Admirals Voyages (w/photo's & Video's)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by TheAdmiral, May 5, 2012.

  1. Ladybug

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    Fire? I too hope all is OK.
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  2. TheAdmiral

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    We are ok with some of our pasture burned. It came within about 50 yards of our house and stopped at our fire break my father in law re-disced yesterday. That turned out to be timely.

    One family lost everything by the looks of it. Another trailer or camp trailer was lost too but don't know if it was occupied. Several other neighbors had the fire burn entirely around there house but didn't burn. Lots of fire personnel & trucks still on scene.

    Thanks for thinking of us.
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  3. TheAdmiral

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    Father's Day Surprise - Wildfire in the neighborhood It was a little tense here

    First, my thoughts go out to our neighbor who lost everything in the fire. Home, cars, misc property and worst of all, pets. My thoughts are also with all the other neighbors who lost property but not their homes. Thanks to all the fire departments who responded. I may miss one or two but it's not intentional (New Plymouth, Middleton, Caldwell, Eagle, and BLM.




    The fire got within about 50 yards of our house and shop. Thankfully, my pops-in-law refreshed the firebreak in our pasture's. You can see the firebreak here between the BLM Crew and my shop.

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    BLM Crew on mop up in our pasture. Our firebreak is in the foreground (dirt)
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    Helicopter w/bucket on way to neighbors
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    More mop up in our pasture as helo is on anther water drop
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    The picture was taken from our driveway. Our place is to the left of this picture. BLM truck is in our pasture checking for hot spots with the helo on another water drop.
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    To the right is another neighbor with some of his stuff on fire.
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    Turned out to be a very memorable fathers day.
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  4. Bob

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    Sorry about your neighbors but glad you are ok.
    Your father in laws work was very timely!
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  5. bad luck

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    I just found your posts here, wow that must have been scary and nerve wracking.
    I'm glad you guys are alright though, as Bob said it's too bad your neighbors weren't so lucky.
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  6. TheAdmiral

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    BLM through the local news stations are reporting that is was "adult shooter" who started it with a bullet ricochet. There have been other fires out here in the past and not one of them was started by anyone shooting, and there are a lot of people who shoot out here. Really, a ricochet? The area is called Sand Hollow and not Rock Hollow for a reason.

    In the recent past, there was a series of fires started by....a fireman and other fires have been started by vehicles driving over the dry grass. Now, it's entirely possible shooters did start it but unless the BLM knows something which hasn't been shared yet I'm keeping an open mind and not sold on the shooter on the grassy knoll theory just yet.

    It would be curious if we'll ever know for sure what happened.
  7. B10Dave

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    Scary day for you Admiral. Glad to see your place was spared. Twenty five years ago when we still had our farm I started a pasture fire with a bush hog on the tractor. Blade hit a stone and sparked. I was way around the other side before I realized it had started a fire. I sure was glad to see the trucks and VFD show up.
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  8. LadyFish4

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    Wow! You've certainly had your fair share of this stuff. Especially after all your snow & roof damage this past winter. So glad you're all safe! Thoughts & prayers to those who lost so much!
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  9. popscycle

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    Happy to hear you and yours are OK. Best wishes to those who lost their things.
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  10. TheAdmiral

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    The aftermath

    What's left of the neighbor's home
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    Looks like a bomb took out the place
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    Another neighbor who lost some equipment (Trucks, gooseneck trailer, horse trailer). Most of this wasn't used anymore. The horse trailer had some plywood in the back and burned for quite a while. The weird thing is some of the plywood didn't burn and you can see it to the rear of the trailer. We could see the firefighters pulling something out the rear and now we know what it was.
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    Close up of neighbors horse trailer
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    A 3rd neighbor lost both of the semi-trailers. One is obviously worse than the other but the far one burned inside. EMS didn't even know it had been burning until they opened the rear doors. Their pumphouse (between semi-trailer and house on the left) also burned a little along with the electrical power meter which was on the side. They have been without power for a couple days.
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    The fire had also worked its way east down along other neighbors properties which were also in danger from the fire. You can see some old vehicles, another horse trailer which got burnt also.
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    The fire burned north in BLM land against the wind. They say this fire was about 266 acres.
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    The fire crossed the fenceline and burned some of our pasture
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    The fire burned down to our firebreak. The edge of our yard is on the right (trees).
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    Firebreaks work!
  11. TheAdmiral

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    Enough fire babble, back to Moab and riding

    Day 2 Well, let's see what's on the menu.

