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

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

  1. TheAdmiral

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    Oops, guess I got some catching up to do in the next few days. Have gotten a few rides in this year.

    Moab was the next trip after Boonville.
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  2. TheAdmiral

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    Moab 17-This was my 3rd Moab Adventure and saw so many new things.

    Wasn't actually planning on riding with the TW group in Moab this year but Mrs. Admiral found out she had to work in Europe during the gathering so I changed my mind and headed to Moab. Mrs. Admiral and I did plan to ride with another couple in Moab this year but it was gonna be in May. So, the bonus was I got two Moab rides this spring.

    Day 1 Sovereign ATV trail section

    First trail ride of Moab 17 for the TW group. We started this section with 9 and 4 would peel off when we started the next section-Copper Ridge Jeep Trail and Slickrock. This part of the Sovereign ATV Loop is a good introduction to what you can expect for most of the Moab trails.



    Even on this trail, you'll get the "sand experience"!
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    Moab 17 Day 1 Copper Ridge Slickrock

    On this section, we ride a part of the Copper Ridge Jeep Trail and rejoin the shared Sovereign Loop on the Slickrock. We ride Fallen Peace Officer
    trail after this section.



    GHDave, Plumbstraight, Stig, and Don all taking a break just before we drop into a wash.
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    View of some Slickrock near the trail
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    One with me before the soreness facial expressions set in at days end
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    Moab has some awesome views. The trails get us close enough to see them.
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    Moab 17 Day 1 Fallen Peace Officer Trail

    First time on the Falle Peace Officer Trail. Had some pretty neat sections. We ended this part of the ride out at the trailhead at U.S. Highway 191. Ah, but our day is not done so stay tuned. [​IMG]



    Moab 17 Day 1 Tusher Tunnel to Determination Towers

    After lunch, GHDave, Don, Stig, and myself continued our ride. Unfortunately, my live action camera wasn't functioning properly so I missed recording us riding the Mashed Potatoe trail near Hidden Canyon Rim trail.

    At the Mashed Potatoes/Hidden Canyon Rim trail jct, I noticed someone placed a rock which looked like a dorsal fin and made this rock look like a shark. Look carefully and have an imagination. [​IMG]

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    After we linked back up on Blue Hills Road, GHDave and Don decided to return to camp but Stig wanted to ride more trails. I had a couple trails we've not ridden in the past so off we went.

    We ride some of the 3-D Jeep Trails from Tusher Tunnel up Tusher Wash with a quick jaunt into Tusher Canyon. We then junction at the Lower M&M (Monitor & Merrimac) Trail near Determination Towers. I'll finish Day 1 Video with the Lower M&M up next.



    We turned up and rode the dead-end Tusher Wash Canyon trail. It was pretty cool up yonder.
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    Awesome views of the canyon walls at the end of the canyon
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    Looks like an elephant laying on its stomach with its legs out in front.
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    I think the Stig, (Son#2) is gonna get his kickstand fixed after this ride.
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    Stig went hiking about and I was hoping he would find some skeletal remains from a drug running airplane crash but I was foiled in my hopes so we continued on.
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    We ride back down the Tusher Canyon and up Tusher Wash and take a break not far from Determination Towers
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    Determination Towers
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    Moab 17 Day 1 Lower M&M Trail

    Down to just the two of us for these past couple videos, we finish our day of riding on the Lower M&M down Mill Canyon, over to Courthouse Wash and returned to base via the start of the 7 Mile Rim Trail. We put in a lot of hours and miles on the day. No rest to be had though as tomorrow we tackle Hell's Revenge, Slickrock, and then the north section of Fins & Things.



    We did a lot of riding across this rough slickrock.
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    We took our last break of the day near Courthouse Rock
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    Stig did some climbing around the rocks. I wasn't as full of energy as he was so I stayed in one place and took the pictures
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    Safe to say he's in better shape than I am ha ha
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    Still, even the Stig was tired after a full day of riding on Day 1
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    End of Day 1
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    Ahhhh.... There we go :)
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    Here's hoping you came out ok with the fire near you today. That was pretty scary looking! :yikes
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    Fire? I too hope all is OK.
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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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  10. 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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    Sorry about your neighbors but glad you are ok.
    Your father in laws work was very timely!
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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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    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.
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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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    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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    Happy to hear you and yours are OK. Best wishes to those who lost their things.
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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!
  18. 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

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    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
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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
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