Grand Canyon et. al. Megatrip RR

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  1. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    This was a 10 Day ~2200 mile loop from New Mexico to the east and north rims of the Grand Canyon,
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    We had 11 riders - 2 KLRs, 5 KTM 690s, 2 KTM 990s, 1 Suzuki DR 650, and 1 Suzuki SV650 (highly modified).<o:p></o:p>
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    The goal was to ride mostly dirt roads with a fair sprinkling of challenging primitive roads.
    We are a bunch of old farts who stay in motels and eat in restaurants along the way. <o:p></o:p>
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    FWIW, here is a big picture map of the trip.<o:p></o:p>
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    There&#8217;s more trip history, links, and other logistical info at the end of this segment.

    Day 1, - Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos, to Chinle<o:p></o:p>
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    We gathered the group from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, and Los Alamos New Mexico in the Jemez Mountains.
    We do a lot of riding in NM, so I didn&#8217;t take many pictures of the first day on this trip, but I included some from other rides. <o:p></o:p>
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    Took some nice roads thru the Jemez Mountains including FR 534 (one of the best):
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    <o:p>Then thru the desert to Chaco Canyon. We didn&#8217;t stop this time. Ruins pics are from another trip. </o:p>
    <o:p>We had a 300 mile plus day planned to get to Chinle.<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>Leaving Chaco we took a great easy primitive road east onto the Navajo Rez. </o:p>
    <o:p>We try to do this road every chance we get.

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    Took more dirt and paved roads to Chinle. Stopped for gas at Sheep Springs, NM
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    Day 2, Chinle to Marble Canyon.<o:p></o:p>
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    Didn&#8217;t stop at Canyon de Chelly this time, but again here are some pics from a previous trip.

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    From Chinle we took a series of only mildly interesting paved roads and dirt roads to a beautiful remote canyon
    called Moenkapi Wash northeast of Tuba City
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    We looped back south to Tuba City for gas and then headed for the east rim of the Grand Canyon.
    The ride west of US 89 is part of the unofficial Great Western Trail and it will also be included in the
    Arizona Back Country Discovery Route.

    You are supposed to get a permit from the Navajos to ride on any dirt road in the Navajo Nation.
    We didn&#8217;t and we didn&#8217;t get caught.<o:p></o:p>
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    We generally followed Crawdaddy&#8217;s Loop of the Grand Canyon tracks in this area.
    We only went to one overlook - Nanoweap Falls. The ride there was thru a maze of easy primitive roads,
    and navigation was a bit difficult &#8211; even with GPS tracks.
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    <o:p>We spent the night at the Marble Canyon lodge just across the Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River </o:p>
    <o:p>and next to the Lee&#8217;s Ferry where raft trips start from.</o:p>
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    <o:p>(RR to be continued)</o:p>
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    <o:p>But here's some related information</o:p>
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    <o:p>All of my pictures are here:<o:p></o:p>
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    http://wbbnm.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Grand-Canyon-May-2013/29582044_QLnh8k#!i=2530202743&k=pkGmQfT<o:p></o:p>
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    GPS tracks are posted on GPSXchange.com and DualSportMaps.com. The tracks are heavily commented
    as to quality of the various roads we took.<o:p></o:p>
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    This trip was a follow-on to a similar trip we did from NM to Death Valley in 2010.
    That trip worked so well and was so much fun, we decided to do another one.
    Here is the RR for the Death Valley trip

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=587761<o:p></o:p>
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    We first tried to do the Grand Canyon trip in fall 2011. It ended after less than one day in a mud disaster
    outside Chinle AZ. We ended up having to be rescued by the Navajo Police.
    Two of us destroyed our clutches in the process.
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    Here is the RR for that little adventure:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727309

    A month later 3 of us did the eastern half of the Grand Canyon trip.
    We did not go to the Grand Canyon because we didn't have time but just rode the 4 Corners area.

