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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigDogAdventures, Sep 25, 2013.
Nice campsite on the Mesa. Guess I'd have to stretch my hammock between two bikes.
Looks like this will be good . . . and perhaps a bit wet . . . muddy ???
First off, I'd like to thank Mark, Scott and Bill for the ride of a lifetime. Even "Biblical flooding" couldn't dampen the great time that we had. Incredible scenery, great company, no major crashes or mechanical issues (not even a flat tire) and a ton of laughs. Mark (with Dingweed's help) had planned a perfect route and only the weather and some terrain issues (on the first day) required us to change the route slightly. Big Dog and Dingweed have this GPS thing down pat which is a good thing as I wasn't much of a help. It was sure nice to just have to follow along and not worry about making a wrong turn and being left for the buzzards. We got into some deep silt on day one that lasted for about a mile but everyone made it through and the camp at Mulely Point was something special. I'd also like to add my thanks to Jeff and his family for their wonderful hospitality, it was very much appreciated. Bud:d
Another great BigDog/Dingweed RR!! Can't wait, especially since it's in my favorite ride country. Doesn't get any better than Utah?Colorado!! Kind of picked up 10 years of living in unpredictable Colorado high country weather-- glad I'm not the weatherman making the impossible forecasts for that region.
Planning on traveling part of the route soon (if weather permits).
Looking forward to another Big Dog adventure.
Lee Ullmann (The Guy Older Than Big Dog)
I'm for sure ready for another one of your adventures Mark. I've roamed about lots of that country over the years but mostly on the pavement with just a bit of dirt being on R11**GS's and the Bandit 1250S and solo. Fixing to start a new way of traveling this next year ( if the shoulder that I messed up in Texas this year gets healed enuff ) of carring the KLR on the back hitch of my truck and sleeping in it at select base camps and roaming on the KLR.
I'll be saving your track files on this area as I'd love to do more dirt roads out there.
Waiting on the next . Bring it on!
Always enjoy your posts, you are a real inspiration!!!
Figured you'd say that. Well, we will continue to work on routes. I wouldn't want to try it any faster than you did, I know you don't waste time. Was this a 2 1/2 - 3 week trip? I need to retire.
I will get to Muley Point someday though. What a place!
always enjoy your pictures and reading the adventure
In so I can steal some ideas Thanks for sharing the tracks Mark! I know how much work goes into them and the ride report.
It's always good to have another Big Dog trip report to read. This one will be particularly interesting to follow as armchrmtrcylst and I just got back from riding the UTBDR (or about 90% of it) about two weeks ago.
What were the dates of your trip and when were you on the UTBDR? I'm guessing it was about the same time as us since we were dodging some sketchy weather too. We generally got lucky but had a bit of interesting weather-related riding... :eek1
We were just 3 says behind you uaing same tracks, and the only dry day was the 3rd day. We started in buena vista heading south. We did groundhog reservoir to muley point, close to 300 miles but beautiful.
Monsoon was definitely the theme of our ride except for this day.
Keep it up mark. Those of us that work have to have something to read.
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I am so catching up on this RR over the weekend!
I'm in for some more Bigdog/Dingweeds inspiration. Hope to do both of these BDR's in the future.
Its been said before... but I'm really enjoying this report. Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
First and foremost.. I had to get out to Cortez, CO.. so I called a cab:
and look who answered the call.. BigDog and "Mercedes"....
We headed to LittleBigDog's house for the night then.. all day driving out of KS to CO... well some of us drove
We got to Jeff's in a manageable hour and were instantly treated with down-home hospitality.. it was awesome!!! We got to bed and geared up in the morning... stopped for gas and had to fight a pump for what seemed like hours, or maybe it was the fact we were ready to ride!!
Finally.. we were headed for our route..
Good thing you didn't call it a "DODGE"------them be fitin' words
Bash3r take over for me on day one--------I'll be gone for a few days---thought I'd take up this thing called Adventure riding
Going to "Pucky Huddle" Missouri as you knew!!!!
Finally.... off the tarmac!! Time to let it hang out....
And Bud was happy! Why you ask... cuz I have come to believe Bud was born on a KTM.. I just know it. He's smiling from ear to ear under that visor!
We saw sooo many wild horses during this stretch.. in fact, one herd nearly took Bud out.. I saw the dust cloud to my right as I passed them, then in my mirror I saw it cross the road just as Bud & Dingweed were entering... I thought "OH NO!!! Stampede !!" But ..... as I kept watching.. thru the cloud of dust, I saw headlights.. and my buddies made it..shew!
Jeff keep'n his eye out on those varmets..
BigDog telling a story about something.. I can't remember all the stories I heard on this trip.. it was awesome! I spent a good 20 hrs listening to BigDog tell stories or snore.. I really enjoy every single one of them.. and got to hear a few colorful twists from his son when we stayed at his place. Don't worry BigDog, your secrets are safe with me!
Utah beginning to surface for us....
Even the tarmac is good out here!
Headed towards Valley of the Gods....
Another terrific contribution to the ADV community! Many will be very grateful.
I'm inspired once again Mark! Looking forward to the rest of this one! It would appear retirement is going oh so well! Awesome camping spot!