Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by RedRockRider, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. RedRockRider

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    2011 - SEPTEMBER, start of year 1

    Post #2: Virgin River Gorge - AZ Strip (South Side)
    Post #3: Virgin River Gorge - Utah (North Side)
    Post #10: Brian Head Peak
    Post #14: Cedar Breaks & Zion via North Fork Road
    Post #17: Apex Mine Road. Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #22: Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site
    Post #36: Duck Creek
    Post #44: Virgin River Gorge (Utah) and Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #49: Snow Canyon State Park and Sand Cove Road
    Post #50: Sand Cove Road and Gunlock Reservoir
    Post #56: Enterprise Reservoir (Veyo Shoal Creek Rd / Goldstrike Rd)
    Post #57: Diamond Valley
    Post #61: Mammoth Creek, Duck Creek, Cedar Breaks
    Post #62: Brian Head - High Mountain Meadow
    Post #79: Diamond Valley - Pine Valley Mountain, Rt. 033
    Post #92: Toroweap via Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse
    Post #95: Mohave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #96: Leeds / Silver Reef and Oak Grove
    Post #102: Eardley Road (Beaver Dam Wash at Lytle Ranch)
    Post #117: Gold Butte Road (near Mesquite, Nevada)
    Post #120: Motoqua Road and Nevada Loop
    Post #121: Hell Hole Pass, West Mountain Peak, Indian Canyon
    Post #128: Manganese Spring Road
    Post #131: Pahcoon Flat (south side of Motoqua Rd.)
    Post #142: Bloomington Cave
    Post #144: Indian Springs Trail
    Post #165: Green Valley (dirt just west of St. George)
    Post #170: AZ Strip - short loop
    Post #171: Warner Valley (dirt just east of St. George)
    Post #177: Snow Canyon State Park
    Post #181: Gunlock Town & Enterprise Reservoir
    Post #189: Tule Desert & Rainbow Canyon, NV
    Post #193: Tule Desert & Rainbow Canyon, NV (including Caliente, NV)
    Post #199: Warner Valley Loop
    Post #229: Diamond Valley - Snow Canyon Loop
    Post #238: Smith Mesa (views of Zion)
    Post #250: Motoqua Road and Nevada Loop
    Post #253: Warner Valley & AZ Strip South of Hurricane
    Post #255: Veyo Loop (on pavement)
    Post #260: Green Valley to Santa Clara on Dirt
    Post #261: Bloomington to Santa Clara on Dirt
    Post #275: AZ Strip: Maple Canyon
    Post #278: Above Green Valley
    Post #279: Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
    Post #281: Virgin River South of Bloomington
    Post #282: Caliente, NV
    Post #283: Caliente, NV
    Post #295: Kolob Canyons - Zion National Park
    Post #299: Cedar Breaks, Bryce, Zion
    Post #302: Cedar Breaks, Kodachrome Basin, Bryce, Zion
    Post #313: Inmate Ride (starting at Navajo Drive, Bloomington)
    Post #318: St. George Ironman Moto Support
    Post #324: Barclay, NV (and Caliente and Crestline Road)
    Post #331: Smithsonian Butte Scenic Backway, Gooseberry Mesa, Grafton Ghost Town
    Post #332: Kolob Reservoir Road
    Post #346: Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir
    Post #350: Goldstrike
    Post #353: Pine Valley
    Post #357: Snow Canyon and Pine Valley Mountain
    Post #376: Summit Mountain Road, Parowan Gap, Paragonah to Panguitch Lake -- Brian Head area
    Post #379: Mammoth Rd, Alton, Johnson Canyon, Kanab, Aspen Mirror Lake -- Brian Head area
    Post #384: AZ Strip: Rt. 101 & Lime Kiln Pass
    Post #394: Yankee Meadows Reservoir
    Post #398: Pinto (north of St. George)
    Post #404: Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway (west of St. George)
    Post #413: New Harmony - Circumnavigation of Pine Valley Mtn
    Post #418: Road Ride to Nevada