    Pics are here:

    http://wbbnm.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/4-Corners-Ride-Oct-2011/19694652_6rBxGJ#!i=1549093219&k=VrnPwSL

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    Day 3 Marble Canyon to Kanab UT<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>(RR to be continued)</o:p>
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  3. Gordy

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  4. wbbnm

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    Let's see I think I was up to Day 3.

    Day 3 Marble Canyon to Kanab - more Grand Canyon

    We headed out on pavement and then picked up another leg of the Great Western Trail. This time we were following
    Countdown&#8217;s tracks. We took a very nice medium difficulty dirt road down to the canyon rim to an overlook.
    There was one mildly difficult rocky uphill along the way. Here is the landscape at the top:


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    The last guy layed his bike over and, since nobody was around or knew it happened, had to remove his pack to lift the bike
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    Next was the Grand Canyon overlook at 27-Mile Rapids.


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    <o:p>We then continued west to another canyon overlook . This was slightly disappointing since we couldn&#8217;t see the river. </o:p>
    <o:p>Guess I didn&#8217;t take any pictures. I was too busy scrambling over rocks trying to get a good view.

    <o:p>Then we went west to the Kaibab National Forest still following the GWT. The road from the desert up into the mountains</o:p>
    <o:p> was long, rocky, steep, with a lot of switchback turns. This road didn&#8217;t improve much on top. So it was another fun ride.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here is a section about 10 miles southeast of Jacob Lake after things got easier.<o:p></o:p>

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    We got gas and a snack at Jacob Lake. There were a lot of people there since the north rim of the Grand Canyon
    had just opened the day before. Then onto the part of the Great Western Trail up north to US 89. This part of the GWT
    is very official and there are lots of signs for it. This was a nice road thru the forest that later descended back down to desert.

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    <o:p>I had some bonus loops in the ride plan for more of the GWT north of 89. But it was getting late and we were hot and</o:p>
    <o:p> tired, so our group didn't take it. Just took the highway into Kanab for the night.</o:p>
    <o:p> Our second group took the shortest loop and said it was an easy road.


    Day 4 Kanab to Mesquite via Toroweap overlook of the Grand Canyon
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    The Toroweap visit was the highpoint of the trip. We had tried to get here on the Death Valley ride but had to turn
    back due to mud.
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    The Mt. Trumbell road down to Toroweap was pretty easy for the first 40 miles or so.<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>But the last two miles got a little harder &#8211; rocky with some small steep uphills and a few really nasty silt puddles.</o:p>
    <o:p> In fact on the way out 2 guys crashed in one of these puddles.<o:p></o:p>
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    And some views of the canyon itself. <o:p></o:p>

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    If you look close, you can see a few rafts coming down the rapids in this one.<o:p></o:p>

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    The next obligatory tourist stop in this area was the Mt. Trumbell schoolhouse. Took a really nice forest road
    thru the Mt Trumbell area over here. The original schoolhouse was burned down by vandals and this is a replica.
    Amazingly it was not locked, and there was a lot of cool stuff inside.<o:p></o:p>


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    After the schoolhouse the road deteriorated but wasn&#8217;t difficult. But we immediately encountered about 6 fence gates
    about a mile apart that had to be dealt with. Next we went thru the Nutter Twists road and Hidden Valley.
    I had been intrigued by the name "Nutter Twists" since I started planning the trip and was anxious to see what it was.
    It turned out to be a rugged road along a stream bed in a beautiful canyon. The first part was kind of rugged but not hard.

    We had decided to take the southern route to Mesquite which I had heard was more challenging
    than the northern one. After the junction the road got worse again but was rideable.
    It was just a long hot grueling ride. <o:p></o:p>
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    This is just before the aforementioned hard part.<o:p></o:p>
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    The western part of the Nutter Twists was noticeably harder than the east. The road was a lot more primitive.
    At one point there was a really bad looking steep ledgy downhill. It might have been a little hard to get up this,
    but there was a reasonable line thru it.<o:p></o:p>
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    The signs said we were heading for something called Pakoon Basin.
    I guess this might be it. But it wasn&#8217;t marked when we got there.
    By this time the road had improved some.

