Endless Utah

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

  1. X-Ray

    X-Ray Over Radiated

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    Real nice thread, thanks for all the pics. Now I'm sad that I spent the season working and not on my bike!!

    Hope I see you out there on the roads.
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  2. Signal

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    I agree- I try to get out as much as I can, but there's vast amounts of stuff to ride and see...

    Much of this thread is made up of photos over about the last 2-3 years- it likely looks like I get out more than I do....


    I did however, get out early this morning before a few hours at work-

    Antelope Island, out northwest of the greater Salt Lake area, sticks out into the big salty/stinky lake...

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    The causeway, a long 4 mile straight out to the island

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    A new twist- LOTS of birds this am, but this was a BIG flock of young geese

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    Along some of the "beach"

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    The other side of the island, from Buffalo Point

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    Found a few of the buffalo herd (these things are big, and tasty if you get the chance :nod )

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    Lastly, the Utah Army Ranger memorial sits on the north end of the island- Thanks guys :bow
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  3. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Thanks Roach :wave

    I understand the work thing-- if we all just weren't so damn greedy :lol3 , you know, wanting to eat and stuff
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  4. Signal

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    Arches National park :bow


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    The big Arch

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    Elephant Arch

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    ...and for those who like things two at a time--Double Arch
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  5. Signal

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    Down the road a few miles (Hwy 191) from Moab, you'll find Wilson Arch just on the east side of the road...So climbed up in it

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    Wilson arch, with a bad self portrait angle (my cheeks are not chubby) but at least I was smiling in this one (Lobster girl :wave )

    A few more miles and you run into this oddity--

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    The "Hole in the Rock" home/diner/tourist stop. A very dilligent fellow, back in the 50's began to drill, blast, dig and clear out a shallow cave into a residence-- was also a diner for a time. His stuffed donkey still resides there, in the living room. THe place is like 4800 sq ft :huh lots of touristy stuff for sale in the gift shops.

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    A bust of FDR carved into the upper wall. Pretty talented :thumbup
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  6. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    While I love 2 lane highways, I (like most I'd guess) have a general adversion to Interstate freeway stuff (but is sometimes nessessary).

    One exception is the stretch of I-70 from Moab/Green River to Richfield...
    I'll admit these are not the best photo quality-- all were taken on the move

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    Get to weave around through this...

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    Now right..

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    Across the valley to the next set

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    getting al little closer (at somewhat better than "freeway speeds" :D)-- a good example of the Great Basin "Upthrust" that created so much color and terrain
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  7. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Yeah that stretch of I-70 is neat, except when going east and towing a giant 5th wheel and don't have an exhaust brake. Then it's just very slow as you try not to get going too fast and fry your brakes. :)

    Rob
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  8. Signal

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    THere are a couple roller-coaster like sections
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  9. Signal

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    Tonight, a few more from the lower entrance in Canyonlands--


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    Newspaper Rock, outside of the entrance of Canyonlands proper-- the ancients left "messages" --

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    Down a bit further on the wall

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    Now entering the park

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    "wooden shoe" arch

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    can't remember crazy-red-rock-castle, something or other :dunno


    Hope you're all still enjoying the ride :wave
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  10. heffe

    heffe #$%^&U*&^%$#@

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    Did that same route, beautiful roads. Great report. :thumb




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  11. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Thanks
    No question that the 110 miles of Hwy 12 between Bryce/Torrey is something special. Several great dirt roads/paths through the area as well that are somewhat epic. Then, at lunchtime, the Boulder Grill serves very tasty burgers :thumbup
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  12. Rex Nemo

    Rex Nemo horizon calling

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    Signal, I want to thank you for this thread and the great photos. :clap
    The times I've ridden in Utah are among the highlights of my time as a rider. That Escalante-Boulder section of Hwy 12 pops up in my dreams sometimes...

    Now that I've got a DR650, I want to go try out the Burr trail and the Devil's Backbone...inspriation!

    Got any photos of Goblin Valley?
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  13. Signal

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    You're welcome and thanks.....


    Sadly, no pics (digital at least) of Goblin Valley...long story- camera had issues the day I was last there a couple years ago.

    I'd suggest watching Galaxy Quest again :lol3 (the rock planet scene)
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  14. Signal

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    Some great fun west of Moab, many trails--

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    found these crazy caves around the "Chicken Corners" I think

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    Love the vertical crack, contrast

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    The outside

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    Somewhere up on the plateau west of Hurrah Pass

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  15. Kevkor

    Kevkor Been here awhile

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    Hollow Mountain? Cool. It doesn't have a dusty, old, poorly-stuffed donkey with a caved in face in there like that Hole in the Rock Museum near Moab does it? Cool pics though. I miss the area.
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  16. Signal

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    No animals in the store, but some of the food seemed a bit dusty. I opted for a Snickers/Mountain Dew combo I recall :lol3 .
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  17. Signal

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    Kevkor:

    Dug out a couple pics of the route previously described elsewhere

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    East Canyon (hwy 65) last year...

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    up SR 39 toward Monte Cristo, at the Ant Flat Road

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    Ant Flat road, climbing up from SR 39 toward Hardware ranch/Blacksmith Fork
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  18. Signal

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    To update, rode from Ogden to Blacksmith Fork and over Ant Flat Road today, just to make sure things are okay :D...

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    Mantua Res.

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    The south end of Cache Valley, the gap in the distant hills is Blacksmith Fork

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    A quick turn around Hyrum Dam

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    A couple miles up Blacksmith

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    Just past Left Hand Fork

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    "3rd" dam

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    Mr. Smyth's grave, killed way back when in a avalanche, near the top of the canyon

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    the meadow at the top

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    THe elk fields (empty) at Hardware Ranch

    I'll add Ant Flat later...

    5K views, thanks all for watching :wave
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  19. MSH

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    Nice job signal. Quite an encyclopedia of Utah!
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  20. MSH

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    Did you get a picture of the stuffed Saint Bernards Head hanging inside?