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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by LoneStar, Aug 26, 2010.
Great ride report... really enjoyed the read, and the photos.
You asked about that cloud?
It's clearly the starship Enterprise.
Greg (or Joe) is one hairy mofo!
Unfortunately, you made one too many right turns . The detour sign was for the Swinging Bridge closure. If you would have stayed straight when you came off the steep hill, you would have ended up on 318 headed to Maybell. Of course you would have then missed the adventure at Swinging Bridge
Noooooooooow you tell me
I had the same problem at that bridge last year while riding my 950 by myself----didn't even think of going under it.
I got there before you did---as they had dug hole for the new cable supports--which is why the
bridge was closed.
8 weeks later I was on my WR250R and me and my buddy had rode from Mexico to Canada on mostly dirt---and
on the way back we got kind of close to the bridge and I asked my buddy Scott if he wanted to see it----as I told him it
was spectacular---but we couldn't get across as it was closed.
We ran into good luck---the construction guys were finishing up---and unlocked the gates so we got to ride across it.
I'm sure the work is done by now and the bridge is surely open for traffic.
The bridge is spectacular.
Maybe you said---but there is another bridge on the Green river about 10 miles West of the suspension bridge----I went across it on my first attempt.
Hey Mark thanks for posting! That brought back memories and it was fun to see your pics. Thanks for splaining why it was closed as well...
Man I'm jealous to hear you did Mex to Can (MexYcan) that would be a blast.
By the way did you take the road over the top of the park to Vernal from the bridge or skirt back around to Dutch John?
The Mex/Can ride me and my buddy did last year was not the one near the West Coast----it's a guided ride stayin' in motels with lots of riders and a fee--------------------------not my style at all.
Me and my buddy Scott Stevenson pioneered a whole new route from Mexico to Canada starting in an Abandoned town on the Mexican border called Lochiel, Arizona----it actually used to be a border crossing point. We rode mostly dirt all the way to the Canada border in Idaho where there was no border crossing on that dirt road--and then headed back South on another route. And as far as I know nobody has attempted to ride it yet. It goes up thru Arizona, Utah and Idaho---but get's in to Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado somehow !!!! It was a month long ride.
It started here---at a very secure border crossing
That ride is here if you want to read it.
The first time I came to the bridge----I came from the South on a dirt road---found the bridge blocked as you did---and retraced back West and found another bridge over the Green River near the old historic Levine Ranch. I went North from there--then West thru Dutch John and on West thru Flaming Gorge.
The 2nd time I came to the bridge (On the Mex/Can ride we created) We came straight from the North---crossed the bridge and kept going South on that dirt road that takes you along the edge of Dinosaur National Park. We didn't travel on the highway thru Vernal.
The story of my first trip to the bridge is here:
Great report and pictures to go along with it. I went the opposite way this fall, so nice to see what the veiw was going the other way. Oh missed the gated crossing, a good thing.
They were going to open the new viewing area in the monument park a couple weeks after I was there.
BigDog I've been to Lochiel as well Great minds think alike?
Gonna read your reports and thanks for the links man!
Cool! Thx flipper - I'm going to get back out there and explore the area one of these days again
Thanks for the great ride report and pictures I really enjoyed it.
steamboat is my home base and i've been out to the gorge many a time.
Eakins I loved living in the Boat - and I've got some of your maps
best looking 1100 i've seen.
Very nice pics and write-up. Your adventure was in the opposite corner of the state from me -- some looks the same, some different -- very enjoyable. And, that is a nice looking bike you have. Glad it made it through the bridge obstacle course ok!
I rode through your end of the state - from Moab, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, Goblin Valley, Glen Canyon, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Absolutely the most astounding scenery (and lack of people!) I've yet seen in one trip. Turned north after Zion so didn't make it to St. George. You're lucky to live so close to such scenery
LoneStar, This travelogue is amazing. I love you pics and you writing is very engaging. I wanted to read this particular post because I actually live somewhat near here. Thanks for posting.
Thanks Diva! I was lucky enough to live in Steamboat awhile and headed to the western slope as often as I could. Such an amazing state to ride in and you've got lots of scenery to photograph that 1100 against
Just did a fast run to Mexico to a beautiful place in the mountains and filed a short report. Same mindless drivel
Great bridge story!