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    A few miles after this the road improved again. We climbed up about 2000 ft to get thru Lime Kiln Pass
    and then down the alluvial plane into Mesquite NV for the night.

    (Well the RR stuff is making my head hurt. More in a day or so.)

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  5. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Awesome report and pics!

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    way cool Steve!
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  7. wbbnm

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    BTW we often rode in two different groups. One group wanted to keep moving and the other stopped for a beer a couple of times during the day. Dave carried beer and ice in one of his hard saddle bags.

    <o:p>Day 5 Mesquite to Alamo NV<o:p></o:p>
    We had originally wanted to go over to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and take Mormon Wells road east to Alamo road north to Alamo. But the Alamo road is kind of closed, so we had to come up with another way. <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I had really wanted to do the Mormon Wells road again. We took it on the Death Valley trip and ran into some heavy snow. I wanted to see the scenery without snow on the ground and sticking to my goggles.

    Pic from the DV trip:

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    We got really lucky this day. Temps had been up to 100F in Mesquite earlier in the week. But a cold front came in overnight and weather was cool and overcast and made for pleasant riding.<o:p></o:p>
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    We hit a really tough rocky road just outside Mesquite that I might not want to<o:p></o:p>
    do again, especially since there is a nice easy road about a mile west that goes the same place.<o:p></o:p>
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    After this we hit some really fun roads thru the desert. Here we are at a break after just doing a really fun run up Gourd Spring rd and coming up on Rainbow Pass road.

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    And a little further along nearing a railroad crossing.<o:p></o:p>

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    One of the highlight of the day was doing Pony Reservoir road which took us from Kane Springs road over to Carp road. This was a really primitive tough road up the streambed of a narrow canyon that doesn’t show up on a lot of maps. I had doubts we could get thru, but it turned out to be a tough fun ride.<o:p></o:p>
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    And certainly worth a beer.<o:p></o:p>

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    The guys were even willing to stand still and pose for a group pic.<o:p></o:p>

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    Next up was the Delamar dry lake bed. The surface was perfect – hard and smooth as<o:p></o:p>
    glass. Not many of the guys had riddent one of these and everybody loved it.<o:p></o:p>
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    It’s not very good, but here’s a long distance pic of guys riding on the lake.<o:p></o:p>

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    After this we went on into Alamo for gas and to check into motels. I had another 40 mile <o:p></o:p>
    loop planned for later in the day. But after 4 grueling days most guys just wanted to hang <o:p></o:p>
    out and drink beer – including me. A couple of guys did want to go out. But we ended <o:p></o:p>
    up getting a fair amount of rain, more than would have been comfortable to ride it.<o:p></o:p>
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    There was an Iron Butt ride going on the next day. Several of the riders stayed at our <o:p></o:p>
    motel, theWindmill. They had some awesome machines with lots of extra fuel storage. <o:p></o:p>
    They had learned there would be only one NV State Patrol on duty that day due to some <o:p></o:p>
    event in the west side of the state. Their objective was to complete and document as <o:p></o:p>
    many miles as possible in like 24 hours. Their routes were personal and secret.<o:p></o:p>


    Day 6 Saturday May 18 Alamo to Cedar City<o:p></o:p>
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    Still nice and cool. We took a nice moderate road out of Alamo and then over to the <o:p></o:p>
    good Alamo Canyon road<o:p></o:p>
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    We then got on a really fun primitive road that was pretty easy. Then on to the Delamar<o:p></o:p>
    mine for a long picture taking break. I had read a lot about this mine when I first<o:p></o:p>
    planned the trip back in 2011, but forgot everything I read.<o:p></o:p>

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    Took a nice primitive road getting out of the mine area to the west. Then a great road <o:p></o:p>
    thru the forest over to Elgin.

