MOAB Sep 7-21 2017

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Fred-O, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. SteadyStare

    SteadyStare Adventurer wannabe

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    Here's a video I made of lockhart basin. Tough on a big bike but lots of fun on a little bike. I'll have another video out shortly on white rim trail.
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  2. Fred-O

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    Time off from work approved. Now it's getting serious! Mounting new D606 on rear, and tool tube has been tested. Thanks for great info and cool videos. Does anyone have good (Garmin compatible) GPS tracks of White Rim Trail? & Onion Creek?
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  3. craigr652

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  4. Fred-O

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    Justdirtyfun & Motogramps,

    Maybe we could make a group of five? Or two smaller groups with a bit of spacing? I just dry fitted the R80 system for intended use on the COBDR portion of my adventure.

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  5. justdirtyfun

    justdirtyfun Been here awhile

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    My guess so far is WRT on the 8 or 9th. But the bikes have seen fewer miles than any summer since we started maybe 8 years back. Not sure how it will play out for us. A positive note is we have extra time off and will see more of the west than first planned :clap.
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  6. FatChance

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    If you need a gpx for the White Rim Trail, you should reconsider your capabilities to ride in the desert. :nod
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  7. motogramps

    motogramps n00b

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    Fred-o Planing on being at the KOA on the 9th if we survive a week in Colorado. Reserved tent site #2 look us up if you want.
    Prefer to ride in a group no larger than 3.
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  8. Thunder_Jay

    Thunder_Jay Here and There

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    I'll try and stop in

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  9. Fred-O

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    NO CONFIRMED RIDE PARTNER / GROUP :shog

    So am changing my itinerary by a week. For two reasons. First = No confirmed ride partner on White Rim, & Second = Weather looks hot still. SInce I have the flexability I will reverse my itinerary, and start the adventure in Colorado week of 11th. Then Arrive in MOAB on Sep 16 or 17. Departing on the 22.

    So if anyone out there in MOAB 17-21 Sep 2017, & would like some company on the White Rim Trail, please give me a reply.
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  10. Thunder_Jay

    Thunder_Jay Here and There

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    I should be available the 11th or the 18th for the White Rim. You doing it in one day or two?

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  11. Fred-O

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    One day wonder! The 18th might work. I did not want to ride it on my first day. Would like to get use to area first day, & prob get the permit. What are you riding?
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  12. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Fred-O: day two of the below ride report shows plenty of images of the White Rim Road, ridden from Mineral Bottom to Shaffer Switchbacks last week Friday. No craziness out there, all bone dry. For unexpected turns, don't book it up a hill you cannot see over, there are plenty sudden 90 degree turns on top of inclines. If you go straight, bring a parachute...

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-2017-moab-500-which-turned-out-to-be-450.1252132/

    It is not unsafe, just have to respect the terrain. We met two Jeeps and one mountainbiker during the five hour ride. Pretty deserted. Very beautiful.
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  13. Fred-O

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    Thanks for the RR link. About Pass & Permit --> I thought White Rim was inside the Canyonlands Park; So how do you not need a park pass? I know you can only request a permit 24 hrs in advance. Did you request online? or go to Visitor Center?
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  14. TheAdmiral

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    If you have a park pass and WRT Permit already you don't have to stop at the visitor center or entrance booth depending on your route. You can enter or exit at Mineral Bottoms or from/to Moab via Potash road. We actually rode the route counter-clockwise starting at Mineral Bottoms Switchback and exited the park past the entry booth without being stopped. I've ridden out the exit a few times on different trips in Canyonlands and they have never stopped us on the way out.

    I'm not mentioning this to you to avoid paying what you may need too, just that you can avoid the entry booth or visitor center if you wish depending on your direction of travel.

    Canyonland Pass info for you.

    If you don't have a Annual Passes National Park Pass or a lifetime pass (America the Beautiful {Senior Pass or Access Pass} for example) already, then you will need to obtain a Day or Week pass for Canyonlands. $15 for a motorcycle day pass I think. Follow this link and it should have another link within it to pay online so you don't have to go to the visitor center. https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/fees.htm

    WRT Permit.

    When a few of us rode WRT earlier this year we applied for the permit online on our phones. All of us had phones and saved the pass on our phone. If stopped by a Park Ranger all you have to do is show them a screen shot or picture of your pass. I think I got an email too we didn't think we would have internet service out there so didn't chance the email only thing. Here's what my permit looked like on my phone.

    Hope this helps or helps someone who is following along. Have fun on your ride/trip.

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    P.S. for this picture I replaced my real name with Admiral and the same with my address. :D
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  15. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    The Admiral is spot on. You can request the free of charge permit up to 24 hours prior online. If you have more than one motorcycle, the request process allows you to add all bikes and riders, yet the permit will show only one vehicle and e.g. three riders. System limitation. Don't worry about that.

    None of us has an annual parks pass, that is why we called NPS HQ in Moab to get permission to enter the park at Mineral Bottom without a pass. She was kind enough to waive the fee, and provided us with her position and contact info, should anyone ask.
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  16. TheAdmiral

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    That was very generous of them to wave the park fee. That doesn't happen every day.

    On one trip I emailed the park asking if we needed to pay as we were riding up Potash, Shafer Switchbacks and out the park by the entry booth. The person who replied stated that while technically we should pay, no one would check us leaving at the booth. Yeah, I read through the lines. Sounds like you received a similar response but better.

    This year none of us 15 + riders (spread out in groups of 3 don't-cha-know) needed to pay as we all have lifetime passes of one sort or another. That always helps.
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  17. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?!

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    Where are you thinking of staging from in CO? If everything works out I'll be out there solo on the 10th. Hauling my 690 out for day rides and such.
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  18. Fred-O

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    I will be starting from Meredith, Co. We have General store there; It's about 3.1 miles from the BDR Section 4.

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  19. Fred-O

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    Will be in MOAB Sunday, 17 - 21 Sep 2017. Looks like the temps have dropped nicely. Anyone want to do the White Rim Trail that week?
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  20. justdirtyfun

    justdirtyfun Been here awhile

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    Best wishes to you Fred o. We would have been boat anchors had we met up. Carb issues and rusty skills have dogged us. Your schedule change seems to be working well. Any pics?
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