more Moab singletrack

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by land lover, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. land lover

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    Have you given back to the trails this fall?

    Along the Westwater road we've built a couple miles of trail in cooperation with the BLM, but have a couple more to go, so please help while the weather's good!

    Last Saturday's trail work went so well (including a half-dozen members of the Motorcycle Trails Riders Association from Grand Junction) that we'll do the next two Saturdays as well.

    On 11/11 and 11/18, join Ride with Respect again at Interstate 70 a quarter-mile south of Exit 227, this time at 8:30am.

    Bring a bike if you have one, and RSVP with me in order to get a sandwich from Love Muffin Cafe.

    Moab trail work with Yamaha OHV Access Initiative.JPG
    South Link to Mel's Loop.jpg
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  2. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    That looks like Dingweed :D Great job guys.
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  3. land lover

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    RideFreak- Indeed it was Dingweed and his new steed.

    All- This past Friday, eleven volunteers from northern Utah affiliated with the Buzzards Motorcycle Club helped to finish the South Link of Mel's Loop (first photo).

    Yesterday four faithful MTRA members were matched by that of the Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle Club, including Mel himself (second photo). Plus we had an engineer from Alta Motors, the head of Timberline Trailriders, and the owner of Moab City Car Wash (north of City Market) who has supported RwR for fifteen years and counting!

    To finish making Mel's Loop longer with less whoops and more slickrock, Ride with Respect needs another big group this Saturday, November 18th. Join us again at 8:30am a quarter-mile south of Exit 227 along Interstate 70. Bring a bike if you have one, and RSVP with me in order to get your gourmet sandwich!

    South Link to Mel's Loop trail work.jpg

    private prop bypass of Mel's Loop trail work.jpg
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  4. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    OK, guys, we are very close to finishing this trail project. Come out and support Clif and the great work he does. Plus, there is great riding in the Westwater area to finish off the day.
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  5. land lover

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    Thanks, Ronski, I'm getting better about letting people go after lunch! So far there are five volunteers scheduled, and we could certainly use more. A storm is forecast on Friday, but calm on Saturday, when there could be firm sand and no dust (if we do a rain dance).
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  6. land lover

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    Last Saturday's volunteers were top notch, but there were only three of them.

    So RwR will host a couple more trail work "parties" to be sure that we connect with Mel's Loop. The forecasted high is 66F, but we'll meet a bit later just to let things warm up.

    This Saturday, November 25th, and next Saturday, December 2nd, join us at 9:00am a quarter-mile south of Exit 227 along Interstate 70. Bring a bike if you have one, and RSVP with me to get a sandwich. Thanksgiving treats (aka leftover Halloween candy) will sweeten the deal!

    private prop bypass of Mels Loop 2.jpg

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  7. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    Thank you guys from the east coast!

    I am out every spring riding between Grand Junction and Moab, setting up camp out in Mack.
    Mel’s loop is a fantastic ride.
    I really enjoy finding the single track!
    Thank you for all the effort!

    I have said it before, have the state charge more for out of state trail registration!
    Back here in New Hampshire we pay $48.00 for a bike and $66.00 for a snowmobile, and that is resident rates. More for out of state.
    Here, on 2 wheels you get hardly anything for that money. Most of the dollars support snowmobiles and atv’s.
    Out there you at least get something for the money.

    Keep up the good work!
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  8. land lover

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    GoatKiller- It's nice to see riders being receptive to vehicle-registration programs that are well run. Yes, Utah's OHV stickers support singletrack / ATV trail / 4WD opportunities. To further support the sport, you can make tax-deductible donations to local groups like Ride with Respect, and national groups like BlueRibbon Coalition (which has helped a lot around Moab in recent years).


    All- I'm thankful for another ten volunteers this past week (mostly from MTRA and BRMC), and looking forward to more!

    On Saturday, December 2nd, join Ride with Respect at 9:00am a quarter-mile south of Exit 227 along Interstate 70.

    Bring a large backpack and motorcycle if you have one, and RSVP with me to get a sandwich.

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    COXR650L Long timer

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    Thanks Guys!:ricky
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  10. land lover

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    COXR650L- Yes, the volunteers are awesome, as some have shown up for four weekends in a row!
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    Pariahtize Miscategorized

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    I'll see yall in the a.m. . . but don't expect "awesome", :-)
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  12. land lover

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    Pariahtize- Great, see you in the morning, when we'll ease into "awesome."
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  13. land lover

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    Yesterday seven volunteers helped RwR finish up by delineating corners, blocking off the old route and posting signs to explain the switch. A couple of MTRA members even donated $100 each ( http://www.ridewithrespect.org/supp27.php )! Over the next couple years, the new route should prove to improve Mel's Loop and provide a singletrack alternative to Kokopelli's Trail so that there's something for everyone.

    p.s. Pariahtize gets the award for longest pilgrimage to volunteer... at 350 miles.

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  14. land lover

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    For extra credit, last Monday Ride with Respect got help from another volunteer to groom old sections of Mel's Loop that had whooped out and consequently braided. We also installed gates to convey that singletrack means a single track. Ultimately it may require routing the trail away from such sandy soil, but grooming and gating will help us figure out what's needed. Thanks to Utah State Parks for the equipment plus BLM for planning and supplies, not to mention RwR's volunteers for over fifty days of honest work!

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    Mels Loop gating.jpg

    Mels Loop reroute around private property view N.jpg

    Mels Loop reroute around private property view S.jpg
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  15. jwrover

    jwrover Been here awhile

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    Hey Gang,

    Thanks so much for all the hard work! I live in Ouray and am always looking for early season rides to get away from snow!!

    Any chance someone can post a link to a good comprehensive map of this area including Mel's Loop? I'm a visual learner! :dunno

    Thanks again for the hard work!!
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  16. land lover

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    jwrover- This map shows the whole trail system...
    https://stateparks.utah.gov/statepar...Rims-Final.pdf
    ...except for our recent additions. The reroute around private property goes along the west side of that white block on the map. The South Link goes from Mel's Loop to Arch Loop right across where the map shows the word "Creek" (as in Westwater Creek). There's also a North Link that goes from Exit 221 to the Overlook Loop near its northern end.
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  17. ItsDoAble

    ItsDoAble Been here awhile

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    Great work gents! Always liked the remoteness out there. Any work being done this weekend? 2 of us could make it over the hill to help out.
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