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    <o:p>Here is the historic old schoolhouse at Elgin NV.<o:p></o:p>
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    We then went up Pennsylvania Canyon. I had been a little worried about this being too <o:p></o:p>
    hard and had even worked up a go-around. But it turned out to be a difficult but <o:p></o:p>
    makeable fun primitive road with lots of steep rocky uphills and then stream bed riding <o:p></o:p>
    up to the Mt. Ella lookout. Here are some pics from the top looking back down at the <o:p></o:p>
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    And one looking up at the lookout and towers.<o:p></o:p>

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    <o:p>Looks like I don’t have any more pics from this day. But after the lookout we continued <o:p></o:p>
    east thru the forest on a pretty good road. Then down to pavement and into Enterprise for <o:p></o:p>
    gas. Then over to Pinto road into Cedar City.<o:p></o:p>
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    Our beer group took the optional loop down thru the New Harmony Mountains and then <o:p></o:p>
    into Cedar. Jim had 3 or 4 flat tires. One was a legitimate nail and the rest <o:p></o:p>
    due to badly patched and bad spare tubes.

    (More to come)<o:p></o:p>
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    Took paved UT 14 out of Cedar City. The original plan was to take UT 148 over thru Cedar Breaks and Brian Head and then 143 down to Panguitch lake. But a couple of guys we ran into at Jacob Lake said 143 was closed. When we got to the top of the mountain it turned out 148 was closed, so maybe I misunderstood them.
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    Anyway I had known we couldn&#8217;t get thru for a couple of days so I plotted a backup route. We went down to the Duck Creek area and picked up the Mammoth Creek forest road heading north out of there.
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    Here we are somewhere between Duck Creek and Panguitch Lake

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    After waiting a while and even sending Johnnie back there was no sign of the beer <o:p></o:p>
    group. So we continued on.<o:p></o:p>
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    Got on a great primitive road thru the forest into Panguitch for gas and a nice lunch. The <o:p></o:p>
    weather turned bad. It was windy cold and seriously threatening rain. We considered <o:p></o:p>
    slabbing it for a while, but weather actually looked pretty good over where our next dirt <o:p></o:p>
    roads went.<o:p></o:p>
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    So we took a nice gravel road out town. But it turned into dirt and looked pretty bad mud <o:p></o:p>
    due to a very recent heavy rain. We tried it for a few hundred yards. Terry <o:p></o:p>
    went down on his 990, so we turned back. Terry had to walk the bike for a few hundred<o:p></o:p>
    yards back to the gravel. We then slabbed it all the way to Escalante, our next stop. We <o:p></o:p>
    could see it had rained hard with standing water in the road.<o:p></o:p>
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    One of the highlights of the day was going to be Casto Canyon. The road appears very <o:p></o:p>
    primitive on maps. But when we went by the road to it, there was actually a sign. A <o:p></o:p>
    Gordon and Jon rode up to the canon and said it looked like an established ATV trail. So maybe next time.<o:p></o:p>
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    Weather was nice in Escalante and after checking into the motel 3 of us went backwards <o:p></o:p>
    on the dirt road we would have come in on. This road went up to 9200 ft and I had been <o:p></o:p>
    concerned about snow. But we actually went up to 10,500 ft before we encountered any <o:p></o:p>
    snow. This was an out-and-back side trip.<o:p></o:p>
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    Later the beer group came in. Dave&#8217;s battery had failed. They spent 3 hours <o:p></o:p>
    troubleshooting it and ended up buying a new battery at an ATV store in Duck Creek (on <o:p></o:p>
    a Sunday in Utah).<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>All in all this day was a bit of a bust with the snow closures, rain, mud, and the battery problem. But we had been incredibly lucky on this trip.</o:p>
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    We took UT 12 over to Boulder. This is a spectacular ride. At one point the road runs <o:p></o:p>
    along a hog back with slick rock canyons on both sides. Next was the Burr Trail. The <o:p></o:p>
    first 25 miles are so are paved. I didn&#8217;t stop until near the end. Some of these pics are <o:p></o:p>
    from another trip as you might surmise from the fall foliage.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next we took the Notam-Bullfrog road about 10 miles south and then headed east <o:p></o:p>
    towards Hite Marina on what I call the Eggnog road. We could see some nasty lookng <o:p></o:p>
    rainstorms brewing over the north end of Lake Powell. So I wanted to get thru here <o:p></o:p>
    before they hit. The road is pretty good, but there is no pavement bail out for a long time. <o:p></o:p>
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    We then took Woodruff road along the top of a mesa along the eastern side of the Henry <o:p></o:p>
    mountains. This road has great view of some red slick rock canyons down near Hite.<o:p></o:p>
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    Stopped for gas and snacks at Hite Marina. The convenience store was open. But the <o:p></o:p>
    lake was so low that boats could not be launched from here.

