along if you can keep up. :lol3

    We'll be on our 'big bikes' this trip.

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  4. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    BTW, another fun route if you're heading back to camp from Jacobs Lake or Lake Powel, is JOHNSON CANYON road. It's a backcountry route from the 89 just east of Kanab, goes north and turns into Glendale Bench road and comes out at Glendale on the 89-north, just north of Orderville. This is also a loop route if you come out of Duck Creek and want to head south on it in a big loop. Also very scenic and remote.

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  5. Westerly_Wind

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    Riding in from MKE and my chain is toast. What are the odds St. George will have anything in stock?
    I'm in Escalante with no cell and wifi access until tomorrow morning.
  6. ktmmoab

    ktmmoab n00b

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    If you tell me what size you want I can grab ya one from Moab if they have it
  7. cfr

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    Call Rocky Mountain ATV/MC in St George in advance. (435) 673-2444
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  8. bobbyimp

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    Anybody received the gpx files for the event?

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  9. Westerly_Wind

    Westerly_Wind Adventurer

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    As a noob this becomes a difficult question. Stock dr650 - want a 520 110 link. I have new sprockets but unsure what the difference between 520 vs 525 and if I can switch.

    Still no cell service yet otherwise I would of called yesterday.
  10. ktmmoab

    ktmmoab n00b

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    I have a spare. Brand new 520. I'll bring it.

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  11. Westerly_Wind

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    So awesome - thank you
  12. ktmmoab

    ktmmoab n00b

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    I'm in the back of the group sites. In between 5 and 6
  13. cfr

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    Nope
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  16. bobbyimp

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    Thank you Jessie and crew for a great and memorable weekend.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Browneye RR for 2017

    First a big thanks to Jesse and crew for putting on a first class event. From what I saw everybody had a fantastic time. Utah pines and fresh air, a great location, lots of riders, how can you miss?

    A very nice Rally Jesse...

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    Last year we drove and brought the RV and 4x4, and had such a good time I wanted to ride this year. I snagged my riding buddy Spafxer to bring the big-bikes this year so we left from the LA basin and split the trek into two legs. For old guys this is a nice way to travel, when we get hungry we stop, when we get tired we stop. :-)

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    Last year the 'tent city' section at the Zion Ponderosa was pretty much just dirt pads, roads, and trees. And about 45 riders. This year they graveled all the roads, marked off tent camping sites, and built a huge and gorgeous bathhouse with showers and laundromat. About 150 in attendance this year. Saturday morning everyone assembled for a group photo - I wanted to capture that new bathhouse too.

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    Enroute we decided to bypass Las Vegas due to a mass-shooting just days before, so we road out through Henderson and took the Northshore Road along Lake Mead, destination Valley of Fire SP for the first leg.

    By late afternoon we were hot and tired and took a break at a non-descript pull-off that turned out to be a beautiful natural spring, with water coming up from underground.

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    Arrived at camp before dark and got the last site in the park - what are all these peeps doing out desert camping on a Thursday??

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    Valley of Fire is very scenic. We happened on it last year.

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    Dog Rock here...

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  18. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Friday was our second leg through Zion Park and to the Rally. Of course the park is always busy, but seriously, on a Friday mid-day? Of course!

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    Arrived at the Zion Ponderosa in time for a couple'a cool ones and a beautiful campsite in the pines.

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    It's a little chilly overnight at that elevation in Utah early october...at 7am - 36.5 degrees.

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    Friday night Rocky Mountain ATV out of St. George sponsored a Cajun Shrimp cook off and fed the whole group. :clap

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    After the group photo Saturday morning ride groups were organized. I had planned to ride out to the North Rim of Grand Canyon to Indian Hollow Campground and walk in on the Thunder River wilderness trail for a scenic view of the canyon. There were a couple of riders that had posted they wanted to join us but some didn't make it and some got pulled off to another group. After announcing the group rides we had 14 that wanted to join us for a 200 mile trek to the canyon. Spafxer agreed to sweep - what a guy! And everybody kept up, we had a really great group.

    Yours truly and our ride group stopped for gas in Kanab before hitting the dusty trail...

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    Heading toward the canyon on FR22 out of Fredonia, we finally hit dirt. These riders LIKE the dirt!

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    There was some kind of marathon going on near the canyon and we saw more cars in a couple of hours than I had seen over 5 days on my last trip to the north rim. But we finally made it to the end of the road. I said, "Grab your cameras and your lunch - be prepared for a spectacular view."

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    Lunch on the edge of the canyon out Thunder River Trail

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    Saturday night was the big banquet in the tent next to the lodge - they did a nice job with it and Jesse raffled off a LOAD of prizes from sponsors. Nice way to cap it off.

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    We had a really nice time this year and look forward to next year!
    Thanks Flying Monkey for a fun weekend in Utah.
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