Around the Great Salt Lake and got stuck so it became a two dayer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tylerjwhite, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    Ok so after looking at others threads a couple of times...

    And reading about the route ElmerC did on the Utah BMW GS thread, and getting the GPX file from him, MSH and myself set out with extra fuel and a purpose. I also brought camping gear with the plan of staying at Desert mountain in the middle of the salt flats. This ended up being fortunate as you will see in the end of this thread.

    MSH got a litte nervous as we got to Corrine and we both pounded down a Gatorade bottle and filled it up with some extra gas.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925067322/" title="BMW gets a drink. by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4925067322_d5c728b422_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="BMW gets a drink. " /></a>

    We stopped at Promontory point for a few pictures of the trains and then we were off. It was primarily very loose gravel roads in mostly straight lines with high speeds. You go so fast for so long (because it is an old train track) that you don't slow down enough when you finally hit a corner, because it feels like you did slow down a lot and inevitably end up sliding off of some of the corners.

    Trains.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924456291/" title="Golden spike trains by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4924456291_6833e676a1_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Golden spike trains" /></a>

    This sign said it all. So we had to stop and take a picture of it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925067218/" title="Roads for Adventure by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4925067218_979e8498df_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Roads for Adventure" /></a>

    After that we found some open space to play and take pictures.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924431679/" title="Riding in the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4924431679_a14559d129_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Riding in the desert " /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924429761/" title="BMW by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4924429761_6b8c375409_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="BMW" /></a>

    My grin...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925026246/" title="Close up by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4925026246_01c2bcf2a0_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Close up " /></a>

    Speed

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924995484/" title="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4924995484_219bc3d1ee_b.jpg" width="1024" height="489" alt="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924993440/" title="Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4924993440_a0ae69d121_b.jpg" width="1024" height="495" alt="Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924399239/" title="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4924399239_8640874016_b.jpg" width="1024" height="633" alt="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924993742/" title="Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4924993742_c3d1efac45_b.jpg" width="1024" height="666" alt="Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924993812/" title="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4924993812_e65a1a1ebf_z.jpg" width="482" height="640" alt="Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925025382/" title="BMW by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4925025382_74f4ac23b5_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="BMW" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924996382/" title="BMW 1150 GS in the Utah Desert by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4924996382_5b60284409_b.jpg" width="689" height="1024" alt="BMW 1150 GS in the Utah Desert" /></a>

    After riding to the northern most part of the GSLake we ran into this testing area. I think it is a bombing area for the Air Force. I think this because of the A 10s flying over head however they could have been going to the bombing range on the south end of the lake. But who knows...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925031726/" title="A 10 Thunderbolt by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4925031726_3200340948.jpg" width="332" height="195" alt="A 10 Thunderbolt" /></a>

    I do know it was fun to ride in to.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924471739/" title="Real ADV roads by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4924471739_190c2b3dd3_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Real ADV roads " /></a>

    And to ride out of.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925031164/" title="Jump the BMW 800 GS by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4925031164_75b1f0707a_z.jpg" width="574" height="640" alt="Jump the BMW 800 GS" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924432151/" title="BMW at the North of the Great Salt Lake by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4924432151_7bfec1ff35_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="BMW at the North of the Great Salt Lake" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925027916/" title="BMW by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4925027916_506c58b7e2_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="BMW " /></a>

    We then went through a bunch of ghost towns on the West side of the GSLake. We stopped for some food and pictures of the cemetery. Which ironically is the only thing really left standing.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924434085/" title="BMW by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4924434085_6d11a4ff83_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="BMW" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924435185/" title="Tomb Stone in Utah by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4924435185_5719a52430_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Tomb Stone in Utah" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924470719/" title="Tomb stone of wood. by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4924470719_18609de8fc_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Tomb stone of wood." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925064940/" title="Graves in the Utah desert. by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4925064940_d113ea24e8_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Graves in the Utah desert. " /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924671533/" title="Ghost Towns in Utah by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4924671533_0ba1b435bb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Ghost Towns in Utah " /></a>

    After that it was time to work our way home so in with the gas.
    MSH aptly named this the GS's last drink.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925067034/" title="The last drink. by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4925067034_ebfde5c87c_b.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="The last drink. " /></a>

    Then with a little detour we road a very very long straight road along side the current train to Nevada until we got to the island in the middle of the salt flats called Desert Mountain I think. Anyway it is where the Newfoundland mines used to be. We road the trails for a while and spooked up some Desert Sheep. They were really amazing.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924997486/" title="Utah desert sheep by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4924997486_8ff80784bf_b.jpg" width="1024" height="544" alt="Utah desert sheep" /></a>

    Then we went and roamed until we found some mines.

