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

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

  1. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I really am enjoying this.

    2 things stand out looking at your pictures and videos.

    First and foremost is your smiles and really good attitude---no matter how hot and sweaty it gets for you it's
    obvious to me you two are having a ball and really enjoying the scenery and each other.

    2nd is the unbelievably riding (and passengering) abilities of you two.

    You ride along in some pretty rough stuff as easy as I do solo on a much, much smaller bike.

    So this all just puts a smile on my face-----------thanks !!!!

    It's been about 12 years since I rode thru Lockhart basin and I had kind of forgot just what it was like.

    BigDog
  2. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is good for you

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    And you're photos aren't washed out. They look great.

    I found myself giving it body english on some of the trail. That looks like a helluva fun ride. Masterful driving and passengering Matt and Kelly. I always like your ride reports for the mad skills and the humor. And the photos and videos. Thanks for putting in the effort to share with us.:wave
  3. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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  4. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Happy anniversary and nice ride report. Enjoying all the pictures.
  5. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hi Wans! Finally catching up. Belated "Happy Anniversary!" Very sweet pics of the two of you. Good redirect on the Cap'n Underpants link. Funny. Keep it coming. :clap
  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Lunchtime bump.
  7. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Thanks for the B&W Kelly. Looks great.:clap You guys have been providing me with my daily entertainment while I'm stuck at home. I completed jacking up my arm about two weeks ago and they had to operate last week. 19 nice shiny staples in my arm and out of commission till late Nov, but my biceps muscle is now attached to the bone in my forearm. :D


    Oh and many congratulations on the anniversary!

    Larry
  8. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    This is a great photo of the two of you. :thumb
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  9. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    You sure this isn't supposed to say, "It was really pissing ME off." :lol3:lol3:lol3 I can think of a few couples that would like one way communication only. :rofl:rofl:rofl Just kidding. Loving the RR. Thanks Wans!!!! :clap:clap
  10. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hiya BigDog,
    What a thoughtful and generous comment! :shog
    Thank you, it means a lot to us coming from such an ardent rider such as yourself.
    It's surprising that we haven't run into you on the road, as we seem to enjoy the same kinds of riding!
    Hopefully, it will happen eventually.

    I saw that you and Dingweed are going to be heading to Idaho Falls to do Mobius 10!
    Have a great time, it sounds like a fantastic ride.
    If you go to Casa Questor, make sure you give Mr. Purr a big squeeze for me...
    (no, not Questor, his kitty cat! :lol3)
    We'll be looking for the M10 ride reports!






    Thanks, Dustyrider! yeah, that ride was awesome.
    Hope it encourages folks to give the UTBDR a try :deal


    Hi murdock84 and RedRockRider - thanks for the anniversary wishes! :D


    hey Bob and redog1 - glad you guys are still enjoying the RR!!
    thanks for the bumps :wink:
    redog1, I hope you make good use of the voice of reason :evil





    Aww, Larry - damn.
    You're really taking advantage of those good FD benies, huh?
    That bike is trying to kill you. :cry
    Hope you heal up fast! Get well soon! (Um, ignore the part about "princess":lol3)

    Okay, we still have weeks left, so you should have lots to read...
    No guarantees about the "entertainment" part!




    I already wrote up Day 15 and it's sitting in the wings.
    Normally I would just skip this lay day - but I have a bunch of "food" pics.
    Also, now Tn. Walrus needs all the posts he can get.
    So, real quick, here you go!




    Day 14: 7/5/12
    Moab UT zero trail miles




    So, the problem with hitting Moab on the 4th of July was that we couldn'’t pick up our tires.
    Instead of running around a strange town trying to find the tires we like,
    and/or settling for some we don’t like,
    we usually buy our favorites online and have them sent to a UPS type store.
    Unfortunately, UPS stores are usually closed on sundays and holidays.



    The Bowen used to do breakfast, but I guess they gave that up last year.:bluduh
    It'’s okay, the City Market is perfect for breakfast.

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    After food, we went to the Moab Mailing Center to pick up our tires.

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    I have a photo of matt with the tires, but he’'s making crazy eyes. :rolleyes
    I'll use this one instead - our sketchy transport set up.
    Those are groceries hanging from the GPS mount - I carried them while we rode...

