Louisiana to Alaska on as much dirt as possible

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

  1. ejtv

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    Bear Lake , the Caribbean of the Rockies, is a natural lake formed 250,000 years ago by a fault on the eastern side that continues to deepen today. Its turquoise waters are the result of limestone deposits suspended in its waters. Besides the lake, the area is known for its famous raspberries (and the Highline Trail on its western side!)

    The lake is truly an amazing jewel and an incredibly refreshing break from the heat.

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    jakbrand took convincing to get in the water…

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    ...probably afraid of the legendary Bear Lake Monster:

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    Then gas, lunch break and a shake with world famous and locally grown raspberries:

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    At the southern end of Bear Lake and already back in Utah, we hit Ant Flat Road all out...

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    …minding the sheep every now and then. If you think cow's are mentally challenged, you have not ridden by sheep:

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    With the skies closing in on us, not knowing how bad the rain would be, being late in the day and with the prospect of pavement ahead as we approached Monte Cristo Pass and Pine View Reservoir area, we decided to look for a place to camp and set up our tents quickly, just in the nick of time.

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    After the rain subsided, the sun came out….

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    ...and shortly thereafter we were treated to a magnificent sunset. jakbrand and I must have taken dozens of pictures each. dwip slept through the whole thing. Of the many advantages of riding with your camping gear and food, despite the additional weight and bulk, are the freedom to simply stop wherever and whenever you want and the beauty of enjoying incredible sunsets and sunrises. Here's the sequence of this particular sunset in the Wasatch Cache NF:

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  2. jakbrand

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    would be our final campsite. Tomorrow, we faced a short liaison back to SLC for moto maintenance and catch a flight back home.

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    I huddled in my tent during a brief shower thinking about the next trip scheduled for August then soaked in a brilliant sunset.

    I'm going to miss Utah.
  3. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I just want to say that these are all really lovely examples of natural-looking HDR. Really nicely done!
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    Next morning jakbrand, after talking about the need to buy hot chocolate just about every day but forgetting, finally, finally, remembers the day before, buys it, and gets to surprise all of us by preparing hot chocolate for the crew:

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    We packed up and parted ways near Pineview with jakbrand wanting to ride some more, so he stayed around, dwip in a hurry to get to the airport to get back to work the following morning and I in a hurry to meet my daughter in Ogden.

    Here she is with her ride and dog at the KTM shop where I dropped my bike for full service, new tires, etc.

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    While jakbrand did moto maintenance all day, I hiked with my daughter and a bunch of twenty somethings to Gardener's Cave, right there, trailhead minutes from my daughter's condo in Ogden! The approach to the mouth of the cave was a little more than I expected…

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    and so was the scrambling inside. Crazy, especially because I didn't have a light and had to rely on others. The pic below is looking straight down, hence the reason for the ropes...

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    In the afternoon I cleared the storage unit, left only the essentials for the next trip and shipped what was salvageable home. Here I am the next morning closing things up, before catching the flight back to work…

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    Overall a great trip!

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  5. DocAxeYarYar

    DocAxeYarYar RideDualSport.com

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    Really incredible riding and report! You all put a ton of effort into making this happen, and thanks for taking us along. What an inspiration, its hard to imagine of any better dual sport riding in the U.S.!
  6. woodly1069

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    OK, excellent, now tell me about the hydration packs you guys have been using...:ddog
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    I currently use an Osprey Manta 25. I like how easy it is to take the reservoir in and out of the pack to refill and the magnet that holds the mouthpiece to the chest strap. Still not the ideal backpack for adv riding but better than others I have tried over the years. I think jackbrand uses an older version of Camelbak's MULE

    In addition, when we are fully loaded, we carry one or two extra liters of water (we like Smartwater 1 liter bottles to do that) and we carry water filters to be as autonomous as we can.
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    Cool! Thanks for the info.!
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    swamp Woods Junkie

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    great ride guys.

    seek and destroy.

    i dont rate something 5 stars often but this is getting it.
  10. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Totally!
  11. ejtv

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    After playing in Utah for two summers, we leave the state, at least for a while :cry

    Next week we're on our way from Salt Lake to Spokane. Idaho :ricky:ricky:ricky should be a blast

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    Idaho :clap
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    If you make it down to the Boise/Meridian area swing by for a beer. I have plenty :D.
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    ejtv, jakbrand and A-rider ride Salt Lake City to Spokane via Idaho…:clap

    Actual track:

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    Day 0 everyone flew to SLC from their hometowns...