    (Ya I see you too)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925066952/" title="Mine in the middle of nowhere. by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4925066952_614a68f54c_b.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Mine in the middle of nowhere. " /></a>

    Looking back from where we came it was time to leave.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925066880/" title="Desert Mountain by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4925066880_80892caf27_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Desert Mountain" /></a>

    Then on the way home we went through Delle and that is where we split. I went for gas and MSH went home. After gas I thought "hey I might just follow the frontage road for a while." Eventually I ran out of frontage road and was just over landing it. I was following some dirt bike trails which turned out to be a bad idea, since my GS weighs about twice that of a dirt bike with my camping gear on it. I went through maybe 6 different patches of that salt covered mud surfing along the powdery sand with no problem, until I went through a little patch of green bushes. I remember thinking to myself I bet there is water under those bushes feeding them so I speed up and then suddenly I begin to sink. I upped the throttle looking to the other side for freedom and that only hurt my situation and I sank some more putting myself well in the middle of the mush.

    It is about 730PM and after digging for about an hour I took this picture as I laughed at my situation. I went wondering in the bushes to find anything I could dig with, but all I found was a little stick that looked like a survey stake. There is nothing out there but mud sage brush beer bottles and evil salt covered clay calling your name down into the abyssss.
    :bash

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925135588/" title="Mud by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4925135588_015b3a73c0_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Mud" /></a>

    That night after tipping that beast over and spinning it on the piston to point it in a different direction then picking it up with the piston acting like a suction cup in the mud, this is as far as I made it in two and half hours. So I try it again and move about a foot then back into the mud it goes.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4925135602/" title="Mud 2 by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4925135602_8af79de683_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Mud 2" /></a>

    The next morning after a night of drying, the mud around my tire cracked and kind of turned into dry cold silly puddy, so it gave me traction... I kept the tire engaged, did not let it spin and that barely gave me enough speed to get my pig out of the mud.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924541127/" title="Mud 3 by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4924541127_afa56f2548_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Mud 3" /></a>

    My camp the day after.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45420668@N07/4924541141/" title="Mud 4 by Wanderingmountaingoat, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4924541141_50a1b3f792_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Mud 4" /></a>

    The next day I headed towards Knolles on the frontage trail and hit some deep sand and dumped it twice. Since I was so exhausted from the night before and that morning I barely got the bike up and I had had enough. So I went home and wrote up the story of my mini epic adventure.

    So who wants to go with me next time??? :bash
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  2. 74C5

    74C5 Long timer

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    Nice adventure, nice recovery!:clap
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  3. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    Hey thanks. I am just glad I had planned on camping anyway when I finally got stuck.
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  4. GB

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    Nice! It's all part and parcel of the adventure :thumb
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  5. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Cool!

    great pics!
    I hope to get there soon.
    (not the mud) :lol3
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  6. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    Let me know when your here and I will show you where NOT to go...:stupid
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  7. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    :lol3
    Deal.
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  8. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Did the sheep all have ear tags? I guess that's Mr. T on the left? :lol3 :rofl

    You must have a strong back to wrestle that pig out of the mud by yourself. Good Job. :thumb

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  9. StinkyCheese

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    Cool trip and pictures.
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  10. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    I had a strong back. It about killed me lifting that thing especially since my feet would just slide out every time I tried to pick it up. But I want to go again just not to the muddy part.
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  11. tylerjwhite

    tylerjwhite Wandering Mtn Goat

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    Thanks StinkyCheese Man!!!
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