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    After maybe 25 miles this road starts climbing up to Elk Mountain. It had been freshly <o:p></o:p>
    graded and was a little difficult to ride. Gordon fell on his SV and broke a clutch lever. <o:p></o:p>
    He was able to continue on the dirt road to about 10 miles from Blanding. Then he and I <o:p></o:p>
    bailed down to 95.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    Elk Mountain road thru here is a good road but had a lot of loose gravel. The gravel <o:p></o:p>
    combined with about a 30 mph crosswind made for some interesting riding along a <o:p></o:p>
    couple of exposed ridge tops.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    (to be concluded next time)
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  9. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Lots of great territory. Appreciate all the effort with pics and write-up.

    Always creates a wish list of more places to ride. :clap
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  10. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Sweet report! Thanks for sharing.

    Yuck!
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    That mud picture from your previous ride in NM reminds me of a ride I did long ago from Page to Escalante over Smoky Mountain Road and then back to Page on Cottonwood Canyon Road. We got turned around on Cottonwood Canyon Road a few miles north of 89 by mud sticking to our tires like that. We were so close to freedom after a long battle with the mud. My buddies 640 LC4 had so much buildup that the engine did not have enough power to turn the rear wheel. Had to go back up to Tropic on Hwy 12 and then slab it all the way around on the highway. It was a long ride. We even got hailed on. :rofl The stretch of 89 north of Kanab was beautiful that day! That was one of my first dual sport adventures.
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  11. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Thanks for the link to get here (RRR), got to check it out on something bigger than my phone!
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  12. trailwerks

    trailwerks Missing Two Wheels

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    Very cool ride Bill!
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  13. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Day 9 Blanding to Durango <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    (I hardly took any pictures of the last two days, probably because we were getting back to familiar territory and getting close to home. But I will try to describe the route and the quality of roads we took and sneak a few pic from other trips.)<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    Took Perkins Ranch good gravel road south and east out of Blanding over to Montezuma <o:p></o:p>
    Creek canyon and road, another good gravel road. Then east into Squaw Creek canyon <o:p></o:p>
    for a mile or so. <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    Found a nice primitive road up to the top of a mesa at Bug Point. And there were a lot of <o:p></o:p>
    bugs, so many that we cut our break short. Then a bunch of good gravel section <o:p></o:p>
    line county roads to Dove Creek for gas and lunch.

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    We then picked up the western Colorado portion of the TAT heading southeast out of <o:p></o:p>
    Dove Creek. More gravel section line county roads for several miles. Then we went <o:p></o:p>
    down into the Delores river valley and crossed the river. <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    Next onto FR 521. This is another good road but with lots of loose gravel. Scenery is <o:p></o:p>
    mostly so-so - an exception being a great view of snow on the San Juans off to the east.

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    <o:p>I think I will look for a more interesting route next time thru here. I don’t need any more<o:p></o:p>
    TAT experience.<o:p></o:p>
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    After a long ride on 521 we turned onto a more interesting forest road, but it shortly lead <o:p></o:p>
    us to pavement. Really nice ride thru a river valley down to the town of Delores.<o:p></o:p>
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    The plan called for taking a dirt road out of Delores almost all the way to Mancos CO. <o:p></o:p>
    The north end of the road was closed just out of town. We eventually found a road that <o:p></o:p>
    led over to our track. Took the track a few miles and then came to a locked gate. So <o:p></o:p>
    slabbed it to Mancos.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next east on 160 to Cherry Creek Canyon road – an all time favorite. <o:p></o:p>
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    We found a dirt county road heading east and took some nice dirt roads nearly all the way to Durango. One of them was of the fun primitive variety<o:p></o:p>
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    On the last dirt segment it looked like the road had been watered. I went on and so did Steve. After a mile or so I realized it wasn’t water, but they had spread Mag Chloride to keep down the dust. Everybody else had realized this immediately and turned back at the start of the “watering”. So when we got to the motel in Durango we all studiously washed the corrosive coating off the bikes.<o:p></o:p>



