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

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

  1. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey Guys!

    I'm still here, following your Ride Report, and loving it! :deal

    You guys are really fun to hang out with even in cyberspace.

    I'll be sure to add a few nice pictures to your Ride Report when the time comes.

    Q~
  2. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    Happy 15th you guys! LW, you can use that rock with the ring you showed us earlier!:rofl

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  3. Pr0xy

    Pr0xy Shreddin' the gnar

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  4. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi dickosaurus! glad you're enjoying the videos :D


    hey LisaS! thanks! yeah, those eggs were yucky...


    Byways!
    hi tony. :wave It was great to meet you, too. Thanks for the potato! Glad you like the hornet.


    Thanks, dave62538675309! Sorry, I'm behind in your report.
    your photos are so intense, they make it hard to come back and edit my mousey bland pictures. :cry


    hey zeegman!! how are you? yes, we can't wait for you to see BC! Are you doing a report on your last trip?
    Hey, rider914 says he ran into you guys in Idaho. he has a photo of you and Kyle. Check his ride report - Wander Wound da West.


    yay, Questor! yes, I'm trying hard to get us all to Idaho so we can visit la cava de aventura. :evil
    did you check out that link for Cheesebox Butte? Baby Got Back, gilbert and sullivan style! :lol3


    haha, mrprez! "rock" and "ring" - good one! those are definitely my kind of gifts. :D Thanks for the anniversary wishes!


    glad you're sticking around, Pr0xy! did you guys check out Pr0xy's photo?? what an incredible camping spot! :thumb







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






    When we left you guys, we were heading into Comb Wash.

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    Where we would be making silt our favorite...
    Yep.
    See where we got all wiggly?
    This is looking back the way we came - the dust hasn’t even settled yet.

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    This is what lay ahead of us. Gah. :eek1

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    A little GIF to show the silt.
    See the little poofy cloud when Matt kicks the ground?

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    Matt, asking if I’m ready to do this. :evil

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    It was SUPER thick here.
    Which actually made it less scary. At least if we crashed, it was going to be soft...
    And, it wasn't Tilt.
    (Tilt, or Terrifying silt, has hard ruts hiding under it. This stuff was just silt)

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    Whew.
    But, we made it through without a crash. Not even a get-off!
    :knary


    Next up...Butler Wash.

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    Oh goody. More sand. Or is that silt?

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    It was kind of a sandy silt combo.

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    Not bad, though. Butler Wash was long, but rideable.
    I guess we totally missed some Native American artifacts in there.
    We thought there would be a sign or something, but never saw one.
    I’m sure we were going too fast, trying to get through the silty sand. :rolleyes

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    We had a close call somewhere around this section...
    The road had been freshly graded, but it had rained lightly.
    It looked like a perfectly good road on the surface,
    but underneath it was super soft and loose.

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    We had been going pretty good when the bike hit the loose stuff...
    got completely perpendicular to the road and we almost ate it.
    Somehow, Matt got us going back the other way...
    just missed a bunch of rocks* and a ditch that we were headed for,
    and then brought us to a stop.
    Upright.

    :eek1

    I can’t believe we didn’t crash!
    Thank you, Mr. Honey!
    :crash

    * matt says they weren't just rocks, they were boulders. Leg breakers.


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    We had some confusion near Elk Ridge and missed the turn off for Blanding.
    Son of a biscuit!
    Got 30 miles in, had to turn around and go 30 miles out. :bluduh
    It wasn’t a fun 30 miles, either - washboard gravel and sandy red dirt.

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    Had a old mushed up Cliff bar while we looked at the map.

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    Blanding. As advertised.
    It’s too bad we had to come into town, but we needed gas.

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    But, pretty soon we were back in the Manti - LaSal Forest.

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    Things were going great until we got a flat.
    Our 2nd one in 2 days.

    Motherbrother!

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    This one was kind of scary, it even broke the bead.
    Screw you, screw. :boid

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    We were moving, too. Not just a hole, but a tear.

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    Crap. Guess we have to patch it.
    It had been a new tube, too. after yesterday's flat.
    (I think that little patch below it was just for testing purposes)

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    BigWan’s been really into lighting the glue on fire.
    Supposedly, it makes the patch adhere better, but I think he mostly does it for fun.:lol3

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    I like that he still smiles for all my photos during tire/tube changes. :D
    Flats suck, but we try and have fun.

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    Most of the time.


    Monkey fighter!
    That stupid screw made ALL kinds of holes...
    This tube is never going to work.

