Moab 2012 - Bittersweet

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lycan1, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    I'd love that (living there) at least for 6 months of the year.

    Maybe in February.....

    Thank you!

    As far as going UP Shafer it was done twice during our stay, a couple of days apart. The second time I remember thinking, "WOW I don't remember it being this steep!"

    You only need pay attention during the assent as the surface has lots of that fine powdery silt / sand in sections including the "humped" off camber corners. If I was going down I would not be carrying any speed into the corners. Other than that I would just pick my spots carfully, if I met another vehicle, to get around. Traction was good as the surface is hard, even under the dusty sections. No problem even on the porkiest of bikes. That said I'd skip running the Goldwing up or down it, unless you have a brass set.....
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  2. Ford_Prefect

    Ford_Prefect Been here awhile

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    Funny enough...

    I was actually think that Potash into the WRT might work on the goldwing, haha

    Yeah I will take my KLR650.

    I have also been trying to decide if it would be better to just go in from town via the Potash road, or to go around and down shafer and down onto the WRT. Or exiting one of those ways. Any thoughts on which might be faster? Having done both many times I do not need either other than access to the wrt, so I am not worried about the photo opportunities on those trails. I just can not decide which would take longer ultimately.

    Cheers
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  3. Lycan1

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    If I were to do it again (and I'm sure I will) I would actually go in via Gemini Bridges road, down Shafer, do White Rim Clockwise and up Mineral Bottom switchbacks and out on 313 to the highway.
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    That would be an expensive and likely painful experience on the big KTM...:deal

    Enjoyed your RR. Thanks for posting...:clap

    Sorry for your loss. You seemed to have handled it as well as could be expected given the circumstances...
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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    I Thank you, and I am sure you are right about Slick Rock. I hoped to get over to it, at least get the bike on some of the easier (if there is any) sections just to say I did. I would rather take a 250 dirt bike around on it, and that may happen yet.

    Next Up a short taste of Onion Creek road in Video. Uploading tonight. Stay tuned.
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    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    I read your whole report over a few days. Didn't want to try and cram it all in with one setting and miss something. I so thoroughly enjoyed it, you made me feel like I was along for the ride, but you've got me in tears with this last bit. Stated so succinctly, and so true.

    You never went into what got your sister, and I'm not asking you to, but I hope it was quick and merciful. And I'm sure her days on this earth were made better by a brother like you.

    My son wants to do a Baja trip next spring, think I'll go.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
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  7. PabloX

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    Lee,
    Where to start? I've been reading the report as it has been assembled and just finished reading the second week of it. I can't express how much I appreciate all of the time and energy you've invested in the preparation for the trip, the help in getting me ready to go, the last minute changes to avoid the crap weather that would have stranded or delayed our travel progress if not killed us. To ride in your company was like having a travel guide take us on a tour . I really was just along for the ride and felt confident that we would get where we were supposed to without giving much thought or concern to it. So many hilights to this trip I can't begine to tell. Every day was a new chapter to an adventure unfolding in real time with no real expectaions, only the question being asked over and over again...what's coming next? ..and there was no disappointment...ever! Thanks for your tireless persistence in writing this report, posting pictures and sharing your personal account of the trip. I love your style and have relived the adventure by reviewing this report and have already shared the link with some friends who 'get it' about this kind of travel/adventure. I fully agree that trips like this are far more than checking off a 'to do' or 'been there, done that' item on a list. Experiences like this, including the personal side of it are the fabric of good friendships and fuel to keep us moving ahead in life and looking for another adventure to chase and record. It was a great experience to share with Pawel, Chris and you. I look forward to future opportunities todo more of the same, only different, with more challenges, more fun and more stories! (...maybe think about a lighter bike for the tougher rides though!)
    I didn't see the video of my infamous 'ditchmount' yet, is it still coming out as a post?:doh
    Oh, BTW, I did get a pic of that illusive little lizard at Klondyke Bluff, just don't know how to post it...
    I will express again, my sympathies over the loss of your sister. Thanks for being real. I'm glad you were able to continue with the trip for as long as you did and still get to Winnipeg to be there with family in a time when you needed to be together.
    Looking forward to more rides and reports Buddy! Awesome job on this one!
    Paul (KLR) (aka PabloX):ricky
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  8. MsSuzieQ

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    I have had the privilege of crossing the pass and I LOVED IT... We stayed three days in Cooke City and found it to be very friendly and accommodating for bikers... In response to the time inside your helmet...

    Sometimes it takes more than one take of gas to clear your head... just sayin' :D
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    Thanks very much Paul, it was a pleasure and a privilege riding with you guys.

    The White Rim Sand Hogs Video is ready but will be another day before I get it uploaded. I tend to do the uploads overnight so that the huge HD files can upload while I sleep.

    I'll show you how to get pictures up on the site the next time I see you.:deal
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    If my report has had the effect of making you want to spend some precious time with your son, especially doing something you are both passionate about then I am very happy.
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  12. Lycan1

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    That pass is just excellent. So many switchbacks that I lost count very quickly. The scenery is distracting, with it's beauty but the road twists up and over and down like nothing I have ever ridden before. A motorcyclist's dream!

    You are so right about taking time to clear your head.
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    Lee

    Thanks for the Onion Creek video, that looks like a great ride! I think I am going to have to try to get on that one as well now. Also thanks a lot for leaving the sounds on. Personally I really enjoy the engine sounds, the wind, and birds, all the little things that you hear when you are out riding.

    Regards,
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    Thanks for the maps and video's.

    Might do some roads other then WRT if we have time and these will proof helpful!
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    No rush on the video but it will be good for a laugh when it does get done.
    I don't know about you and Chris, but when I got home I was soooo done and took a bit of time over the next couple of days to regroup and get ready to dive back into work and the routine that it often is. I really did hit the ground running and there are signs that some things are changing for me before long which will redefine some of that. Change can be good but often comes with challenges...one must try to enjoy the ride even when there's no way of knowing what's around the next corner...me being philosophical.:d
    Let's make that get together happen soon!
    Peace,
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    I have the Video uploading as I write this. The link below will work once it has finished uploading. My eyes captured the moment with more clarity than the camera, but it's still interesting.

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    I made a DVD for each of us with the videos and pictures that I have processed thus far. Another is in the works.
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    still loading... sigh... ;)
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    It's up and running now. Stayed tuned for White Rim Trail 3 in the morning.....
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    The following photos are Courtesy of Payner here on ADV. The trip through his eyes and Camera.

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