    Day 10 Durango to home – various points in New Mexico<o:p></o:p>
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    We took paved county backroads out of Durango down thru Ignacio and along the west <o:p></o:p>
    side of Navajo Lake. Then east on 64 a ways to a good county dirt road into the oil and <o:p></o:p>
    gas fields. The planned route took us on one very primitive road and then failed.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    The planned road just didn’t exist. It would have had to go straight up a vertical cliff on a <o:p></o:p>
    big mesa. So we plotted a go-around to the south. Somehow we were going to have to <o:p></o:p>
    get to the top of that mesa to get where we wanted to be in the Carson NF. <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    After a while we could see a road going up and about then we came up on an old rancher. <o:p></o:p>
    His first words when he saw the first two of us ride up were “I’m packin, I’m packin”. <o:p></o:p>
    And when the rest of the group came up he said “I’m packin a machine gun”.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I took off my helmet and soothed his fears. He told us how to get to the top of the mesa <o:p></o:p>
    and to get where we wanted to go. He wanted to hear all about our trip. At the end he <o:p></o:p>
    said if this was some kind of charity thing, he would be glad to contribute.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    So up into the forest for a nice ride south. Here we are near the southern end of the road.<o:p></o:p>

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    Those are my last pictures. We went down to Gallinas for gas. Turned out it was a <o:p></o:p>
    little over 150 miles from gas in Durango which was stretching it for some of the bikes. <o:p></o:p>
    By this time we were shedding riders left and right as they took different routes home.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    We also left the beer group in Gallinas.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    We took FR 103, 315, and 144 thru the north Jemez mountains in the Santa Fe NF. This <o:p></o:p>
    was a really nice ride and one we do a lot.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    Stephen and Greg left me when we got to 144. And I ended up riding the rest of the way <o:p></o:p>
    home alone. I did get a hankering for a beer at San Ysidro and stopped to buy some and <o:p></o:p>
    drank a tall one in the parking area of the nature trail.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    I got home about 6 pm.<o:p></o:p>
    <o:p> </o:p>
    In summary this was a fantastic trip. We were very lucky not to have any serious <o:p></o:p>
    injuries, bike problems, or route diversions. I sensed there was a strong desire in the <o:p></o:p>
    group to do this again sometime in the not too distant future.<o:p></o:p>
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  14. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Great trip, thanks!
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  15. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Great trip and great report.:clap
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  16. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Great report, you guys had a little better luck with the weather than last year :clap

    Thanks for sharing.
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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  18. Singletrack_mind

    Singletrack_mind Cave Man

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    This was a great trip. I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GET A PROPER CAMERA! Reading Bill's report, you hear about the fun stuff, then there's a picture of us standing around somewhere flat. Then more fun riding, more pix of us standing around. Truth is, none of us ever stops to take pictures.

    Some spots and moments that stand out in my memory of the actual riding, to give some flavor of what you can't see in the pix:

    Entering Moenkapi Wash: We'd been barreling along a deeply worn two-track for quite a while. It put your eye level down closer to the level of the vegetation, so the flat sections of little flowers seemed that much thicker. Heavy grasshopper air traffic. Then suddenly the rider in front of me (Bill) just disappeared over an edge I couldn't see. I saw him stand, sit, stick a foot out and he was gone in a cloud of dust. When i came over the edge i found out why; the road just went to the edge of the wash and then straight over to the bottom. Big lumps, loose rocks, powdery dust, we slithered to the bottom. This was an extra shock for Terry on his 990, because he'd forgotten to turn off the ABS.

