"Be prepared to self-rescue": WRT-Earnies Country-Henry Mnts--Utah

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  1. ejtv

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    "Be prepared to self-rescue"; those were the words of advice from the park ranger at Hans Flat when we made our back-country reservations for three days and two nights of riding, hiking and camping in and around Ernie's Country, south of The Maze, Canyonlands National Park.

    The plan was to trailer two WR250R's from Baton Rouge, pick up my son who was flying into Albuquerque, drive to Moab and spend 8 days riding in SE Utah, camping and hiking, before heading back home.

    Video summary of trip:

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    Day 1: Albuquerque. Had 8 extra hours waiting for my son's delayed plane, so rode around the Sandia Mountains:

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  2. GB

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    This is going to be gorgeous! :thumb

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  3. ejtv

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    Yes, another boring trip report about Moab. Been there before, mnt biking the Slickrock trail and hiking Arches, but never on motorcycles. We settled on the White Rim Trail via Long Canyon.

    Preparing for the long day:

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    We rode from Moab to 279 to Long Canyon to Dead Horse Point Road to the Shafer Trail to the White Rim Trail, which we tackled clockwise.

    Climbing Long Canyon:

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    Up Long Canyon with La Sal Mnts in the background:

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    Steep sandy section of Pucker Pass:

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    My son was first trying the toughest section of Pucker Pass. Didn't make it.

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    Somewhere above Long Canyon on our way to the top of Shafer Trail:

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    I think this is on the first section of the Shafer Trail way down from the Islands In The Sky Visitor Center after we purchased our permits for the WRT. Note: half way on the WRT, we did get stopped by a park ranger to show our permits.

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    Riding on a ledge, on the way to the famous switchbacks. We figured if we made it through Long Canyon, we would make it through the WRT.

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    Top of Shafer, looking down at the portion of the Shafer Trail connecting with the WRT:

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    We each had to get a pic here:

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    I was the first to go down the Shafer Switchbacks. I ought to photoshop-out that green jeep:

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    There, no jeep, now you are not distracted and can see me coming down:

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    I then stopped half way down and took a picture of my son from where he took the picture above. You can only see the white speck of his helmet directly above the switchback on this picure, two thirds up on the face of the wall. It takes a bit to get used to the heights while riding, but it must have taken real guts to build the roads:

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    And here he is riding down. If you compare the two pictures, the white speck of the helmet above is now gone:

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    Anyway, the dimension, the perspective, the scale of this place is beyond anything pictures can capture yadayadayada.

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    When I was a child, my family drove through the Henry Mountains on a weekly basis on the way to Bullfrog marina, Lake Powell. Looking forward to a report of those mountains.
    Keep uploading your report...:clap
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    Not many words needed for the WRT:

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    Obligatory walk over Musselman Arch:

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    You can't even see the WRs, etc.

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    A couple we met on the latter part of the WRT, Mr. and Mrs. Ector each riding their motorcycles, going up Murphy Hogback:

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    My son and I, top of Murphy:

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    And down:

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    Up Hardscrabble, I think. I did drop the WR within 2 feet of conquering the hard part of the climb half way. I stalled on 2nd gear. I had read guys change the front sprocket of the WR. Now I know why.

    So one fall each for the day. Not bad for two noob's as this was our first real ride on dirt-worthy bikes and more challenging trails. We had been riding F650's in the past and got tired of turning around when the roads got more technical. F650's had horrible suspension, were heavy, etc. They are great for gravel roads and hwys, but difficult to handle on harder stuff. With the WR's, you just point and click with the bikes do the rest. Amazing.

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    And down Hardscrabble:

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    Hang on. Almost done with another boring WRT report:

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    Up the Mineral Bottom Road Switchbacks:

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    Refreshing at 70MPH on Mineral Bottom Road on our way to our hotel in Moab for pizza, pasta and Polygamy beer.


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    I think I saw you guys in moab, were you there last week?
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    Great pics. That destination is on my short list. :thumb
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    Yep, last week.
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    Cool, we were riding a wr250r and a klx450r. I think we saw you on the main drag.
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    Yada yada yada... I've read most every RR on Moab--but you captured more of the feel and ride than most anyone. Kudos, nice photage!

    Keep it rollin' :lurk
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    Great job!:clap This is definitely making me look forward to me moving to utah in august. Might just have to head out there early and explore the canyonlands...
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  18. rydnseek

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    Great ride & report.. You got a nice pile of good pics on this one.

    Yes, there are lots of rides, pics, & eloquent reporting on moab. But it is a classic ride destination that never gets old. Thanks for the report on the wr's & how they worked for you.. seems like it's upstaging a lot of other bikes for rides like this.

    I don't mind an occasional jeep or other cage creeping in the pics.. & i could never find your 'white speck' of your son's helmet.. just goes to show how the vast distances dwarf us wee folk. Good looking kid, btw.. Great that you guys can do stuff like riding together.
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    Great photos. :clap
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    Nice Piccies!!:thumb
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