Endless Utah

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Signal, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Excellent- thanks Doug :freaky

    ANd Kevin- Good to see you
  2. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Day 3 continued:
    Stopped in Tropic for fuel and a lunch-like snack that consisted of lemonade, a banana, and an excellent apple turnover (like 3" thick and flaky form a local bakery:deal). There was a gaggle of big dual sports mostly GS's, doing the same, Mejican plates, traveling together. We said hello but they weren't much for talking...They were also headed for Bryce. As they let caught a view of some ADV decals but never got a screen name...



    We caught them at the entrance
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    We headed up to sunrise point area
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    Spent a couple hrs- then headed north....
  3. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    Weather wise, how much longer do we have to make Bryce this year?

    Rick
  4. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Usually through mid Oct, but can vary quickly- esp over Boulder mountain that is 9000 ft or so if on HWY 12. Has been pretty dry and warm thus far :dunno.
    The biggest potential is AM ice in the shadows over the mountains after that.
  5. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Left Bryce, North on Johns Valley road toward Antimony- then on to Koosherm, and Richfield...
    Great north/south route but the posted speed limit is slow :evil


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    Had to swerve around a couple antelope through here
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    The long straight road
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    Until you reach Black Canyon rd
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    The old grainery
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    Near Koosherm
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    Otter Creek Res
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    AN old Schoolhouse
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    Koosherm Res
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    Down from Fishlake on Hwy 24, an alien cloud appears :huh
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    Dropping into the Sevier valley/Richfield-
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    Stayed at the Quality Inn in Richfield- not bad.

    Headed home the next morning through Mona, along the west side of Utah lake...

    About 1100 miles over 4 days, she held up nicely :deal

    Thanks all for the views/thoughts/PMs
    :raabia
  6. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    One of the most glorious Thanksgivings I've ever celebrated was camping, riding, and bicycling in the Moab area several years ago. We stayed for five days and had the place literally to ourselves. We had a bit of snow overnight once, but nothing that hadn't melted off my 9:00 or so, with lows in the upper 30's and highs in the lower 60's the whole time. Weather can be very fickle late in the season, of course, but the canyon country can also be glorious later in the year. You can't believe the stars when you're laying out on the slickrock in late November and there isn't another soul for miles around.

    I rode my GS around the Grand Canyon once in late November (to clebrate my birthday) and had even the South Rim to myself. There were some slick spots on the asphalt in shadow areas, but I just took it easy and watched for it. There were elk all around, eagles, hawks, and ZERO tourists!

    I say go for it!

    Doug
  7. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    The fall can indeed be one of the best travel times, particularly Moab as prices and crowds fall off.
    Bryce can be a little more difficult later, it is 4000 ft higher than Moab.:deal
  8. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    :nod Taken from the top of the Moki Dugway (January though, returning from San Diego; in the truck :deal). You can see the road I just came across thru Valley of the Gods, running across the pic, just below center; not the paved one on the right.

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    I thought I'd make a couple of loops before heading home, or not. :2cry

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  9. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    The desert is beautiful in winter



    Cold, but beautiful :lol3
  10. DCZ

    DCZ Been here awhile

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    We have spent the last 15 years at Moab for New Years - I know what you mean.

    We live at 7000' - this time of year and later, a couple thousand feet makes a bunch of difference - didn't realize Bryce was that high!

    Did the White Rim last January - icy on the north slopes - the desert is great in winter

    Thanks for the info

    Rick
  11. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Chased some fall leaves this afternoon :D
    Up over the Ogden valley to Monte Cristo

    North Ogden pass-
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    North fork of the weber river
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    Some showers here and there
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    Ant Flat rd about 1/2 way up
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    Down for home
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  12. mikegc

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    I was on UT 12 a few weeks ago myself. Man, I love it out there!
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    Signal, I'm sure you know where these were taken.

    Mike
  13. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    First photo, good stuff-- went over the "hogs back" 2 weeks ago fot the first time with my wife on the back, she loved it.

    Second shot- You've stumped the band :lol3 -- I'm guessing outside of escalante somewhere, but I have no memory of any standing water in the area
  14. mikegc

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    Okay, I'm going to help you out, Signal. When your bride lets you know she needs one of those "get-a-way weekends," call the Boulder Mountain Lodge in the town of the same name and make a reservation. You've seen it on the left as you headed south on UT 12. Tell 'em you want a nice view of the pond from your deck and they'll put you here:
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    Also, make reservation at Hell's Backbone Grill as it's on the property. They've got a good beer & wine list and the jalapeno soup is great.

    You're welcome! :D

    Mike
  15. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    We were both off work this AM, she wanted to go see the red leaves :D

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    She manned the Cannon :evil
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    I manned the bike
    The row of trees leading from the monastery in Huntsville
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    Over the shoulder
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    More red than even a few days ago. The leaves are falling fast
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    More yellow up on the top
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    The aspens were excellent
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    Up near the summit, about 9600 ft
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    Much easier for her to mount/dismount without the side cases-
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    Nice.
    I've been in the area a long time, the colors may be the best I've seen.
  16. RedRockRider

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    Way to get out ridin' with Mrs. Signal. Nice fall colors! Followed along for your recent spin down south also. :D
  17. Bob

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    Nice fall colors!
  18. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Thanks gents :wave

    It was time well spent
  19. Macdogg

    Macdogg Adventurer

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    I was surprised/disappointed in how much the bright reds have dissipated the last 10 -14 days. Rode from Idaho Falls to Bear Lake then emigration canyon, fish creek 2 weeks ago and the reds were spectacular, did the same ride only included Logan Canyon on Friday, lots of yellows and some orange but the reds were fading fast and falling. I am inept at best with photos and riding, but always enjoy Signals pics. Hope we get an "Indian Summer" to extend my riding this year.

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  20. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Went west, past Promontory- My wife tagged along, had never seen the spiral jetty

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    the dirt gravel mix was nasty in spots, late in the year- too much washboard :puke1
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    The old pier- long since used
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    the jetty, water way down
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    She's still there :evil
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    SOme odd clouds over home
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    3 hrs, 150 miles, 37 on wrist numbing dirt :1drink