BigDog/Friends/COBDR/UTBDR/2,3 & 4 Corners

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigDogAdventures, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Hey GoMotor.. yea my camera is a GoPro Hero 2, recording at 1080p, and what I've noticed is if you are riding in open spaces you don't notice the fisheye too much, like you do if you are riding with trees on both sides of you!

    I'll be putting out a video on what video gear I ran as I've gotten a lot of good questions on my setup. :deal
  2. shasta650

    shasta650 Been here awhile

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    does the Dingweed estate have a location or website for a possible ride thru while wandering around out there? thanks
  3. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    He's working on all that right now------it really won't be all ready for visitors till early spring.

    A website and all the details is in the works---he'll have a phone and internet (wifi) out there when it's all done.

    Maybe I should let him him tell what's up---but I think I got it right.

    BigDog
  4. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    Great RR, thanks!


    Awesome, my question as well when I saw that place a few pages back.
    I'll be keeping tabs also.
  5. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I'm guessing this place might be like the mule trips in the GC, where booking up to 13 months in advance is almost required! What an awesome plan though! :clap
  6. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR almost retired

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    Give it a few years and it'll be a Mecca. It'll be like COCO's corner in Baja!
  7. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3 Does that mean there will be toilets without seats circled up to watch a TV or just all the cans for the fencing? That will surely keep the cattle away! :eek1:eek1:eek1:wink:
  8. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    Mark,

    We almost crossed paths. I rode from Heber (Daniels Summit which you called Solier Meadow) to West Yellowstone from Sept 2 thru Sept 13 GPSing the Great Western Trail.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=920759

    We were on many of the same roads but I explore every option. I rode the same rocks from hell west of Hwy 150 to Evanston that you did years ago.

    The monument at SW corner of of WY was set in the 1800s and is just a couple miles from a Pony Express station that you also rode by.

    Jerry
  9. Hoot Gibson

    Hoot Gibson Banned

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    I'm Guessing this will become one big ass commune:eek1 {just joking, but looking forward to getting to see this place before I assume room temperature, the photos of the layout look outstanding}:deal
  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hey Jerry-------glad we didn't hit head on :D:D:D:D:D

    Now on with Day 7


    Generator camp from hell to Motel in Kenmerer, Wyoming

    Well the Quadtard started the loud generator up at first lite the next morning and we couldn't wait to get out of there.
    It was such a nice place till they showed up.
    We are now just a few miles from Bear Lake-----Idaho and the end of the Utah BDR.


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    We got on a surprisingly rough trail just before Bear Lake came into view.

    And we all were missing our buddy Bash3r :cry:cry:cry:cry:cry:cry:cry:cry:cry


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    Then the highway took us up the West side of bear Lake where we got gas, and snacks.

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    The North end of the Utah BDR------we are now officially off the BDR and have to wing are way North--then East to tie into the Colorado BDR.

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    Ok---the BDR's are great and I so appreciate the routes laid out by others that makes it a no-brainer to navigate.
    But my world is laying out and following my own routes----I seem to have a nac for it and they are always are as good as
    the published ones everybody follows-------but they are sometimes much more exciting for me as I have no idea of what
    we are really going to run in to----and how good or bad the riding will be---and if we hit locked gates or not---I love this stuff.
    So the next day or two are spent tying the Utah BDR into the Colorado BDR.

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    I didn't want to route South of Flaming gorge as I've been thru there too many times already.
    I've not been on any of the roads I've plotted for this connection---how would it be ????

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    From the North side of Bear Lake on North Beach road and past Bear Lake Hot Springs we dove right up into the mountains.
    I google earthed these mountains for days trying to find a road over these---only one went up over the mountain and went
    all the way thru.

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    Also----I wasn't even going to follow that road all the way straight across to the East.
    I was going to head South in the middle of these mountains and try to navigate my way
    to .......................ta....daaaaaaaa......................
    "3-Corners"
    We'd been to 2 and 4 corners but now it was time for 3 corners.
    This would prove to be very difficult-----terrain wise and navigation wise.


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    The roads that I had google earthed to get to 3 corners kind of disappeared sometimes on google earth and I really didn't have much
    faith in us getting thru----but we went for it and rode on some really great very small dirt roads thru ranchland----and BLM land.
    3 corners is not far off now--but would the roads go thru ???

    Or---------would my no-hassle tassels have to bail our sorry asses out again. :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
    As I stared at them----I felt my motor get smoother---my bike faster----the roads getting better and the rain stayed away---for now.

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    Rut-----Ro

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  11. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    So where was I ????

