Canyonlands Adventure Ride 2013

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  1. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Late last year COXR650L from Dubinky Adventure Apparel p0sted up looking for folks to do a ride that circles Canyonlands National Park. For those of you who don't know there's an effort underway to close off much of the park to motorized traffic by giving it a wilderness designation. Ben (COXR650L) stepped up and organized this ride to shed some light on the situation and raise some much needed bucks for the Utah Shared Access Alliance. Canyonlands National Park includes some of the most remote areas in the US, without motorized access appoximately 80% of the park becomes inaccessable to anyone but Rafting companies and few other select venues, biker trash like us aren't on that list. :nod


    Enough with the soapbox, get get on to the ride :clap

    The plan was to take 3 days circling the park going clockwise, 500 miles, minimal pavement, maximum adventure :D

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    A good sized crew showed up, I think there were 20 riders from across the country. Most of us started out in Moab but 500 miles wasn't enough for Bash (Assfault) and Akasy, these hardcore dudes tacked on the Kokopilli trail and rode in from Colorado :bow:bow

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    Just to raise the bar a little they came down Rosegarden Hill, I'm still waitin to see that vid :D

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    After hitting the Moab Diner we met up at Mickey Ds.
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    We headed out Kane Creek, next stop Hurrah Pass :clap
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    Enjoy
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    Nice view from the top.
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    That's COXR650L below, he did a great job setting this thing up.
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    Next up, Lockhart Basin :clap
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  4. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    Thanks for starting the thread Chris and thanks for the props, but I think a lot of the ride planning credit can go to you, the GPS (and video) wizard:lol3!!!


    We had a really great group of people for the ride, I know me and the family were really happy to be able to host the ride!

    Hopefully people will read this and send a few bucks to the Shared Access Alliance to help keep this area accessible.

    Keep up the great RR:deal
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  5. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Great start, thanks for your work to maintain access!


    Cheers,
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    looking forward to more!
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    Questor More Undestructable

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    Closing public lands for the exclusive use of special interests...
    Sounds like a typical use of our tax dollars by our government.
    Whats next, clear cutting amazon rainforests so we can have ethanol in our fuel?
    Drilling for oil in an Alaskan Wilderness.
    Oh wait... :huh

    Anyway, I'm "IN" for this Ride Report.
    Q~
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  8. RideFreak

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    So after regrouping up on Hurrah we headed down towards Chicken Corners. The Lockhart Basin trail starts a few miles before Chicken corners, it's easy to miss.

    This was the first spot where we got to dustoff the Utah skills, there would be plenty of other such opportunities.
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    Right as we pulled up out of this canyon, Bash discovered he had a flat rear tire. Of course there was no shortage of sage advise. Seeing a need, I jumped right in and held the pressure guage, a critical task that was not to be taken lightly.

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  9. full of days

    full of days Simplify or Die

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    excellent. The wife and I are doing a 2 week adventure across canyonlands in September in the JK. cant wait
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    It looked like the tube got pinched in the rimlock and it took about 10 miles to let go. Bash's air compressor blew up half way through the fill so we had to resort to actually pumping up the tire :cry Got it repaired and I jumped in and set the pressure because that's the kind of riding partner I am, always ready to help out :lol3

    School's over, it was time to ride :ricky

    This video covers the ride down from Hurrah Pass through Lockhart Basin out to the Needles District of Canyonlands NP. This section covers about 50 miles of jeep road that parallels the Colorado as it approached the confluence with the Green River. It's not too difficult but there is some spots where it gets your attention. The total lack of water in this area makes it unrealistic to explore without some type of vehicle unless you got wings handy and can fly 800' down to the river, Dead Horse Point got that name for a reason.

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    Enjoy
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    best moab vid i've seen.....:thumb


    thanks chris.
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    Thanks for posting the report and videos of the ride Chris, I'm certainly enjoying it. See you at WF.
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    Thanks NSFW :D

    Definately, looking forward to it :clap
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  14. flyrodder

    flyrodder Donny, please.

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    Yeah, that IS the best Moab video I've seen -- especially the Lockhart Basin. Wow.
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    Following the ride through Lockhart we pulled into the Needles Outpost for fuel. The female female propriator can be a little crazy, its sort of a running joke here in the Rockies. During our visit she couldn't have been nicer going out of her way to make lunch for 20 hungry bikers. It was a good burger but fuel $6 a gal, beats heading into town though.

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    She even took a picture for us.
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    Next up: Elephant Hill.
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    It seemed like the area everyone was worried about Elephant Hill. If you're not familiar with it, it's a formidable obstacle just past the Needles parking area, a set of switch backs that take you over a large rock outcropping. The jeep trail has been tore up over the years so now it's a series of ledges, loose rocks, ruts and drop-offs, just what we like right?
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    The climb was not without some carnage. Here's a sidecover from a KLX that didn't fare too well.
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    Simple JB weld fix, the bike was back on the trail in a couple of hours :clap
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  18. riddare

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    I will have to say I think this is one of the best ride vids. ever posted. Thanks and I enjoyed it. Allan:clap
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    Enjoy
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  20. COXR650L

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    Nice Job Chris!

    Dion and that poor KLR:lol3:lol3:lol3 I wonder at what point he was cussing Magoo for volunteering him.....:rofl He did great, the Needles portion of Canyonlands is not only some of the best scenery but riding that makes you work for it.

    That was a fun time though:D
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