    My daughter picked me up at the airport, we went to the storage unit to pick up my gear, then got the moto at the Ogden KTM dealer, ADS Motorsports, had lunch, went to her apartment to freshen up…

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    then market for supplies, had dinner with some of her friends…

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    and went to bed…I now have not one but two granddogs…

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    Next morning, Day 1 proper, three riders met at Jeremiah's in Ogden for breakfast, then some moto maintenance at ADS. They have the good expensive stuff there, so always a challenge to wait on their shop…Great service too:

    A-rider's 'berg gets new tires:

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    jakbrand chats with the crew but keeps his eyes on the one naked:

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    This is how I add extra bracing to the GiantLoop on my KTM:

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    Then we headed for the Skyline Trail, prime Utah single track….this writer has done this trial one time on mountain bike, three times on moto's. Never get tired of it. Phenomenal trail. Do it before they close it to motos, just a matter of time.

    More maintenance though. Half way through the Skyline my KTM overheats and we realize fan doesn't come on... A-rider tests it and figures out I have a bad thermoswitch. He jerry-rigs the connection so the fan runs full time, at least for now and until we get to Logan to do a better jerry-rig...

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    We have so many pics on Skyline from prior trips, but I have always missed shots on this particular section of the trail as we approach the saddle before Ben Lomond:

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    And this other one with Ben Lomond in the background:

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  15. woodly1069

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    :eek1 WOW! Looks like you could tumble all the way down to the valley floor if you had an issue on that single track. How high above the valley are you in those pics?
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    Yep, it's a scary trail, but not as scary as the ones we encountered in Idaho¬Ö:norton The retention pond in the valley floor is at 4,200 feet. We were riding at 8,200 feet.
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    My last Skyline pic...

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    Coming down from the Skyline Trail I :muutt the bike a couple of times…so that makes it about six drops in that bailout trail from Skyline…all in different locations from those 3 rides there…:becca

    Here we are in Logan already at our favorite gas station...jakbrand donates an unused switch from his KTM, I go begging for electrical cable from, what do you know, a Cable TV guy who was fueling his van, a-rider hooks-up the switch to my throttle cable and I now can control the radiator fan manually. jakbrand has detailed pictures of the fix :clap

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    This was the season for wheat harvest, so as we approach the next set of mountains, many of the fields on the valley's were golden…unreal…

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    Here we are, the first of many gates this week…

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    Crossing the UT-ID border somewhere around here…

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    And on our way to another spectacular trail, Oxford Ridge…

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    The only technical section in Oxford Ridge is this one climb:

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    jakbrand shows off a bit…

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    then keeps climbing, never stopping, off the trail and to the summit of the ridge…

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    …a-rider and I would not see him for a looong while after this shot…

    One of several glamour shots of my bike this trip. "Why is your bike always on your pictures?" asks my wife…that's the whole point I say, the bike. Anybody can take a landscape shot. The bike gives meaning to the landscape…it's an inmate thing.

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    a-rider and I traded pics on our way down the saddle of Oxford Peak…


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    …then kept riding up to the peak, to the left of the picture above, then waited for several minutes for jakbrand to catch up with us. Hearing nothing, we then re-traced our tracks to the saddle and beyond looking for him. Nothing. So we went all the way back to where we last saw him. Nothing. Went back to the ridge overlooking the saddle. Nothing. Went back to where we last saw him. Nothing. Was he behind us or ahead of us? We couldn't remember with certainty. Did he fall over the cliff on the ridge? Bike trouble? Decided to go back to town? Where was jakbrand? We then went back to the ridge overlooking the saddle checking over the cliff to the east to see if he had fallen. Nothing…

    I took this pic of a-rider going back for a third time as I waited. I was thinking, well, jakbrand died doing what he loved…:cry

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    then I heard the noise of his KTM putting coming from the saddle up to where I was. Turns out he watched from the saddle our movements trying to figure out why the hell we were riding back and forth.

    Well, at least I got the shot of the day as a-rider was coming back from his last attempt at finding jakbrand…a prelude of things to come…

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    With the sun rapidly setting, shortly after the above picture we looked for a camping spot and called it a day.
  19. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Crap!

    Just when I'm finally caught up on the thread......

    Killer adventure you guys are on! Thanks for bringing us all with you.

    Dirty....from Baton Rouge
  20. jakbrand

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    A few more images from our final lap of thrilling Skyline Trail before heading north to find sweet Idaho singletrack.


    climbing up from Pineview Reservoir
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    heading toward Ben Lomond Peak
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    descending into North Ogden Canyon
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    ET investigates the source of a boil over after a switchback ascending to Ben Lomond. The radiator cooling fan is not turning on. :bluduh
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    A-Rider on a 380 Husaberg
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