Louisiana to Alaska on as much dirt as possible

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ejtv, May 27, 2011.

  1. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    those ramps are a fantastic idea!
  2. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    was quickly resolved and we motored on the ribbon of dirt from north to south until late in the afternoon.

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    It's comforting to know that MC's are welcome.

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  3. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    conspired to halt our progress at Box Elder Pass (8400').

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    So we backtracked to Martin Pass and set up camp.

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    The campfire discussion centered on tomorrow's attempt to navigate around Box Elder Pass and finish the final segment of Stansbury Front Trail.
  4. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Always dreaming of the next trip south into Mexico and beyond, but it sure is nice to know that there's so many beautiful places in what's basically my back yard. Must get out there this summer. Nice job with the photos!
  5. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    Utah singletrack rules :ricky:ricky:ricky

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  6. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    You guys kick ass. Seriously. :clap
  7. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    You know you're the first rider of the season when you find this:

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    We crossed this snowdrift at about 7,500ft, but the one at 7,700 ft, about 1.5 miles below Box Elder Pass (8,400 ft), was not worth trying since we knew there would be more snow above, plus, it was getting late, so we decided to turn around to find a suitable campsite.

    Here's jakbrand resting after :muutt having lost his rear wheel in the snow bank (top left of picture) and wrestling his 530 down a steep embankment (the usual applies, it was steeper than the picture shows, etc.)

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    Camping spot:

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    The sunset, of course, was phenomenal:

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  8. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    All 18 pages of this have been astounding. DS riding in Colorado and Utah are now firmly on my bucket list. Wow.:clap

    Totally subscribed. :lurk
  9. ejtv

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    Next morning, jakbrand mentally reroutes around Box Elder Pass:

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    After bypassing Box Elder, the rest of Stansbury follows:

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    We needed to go off the path to clear a fallen tree. Here's A-rider on his first attempt. It was steeper than it looks, etc.

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    last bit of snow for the week as we rounded up to Hickman Pass (7,900 ft):

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    Exiting Stansbury:

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    Where is jakbrand?

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    on lower left hand corner of pic.
  10. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    freakin' astounding!
  11. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    needed a few more weeks of warm weather to open 100%. We successfully navigated around Box Elder Pass and rejoined at Hickman Canyon. No big deal.

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  12. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    presented the last hurdle. We could see the gap between two peaks that we needed to cross.

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    It appeared that this southern section had not been ridden this year, evidenced from all the downed aspen trees.

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    Team work!
  13. jakbrand

    jakbrand 93 octane

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    it was over too soon.

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    We were running low on fuel. Dugway was our next scheduled stop before continuing south to Cherry Creek.
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    SR Long timer

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    Epic!!:freaky
  15. ejtv

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    After Stansbury, jakbrand had us visiting the friendly neighbors at the Dugway Proving Grounds for coffee, doughnuts, and fuel. Unbeknownst to him, the Dugway is a US Army facility dedicated to the development of chemical weapons and the training of special forces for war in alien environments. Needless to say, our presence in full MX garb was not welcomed. You all look very aggressive on those motorcycles and if they catch you around here their will confiscate your bikes. And jakbrand, but are you sure we can't get gas in Dugway? No, this is what you are going to do, you are going to slowly ride up to the end of this concrete barrier and you are going to make a u-turn and come right back here, keep riding and turn right at the next intersection and stay away from the facility...But the maps say there is a road through Dugway that connect to our next destination, Cherry Creek. No, this is what you are going to do, you are going to slowly ride up, make a u-turn…..

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    Above in the background is the heavily barricaded entrance to the facilities.

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    Below is the road the guards recommended.

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    Running low, we stopped at the Silver Sage for some fuel, :dg, Smart Water and three frozen hotdogs.

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    The Gathering Place, highly recommended, good service, good food, and, like we always say, Utah has the best water...

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    Hmm, let's see….double bacon cheese burger, no bun, in lettuce wrap, lots of fry sauce…

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    Forgot to say no to the fries…but they were :yum

    A-rider treated us:

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  16. ejtv

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    RR and pics for Day 8 part 3 won't post until Sunday. See you then!
  17. motoxer

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    You have once again got my blood stirring for some adventure. I'm getting too old for this moto stuff. Got Loretta Lynn's this summer and after that you gotta take me with you on the next one. This is another outstanding RR that ALMOST makes me feel like I was there. Thanks for the hard work that went into capturing the event.
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    Good stuff. :clap:clap:clap
  19. ukturfrocks

    ukturfrocks Been here awhile

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    subscribed this is an epic experience. Wish I was along for it
  20. ejtv

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    After the Silver Sage refuel, it was off to Cherry Creek area…

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    …and then sand…

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    ...sand….

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    ...and more sand:

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    So we entered Little Sahara Recration Area from the north avoiding the main entrance (and the fees--the whole day we felt like real outlaws. We paid on the way out the next day after a 2 to 1 vote. Who voted against it will remain in the vault :nod). Like many features in the area of Utah we rode, the dunes were formed after Lake Bonneville receded and left large amounts of Sevier River delta sediment (which emptied into old Lake Bonneville just SSW from the park) exposed to the predominant SW winds. The winds carried the sand until they stalled due to the various obstacles in the park, including the famous 700 feet tall Sand Mountain. A peculiar feature of the sand is that it has magnetite, which is why, "magnetic sand" was lodged to the magnet of my pack's drinking water mouthpiece.


    Eventually A-rider and jakbrand got away from me on one of the bowls…I took a looong time climbing out, then decided to take air out of my tires to around 8 pounds which helped me a lot. My DOT dual sport tires just didn't quite have enough bite compared to their MX tires. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. :evil Anyhow, I did see them cresting a dune way in the distance about 45 min later, but when we attempted to get back together we were unsuccessful. Surprisingly, we had txt signal: let's hook back up at the park's entrance at 5 PM, so while I stayed in the White Dunes area, they explored further south. "12 Days since the last serious accident" read a warning sign in the area...

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    Here's we are after climbing Sand Mountain later around 6-7 PM. No we could not climb it straight-on. A-rider tried and failed, so instead we climbed to the top in a roundabout way, still having to cut across a steep section that was at least to me, iffy going...

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    We did plunge down the mainline to the camping area…snowboarding helps after all…Sand Mountain is a veritable circus with dozens of ATV's, sand buggies, motorcycles with rear paddle tires, etc., the constant roar near and far, of engines, tents, large motorhomes, etc. The funniest part of that circus: we were the only motorcycles climbing the mountain with regular knobbies, camping gear, saddle bags, and extended gas tanks and the only riders with full protective gear and backpacks... :rofl Everyone else was pretty much riding in t-shirts.

    Overall sand-riding experience at Little Sahara was :wings:wings:wings over 3