    Appetizer - Slickrock Single Track Trail

    Main Course - Hell's Revenge Trail

    Dessert - Fin's & Thing's (North Portion)

    The TW crew rides the famous Moab Single Track Slickrock Trail. It was fun! Today's crew: Old man w/2 many guns&knives, Stig, Plumbstraight, Fred, Don, and Admiral

    Part I



    Part 2 of the TW crew riding Moab's Slickrock single track trail.




    The Appetizer. I don't know if the below photo is of the Practice Loop but we rode it first. Boy, I'm glad we practiced first as there was some doozie area's on the main trail.
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    Stig. It was our first time on the Slickrock Trail.
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    Sure is purdy out yonder...when you don't have to keep your eye on the trail...and mountain bikers!
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    I keep thinking of the Flintstones every time I come to Moab. Today is no exception.
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    Lunch on the hill overlooking Moab...the "mother of all biker" destinations
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    More trail yummy-ness
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    Goodness gracious, the views are spectacular...well, so is the riding
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    to be continued. Up next Hell's Revenge
  12. TheAdmiral

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    Day 2 part II-Hell's Revenge (appropriate name for the trail)

    Fred hurt his foot not more than a couple minutes into the ride. After I talked him into continuing, which at the time I didn't think I was but re-watching the video one good theorize I was TW shaming him into continuing, we rode on.

    Then I had my little TW Stunt Ride.
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    Apparently, I like to experiment with different viewpoints of the trail.
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    I promised Scoob I would never go over backards again. (A promise I'm sure I can't keep)! [​IMG]
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    "TW Taillight Blood" on Hell's Revenge Slickrock!
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    HR Part I


    HR Part II


    Whew, I'm pretty tired after these two trails. I don't think I can ride Fins & Things today.

    To be continued
  13. zoid

    zoid Dirty Old Hippie

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    WOW!!! You are truly having too much fun.

    Thanks for the TW200 warning before the last video. I had my wife preview it and she said I could watch it but, "don't get any ideas". I wonder what she meant.
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  14. TheAdmiral

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    Moab 2017-Closing out day 2 on Fins & Things

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    We finish an already long and hard day of riding by riding the northern part of Fin's & Things. I was ready for an adult beverage when this day was done! :) So we stopped into Milts Burgers after it was all over and I had my "adult beverage"...a chocolate shake!

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    This is gonna be fun
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    After we completed the Slickrock and Hell's Revenge trails we rode back to the truck to load up and go back to camp. I was very tired and exhausted. After removing all my equipment (boots, shinguards) I noticed my son hadn't removed anything. I asked if he was ok. He said yes but wanted to ride some more. Though I was exhausted, I put all my stuff back on and we headed to the F&T North Trailhead.

    The watch said 1530 and the sun was still up.
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    We rode at a very brisk pace (for me) being just the two of us now as all the Slickrock & Hell's Revenge TW'ers headed back to camp.

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    It was a great ending to another great day of riding in Moab.

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    to be continued on Day 3
  15. TheAdmiral

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    "We are not perfect riders. We do not ride perfect motorcycles. But we did it!" (a famous quote I just made up)

    Day 3 - Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike (Golden Crack), and Poison Spider trails. Oofta!

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    This was a big big day for us old duffers. I (we) or some of we, are tired from three hard days of riding. Yep, we're warmed up. Maybe too warmed up. I personally am way over warmed up. My muscles are so sore and today's ride is not an EASY RIDE!

    Part 1. Gold Bar Rim to the junction with Rusty Nail.

    I/we've been wanting to ride or attempt to ride, what I call the trifecta - Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, & Poison Spider for a couple years. Not putting it off any longer, us 6 riders hit it with Gold Bar Rim being the first part. During the ride, 2 riders will split for a while and ride Rusty Nail and we'll reconnect with them up top as the trail transitions from Gold Bar Rim to the Golden Spike.



    Fabulous views from the trail as expected.
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    After the day was done I thought I had done pretty well. After watching my videos I soon discovered I actually sucked riding Gold Bar Rim. Fell over, got stuck on some steps I normally would be able to climb. I was just so sore from the previous 2 days of riding. I got better as the day went but this was really a struggle.

