Less Talkin', More Rockin' 2012 LA to GC ADV Ride

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by FYYFF, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Final day of our trip:

    At last we were on our last day of our trip. Plan was taking dirt down to 9 to bypass 89. Browneye left early in the morning to catch 14 before they close it down for contraction so were down to 8 riders.
    It was a beautiful day as well. We went around Navajo Lake and headed south to Zion.
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    It was mostly wide graded dirt roads so we were making good time. Buster714:
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    Riddler990 going at 10 mph in this turn :lol3
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    End of the smooth dirt we hit pavement and regrouped before 9 Hwy.
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    We were in front of a new development right next to Zion National Park. There were a lot of customers going in and out. They'll sell them fast...
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    Aram taking corners R6 style
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    Finally we hit Hwy 9 and right before we headed west to Zion, I saw those bison on the other side of the hwy. I have never seen them with my own eyes so I went there and took some pics.
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    Finally Zion entrance (entrance was expensive :eek1 )
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    The rest is bunch of Zion pictures.
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    We had to wait about 15-20 minutes to use the tunnel on 9 Hwy. They let one way traffic only.
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    Organizer, thanks again Joel for this amazing ride:
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    From one of those small openings in the tunnel:
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    Switchbacks
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    Zion visitor center.
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    Once we left Zion, we headed to Saint George for lunch. Typical Utah landscape.
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    Lunch at Danny's, Saint George.
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    After lunch, we were in a great rush to jump in the pool at our hotel in Masquite. We are trying to catch Aram on 15. He was riding his R6 I think... :huh
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    And finally... We all felt like, this one is for you John (Riddler990), wait for it....

    Jesus on a Easter morning :rofl :rofl :rofl

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    Rich stayed down there for 10 mins to clean up. :lol3
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    Paul as cool as he gets
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    Poser :wink:
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    And next morning we got our Starbucks coffees and headed back to our monotone city life...
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    Rich and I heading back to Long Beach on 5 Fwy after we unload our bikes at Riddler's home in Burbank.
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    This wraps up my RR with my own pictures. There are many more great photos taken by other riders. I didn't use theirs in my RR but once they post them here, I'll star using them as well. :lol3

    I can't thank enough to Joel for organizing this epic adventure for us and all other riders. :thumb We can't have this kind of riding and adventure everyday here in big cities. All we can have is day rides on weekends and weekend rides like WMRS, Kennedy Meadows or Death Valley. When we get a chance of this kind, we shouldn't pass. Life is short and try to make most it. :tough
    Thanks for reading...

    :ricky
  2. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    Following from Chile ,I enjoyed your RR and pics.
    Thanks
  3. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Thank you for following Chelo. Next adventure: South America, we will find you... :thumb
  4. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Lots of nice pix Ersin.
    Nice way to finish off the trip. Zion is way scenic.

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  5. jnyrav

    jnyrav Been here awhile

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    BRAVO!!:clap:clap:clap
  6. Riddler990

    Riddler990 I Suck, You Rule.

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    DANG! I'm ready to hit it again! You following along Pat?
  7. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    ers, great job on your first RR....:clap
  8. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    took this 35 miles of dirt to zion, instead of the 50 miles of pavement
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    stopping briefly to fix my gps mount
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    regrouping at start of pavement
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    entering the park
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    since i plan to visit more national parks and monuments, i bought the annual pass @ $80
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    frank enjoying the unobstructed view
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  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Good work, excellent report.:clap
  10. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    more zion
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    then we caught up with the PPs
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    waiting for our turn to enter the tunnel
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    ers no hand on throttle
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    stopped here looking for food
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  11. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Thanks NSFW.:huh :lol3


    Thanks Bob, we really enjoyed riding and writing the report, I hope everyone enjoyed reading it.
  12. Ford_Prefect

    Ford_Prefect Been here awhile

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    I certainly did enjoy reading it! I just wish I could have been there rather than reading it weeks later! :D
  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    ford, thanks for tuning in, as well to all the peeps who stopped by and read on.



    waving good bye and see ya all on the next ride
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    as far as the title goes....let's ride.
  14. muskeg

    muskeg Been here awhile

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    Entertaining and inspiring..... looks like a fun bunch of guys to ride with. :clap

    I dig the group effort, thanks for sharing!
  15. KTM265

    KTM265 Been here awhile

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    Cause where we go, your heavy bikes would never make it...what fun is limiting where you can go? We spend the 1st day crawling in and out of ravines, large boulder climbs, pea rock sand wash that is over 5 miles long (dry river bed we follow) Imagine that sand corner you guys wiped out on being 5 miles long with cliff walls on either side...only one direction and no way to avoid it.

    Every trip regardless of the gear and location is always a good adventure though and sure beats going to work...:clap Great pictures, good write up...:freaky
  16. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Awesome ride! I need to get out and wander around those parts!
  17. Riddler990

    Riddler990 I Suck, You Rule.

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    Apples and Oranges my friend. Most on this ride aren't (weren't) limited, we have both small and big bikes. This ride was about what it was about. I'm sure some of us will return to the general area in the near future on the small bikes for a different riding experience.
  18. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    come out and PM me if you need additional info.

    great linky you have:thumb...very helpful to all those planning a trip...http://www.rideadv.com/



    haha...we were leaving at the same time, we were already planning to go back and ride it again. one good round deserves another.

    yeah....small bikes....and a support truck
  19. KTM265

    KTM265 Been here awhile

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    Outstanding... FYI, looking at a run in Oct for the south rim again if any of you might be interested...shoot me a PM.
  20. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    north rim is closed from oct 15 to may 15 for winter.

    weather permitting, we plan to go back this november and conquer elbow canyon on our small bikes....:asta

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    and about the same time frame we'll be back next year. many of the riders commented we don't have to change anything, it was ride where everything fell in the right places....haha

    maybe add another 2 days.