Hawkeyes west 2017

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  1. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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    This will be the planning thread for some Iowans heading out to Colorado and Utah sometime in 2017. This will be the repository of our planning info for the trip.

    Tentative agenda-

    Day 1 I80 Des Moines to Lake City
    Day 2 COBDR section 2 (backwards) Lake City to Telluride
    Day3 UTBDR section 2 Telluride to Needles Outpost
    Day4 UTBDR section 2 Needles Outpost to Moab
    Day5 White Rim Trail Moab to Moab
    Day6 Hey joe canyon Moab to Moab
    Day7 Arches NP Moab to Ouray
    Day8 alpine loop (eng pass) Ouray to Lake City, load bikes drive to Sterling CO
    Day9 I-80 Sterling to Des Moines

    So far just myself and Orangecicle.
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  2. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    This thread needs a playlist. I nominate:

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  3. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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    In 2015 I took my first major "Adventure" ride. Went with several other folks and rode the COBDR.

    Had a great time and learned a lot. At the end I decided I would want to do it again but as always, there are lessons learned-
    1. Planning- Didn't have time to do much trip planning at all last year and decided to just "tag along". That doesn't suit my personality well and I don't want to repeat. We spent a fair amount of time at the end of each day figuring out where we were going to spend the night.
    2. Group dynamic- The group has to be compatible and be able to develop some level of trust. We had a pretty wide spectrum of riders on the last trip ranging from a new rider, through some tourist types (me) through to some experienced MX racers. Ideally everyone would be at close to the same level in order to make sure nobody feels rushed or held back.
    3. Navigation- Didn't have my own GPS last time and had to completely rely on others for navigation. Won't do that again. Not sure whether I'm going with a dedicated GPS unit or some sort of smartphone based setup but I need to know where I am
    4. Camping- Want to spend more evenings camping. A hotel or 2 can be a great break but would like to spend more time in the nature we're traveling through. Ended up carrying camping gear the entire ride and only camped once.
    5. Injuries- I tore up my back on day 2 trying to pick up my bike after an easy fall. If I hadn't hurt myself on day 2 the entire trip would have been much more enjoyable. Root cause of that was impatience. (root cause of many of my problems)
    6. Weight is bad.- My back hasn't completely healed yet. If the combination of opportunity and spousal approval happens, I will probably end up on a WR250R.
    7. Weight is bad.- The bike isn't the only thing that needs to be lighter. I will be focusing on diet and exercise for many reasons, only one of which is my riding. Physical exhaustion going over the high passes sucked a lot of fun out of things.
    8. Communication- Definitely need to have good rider to rider communication. Plan on having a SENA unit. Will save on having a lot of stops for communication and add some safety factor.
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  4. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    That all sounds expletively cool! As does the soundtrack.
    To qualify for an invite (ignoring for the present all other disqualifiers including social standing, time constraints, religion and political views) I'm assuming I would have to:

    Re-lose the many pounds I re-found after my highly successful weight-loss program of 2016.

    Actually get into shape (any shape) for once in my life.

    Lop one cylinder off Fatcow Ninety, lose the Safaris and realize I can get by without my hair-dryer.

    Relocate to Iowa.

    How am I doing?
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  5. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Sounds like you definitely have the makings of a good plan there. :wink:
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  6. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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    You should probably bring the hair dryer. We're not complete savages
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  7. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    :lol3
    You could tell I would sooner leave behind my spare regulator, spare start relay, spare plugs and repair manual on DVD.
    And there IS nothing worse than forgetting to take out a hair roller before putting your helmet on
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  8. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Looks like a nice ride. I gather you are trucking bikes out there. That wasn't obvious until your last day's plan. What kind of bikes are you riding?

    Are you planning to do Lockhardt basin to get from Needles Outpost to Moab?
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    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    engineman Been here awhile

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    I am planning on Lockhardt. That and Engineer pass should be the two most "technical" parts of the trip. Both are able to be bypassed if you don't want to try them.

    We are planning on trailering to CO. I don't love the idea of trailers but it doesn't make any sense to me to burn up a knobby running across nebraska on I80. Want to maximize my time in CO and UT

    Orangecicle will be riding his super-custom KTM Basel 690

    I'll be riding my very well loved, used and abused KTM 640A. I was amazed at it's capability on the COBDR but to be honest my eye is kind've wandering. Biggest issue is that the bike could have as many as 75k miles on it (nobody knows for sure) and it is starting to develop some reliability issues. While it's lighter than a 990 it's still alot heavier than a true dualsport. I haven't completely ruled out riding my XT250, I just know it's going to be way underpowered at altitude.
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  11. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    engineman Been here awhile

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    This may get expensive. I've already started looking at 500EXCs now. I better start planning on a really nice Christmas gift for the wife.
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  13. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    I think the 500 is a great bike. The problem comes in the price tag. You start at $10K, and then you need a better seat, bigger gas tank, better wind protection, better handguards, better lighting, etc., etc., etc. But . . . I think it's a very cool platform to spend money on.


    FYI, I just downloaded this movie. Maybe we should have a movie/planning night some evening.
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  15. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Another music suggestion for the playlist. Love the Oh Hellos. I could ride around all day long with that in my helmet. I first heard this on a GoPro video.

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  16. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Gotta have me some Gary Clark, Jr.

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    engineman Been here awhile

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    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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  19. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Zac Brown is a mandatory add to the playlist:

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  20. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    Isn't this for when it all goes wrong?

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