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    I did sink/bathtub laundry while BigWan changed tires.
    OK, Just Paul -
    here'’s my annual look-at-all-the-crap-I-keep-in-my-pockets photo.
    I'’m super streamlined this year! :rayof

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    Paul and Jill use a fancy scuba leash on their camera.
    It'’s a great idea.
    I saw that plastic cord at the Japanese dollar store - 99 cents!
    Perfect. I hate my camera, anyway.
    :lol3



    Poor Matt, it started to rain as soon as he broke out the tools.

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    I missed most of the tire changing photos, but here'’s that P.O.S. Heidenau K60
    after 2000 lousy miles!! :arg

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    If we wanted to get 2000 miles out of a tire, we would have gotten a Scorpion Rally.
    It'’s far superior in the dirt, and costs 50 bucks less than the K60.


    Here it is:

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    and matching front

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    He also drained out 2 quarts of oil and added 2 fresh quarts.
    Not a real oil change, but hopefully it helps.
    :dunno




    Matt says that this doesn'’t count as an ice cream photo, it’'s a shave ice.
    Totally different animal. Slushimus hawaiiana
    (I'll let oldtrucks be the judge...)

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    After dessert, we had lunch.
    The healthiness is canceled out by the fast foodedness,
    but I really love these berry salads.

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    I had done so much laundry, I didn'’t have anything to wear except my swim suit.
    Since I didn’'t want to have to use, “"Oh hai, I'’m in my bathing suit!”" at the Moab Brewery,
    we ordered a pizza from Paradox.
    (BigWan hates pizza. Can you tell? :rofl)

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    See that little bottle in the corner of the pizza box?
    This year we remembered to bring a bottle of hot cock sauce! :wink:


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    Instead of a nice Dead Horse Ale we had PBR.:rolleyes
    Matt first got these as a joke (stupid hipsters) but now we keep buying it because you can find it anywhere.
    Also, we have terrible taste.


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    Then we spent the rest of the evening watching our GoPro footage and probably some junk on cable tv.

    The end.


    Okay, Porcupine Rim Trail coming up next!!

    :clap
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  11. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Great RR guys!!

    Looking forward to reading the Porcupine Rim Trail report. It's one of my favorite spots in Moab.

    JG
  12. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Hot Cock Sauce!! :clap That stuff is a staple around the firehouse. Just don't get it in you eye. We had one of the guys give the bottle a shake and it was open. He was in some serious pain. Of course all we did was laugh and make hot cock jokes for the next month! :lol3
  13. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey pyrate! :wave
    Long time no see.
    when did you and Ladybug sneak in here??


    Haha, I know you're joking,
    but actually, I really like being able to hear Matt.
    Especially when we're in the dirt!
    I can usually guess how bad something is going to be (from past experience),
    but sometimes I can't tell for sure (e.g., I need Matt to tell me if there are hard ruts under the silt).


    He was really funny when we were having helmet trouble
    (when he wasn't ranting and angry riding, that is)
    Matt would have these long monologues where he would make up my side of the conversation...
    "and then you're probably saying, 'monkey fighter, what the hell are you talking about?'"
    :lol3

    Sometimes he was spot on!



    Hi Ladybug!!
    thank you, glad you like that photo.
    That rock did a good job of holding the camera. :D





    Day 15: 7/6/12
    Moab, UT to Cedar Mountain, UT 233 miles







    Got up early and headed out of town.
    Oh, man - Slickrock!
    We could have spent our lay day fooling around there, with no luggage!

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    Shoot. :(:
    Oh well. We had ridden the bicycle practice loop back in 2009 (on the 950, with our bags).
    It was really neat, but sketchy.

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    (wish I had more pics from slickrock, but I was still getting the hang of taking photos while riding)



    Hmm. I wonder if it would be better on the 990 S?
    We were tempted to go back and capture the ride on video...
    But good sense prevailed and we stayed on the UTBDR.
    We have a lot of miles to cover today.
    Stay focused.:nono


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    Okay. Norm was telling us to turn off at this place.
    The Porcupine Rim Trail.

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    It looks like another bicycle trail. :scratch


    That’'s weird.
    But, Norm says this is it. :nod
    Okay...whatever you say, plastic box! :thumb

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    This looks interesting...

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    Huh.

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    Pretty views, though it's hard to look...

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    Whoa.

