Gettin' Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles - UTBDR, KLIM rally, Canada, WABDR, OBDR +

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    It’s that time again - our 15th wedding anniversary and more testing of the marriage vows with some 2up dirt. :evil
    BigWan and I survived the Summer of Stupid, and now we wanted more.



    53 days on the road
    8400+ miles
    8 states, plus Canada
    4.5 sets of knobbies
    3 safety cones abandoned along the trail

    along with a couple of flats, some get-offs, and maybe a crash or 2...



    I suck at maps, so until I get one together, here’s a laundry list of some of the stuff we did.
    It should help you decide if you want to waste time reading this thing or not...



    Nevada to Torrey, UT mostly offroad
    Capitol Reef/Cathedral Valley
    Black Dragon Wash/Eagle Canyon/Cat Canyon
    Skyline Drive (utah)
    The entire Utah Backcountry Discovery Route (including Lockhart Basin/Hurrah Pass and a stab at the Porcupine Rim trail)
    Yellowstone National Park
    The KLIM Adventure Summit (including Idaho single track, Jimmy Lewis, the slow challenge, and a whole lot of ADV inmates)
    Idaho (including the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway)
    British Columbia backroads (including some KVR/Trans Canada Trail and 2 days of Mad Radek’s Canadian Lunacy Tour)
    The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route
    most of The Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (including an awesome snow-less ride up Crane Mountain)
    finishing up with a small taste of the Pacific Crest Quest (Gold Lake and Sierra Buttes)




    here’s a little sample of what to expect...


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    I took over 6000 photos, plus we have hours of video to pull from.
    Whew.
    This is going to be a long one...


    After almost 8 weeks on the trail, it’s a little tough to re-assimilate.
    Living in the forest has turned us into savages.
    It’s hard enough to get used to all the people and noise, but having to use a hairbrush (no more, “my helmet will fix that”),
    wear clean clothing, and pay attention to grooming really sucks.


    I'll do my best to sit in front of this stupid box and write out the report...
    But what I really want to do is get back outside. :cry



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  2. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Pop a Top Pop a Top Pop a Top :rofl
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    You know I'm IN!!! Wow! This is gonna be stupid fun!
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  4. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Atta guys..bring em' on. Always enjoyed your travels although extreme to my wary bones but still cool:rofl.

    cheers...
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  5. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Right on - the "WAN" 's are back...and looking quite spiffy this year I might add!

    Looking forward to weeks of great adventuring to read about.

    :clap
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  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Alright, I'm ready for a full length feature!
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  7. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Make the WANS your favorite!

    IN!!:clap:clap

    S
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  8. j2beers

    j2beers Taxpayer

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    They already are. This should be easy.
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  9. J-Dub

    J-Dub Combat Commuter

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    Oh no, not again! Who let the Wans out?? This should be good... :deal
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  10. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Hey looky here I made it IN before LarryBoy and Nixels :lol3

    This is going to be FUN.

    I have popcorn and I'm ready, on with the show. :lurk
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  11. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    All Right!!! I keep wondering what happened to you two. I'm IN early for this one.:clap
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  12. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    Wan's you guys ROCK!!:thumb I can not wait to read through this thread. I need a job that will let me hit the trail, although my wife and son would not be on board. This couldn't have come at a better time for me because I still have about a month of recovery from my broken leg (not bike related) and have been super bored.:clap
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  13. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    another EPIC wan adventure, wow 53 days....all in
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  14. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    :lurk In

    Scott
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  15. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Now that is a summer vacation, looking forward to this. :lurk
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  16. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    You guys are rock stars! How in the hell do you manage to get that kind of time off? Oh hell who cares! I'M IN:clap
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  17. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Great to Know you two wandered in to the house; it really is difficult to turn it off. Take your time, everyone will be ready for the Wan Spectacular!

    I'll check in on you guys as I am leaving out in the morning :ricky once again.


    See you out there
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  18. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    awesome!
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  19. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    IN! Should be good. :lurk

    Always look forward to your adventures!
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  20. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Aw cripes :pissed
    Now i'll never finish my report :rolleyes

    Okay... IN

    :lurk

    -M
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