Easterners to SE Utah,SW Colorado,and 9 days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by twohawks, May 19, 2010.

  1. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    DAY ONE after the trip on the lonnnngggg slab I70:

    The plan was to do the TAT in Colorado and part of Utah. It has ended up being a small bit of the TAT and a LOT of great riding in the areas around SE Utah and SW Colorado...so...for my Cat Herder and BDWR fellow inmates (and anyone else interested!)...here is the start of my ride report:

    After picking Tim (TDCIGARLOVER) up in Breezewood PA (he rode his GS from NJ and I met him there from my home in Woodstock VA) we slabbed it all the way to Grand Junction Colorado in some 30 or so hours including stops. A long way in my wife's Land Crusier but we had to be able to switch off riding since we only had 9 days for the trip and had lots to see. We also had recently changed the trip route because of snow on the passes in the rockies we had planned to cross via the TAT.

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    Denver from the truck

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    First full rest stop..Denver...Ted's Montana Grill and Fat Tire beer with Bison Meatloaf!

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    Finally on the road headed south on rt 141 in western colorado!!
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    TD has the first drop pulling off the road to take pictures. ( Note: The swamp Thing did fall over before this in a wind gust whilst parked at an overlook but we don't count that since there is no photo to prove it) :lol3

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    While checking out TD's bike after his mishap...and truck pulls in, a young man jumps out and immediately is a good friend...he's a newbie to ADV and just KNEW that one of those fine machines would have a ADV sticker on the back. He finds out that the town we are thinking of stopping at is where he and his family lives so we are urged to take his offer of tent space in his yard and the local hospitality of Dove Creek Colorado...one of the friendliest towns in the whole world...

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    The son ZUKEISTER1 and Dad DCZ where amazing as far as "southern hospitality" goes...and told of all the great places to ride. ZUK took us on a trip to the Delores River overlook. Great dirt over part of the TAT and while there the lightning started flashin' and then HAIL!

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    Rick (DCZ) outside his home (where I was using his wifi to do the report)

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    Heading on dirt west and north through the Canton's of the Ancient's up to the Lochart Basin the camp out in the BLM near the Colorado. The on to the Moab area tomorrow. I forgot to take a photo of the GPS like the pro's (XCRider ;-) but yesterday it was near 300 miles total.
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    Beautiful ride :thumb

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  4. EisenWill

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    Nice! Enjoy, there's lot's of good riding to be had in the 4 corners. Too bad(for the riding anyway) we had above avg snowfall in the San Juan mtns this year. Still some very nice blacktop to ride through this time of year.

    How long have you lived in Woodstock? I'm from Luray, been in SW CO for 17 yrs. Lot's of good riding in the Shenandoah valley although I haven't ridden there in many yrs!

    Be safe & enjoy your trip!!

    Will
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    Lookin sweet, great pics. Enjoy yourselves you are on a great adventure

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    It was great to meet both of you. I had a blast on our little jaunt up to the overlook, even if I got hailed on wearing an open-faced bucket! This site and all the people on it are great, now to get the yard in order so I can do my first ride report! Good luck guys, hope you get what you came for.

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  19. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    "Difficult Trail" icon posted on northern end of Lockhart Basin Road. Believe it.


    I'll have photos up soon after a location move and some wrenching on the bikes.

    We left southern CO and came up through Utah to Canyonlands Park where we got on the Lockhart Basin road and went the whole way north.

    We experienced :

    50 miles plus of the most beautiful and at times non motorcycle friendly terrain,12 miles straight of sugar sand,2 foot ledges by the hundreds,over a dozen hard drops, smashed tool tubes (KLR), ripped off crash plate (BMW),blown fuses,broken turn signals, bent break pedals and highway pegs and boxes mounts, bruises and cuts and dehydration, 100's of miles of canyons all to ourselves...

    I promise the photos by nightfall tonight. We have only had net service since this pm.
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  20. twohawks

    twohawks Not Afraid

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    Trip from SW Colorado across to SE Utah and then north to Canyonlands[​IMG]
    Hatch Trading post. The old lady that runs the place wouldn't let us take her photo. She's been running it 60 years!
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    Lots of open range...watch for cows!
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    It started to get hot...but the riding was great.
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    Swamp Thing loving the ledges...
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    TD taking Miss Casey through the water crossing

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    After the final 6 miles of sugar sand to get to an overlook on the Colorado that wasn't much of an over look :puke1 ...we made camp...
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    The too much touted overlook:
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    A few required Darth Peach/HBN flower photos of flowers near our camp:
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    Camp site furniture
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    Sugar sand. Wears ya out.
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    So..take this route or no? Against my better judgement...we did...33 miles in 10 hours.
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    They don't call him "TDCIGARLOVER" for nothing:
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    Break time
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    Scouting a route
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    the bike takes a self imposed rest
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    Where TD went down in the sugar sand. He wasn't in a very good mood at this point so this is all I took :lol3

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    We got some assistance on the "inaccessable to motorcycles" sections from some buggy drivers!

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    DAY 4: Wrenching the bike this morning

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    More to come!:clap
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