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    This is a good place for the video...
    So, this one isn'’t in HD, sorry. :cry
    Matt had turned the camera around to shoot behind us for parts of this trail.
    He thought it would be fun to see me bouncing around back there.
    Unfortunately, the widescreen format cuts so much off the top and bottom of the screen,
    all you could see is the top of my helmet.

    So, hopefully the novelty of a different angle will help make up for the quality.







    here’'s the photo of Matt I was taking after his “"Admiral Nelson"” attack on those first steps...

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    And here’'s what happened on the big set of steps...

    They were really tall. At jacked up angles.
    There was no clear line for Matt to ride - at least, not a safe one.

    From the front, it looks like the far right is the best line...

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    But, then look from the side...

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    and we've got this heavy, wide load:

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    So, BigWan decided to go up the middle.

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    It was okay until he had an issue right here:

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    He got a little hung up in that spot and as he kept going,
    we heard some weird noise and then a *POP!*

    :eekers

    What was that?
    Oh shit, did the chain just break??
    We would have been royally screwed...
    There was no one out here.


    This bike is such a monster, we couldn’'t see what had happened.
    Also, it weighs a ton.
    We laid it down to take a look.

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    Whew. No, the chain's not broken.
    But, it looked like the chain had come off.

    Strange.

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    It seems like this sprocket tooth...

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    got caught on this part of the rock..
    (I put the "“k”" in "screech" for emphasis. did it work?)

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    The sprocket got pushed up against the rock
    And the chain popped off.

    Luckily, Matt was able to put the chain back on.
    and it didn'’t seem damaged.
    :knary


    We had to wrestle the bike up the rest of the way, but we got it up that damn step.:gdog

    We did a bunch of celebratory jumping pics, but none of them turned out.
    So, we settled for this.

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    Whew. Celebrating is hard work.
    This calls for some grape powerade.

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    OK, enough sitting around - back on the road...

    What a crazy trail.
    The rocks just kept on coming.

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    It'’s strange that they put warnings all over the Lockhart Basin/Hurrah Pass section,
    but there was nothing about the Porcupine Rim Trail...

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    Wow. Pretty tough for a loaded ADV bike.
    All those poor GSs with hard panniers! That'’s just messed up. :nah

    Oh. Wait a minute.

    Maybe this isn’'t on the UTBDR...
    Maybe this was one of Norm’'s creative “short cuts.”

    :hmmmmm

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    That makes way more sense.
    Yep. There it is - there’s the road we were supposed to be on.


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    Dammit, Norm!
    :jerko
    Stupid box.



    Whew.

    All that and it wasn’'t even on the UTBDR!



    We are so smart! S-m-r-t... <-----(ooh - make sure you turn the volume down before you click on that one!)


    :jump:stupid



    :lol3




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  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi JG!
    one of your faves for motos or for bicycles??
    I know we only got a small taste of the trail -
    the sign at the entrance mentions single track for bicycles and foot traffic only...

    It was challenging, but super fun. Very satisfying.
    A highlight of our ride!

    As long as nothing goes wrong, that is.
    What a perfect place for a broken leg. Or two.


    (Tn Walrus! don't go on the porcupine rim trail! :deal)


    haha, Make hot cock sauce your favorite! :evil


    (Matt said it and I stole it)

    :imaposer
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  15. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I didn't think you guys could top the last few videos for challenging terrain. Then you added the luggage and did Porcupine Rim?:eek2
  16. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    No worries there. I don't have the skill set Matt has in his little finger, and as much as I love my big GS, the KTM is better for that kind of stuff. Besides with my luck right now, they would end up finding my corpse on the side of the trail! :lol3

    But when the bike and I are healed you can bet I will be over in Arkansas working on becoming a better rider!:deal
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  17. BigWan

    BigWan The Cripple Maker

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    They won't let you do that in Tennessee? :scratch

    :lol3
  18. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Memphis just doesn't have the roads that they have in the Ozarks, and it's not that far away.
  19. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    I don't think I ever saw any motos on it. I have mountain biked PR many times. The last time we shuttled up to the La Salles. We then rode back to Moab via Porcupine Rim. Epic, epic day.

    JG
  20. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is good for you

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    Wild video. I love the beginning where Matt stops at a tough looking bit and says just "Okay", then forges on into some really scary stuff. Kelly, you look like you're riding a pogo stick in the shots of you on the back. And that wasn't even the rough stuff.
    That is an amazing chunk of trail.