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

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

  1. KTM265

    KTM265 Been here awhile

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    Good report guys... I do a similar trip but on the south side of the canyon...I ride north from Phoenix through the Verdie Valley, up through Flagstaff and to the South Rim. Done the trip 5 times...

    Things we found that will make your next trip more fun...Use a chase truck to carry all the gear. Heavy bikes are no fun...The largest bike we run is a XR650R...most are 400-525...I'm the lone ranger with my XR650R... We carry only a day pack with munchies, water and some cold weather gear for the elevation changes...We devide up the tools and trail repair items...Chase truck meets up with us a couple of times during the day to top up the water, munchies and gas...

    We also found 10 or more riders is a challenge to keep everyone together. We run 6-8 riders, try to keep eveyone together, have radios with every other rider, last rider carries the First Aid...
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Cheater cheater.... :lol3
    I know, next trip you'll volunteer to drive your truck, right? :freaky

    Seriously, this is pretty common in Baja too. We actually had a truck in the works but couldn't get it all pulled together. Gas, iced beer in coolers, and water were top picks. :1drink
  3. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Joel and his crew did this ride last year as you described it, truck supported way. But where is the adventure in that??? :lol3
    Camping 4 nights in a row without a shower, carrying a gallon of water and a gallon a gas on the bike, carrying your tent, sleeping bag, extra clothes, cooking ware, etc. and lifting a fully loaded Adventure bike is the real fun... Isn't it??? :rofl
  4. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    On Day 4 of our trip we woke up to a beautiful and hot day at Lees Ferry. The weather was so good that I and M1Jeep decided to sleep on the tarp and sleeping pads instead of setting up the tent. We didn't regret it.
    Unfortunately my battery was dead and I used my GOPro to take some pictures today. I don't want to use my fellow riders pictures before they post them so here is my short Day 4 RR.
    We got ready and left camp before 9:00am to avoid heat. But it was still hot. First stop Marble Canyon and Navajo Bridge at Navajo Indian Reservation.
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    Two bridges over Colorado River, one for pedestrians and one for vehicles. I think these are the only was to cross river to the other side for a loooooong way...
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    Perfect spot for bungee jumping. :D
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    After this short visit we gassed up and tracked back for a while on 89A towards Kaibab National Forest again. We passed through Vermilion Cliffs and some really nice dirt roads that took us from Northers Arizona to Southern Utah. We were also very close to famous "Wave" on the way.
    We took some back roads with beautiful scenery all the way to Glendale, UT that is. There was no food or gas in Glendale so we went down to this little town called Orderville aka Souptown. We gassed up once again and had a great lunch with home made soup, sandwiches and tart.
    We also met some Harley riders from Italy. :huh Frank had a chitchat with them. He will fill this up.
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    After lunch we took pavement to our last camp spot, Navajo Lake at Dixie National Park. I don't need to tell you how beautiful it was. Half of the group left to see an other close by scenic area while rest of us went down to the lake to look around and take some pictures.
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    We had this thick forest on the back of our camp ground full of deer. Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures of them.
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    After our little exploring around the lake, we head to town for dinner. A small small town with only one open restaurant. :D No pictures from me but Joel had plenty.
    We came back to camp before night fall and start getting ready for camp fire.
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    And finally some quality time with good people.
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    This is the end of Day 4 for me. There will be tons of more pictures to come....

    All my pictures are at my SmugMug account.
  5. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Awesome awesome awesome. That was my favorite camp. :puke2
  6. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Sublime Point is not very far from the tourist trap little town of NORTH RIM. It's only a few miles of forest road to the hiway, then on to the Grand Canyon Lodge there in North Rim. It's at the very end of the road from the north.

    Someone should post the pix of the car that got stranded trying to make it to Sublime Point from there. They must have thrashed that thing getting as far as they did, then finally blew out the tires and left it sitting off to the side. Makes you wonder what became of them, and their car for that matter.

    As mentioned, there are about four million visitors to the Grand Canyon each year, and estimated that less than ten percent reach it by the North Rim. I imagine the majority of that ten percent go via the actual town of North Rim. So we pretty much had the rest of the entire length of the north rim of the Grand Canyon to ourselves.