    The first trip out to the canyon rim consisted of miles and miles of basically flat tiny two track, with a million intersections, splits & odd turns. You can't see the see the canyon coming, you are just suddenly on the edge looking down. (unless you are Jim)

    The road from our third canyon overlook up into the Kibab NF headed towards Jacob's Lake was serious fun. The start was up an exposed ridge, all rock both lose and solid. Bigger bikes filtered backward here. Then mile after mile of rocky meanders, switchbacks and dips in and out of drainages, climbing all the time. This is what I'd call a 'jeep road', really small & rough. There was one particular moment that must not have been too much fun on the bigger bikes, where we tucked around a big rock face on the left, and threaded a steep climb between very large boulders. (not sure about getting a jeep through there, come to think of it). Riders were really strung out at this point. It was the kind of road that was just unceasingly technical, you never wanted to stop, just keep climbing the next obstacle. Finally we topped out on a rolling plateau which probably burned in the last ten years. Standing dead PJ forest,new grasses. You could sometimes get the drift of the road to come because you could see through all the bare trunks. This seemed like a couple hours of riding, but it was probably less.

    Kanab/Torroweep/Mesquite was the Queen Stage. 185 miles of dirt from leaving pavement in the AM to reaching Alamo in the evening. Early in the day, on Trumble road, Gordon was having his first experience of sand on his home-built SV Enduro, and came to the conclusion that WFO worked best. He eventually came howling by me at 75mph or so, sounding like a road racer. One of the great things about this day aside from the sheer number of hours of un-broken riding was the transition from one spectacular landscape (Grand Canyon) to the next (Hidden Valley) At some point west of Trumbell we entered this west-draining canyon system up high, and meandered down it into Nevada. There was a gleaming white rock stream bed full of loose rock to cross and re-cross, and the canyon was full of barrel cactus and Joshua trees. A totally new landscape, fun riding. I ran out of gas twice, I was getting 50MPG out of my 690, substantially lower than I was used to. My fan shroud rubbed through the back of the radiator and I started leaking coolant too. Kent and I both crashed in a deep dust hole near Torroweep. No harm done on my part, but he broke a lever and had to McGuyver a new one. I spent a late evening outside the hotel room stripping the front of my bike to get at the fan and space it back of the radiator, then dumped in a half a tube of stop-leak and was good to go for the rest of the trip.That stuff deserves a place in your tool kit if you are water-cooled.

    One last memory: The road above the Elgin school house. We could see it climbing out of the valley to the east as we entered from the west, it seemed to go straight up. The hillsides in that area were just grass, so you could see it a long way off. Sure enough, it was a super ambitious little road, narrow and a bit rocky, with really impatient switchbacks. That thing climbed as fast as possible, then found a ridge top to follow with big exposure on both sides. It took a few miles to reach the point where it dropped into a more forested drainage, but from then on it mostly follow a mountain stream-bed up, up, up. Finally we reached a saddle and could glance back down the last couple miles. That was a fun climb. There were desert tortoise in that valley too.

    Or another one:

    The Woodruff road approaching Hite. Fun riding, winding around, up and down, and then suddenly, I crested a rise, and saw before me a steady grade, a ramp descending straight as an arrow into the red desert with 4 or 5 riders dotted out into the space in front of me diminishing in size as we all dropped steadily into a sea of heaving red sandstone. It's for moments like this I need a helmet cam. A still camera, I have no interest in video. It needs a remote trigger too, so I can just punch a button when I see something like this, never stop riding.

    Anyway.

    That's how life should be lived.
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  19. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    Great stuff loved it and you did a full ride report with tons of pics in about 3 post !! frigging brilliant ! No post whore here .:clap:clap:lol3

    Lessons could be given .:lol3:lol3
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  20. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Got more pics from Dave and Jon.

    Day 2 Chinle to Marble Canyon

    Moenkapi Wash

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