Another Utah Backcountry Discovery Rider Solo UTBDR

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ezrdr55, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    It's been a couple of weeks now so I thought I'd post up some pictures of my solo trip to Utah. I rode the UTBDR from north to south ending up at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I was on my '09 Wee-Strom; and starting on St. Louis, made a loop across northern Missouri, southern Nebraska, northern Colorado through Rocky Mountain National Park, then on to southwest Wyoming through the Flaming Gorge, over to the Idaho/Utah border were I began the trip south on the UTBDR. I’ll post a few pics here and if anyone wants I have over 600 pics and some videos on Photobucket. I’m not sure if I should post the link here so if you’re interested in seeing more just PM me. I will follow up a little later with some more pics. Disclaimer: As you can see, I am not a professional photographer.
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    A resident of the Rocky Mountain National Park
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    Rocky Mountain National Park 31 degrees.
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    Not sure exactly where but somewhere just west of RMNP.
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    Echo Valley
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    On the road to Echo Valley camp ground. I was the only camper there. I got stuck in sand up to my rear axle, and had to dig my way out.
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    Flaming Gorge I do believe.
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  2. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    In spite of your disclaimer, you have some great pictures there. I recognize the location of most of them, but when you get time, give us more detail.:clap
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  3. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    yeah!..... :ear
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  4. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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  5. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Alright now !
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  6. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    Great keep it up, you mean you don't have to go to south america to have a great ride?
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  7. TooTallRacing

    TooTallRacing Been here awhile

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    Nice pictures!

    Who is the old man standing next to your Wee? :freaky
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  8. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    :lurkOn with the rest of the story.....
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  9. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Not 100% sure but getting closer to UTBDR

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    The aspens looked like they were on fire just after a brief shower and with the wind making the leaves flutter.

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    Great camping but I was a little concerned about bears as there was bear $hit everywhere. Never did see one though:clap
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    Again the aspens were at their peak and with just a little rain it really made them pop.

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    At the start of the UTBDR

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    I think I know these 4 guys

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    Valley of the Gods. No words do it justice...

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    Valley of the Gods and some old guy I do not recognize.
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  10. KIK ROX

    KIK ROX Adventurer

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    Is this near Kremmling, CO? I remember the gap in the mountains from my CDT trip this summer.

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  11. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't bet money on it but I'm thinking Flaming Gorge. Yes I was there, but stupid old brain has recall issues.:huh
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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    sweet!
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  13. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Please excuse my ignorance but what does UTBDR stand for?
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  14. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    remember, Dr. Google is your friend :evil

    http://www.utbdr.com/

    Utah Backcountry Discovery Route
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  15. Pickup man

    Pickup man Been here awhile

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    Spetacular photos of a spectacular area. Thanks for sharing.
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  16. eakins

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  17. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    I bought the map/DVD combo and watched the DVD just to get a taste of what I was in for. I also loaded up the free tracks which saved my a$$ because without a GPS and those tracks I would have gotten really lost and probably run out of gas even though I have a 300 mile range. One of the gas stops was closed when I got there so I was on fumes (still had 1/2 gallon in my agri-tubes) when I got to the next gas stop. I used the map to mark my progress as I went. Because I was solo I decided not to do any of the alternate "expert" tracks. Since I was going North to South and the route is laid out on the map South to North, I was a little surprised that over 5 days and 800+ miles I only met three other riders and they were just doing a day ride. They were locals going North on KTM's (990's and a 950SE) and warned me that just up a head that I was in for a really tough section on my Wee-Strom. They even recommended that I not try it because even on their KTMs it was tough go. It was a tough section that cut through an extremely rocky area, but I made it even on my "inferior" machine. Still there were a few sandy areas that tested my ability to maintain forward progress and where I wished that I was on my 450EXC rather than the Wee-Pig. I started the trip on a new set of K60s and airing down did help a little, but I was really wishing for TKC80s at least on the front. In a couple of sections were the sand was finer than baby powder I sunk in up to the rear axle and had to dig my way out. And at times, I may have had to go a little slower and exert a little extra effort, but overall the Wee did it's job. More pics to follow.
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  18. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Nice ride, good to hear your bike kept up with your plans.......:1drink
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  19. ezrdr55

    ezrdr55 Been here awhile

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    Great road on the way to Natural Bridges

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    Just entering Monument Valley area. There is more riding to be had here than I had time for.
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  20. scarysharkface

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    Where Prince Charles spent his honeymoon
    When Cainer and I were out there last month we wanted to ride at least some of the UTBDR, but after encountering just a bit of deep sand decided it wasn't going to be any fun on my loaded KLR and his loaded 1150GSA so far from home. Seems maybe we were looking in the wrong places and should have toughed it out and ridden a little further down the trails. I hope he forgives me to not wanting to push it, when apparently it would have been okay..

    Looking forward to all the pics you've got from this..

    John
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