    Grand Canyon Lodge was built in 1928. It's quite a fancy place, with log cabins, a white-linen restaurant, and a few shops. The deli lunch was really good, but a sandwich, chips, and a drink was $12.50. I didn't bother to look at the menu at the lodge restaurant - you can bet it was plenty pricey.

    The cool thing about the lodge is that city-folk can come there, lounge in a huge viewing room indoors and view the canyon, or sit in the sun outside on their patios. Very nice place.

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    There's a walkway out onto a peninsula below the lodge. It's all pretty 'touristy' here.

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    While we were seated out front on the boardwalk for our deli lunch, one of the visitors came up to ask us about our ride. He was an older gray-haired fellow with his lovely wife, and he could tell by our dress that we weren't just ordinary bikers. He said he was an 'old harley guy' but was totally captivated with our story of riding all those dirt miles with our camping gear. In fact, just about everywhere we went someone wanted to ask us about our trip. We got questions like:
    Where did you come from?
    Is this a club or something?
    What kind of bikes are those?
    You rode them on dirt all that way???
    How many days is your trip?
    Where are you going?

    It was pretty comical, and they were always really friendly. The cool thing is our group consists of some of the nicest guys I have spent time with, and they were always willing to share our story with these folks that were interested in our adventure. Looking at the group from their eyes I'm sure it was quite a spectacle indeed.
  7. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    i'm getting a lot of PMs from this RR.....:D

    damit, our 2013 lineup is already full......:eek1


    we need to figure how we can accomodate more peeps and find bigger campgrounds with better facilities.

    rich has the premonition that the maintenance person will be cleaning that outhouse at 6AM and making a lot of noise...hahaha.
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    also, look for someone with a 4x4 and act as a support vehicle.
  8. bobzilla

    bobzilla Dirty Old Man

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    BINGO
    Ive done trips with a chase truck many times and the self supported long trips and i actually prefer the self supported trips....it is a whole different perspective and makes you really think both while on the trip and before.
    I will usually choose a chase truck when it is mostly single track for a few hundred miles but on a trip of 1000+ miles i really like carrying all my own shit.
  9. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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  10. Buster714

    Buster714 VP of crash testing

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    Good morning Toroweap.
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    FYYFF capturing the view from our breakfast table/H8chains' bed. Thanks for the jetboil tutorial. :thumb
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    Morning hike. Our boots got a good workout this trip!
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    Different stages of errosion.
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    Admiring the view. (I started sticking my feet in the pics for a little persepctive. Still didn't work.)
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    This whole place was rock. Giant rock. Everywhere.
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    Exotic locale for a poop room.
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    No parachutes today.
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    Rrugger and FYYFF
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    TBarstow, Browneye, Rrugger
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    The parking lot.
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    Lot's of open spaces on the ride out. I was following Riddler990 at up to 100mph.... and still couldn't catch up. Damn.
    This is the view looking back at where we came from.
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    I gave up trying to kill myself and waited to take some video of the guys passing by.
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    We arrived at a densely forested little canyon where our Indian Hollow camp was located.
    This was one of those, 'where the... are we... is it... oh, here it is.'
    Brownie was there first (of course) with his white Klim gloves out on the road so we'd know where to turn.
    M1sasquatch gettin campy.
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    We setup camp and rode down the road a smidge further to do a little hiking.
    This trail got us huffing and puffing, but holy guacamole- there was something special waiting for us at the end...
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    I was shocked with what I saw from our own private little lookout.
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    H8chains
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    I crashed out around 6:30pm that night. No particular reason. My sleeping accomodations were working out better than I imagined so I took advantage since it didn't seem like there was anything going on that night. I guess you damn well better have a comfy camp when you're piloting a 600lb two-wheeled vehicle off-road. :eek1
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  11. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    You nailed it Bobzilla.

    What I saw last year was the bikes were loaded the same way AND we had a truckload of stuff with us. Granted, I did enjoy having chairs, cold beer, and bundles of firewood too, but I thought this was a better way to go. The only thing you could probably do better is to pair up riders and make sure that the guy that doesn't know how to operate his GPS doesn't try to lead the guy with no GPS anywhere.