    Oh yea----------------------rut ro

    We came to this gate-----------I normally treat this as the road is public---but the land off the road isn't.
    But we were all kind of nervous about it --------especially Bud.
    We had rode many miles to this point---and finally turned back as I was hoping to talk to someone.
    And I did find someone that said it was OK to pass thru.
    So we got to ride those nice little dirt roads twice.

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    And we had some more of this.

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    I had gotten way ahead of Scott and Bud here and got in the shade to wait for them. We had ridden so many miles thru these mountains on little
    dirt road I worried we weren't suppose to be out here.

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    From where we came. See the little guy coming across the scrub brush.

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    We went just a bit farther and I was so relieved to see this sign.
    So we were good to go.

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    3 corners is close.

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    What a weird rock formation---there were several that looked very similar to this one in the 3 corners area.

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    We made it--------the 3 corners monument is up that hill------that hill is impossible to climb for meer mortals such as us.

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    You don't need a gps to find it-------just follow the arrow.

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    I looked at that hill and said there was no way I was walking up that sucker-------it was hot out and we'd had a hard day.
    I know sooner got that out of my mouth when I took off walking. I'd never get back here again. How stupid would it be of me
    not to take this opportunity of a lifetime---my bucket list would be incomplete.
    If I died out here-----------so be it.

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    I wasn't sure Scott and Bud would follow me.
    Someone had to call 911 :huh
    Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest !!!!!


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    A superb ride would be lucky to get where Scott and Bud are----but right there the hill kicked almost straight up it seemed and
    we almost had to crawl on our hands and knees to get to the top---------did I say it was hot out ????
    Our bikes are little specs down there.
    The Wans could have rode their 990 up here-----2 UP----at night---in the rain---after a hard day:deal

    I think I could have climbed on my 1974 200cc. Bultaco Pursang------in 1974 when I was 23 years old.

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    Crawling on your hands and knees you were tempted to use this barbed wire fence to pull you up.
    Not a good idea.

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    The monument is 3 sided.
    Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
    We all relished in the moment.

    Who took the picture you ask----------------the camera.


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    Of course on the way back I had to get out my super big sharpy.

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    It was just 3.2 miles East to paved CR-207.
    It was all impassable when wet and we scooted around a bunch of mud holes that were drying up.


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    OK 4 miles---sue me---if you come in this way----------it's way easier and shorter when dry---but not near the challenge or as much fun.
    We had a ball using every navigation skill we had finding the monument from the West.




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    We head North on paved CR-207 towards Cokeville.

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    I loved Cokeville---------I could live here---I bet you ten we could have camped in the park.
    Maybe Scott and Bud thought I was nuts----but we went in a little store with a deli and had them make us sandwiches
    and took them to the park just down the road and ate under a shelter where a cool breeze was blowing.

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    More to come
  12. BigDogAdventures

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    Day 7

    We rested at the park for a long time---------it had been a strenuous day -------but it wasn't over.
    We went West again out of Cokeville and I had hoped I had found roads on google earth that would take us up on top of
    Coke mountain------elevation 8,890ft.
    And the route proved to be a good one as we climbed up the mountain.

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    I had to resort to a little help from a local to navigate up on top of Coke Mountain.

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    We rode for I bet 20 miles on this high ridge hoping to lead us right into Fossil Butte National Monument.
    The little road that turned off of this one to Fossil Butte was a mud fest of 20 miles and we gave up on that.



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    The riding was great as the main road turned Southeast towards Kenmerer and for 20 miles we just knew we were going to get pounded
    with this rainstorm---------but never did. We got a motel in Kenmerer and the rains came down all night long.

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    A map of our days ride---about 130 hard fought miles.
    We rode from dawn to dusk this day.

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  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    :hmmmmm That was just a test to see if I'm still reading, huh? :lol3

    I am! :wave

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    Nice job, camera! :thumb
  14. BigDogAdventures

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    Day 8

    For most of the day the route I had laid out at home would work out really nice as we Headed South out of Kenmerer--then East from Mountain View, Wyoming.

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    Some of the Navigation today proved to be challenging and I'm sure Bud was Questioning if I had a clue where I was going.
    Well---------he was right I didn't. But used my wits as we ran into some very small dirt roads that I thought would disappear--but
    I soldiered on and it never got too tough for us.
    Dingweeds was totally use to this stuff from me.

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    We didn't seem to get any pictures of the tough climb up to this fence.
    I searched and searched for a place to go thru and finally found a spot---where I opened and closed a wire gate.
    There was orange paints on the pole on the other side---which a lot of ranchers used as to point out private property.
    I was nervous as we exited what might have been a private ranch---but we saw no signs prior to that..