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    Guess what that means?

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    Yep.

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    We had to break out our emergency kilo.
    Hope we can find some dealers and trade this key for a new tube...

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    :lol3

    Just kidding. It’s a giant tube covered in baby powder.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it...

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    There was a “that’s what she said” joke to go with this photo,
    but I’ll just let you use your imagination...

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    We let a stump take this picture.
    It didn’t do a great job.

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    It took forever for the pump to put air in the tire.
    Matt had to work on it a bunch, :bash
    but it’s just about dead.

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    Couldn’t get it past 30 psi.
    Matt said, “30’s the new 40.”
    It was funny at the time, but I guess it’s supposed to be “40’s the new 30?” :dunno
    Whatevs.

    :rolleyes

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    Now that’s a mighty fine lookin’ tire...NOT!

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    Hmm. we're looking even more Beverly Hillbillyesque than usual...

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    Well, that pretty much killed the afternoon.
    Ruined our mileage for the day, too. :ddog



    Oh well.
    Let's just find a place to camp.
    We must be in the Abajo Mountains...

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    Avalanche damage

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    Found a nice campsite at Buckboard Camp Ground.
    It was $8. info here.

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    We had to shoo these guys away.

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    Matt worked on patching that rear tube some more (and a front tube that got a hole somewhere).
    (see, I told you the glue was just for fun)
    :hair

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    While I was digging in the food bag, I found this!
    woo hoo! Ice cream sandwich!
    I forgot we had been saving it for our anniversary.
    (ice cream for old trucks! or does this one count? :scratch)

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    First we had to eat dinner.
    "Darn Good" is a bit of an exaggeration.
    That chili is evil. Pure evil. :cry

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    Yay, dessert!
    For some reason, we both thought that we would be adding water to this.
    But, no. You just open the package and eat it.
    Wow...Freeze dried ice cream!

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    Mmmm... Crunchy! :huh

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    Pretty weird to have dry, hard ice cream when it should be cool and creamy.
    It was fun, though.
    We'd get it again. :nod


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    Later, the deer came back and freaked me out.
    like this:

    OMG! Zombies!!

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    No. deer. whew!

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    heh.
    you've already seen these pics, but I figure deer look the same in the dark...


  5. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    yes, it's me.

    how could i not able to find you, this is on top of the page on rr everyday....:evil; besides, lots of awesome pics....how can i resist.

    yeah, i was tired on h8....hehe.

    still on page 8 but already gave it a 5-stars.....:clap

    thanks again and we want more!
  6. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Wow, what an EPIC adventure you two and mad riding skills :thumb You guys really pulled out all the stops on this one. Subscribed and looking forward to the rest of this report as I'd like to do the Utah parts of your ride next year. That Heidenau looks sketchy in the sand and silt, though I'm sure it does great on the tarmac. I'll stick with the pricey 908RRs.

    If you don't mind me asking, what chain and sprocket setup are you running on the 990S? I'm struggling with the stock gearing on the slow, steep climbs but don't want to sacrifice too much fuel economy or top end. I'm looking at chains and sprockets on KTM Twins trying to figure out which setup to go with. Thoughts?

    http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-950-990-adventure-parts/drive-chain-sprockets?limit=all

    Thanks,
    Jeremy
  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    hi NSFW,
    haha, OK. Glad you're no longer a hater. :D

    Oh, you ask for more now - but it's only day 12. we've got like 41 days left :eek1
    we'll see how you feel in a couple weeks...
    aww, thanks for the *s! :shog



    Hey Jeremy,
    what's up?
    You'll love Utah, it's great riding. :thumb

    OK - gearing.
    We've been doing 16/45. It's fantastic for the technical stuff, but lousy for the freeway.
    You've ridden with us, you know we go like 65 on the super slab. :rolleyes
    For us, going slow on pavement is fine as long as the dirt is good. Might be tough for you! :wink:
    As far as mileage - Matt re-mapped the bike just before we left and we're getting between 34 and 40 mpg.
    Sometimes as low as 32 in the dirt, but as much as 45 on the pavement. :D

    Matt likes
    this countersprocket.
    and this will be our next rear sprocket.

    Hey, you have an R, don't you? Matt thinks that you might already have that 16 in the front. check it out.
    But try the 45 for the back.

