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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DYNOBOB, Jan 5, 2018.
Amazing pics. Looked like great conditions to ride.
Thanks Bob, just what I needed !
Amazing photos, really gets me primed for my annual Moab trip, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for sharing the fantastic photos! That is my kind of riding! Now I wish that I hadn't sold my BMW XChallenge. Hmmm...maybe it's time for me to go single-cylinder bike shopping.
Can’t wait for the rest
Bob , you have some of the best RR on this site !! Great way to start a new year
This report and the San Juans with the wife? Fantastic!
Great pics. Thanks. Please tell me what lens you used for the wide angle shots.
Fantastic pics! What a great start, I will stay tuned to see what is coming next.
Thanks for posting.
IMO, Oct is a great time for Moab. We've gone a couple times in Sept and it can still be very hot out on the trail, heck, we sweat our butts off a couple days on this trip. Sept has the advantage though for color up in the La Sals, the trees were leafless by late Oct and you would not be camping up on Gold Basin Rd.
You need to point the new Adv Transit west when it warms up Gary!
I know lots do this trip on big bikes but a thumper is best I think.
^ Our DR (designated rider) on this trip ^
Mother Nature plays a roll in this - If I lived where it never got cold they would never happen
It was a good riding year!
Sony 24-70 (full frame)
A follower from Germany, Welcome!
For my money, Moab is one of the best places in the country.
Moab in the fall is always a good idea.
With riding season winding down in Ohio, six of us decided to get in a late season trip to Moab in October. Differences in schedules meant Tom and Shannon headed west a few days before the rest of us. Phil and Curtis rode with me, and Jim ... well that's its own story (think Planes, Trains, and Automobiles).
Anyway, we got bikes loaded and headed west about noon on Friday, Oct 20. With three drivers, we're going to do the 1600 miles in one 30hr shot.
The drive was uneventful until we reached Idaho Springs, just west of Denver. We stopped for breakfast at McD's and saw signs that some fun might await.
Indeed, temps dropped to 18degs and we lost about an hour to slick conditions from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Vail. The 7% - 7 mile grade down to Dillion was fun with 17,000lbs of truck/trailer.
We pull into Canyonlands RV Park and Campground around 4pm, Tom and Shannon have saved us a spot between their rigs. It's Tom's first cross-country trip in his new "retirement home" (toy hauler), and Shannon is breaking in the CVT roof-top tent on this trip.
Shannon had a pot of pulled pork bbq ready so we ate dinner and waited for Jim to arrive. And waited. And it got dark. And we waited.
When we pulled out of town Friday, Jim was on a previously scheduled Goldwing trip in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. After a day of riding with his crew, he turned and burned 350 miles home so he could catch a flight to Denver Saturday morning. We expected to see him in Moab a couple hours after we arrived, but long story short, a rental Jeep Compass has 10 miles insufficient fuel range to make it from Denver airport to the Moab exit on I-70. And it's dark and lonely on I-70 with a dead cell phone.
Anyway, AAA eventually comes through and we settle in early so we can get a good start in the morning on the White Rim Trail. Phil gets the bike trailer to himself and Jim/Curtis are in the back of the toy hauler.
Sunday Oct 22 - White Rim Trail
By late October days are getting shorter. It can take ~10 hours to do the 140 mile WRT loop so an early start is advisable to give a cushion for mechanical/tire problems. We enter Canyonlands National Park via Potash Road and get on the White Rim Trail just below the Shafer Switchbacks.
Didn't run the GoPro much on this trip so I'm adding a few vids from our '13 trip where appropriate...
Lunch stop at the turn to White Crack
Green River overlook near Potato Bottoms
There's several areas of deep sand in the Upheaval Canyon/Labyrinth area along the Green River. Inevitably, it claims someone. This time it was Phil that had a 3rd gear get-off and of course I roll up with the GoPro. Some helpful folks who "saw a big thing of dust and couldn't tell where it came from" stopped to upright the bike and remove the weeds from the windshield.
No harm done and we make it back to town before it got dark. Great first day.
Yesterdays .gpx track at full resolution and reduced to 750 points. I'm adding some waypoints to my file as I write this and will post that file towards the end.
Nice report! We did it this summer going counter clockwise but I want to go back and do it your way too, clockwise. It will be like two different trails!
Cant wait for more! My wife and I are currently planning a Utah ride for this spring (late May, early June). As it sounds like snow at elevation might be an issue, we are not sure yet if we will do the BDR, or some loops like you are. Lockhart basin is likely more than what we will want to tackle on a 990 two up. How would the WRT be on a big bike two up?
Oh, I have to complement you on your truck camper and trailer. We have a slide in pop up pick up camper, and tow a small enclosed trailer behind and really like it. Our next pick up camper is likely to be a Four Wheel Camper like yours, thinking of a Granby.
Monday Oct 23 - Day Two - Geyser Pass, La Sal Pass, a GPS "shortcut", and 3 Step Hideaway
I knew when planning this trip that we wanted to include an overnight at 3 Step Hideaway. Beyond the fact it's a super cool place to stay, it also works perfectly as a way to break up a La Sal Mountain - Lockhart Basin Rd loop into two manageable days. So we load our camping gear in my truck (Tom is going to bring his dog and meet us there) and take off for the La Sal Mountains. We considered using La Sal Pass Rd, but chose the easier Geyser Pass Rd - a snow covered babyhead field below La Sal Pass wasn't something I wanted to chance. We head out of Moab on Spanish Valley Loop Rd to get to Geyser Pass.
There's some cool views of Canyonlands/Moab as you climb.
The potash operation is visible over the first ridge
Yep, we find some snow cover up on Geyser Pass
Fortunately, it cleared up below the pass
Looking at 12,721' Mount Peale
Just down the road we found a perfect place for our lunch stop.
Has a nice view of Mt Peale also.
and a great view east toward Colorado, about five miles away.