Grand Canyon Backcountry Adventure Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I know I'm pretty lucky to live so close to these places. I hope you can get back out here someday soon.

    Thanks much, Mike!
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  2. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I slept later this morning and made myself a hot breakfast.

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    I head back out on Toroweap RD. I only have 2 nearby points I'm gonna try to find today.
    Son-of-a-bitch Point is on most maps now as SB point. I hope to camp at Kanab Point.


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    The 4x4 forums I researched indicated the obvious routes out to SB Point were now closed. I take the route that appears on Google Maps to be the most heavily traveled. It wasn't long before I found a corral built right across the original road. A faint detour was available. Parked near the corral was a commercial truck and flatbed. I could see a bulldozer working on the road ahead. I go through an open gate (probably left open by the bulldozer operator) and drop down a sandy bank into a wide sandy wash or lakebed. The bulldozer had been busy piling up sand into an elevated roadway through the wash. It was soft stuff. I realized I was probably not on a through route, so I back-tracked.



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    A short time later I found the road out to Kanab Point. Maybe the route to SB Point can be found off of this road?

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    Shoot. This is an easy road. I'll be to Kanab Point in no time...

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  3. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Great stuff. Really loving it. :clap
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  4. Gooner

    Gooner DC 43

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    Thank you for sharing another of your adventures and the photos along with it. I too have enjoyed reviewing your back catalog of reports.

    An easy road huh? :lurk
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  5. fanatic291

    fanatic291 Desert Tortoise

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    This ride report looks like it should be a KTM calendar. Well done with the photos.

    I loved the cliff hanger. Of course; I read the whole thread this morning, so I didn't really have the suspense.
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I'm sensing a mild cliff hanger...:lol3


    Good job turning back after losing the fuel, hard decision I'm sure. You can fix a flat or a broken bike, hard to fix not enough fuel.:deal
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  7. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I've been doing Ride Reports for years, and of course just snapping pictures as I ride.
    But I recently decided to make photography a higher priority on my trips.
    I am enjoying your pictures very much. I see I have much to learn.

    Thanks for posting.
    Q~
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  8. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    And as others have noted, these are not your Tour Bus pictures! :clap
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  9. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Is there any way to get the GPS tracks for this trip?
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  10. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    The Lava Falls shot is outstanding.. Like the shadow of your hand in the photo of when you completed your flat repair..:super
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  11. fuhgawee

    fuhgawee Thats a road?

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    Enjoying the RR. Hey under 2hrs to change a flat, that's not bad. Unpack, dismantle, put back then repack everything. I have to remind myself who's in a hurry, it's a vacation.
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  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    another great report, wish i knew you were riding this i would have tagged along and shared gas :D
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  13. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Oops. I almost forgot the numbers and map for Day 5.


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  14. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I remembered the trail to Kanab Point being a two-track. Maybe this road becomes one later...

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    I was having fun on the graded roller coaster...

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    Until I looked down and realized I had passed the turnoff by 4 miles.:D
    I made the mistake here of unfolding the large paper map in the high and gusty winds.
    I was kneeling down in the road fighting with the map when a truck pulled up. The two guys in it appeared amused.:lol3
    They worked in the uranium mines nearby. The mine explains the nice graded road out here.

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    That big sign had tricked me into thinking there would be signs to where I wanted to go,
    but I guess Kanab Creek Overlook is not the same place as Kanab Point.


    I backtrack and find the turnoff. No signs here.

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    There is a maze of these tracks out here. If I tried harder I could probably find the route to SB Point.
    I wasn't in the mood for a bunch of hunt and peck riding so I tried to focus on just finding Kanab Point.

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    I find myself riding on a trail that wasn't even on the maps. The trail I need is off to the right. I find a track to head that way.
    When I find the track I had intended to take it was overgrown and blocked by berms.


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    I went back to the track I had been on and decided to follow the heaviest traveled track through several intersections.
    That worked out and I found myself back on the correct route.

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    Them's the rules.

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    The next 3 miles become rougher.

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    The track twists tightly through the trees and often had a center bump to high to cross. There was a tree growing
    out into the apex of nearly every turn. So I had a choice at each corner, cross the hump or bust through tree branches.
    I got a lot of Arizona Pinstriping on this section.

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    I reach Kanab Point and decide I'm done riding for the day. It was only 12:30.

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    I thought I would have the place to myself, but not 10 minutes later three trucks showed up.

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    I actually had fun visiting with these guys. The guy on the right had been out here 6 or 7 times. He said it was his favorite view.
    He was also a Mohave County historian. He is the one that told me SB Point used to be named Son-of-a-Bitch Point.
    He said the old cowboys named the canyon next to the point Son-of-a-Bitch Canyon because it was so hard to get the cows out of there.
    After about 30 minutes the guys drove off leaving me all alone at one of the most spectacular places on earth.


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  15. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Lovin' it!

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  16. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    It was a lazy afternoon. After lunch I laid on my riding suit in the shade of my bike and read a book.

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    Later I went for a short hike.

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    You can barely see the bike in this photo.

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    I waited until almost sunset to set up camp. I needed to ensure visitors were unlikely.:wink:

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    Kanab Point has a spectacular and wide view that includes the confluence of Kanab Creek and the Colorado River.
    This photo makes it look small, but remember, this is a 360 degree panorama.

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  17. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Me too buddy. I especially enjoy reading all of the nice comments.

    Thanks Gooner. I'm glad to hear my older reports still get traffic.

    If KTM wants to give me a bike, I'd let them use all of the photos!:evil Thanks for reading, fanatic291!
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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Yes, but I still had enough fuel. It was the uneasy feeling that things were starting to go south that made me realize I probably shouldn't try that canyon alone with the roads in the post-storm condition. Probably the right decision, but it was a hard one to make for sure. I just kept thinking the lost fuel was a bad omen.

    Hi Q! PMs sent.

    Although, manhandling the overloaded KTM sometimes it feels like a Tour Bus. Thanks!
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  19. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    As far as Murphy's law goes, if three things go wrong, no matter how small, I call it a day. At least take a break and reevaluate. Sometimes one big thing will call it though. Great pics, I'm planning my next adventure in my head right now!
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  20. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I packed up camp at sunrise. It had been extremely windy last night, so I didn't sleep to well.

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    I rode out on the same fun two-track.
    I shot some video here to show the tight twisty track and the fun wide open section.
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    Back at the high speed gravel roads...

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    I shot more video.
    The rear-facing view was shot while running 70+ on the CR 5.
    The forward facing clips are from the CR 9.
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    Once on the highway I found it strange to have to slow down for a construction zone all the way to town with a speed limit of 35.

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