    This is the chain we've been using, but we only get 9-10K out of one.
    Matt says he might try a 530 next time.
    Hope that helps.
    thanks for checking in!
  8. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for the chain and sprocket info, that helps a lot. My 990R already has that 16T front sprocket and a 42T rear so I just ordered this 45T rear stealth sprocket:

    http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-950-990...nture-950-super-enduro-stealth-rear-sprockets

    The 16/45 sprocket setup does sound like a great combo. I also ordered the Cycra Pro Bend handguards, FP Racing adjustable folding levers and CJ Designs tail rack. Went through the factory manual tonight and set all suspension adjustments to "sport" settings as it was bottoming out a lot on the gnarly single track stuff. Will have Superplush redo the suspension at some point, but will continue experimenting with the stock WP shock and fork settings for now.

    OK, and now back to your epic ride report! :clap
  9. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    Great report U2 (hey that sounds like a good name for a band!) Reading your report first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day and enjoy a cup of coffee----and to heck with the newspaper-------look forward to more :clap:clap
  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That tire is looking pretty bad already. Are you guys running rimlocks?

    Oh dear, zombie deer. :lol3
  11. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Sure that counts, but based on previous RR's I suspect there will be more
  12. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks, dano619! :D
    Working on videos kept me from posting this morning, but now you'll have something to read tomorrow...


    Hi Rob!
    Oh, that reminds me - this was supposed to be hidden in that Eagle Canyon video,
    but we blew it...

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    :D


    No, no rimlocks.
    But that's a good idea (Matt has them on the XRR).
    We could use some on the 990...

    Two days before we left on this trip we took a test ride up to Mt. Tamalpais.
    Matt had just put on the new 2.5" rim and the K60.
    We were in the twisties when we got a rear flat :eek1
    Got totally sideways - it was super scary.

    The valve stem had ripped right off the tube so the tire went flat instantly.
    Matt couldn't believe that thing had stayed on the rim,
    it must have been because the tire was brand new and stiff?

    Anyway.
    Rimlocks. :nod

    Oh, wait til you see the K60 in Moab! :huh


    :lol3 yeah, actually, BigWan already had an ice cream cone at Slackers (torrey, UT) but I missed the photo. :lol2

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    Day 13: 7/4/12 happy independence day!
    Monticello to Moab, UT 98 miles




    We started the day off with some serious crap, courtesy of Norm.
    For some reason, Delorme maps are missing a few major roads.
    Norm couldn’t see this giant, paved road...

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    And instead, he told us to turn off onto a washed out dirt trail.

    This map shows the UTBDR tracks in red.
    They are following a lovely paved road.

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    Norm had us take that pink dotted road. :up

    It looked like this:

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    This is the trail? :scratch
    OK.

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    There’s the mucking road! The same monkey-fighting road we were on earlier.
    :ddog Dammit, Norm!

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    What a waste of time.
    Stupid box!

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    Sigh.
    So, we were trying to get to Newspaper Rock.

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    The flying squirrel is my favorite. :D

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    Hey, that guy on the right looks like Hellboy!

    And that one on the left is The Tick. :lol3

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    And we're moving...

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    We stopped at Hamburger Rock so Matt could put new batteries in the GoPro

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    It would be a cool place to camp...

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    Info for the rock hounds...

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    Hurrah! :clap

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    The greenery really pops out here. :D

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    We *almost* went to the left here. Don't go that way!
    You'll get stuck in the sand...

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    You want to go straight across this sand "river" and then up to the right...

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    Another note for the future UTBDRers -
    You want to follow the sign for Hurrah Pass.

    It's easy to focus on the "Lockhart" part of Lockhart Canyon, but it's a dead end.
    In and out - with DEEP sand.
    We went down there by accident and if you aren't used to sand, you're screwed. :deal
    You could spend a lot of time (and energy) flailing in the canyon...

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    Okay, this is the start of the good stuff...:deal

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    Sorry, no HD on this one. :cry
    It took us a while to figure out what happened...
    The project has to be in widescreen to be HD, not sure why.
    Anyway, this one is in standard format.
    Oh well. It's not horrible.
    Lots of nice rock steps, and a safety cone drop off at the end...:evil

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    OK, part II tomorrow! That one is in HD. :deal



  13. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    The last video makes me want to jump on my bike to chase down some safety cone booty.

