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

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

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Oh, I've got your number.:lol3

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  2. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    Report is great so far, loving all the awesome pictures. I really enjoyed the Tilts in the silt. Should get one framed up like those motivational posters people put up in their offices and cubes around the world. But instead of some tacky motivational saying underneath you could just put "Awesome". :clap:D

    Looking forward to reading some more installments. I myself just got back from our beach house. So I had to get myself all caught up.
  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Heh, Dave. :wink:
    catchy song, eh?



    OK - I heard back from the finder of the Eagle Canyon cone...
    he said I could go ahead and post this photo for him:

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    Thanks, Honkey Cat! Congratulations on finishing the TAT!
    :clap



    Hi Rwelch360 - glad you're all caught up! :thumb







    Day 11: 7/2/12
    Salina, UT to Valley of the Gods, UT (via Mexican Hat) 353 miles




    We left the Super 8 and headed onto Gooseberry Road.
    Crap, it looked like dirt on the map...

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    It was, eventually. :D

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    here's the blurry map for today:

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    Things were going great until we got a flat :huh

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    This is no way to make up the miles...

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    Our cheap electric pump is on its last legs.
    Got enough air into the rear to make it to Loa...
    and a shop with a compressor.

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    Loa or Teasdale?

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    Stopped for lunch in Torrey.
    Slackers!

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    Got the special.

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    Burgers and sweet potato fries. :dg

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    Cows on Hwy 12.
    Aww, now I feel bad about the burgers...:cry

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    Burr Trail (also known as Notom-Bullfrog Road)

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    Started off paved...

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    Then turned to dirt :D

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    Glen Canyon Recreation Area
    We thought it would be fun to take the ferry across Lake Powell.
    I don&#8217;t know where we got that idea...:dunno

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    Once we paid our $15 and got inside the park,
    we had second thoughts.
    Apparently, we got there just in time to watch the last ferry depart. :fitz

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    We asked the guy at the launch ramp what there is to do at Lake Powell.
    &#8220;Um...you could go eat at the restaurant...
    you could...hmm...:scratchYeah. There&#8217;s not much to do here.&#8221;


    Screw this.
    I don&#8217;t want to spend our anniversary here.
    This place sucks.


    We were leaving anyway, even if we ate the $15, but BigWan decided to ask for a refund.
    He got it!

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    We&#8217;ll take the loooooong way around the lake.

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    Crossed the Dirty Devil :evil River.

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    Jacob&#8217;s chair

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    Cheesebox Butte.
    heh. :lol3

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  4. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    i rode some of that same area a few years ago in UT (bryce, boulder, panguitch, burr trail), but was stuck to the slab due to a tire blowout on the burr trail that ended up my trip, and had me limping home. it's awesome to see the dirt side of things, and now with a proper steed... i'll have to go back!


    i've got the 150 size of the k60 on my 990s, and even though it's been mostly slab since i got it on there, it seems to be wearing well... i've heard multiple other people mention that they also got horrible wear out of the 140 size of the k60, the 150 has a slightly different tread pattern, and is supposed to wear better. :dunno dave6395 has a pic somewhere in the middle of his recent alaska rr of the 150w k60 rear after 4k miles, and it looks nothing like how yours turned out.


    awesome report so far, keep it coming!

    :lurk
  5. sierrasommets

    sierrasommets *

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    I'm enjoying this RR much the same as the TAT. Can't wait to get out there, keep it coming!
    :lurk
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Kaia!
    Again, congratulations on the bike! :thumb
    Yeah, I saw Dave's photo - that was 4800miles.
    CJ got 7000 (out of a 150), which is what inspired Matt to try a K60 in the first place.
    Oh, that 140 got way worse.
    You should see it after Lockhart Basin!


    Wow, 3 years of lurking and that was your very first post!
    I'm honored. :D thanks for signing in!





    Day 11: 7/2/12 continued
    Salina, UT to Valley of the Gods, UT (via Mexican Hat) 353 miles



    We ended up doing the Moki Dugway twice.
    But the light was prettiest in the evening.

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    Mexican Hat, the rock.

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    Mexican Hat, the town.
    Got gas and some drinks.

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    It was so mucking hot. Must have been 100°F
    and Matt kept talking about grape slushees.
    Mmmm...grape slushees are so cold and so delicious...
    WTH? :huh it was torture.
    This was the closest thing we could find. Grape powerade...

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    We were spending the night in Valley of the Gods. :rayof

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    Funny names for the rock formations.

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    Seven Sailors

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    That one on the right looked like Homer Simpson in a bathtub.

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    That's the sitting hen, way out there...

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    We liked this spot.

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    It felt like we had the entire valley to ourselves.

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    What a fantastic place for an anniversary.

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    This was our 15th wedding anniversary, but I always count the time we were living in sin, etc...
    We've actually been together for 21 years. :eek1

    :gerg



    This was so much better than being surrounded by yahoos at Lake Powell...

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    We didn't have a table, so we sat on these rocks and looked out over the valley.

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    I didn't notice that Matt was in that photo until I was uploading pics for the report! :lol3
    He's not doing anything bad, he's just in his skivvies. Honest!



    It was so hot, we took off our riding gear and hung out in our underwear.
    At one point, a big white van (the kind they use for church groups) was headed our way...

    me: oh, crap - where are my clothes?
    Matt: Relax, they aren't coming over here.
    me: and if they do??
    Matt: No worries, we'll just say, "Oh hai, we're in our bathing suits!"

    :poser

    Oh man, the voice he used for that was so mucking funny.
    That "oh hai" cat voice is pretty close, but not perfect.
    heh.
    Anyway, "oh hai, we're in our bathing suits!" got a lot of use on this trip. :rolleyes
    We got pretty loosey goosey about bathing in rivers and lakes.
    and running around in our underwear on the side of the road.