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    I knew the "Waterfall" was coming and dreaded it having heard so many horrible things about it. None of us were willing to ride down it so we ended up lowering each bike one-by-one down to each other but we got'er done without to much trouble. Just time!
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    We kind of chuckled as we saw the "you are here" smiley faces along the way. Except for the Waterfall, the trail wasn't to bad, I just sucked riding.
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    The waterfall is a little steeper and taller than it looks in the picture. I've seen really good riders, ride up and down this but I slash we are probably not in that group but we done ok.
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    A little bit later on we met back up with Jeff & ejfranz who rode the Rusty Nail Trail to continue riding the Golden Spike, which is next, and Poison Spider thereafter. They said Rusty Nail was quite the workout. Don't think they want to ride it again.

    to be continued
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  16. N-Id-Jim

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    Looks like a whole lotta fun !!
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  17. TheAdmiral

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    ...and I was so sore every evening. Old age I guess.:lol3 But yeah, it was great.
  18. TheAdmiral

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    Moab 17 Day 3 Golden Spike

    With all riders regrouped, (ejfranz & Jeff rode Rusty Nail with the rest of us on Gold Bar Rim) we continue our Day 3 ride on the Golden Spike having just conquered Gold Bar Rim and/or Rusty Nail trails. I am so darn tired from 2 days of hard riding and I struggled so much on Gold Bar Rim. On the Golden Spike, I finally started to get my sea legs back. I had heard so much about the Golden Crack but this ended up being pretty easy. There were much harder obstacles on the trail up ahead than the crack was.




    Shortly after linking back up with ejfranz and Jeff we arrived at the famous Golden Crack. I didn't find any gold but there was in fact a crack...and not a plumbers crack.
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    We were entertained by the utv group showing off going back and forth across the crack while we ate lunch.
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    It was a unanimous vote, we would send ejfranz across the crack first. If he falls and gets killed in the crossing or even worse, the rest of us decided we would head back the way we came. Oh, we'd call search & rescue and give them the coordinates where to find ejfranz's TW...oh and body.
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    He made it so thankfully we all continued the ride.
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    There were plenty of places to take a look over the cliff edge overlooking U.S. Hwy 191.
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    You can see Arches N.P. entrance down below.
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    Looking north.
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    Plenty of cool places along the trail to conduct a firing squad execution for whiny riding companions...if needed. Thankfully, this was a no whining day for all of us.
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    We did have some minor turbulence along the way. I called this place "the Silver Crack". Ok, maybe I whined a little so I had my son try and ride up this little obstacle. So so glad we had passed the executioners wall earlier.
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    ejfranz and Don made it up without help but the rest of us weren't so lucky. Don't ride these trails alone. Bring a young "lifting person" or three with you.
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    More smooth easy riding ahead for sure
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    The scary tree
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    We started to get more slickrock areas the closer we got to the junction with Poison Spider trail
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    Day 3 to be continued with our final trail, Poison Spider.
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  19. TheAdmiral

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    Day 3 Poison Spider

    Poison Spider Part I- The Loop

    While not the most technical part of the 3 trails we rode today, I sure had a lot of fun zipping up & down and in & out of the slick rock and sand berm sections. Unfortunately, I'm a lot slower than I thought I was but at least I had fun.


    At the junction of Golden Spike-Poison Spider, the group split again. Two riders keep heading down the trail towards camp while four of us continue on riding and ride the loop section of the Poison Spider Trail.

    The Junction of Golden Spike, Poison Spider with the Loop portion of P.S. to the left
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    trail we rode is generally marked green.
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    Loop-Riding was a lot less technical as we rode a combo of sand and slick rock
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    Felt like a rollercoaster at times. Up and down, yahoo!
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    Watch your step. Stay on the marked trail when you get to the top of one of the slick rock climbs. Straying off trail may have negative consequences.
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    There were a couple overlooks up on the cliff and we went to one. We thought we were riding to the arch overlook but our navigational devices weren't working. Actually, I don't think we were looking at them...having too much fun riding.
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    Moab, North part of the city
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    Stig having fun in the sand
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    Stig not having fun in the sand :jack
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    We completed the loop in record time. Just not sure of our time so you'll have to take my we word. First time riding it counts as setting a record right?:lol3
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  20. TheAdmiral

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    Day 3 Poison Spider Part II - The final descent

    After riding the loop up on Poison Spider we reconnect to the main trail and head down the hill to the trailhead and then back to camp via the paved highways.


    Up top on the main trail we ride waves of slick rock which was less than smooth riding
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    As we started our descent to the trailhead...wait for it...down by the river!! Some sections of the trail were a little technical
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    Kind of glad we were heading downhill and not uphill
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    We're were worn out and we sure are hoping for an easy section soon
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    Did I mention I was glad we were heading down
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    Oofta, finally the Trailhead which means easy pavement back to camp.
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    There are harder trails in Moab but these 3 trails (Goldbar - Spike - Spider) will do for now!
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