    Oh! What am I thinking. Steep rocky uphills are NOT my favorite.:eek1
  14. TouratechUSA

    TouratechUSA Made For Adventure

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    Amazing ride!
  15. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    You guys are coming late to the party. You should check out their other ride reports. The trip over Black Bear pass two up on that big bike...... :eek1 Amazing is par for the course with the Wans!
  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    :wave :lol3


    Rimlock really saved the day for Louie and I. :deal

    If I ever finish that Bandit dirt bike it has double rim locks.:evil
  17. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    I just watched the sand video and DAMN!!!! I'm all wore out just watching it. Funny I was just talking to Lionsroaar last night about the regrets we have about the TAT and not riding Eagle Wash and Cat Canyon came up. Ummmm, maybe not so. I hate sand. Of course, I might learn something or at least get past my mental block about it if I did it.:lol3.
    As always, Awesome job Matt and Kelly:clap
  18. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    ...and it never ceases to amaze me the amout of trust and confidence you have in Matt and his riding. Very cool to hear you giggling like a little school girl going over those steps. Happy belated anniversary to you both. :clap
  19. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Dave! I think they are your favorite. You just don&#8217;t know it yet. :D
    That john&#8217;s canyon hill was gnarly!

    Hi TouratechUSA!
    thanks for the great trails!
    hey, what&#8217;s the deal with the geocache on the WABDR?
    We thought it was at the viewpoint for the Cold Springs C.G.?
    BigWan and I looked and looked and couldn&#8217;t find it. :cry



    heh. Tn Walrus, you&#8217;re sweet.
    Raggin&#8217; on the Touratech guys because they haven&#8217;t been reading our stupid ride reports...:lol3
    Cut &#8216;em a break - not everyone can slog through a Wan report.
    You firefighters simply excel at it (right, Bob and oldtrucks?) :evil
    thanks for all the support! :D




    Hi again, Rob! squeeze Louie for me. &#9829;



    Hey redog1
    yeah, sand.
    I actually learned to like it, which is crazy.
    The more you do it, the less awful it will be.
    Practice, practice, practice!

    gee, thanks for the anniversary wishes and the very kind words! :shog
    you might like the Porcupine Rim video (coming up in a couple days) -
    Matt turned the camera around and pointed it at me for a little bit.
    Lots of silly grins... :smile6







    Day 13: 7/4/12 continued
    Monticello to Moab, UT 98 miles






    Some stills/photos from the first video...

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    Waiting at the top of the first step...(I was taking pics and talking about where to leave the cone)

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    Here, watch Part 1 if you haven't already...

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    We walked back up the steps to check them out...

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    bye, coney! :2cry

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    This looks like a good spot...

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    Waypoint! How easy is that?

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    For some reason, I took a photo of an ant while I was standing there...:scratch

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    The magnificent schoolbus driver. :rogue

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    Might as well have some water and jerky while we're stopped (a.k.a. Lunch).

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    We figured it was a good time for a photo op, too.
    Holy cow, my arms look ginormous! :huh I hope it's just the angle...

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    Hmmm, let's check the tires.
    I think they have 1,966 miles at this point...

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    Okay, enough standing around -
    back on the trail! :ricky

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    We must be getting closer to Canyonlands.

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    We're starting to see hoo doos and other interesting rock formations.

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    This was a big ol' step. :eek1
    I think the view is better in the video.

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    This canyon was kind of a surprise for us.
    I remembered seeing the first steps (where we had lunch), but forgot about this part.
    Was it in the UTBDR trailer?
    We didn't see the full dvd until we were in Idaho.


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    At any rate, it was very cool! :nod

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    I had BigWan stop so I could take a photo here.
    This looked familiar. It must be from the UTBDR trailer...

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    Okay, ready for Part II??
    I think it's a much better video than Part I.
    Better flow.
    and, HD this time :D

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    By the end of that video, it was HOT.
    Around 100°
    :knary

    (we're seeing a lot of that sweaty guy!)



    We were ready to get out of the canyon...
    At one point we took a detour, trying to get down to the river.
    No joy. Just got even hotter. :bluduh

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    Hey, Kane Creek!

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    Too bad my photos are all washed out. Stupid sun. :cry

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    Oh, wait - here's a B&W for Tn Walrus:
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    See the little baby arch?

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    We decided to stay at the Bowen again.

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    It was the 4th of July so we were glad to get into town nice and early.
    Not a problem.
    People don't seem to flock to Moab during the hottest time of the year...:dunno

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    We really needed to get some new tubes before continuing the trail...

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    Luckily, Arrowhead Motorsports was open, even though it was a holiday!

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    Fred has a lot of stuff.

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    But most importantly, he has tubes and patches.
    We also got a new pump (not pictured).
    Thanks, Fred!

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  20. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Another great video and pics!
    Thanks