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    We had astronaut fajitas for dinner, but I forgot to take pics.
    Here's what matt picked up for our anniversary dessert.
    I had just mentioned that I hadn't see a whatchamacallit
    since the 80s.
    OK. I'm good for another 25 years...:rofl

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    We sat on the rocks and watched the sunset...

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    After the sun went down,
    the moon came out.
    Valley of the Gods is just as spectacular by moonlight.


    (not that you can tell from my crappy photo. oh well).

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    This Utah Backcountry Discovery Route is good stuff...:thumb

    :D

  7. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Hey Wans,

    HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY !! :clap Wow, 21 years is quite a "good run" these days. :D

    According to Norman DeLorme ................ your anniversary also happens to be ........ MY birthday!


    Still having all that fun together after 21 years. COOL!

    BTW, you both still look like "punk kids" to me. Must've gotten together when you were 8 or 9 years old, huh? :lol3
  8. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is just better

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    Drove through Valley of the Gods a few years ago. Somehow, I didn't know you could camp there. Way cool.
    Loving the ride report.:lurk:lurk
  9. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Really enjoying this RR!

    But... did you consider that maybe the burgers came from one that didn't get off the hwy quite quickly enough? :evil

    I keed, I keed!
  10. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    happy belated anniversary - definitely an awesome way to spend it!

    :freaky
  11. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Great picture!
  12. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    Great Picture! :thumbReally cool way to spend your anniversary. 21 years is a long time! My wife and I are on a similar road but only married 5 years next wednesday, but been together for 11.:D Seems like now a days most couples stay together 1 year. :huh:puke1
  13. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is just better

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    You two look like a couple of happy teenagers.
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey, thanks for the anniversary wishes, you guys!!

    Not to mention all the kind words. :shog
    Nah, we're old - the evening light was just VERY flattering.
    it takes YEARS off.
    (I even asked matt if he had retouched that photo. nope.)
    Wow. Wish I could have that Valley of the Gods sunset just follow me around...


    And did you know that 7/2 was also Dave6253's anniversary?
    Matt and I were roasting in the desert while Dave and Helen were up in the Arctic Circle!
    (see day 11 or so in Dave's WAY UP NORTH RR. I'm in the middle of video hell and can't get the link right now)


    Happy Belated Birthday, ROAD DAMAGE!


    GIS......doood! :huh
    That video was just...wrong.
    all kinds of wrong! :uhoh


    thanks for the contribution!
    :lol3






    Day 12: 7/3/12
    Valley of the Gods to Monticello, UT 167 miles



    Whew, was it hot last night.
    92° at 10:30 pm.
    Guess that explains why we have the place all to ourselves...

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    It was still awesome.


    Hey, look what BigWan gave me for our anniversary!
    A rock!

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    He found it this morning.
    I think it’s hematite.
    It’s all pretty and polished, obviously tumbled. Hmmm.
    Some hippie must have dropped it here.

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    I hope it’s not going to be like one of those cursed tikis on the brady bunch...
    (those guys on scrubs are idiots. it’s not “nah nah nah nah,”
    it’s “dooodle eee oooh!”)



    Anyway.
    Thanks, mr. honey!
    (Gale B.T., I still use that one!!)
    I love my anniversary rock.



    We had coffee and nasty astronaut eggs for breakfast.
    Seriously. Ugh.
    They look better than they taste. :puke1

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    After choking that down with more coffee,
    we got on the trail.


    Ah, it was just as beautiful today.

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    So, we’re on Section 1 of the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route.
    Video trailer here
    GPS tracks available here.
    Butler map here.

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    We don’t have a smart phone ($10, remember?), so we couldn’t use those thingies on the UTBDR map.
    I guess they play video? Dunno. :dunno
    Anyway, now that we’re home we can see the videos of the stuff we missed. :bluduh

    Like the ancient ruins in section 1.

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    Back up the Moki Dugway...

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    Wow, Duke really gets around! :lol3

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    Snow Flat Road - the UTBDR guys really liked this one.
    Lots of sloooow motion video of snow flat throughout the trailer and dvd...

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    it was okay, I guess.

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    Very Utah.

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    But, after all the rock steps and sand in the San Rafael Swell (Black Dragon, Cat Canyon, etc),
    Snow Flat seemed pretty tame.



    next time - Make silt your favorite!



    OK, all of a sudden Lockhart Basin and the Porcupine Rim Trail are coming up.
    I need to streeeetch this day a little bit....so we can get the video done.


    if you're bored, you can go watch some old videos...

  15. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Seasoned Noob

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    Happy Anniversary, ya'll. And this ride report is a HOOT. Really enjoying it all, but particularly your videos this go-round. Can't wait for more.
  16. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Happy (belated) anniversary Wans!
    Those eggs must have been pretty bad 'cause they don't look remotely good in the picture:eek1:puke2
    Anyway thanks for another epic RR:clap:clap:clap
  17. byways

    byways byways

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    You guys are amazing! So honored to have met you at that ADV outlaw Questor's pretty cool pad in Idaho Falls. Big Wan ... I got a Shoei Hornet based on your recommendation. As you said about yours ... Love it!
  18. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Happy Anniversary you 2! :freakyThere are not many places nicer than Valley of the Gods to be alone together. We passed right by there on our way home.
  19. byways

    byways byways

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    Second that!
  20. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Wow and congrats to you guys.

    Looking forward to UTBDR and BC (my home and native land) section too.

    You guys rock!!

    I will finish my report someday but I am too busy reading yours.

    Mike Z