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    Same place--------I was on the "SAFE" side but Bud had to go back and help Scott upright his bike as he slid out on the
    nasty steep hill and had a hard time gettting going. Man was I glad we were on small bikes.

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    Al those dirt roads would lead us to Green River Utah where we gassed up and got some groceries.
    I figured out a really neat route to by-pass Green River to the South and it would prove to be awesome.

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    I found a newly built bridge over the Colorado river South of town and we were soon on "Scotts Bottom Road"----in the pouring rain.
    This road was awesome------even in the rain.
    On google earth I didn't thing the road was do-able.

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    I love this picture of Bud--his KTM and the Colorado river.
    I'm glad Scott took some pictures--as I had my camera tucked away.

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    It poured and poured and I feared the dirt road would get impassable--------but it didn't.

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    I think we got it made----------my route was looking good.

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    Well Crap !!!!!!
    The road I had routed us down was no good it seems---we wanted to go on down it but the bad weather loomed
    and the road was definitely not passable if wet.
    And we headed to territory we had been to before.
    I was so hoping to go a new way.

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    We had crossed into Colorado way West of where I wanted to and the weather played heck with us
    as we neared the old Swinging bridge over the Green River that me and Scott had been over before.
    I wanted Bud to see it----and we went down a side road so he could and then went back.

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    Ahhhhhhh----what's this------never been thew here before-----we don't have jobs---we don't
    have to be anywhere---let's go see what this is ?????

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    This view is below the falls---pretty neat.
    The falls were on Vermillion creek.

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    We rolled into Maybel, Colorado and scouted around for camping or a place to stay.
    You could camp here in the park for a very small fee and there was a shower.
    This was a tiny town----and lately I have found many little towns in my travels which would let you do this.

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    But-------it was fixin' to pour down---and the thunder was thundering.
    And this old place came into view-----we overlooked this place totally but some other riders were staying there and
    we stayed there too--------one of the neatest places I've ever stayed in-------We did not want to leave.


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    1898
    That was a long time ago.

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    I'm so mad at myself for not taking pictures of the inside--it was magnificent and for $70 we got 2 rooms------and a shower.
    The other riders were so interesting.

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    We talked of travels on the porch for hours--such nice people---all on DR650's.
    A bike very well respected by me.

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    I wish I could remember all of this fellows stories---but he had a career as a forest ranger, worked as an off road tour guide for BMW traveling throughout the south west and Mexico and is currently working for Harley Davidson Motor Company. We shared incredible motorcycle stories for hours on that front porch with that DR-650 gang.
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    This the owner of the stores dog-----------he was so funny.
    If he wanted in the house-------he'd bark one time---and you better let me in.
    Same for going out.
    He liked playing tug-o-war.

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    Hunters stay here a lot---and Dingweed is a big hunter.
    He was all over this thing---something about "points" or something ??????

    What an enjoyable and unforgettable evening we had at the old Motel.

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    Here is a rough map of our ride that day---about 247 miles.

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  15. BigDogAdventures

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    I thought that would bring you out Little Wan.

    I expect to see a pic of the 990 on top of 3 corners next year


    BigDog
  16. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    Where did basher go? Did I miss something?
  17. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Caught you--------you was flippin' thru the pictures wasn't you ??? :D:D:D:D:D:D

    He had to go home Nice Rumble------He rode out with me but had only about 7 days to spend with us---and that included riding back to Cortez to catch a plane home----then I hauled his bike home----he lives near me.

    He never did tell, but his plane ride was a fiasco, as those storms that were hammering Colorado ended up canceling his flight. So it took a while for him to get back home.

    we missed him---and now we are missing his great video's.

    BigDog
  18. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    "Hey Dingweeds. I'm making a plan to come vist you next year at the ranch.
    I'll bring the steaks."
    Q~


    Sounds Great Q~.........Lookin forward to it!!
    Scott
  19. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    It will be FANTASTIC to meet everybody that comes out to 3 Step Hideaway!!
    We can't Wait!!!................Lot's of work in the meantime getting everything setup!!!

    Stay tuned for website!!!.......

    Scott
  20. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I finally got caught up.
    Great report Mark!
    Your DVD of the 950's got under my skin and I sold the big BMW and got a 990. Pretty big but it needs to commute still. Couple more years and I'll get a little bike and go explore.

    Thanks for hauling us cube dwellers along with you all. As always top stuff from your reports. :clap