    Plus, all of you sea-level dwellers need to do some serious working out so you can breathe in the thin mountain air.
  12. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    aram, amazing how the weather comes into play and we all enjoyed the view.

    last year, it was so windy we have to crawl to the edge
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    sea dweller....:rofldamn, even my bike was coughing at 8k feet.

    damn garmin, the montana is about good and bad...270 pages...:eek1

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688775
  14. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    lee's ferry campround in the morning
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    the night was nice, not cold and lots of stars, several of us didn't bother setting up our tents
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    marble canyon is just outside the camgpround is marble canyon. it is famous for the navajo bridge
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    and north of the colorado river is the reservation
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    from what i heard, the grand canyon starts here
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    that's the new bridge
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    chris we're over here.....:wave
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    standing on the pedestrian bridge and the visitor center in the background
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  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ha. There's yours truly, riding across the bridge...dumbass. :lol3

    We took off from camp to get gas, figured to get there and get out of the way. So off I went, Paul followed. Gased up, got some carmex because the tube I had got packed away and my lips were chapped by day four. And Joel cancelled breakfast at the restaurant so all I had was a granola bar, I wanted to get a couple of apples. Gassed up and got everything.

    We waited...and waited....then I said WTF Paul? :dunno

    So we rode back towards camp because it was about 6 miles from the hiway going out of Lee's Ferry. Hmmm...maybe that's the bridge....naw. We rode over it and back and never saw them, rode out to the end of the road to the boat launch, no ADV bikes...rode all the way back and they finally made it to the gas station. Missed the whole bridge thing. :rofl

    Now what???? Back to the mountains, it was gonna be hot here.

    The fourth day's ride going up Johnson Canyon was awesome. Riddler took off and I followed and we must have hit 80 a few times carving corners, and then 70 when it turned to dirt and we hit the cut off before I could even blink. Jon says I think we turn here.....I must have not been looking at my gps. What a cool route.

    Once we climbed out of Johnson Canyon we hit this plateau going into Utah that was just beautiful. Roads for miles, as far as the eye could see.

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    Orderville was very quaint. Talk about a morman enclave. We hit the gas station then this little soup cafe. They were very hospitible to this gnarly group of dirtbikers, made us sandwiches, nice lunch. Cute place. No cell service. Morman Boks in a basket at the front door.

    I was kind of embarassed. I walked across the street to the grocery store and got a few things for dinner. Not a spec of liquor in this place, not even a beer. So I opened my little mini cooler and took out a ziploc to get some ice from the cafe. The little gal that waited on us said sure, looked like she was the owners daughter, mom was making the sandwiches. My baggie kind of smelled like beer a little...oh well, gotta have some ice to chill some more beers for camp, eh?. :lol3
  16. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    after marble canyon and navajo bridge....next stop was vermillion cliffs. the elevation here is about 4k feet but still it was getting warm. time to head up to higher elevation
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    http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/natmon/vermilion.html

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    though dusty, we were able to bypass 70 miles of pavement.....:clap
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    not too far from this sign is "the wave"
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    the wave (not my pictures).


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    near the trailhead to coyote buttes
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    we're actually on a plateau
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    after 30 miles of some of the most beautiful dirt we hit the highway
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  17. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Some participants of this ride is really really really lazy or busy I guess... :ddog
    I am waiting for days 1-4 to finish my RR. :D
  18. Future ten

    Future ten Been here awhile

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    Don't get me wrong I enjoy the trails we have and being a Park ranger, I have more then most. I was stationed in Tustin/ElToro and the SoCal area and it's location in conjunction to everywhere else overs on the left coast is top notch. I spend ten hours driving so I can ride in the smokies often.
    Florida has been great, I'm bailing out in 5 years to places of elevation.
    Great ride report gentlemen.
  19. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    glad to hear you're enjoying this as much as i do.

    at least you had the chance to travel and lived in various parts of the country. you have a larger perspective where to live next.

    i've been very fullfilled here in socal, nice weather, happy with my job, made a lot of good friends and so many places to ride.

    beautiful weather today, rode my bike and put 150 miles on the twisty angeles crest. look us up when you're in town.

    let's wait for the lazy lizards..... :snore
  20. BootDragger

    BootDragger Rehibilitation Rebel

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    Thats a great report Ersin and all. I still would like to make a GC trip some time. So what kind of fuel range do you need to make this trip? :ear