    2012 - SEPTEMBER, start of year 2

    Post #423: Skutumpah Road
    Post #435: The Pinnacles, near Enterprise Reservoir
    Post #443: Lund, Utah
    Post #446 & 447: Silver Reef (old mining area)
    Post #456: Backside of Utah Hill
    Post #461: Seegmiller Mountain, AZ Strip
    Post #469: Veyo Compressor
    Post #474: AZ Strip Powerline Road
    Post #502 (p 34) - Post #522 (p 35): St. George to San Diego and back (4-day road trip)
    Post #532: Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #537: Motoqua Rd - Manganese Wash - Gunlock Reservoir
    Post #544: Oak Grove, AZ Strip
    Post #561: AZ Strip: Route #101, Whitney Pass & Whitney Pockets
    Post #569: Panguitch Lake - Spring Thaw
    Post #582: Inmate Ride to Toroweap
    Post #603: Indian Springs Trail (same as Post #144)
    Post #618: Toroweap Moto Camping
    Post #622: Toroweap Moto Camping
    Post #627: Round Trip to Brian Head
    Post #630: Moto Support for St. George Ironman 70.3
    Post #646: Las Vegas - Valley of Fire
    Post #647: Las Vegas - Hoover Dam
    Post #649: Las Vegas - Red Rock Canyon, Pahrump, Mt. Charleston
    Post #653: Coral Pink & East Fork of Virgin River
    Post #668: Versys at Enterprise Reservoir
    Post #684: Great Basin National Park - Preview
    Post #688: Inmate Ride: Smith Mesa, Kolob Reservoir, Yankee Meadows, Cedar Breaks, Navajo Lake, North Fork Road
    Post #707: Brian Head to St. George via Zion (paved)
    Post #712: Great Basin National Park
    Post #723: Utah Hill
    Post #739: Inmate Ride: Enterprise Reservoir Area
    Post #754: Beaver Dam, AZ - Storm Chasing
    Post #769: Gunlock Reservoir on Vulcan
    Post #774: Hell Hole Pass

    2013 - SEPTEMBER, start of year 3

    Post #782: Motoqua and Barclay, NV
    Post #789: Inmate Ride to Caliente, NV
    Post #806: Beaver Dam Wash
    Post #814: Gunlock Reservoir to Enterprise Reservoir
    Post #817: St. George to Mesquite on dirt
    Post #820: Thermo Road
    Post #822: Mini-Inmate Ride
    Post #839: Joshua Tree Scenic Backway and Virgin River Gorge
    Post #841: Sand Hollow and Quail Creek Reservoirs
    Post #848: Mini-Inmate Ride and Airplane Navigation Arrow
    Post #865: South of Bloomington
    Post #886: Virgin River Diversion Dam South of Bloomington
    Post #920: Snow Pics from Dec 8th, 2013
    Post #936: Utah Hill Snow Ride (pavement)
    Post #946: Death Valley, Day One (Tecopa)
    Post #950: Death Valley, Day Two (Badwater)
    Post #957: Death Valley, Day Three (Darwin)
    Post #966: Afternoon Inmate Ride - New KTM for RingoKelly
    Post #975: Death Valley, Day Four (Rhyolite, Salt Flats)
    Post #981: Death Valley, Day Five (Lake Mead Nat Rec Area)
    Post #991: Vulcan to Zion
    Post #994: Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Loop
    Post #1014: Elbow Canyon
    Post #1022: South Side: Virgin River Gorge Overlook (same as Post #2)
    Post #1038: Whitmore Canyon Overlook
    Post #1052: Gunlock Reservoir & Cemetery
    Post #1083: Delamar Dry Lake, Nevada
    Post #1089: Pioche, NV
    Post #1093: Fredonia and Jacob Lake
    Post #1124: Moto Support: 2014 St. George Ironman 70.3
    Post #1129: Elbow Canyon
    Post #1135: Big Bikes
    Post #1144: Starvation Point and Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #1153: Near Bloomington Cave Road
    Post #1156: Silver Reef and Zion
    Post #1172: Mount Wilson National Back Country Byway
    Post #1178: Cedar Breaks
    Post #1183: Page, AZ

    2014 - SEPTEMBER, start of year 4

    Post #1209: B-day ride with Sealsam, StG, and Simba (from before my summer vacations)
    Post #1220: Fall Colors at Brian Head
    Post #1232: Beaver Canyon
    Post #1233: Dalton Wash (near Zion)
    Post #1239: Fall colors near Brian Head
    Post #1241: Motoqua Road
    Post #1248: North Rim of the Grand Canyon
    Post #1254: Enterprise Area and Meadow Canyon
    Post #1260: Hollow Wash
    Post #1263: Inmate Ride: Enterprise Loop
    Post #1285: Pavement Loop to Caliente, NV
    Post #1290: Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #1291: Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #1298: Parowan
    Post #1303: Mesquite Road Ride with Harley Group
    Post #1305: Blake's Lambing Ground and Joshua Tree Scenic Backway with Quota
    Post #1310: Virgin River, dirt on northside
    Post #1312: Starvation Point, south of Bloomington
    Post #1313: AZ Strip Loop to Virgin River Gorge Southside with Inmates
    Post #1321: Day trip to Las Vegas
    Post #1324: Navajo Drive, Bloomington
    Post #1326: Brian Head to St. George
    Post #1334: AZ Strip near Southern Parkway
    Post #1361: Dirt ride to Veyo with nephew
    Post #1365: Cottonwood Wash
    Post #1376: AZ Strip, Navajo Trail, Route 30
    Post #1383: AZ Strip, 1015 to 1035 Loop
    Post #1398: Inmate Ride, AZ Strip, South of Warner Valley
    Post #1412: Zion and Babylon
    Post #1424: Vulcan around Mesquite, NV
    Post #1431: Indian Springs Trail (identical to Post #144)
    Post #1446: Versys around Lund
    Post #1469: Dirt on Utah Hill, Zion Loop on Pavement, and Durango and Silverton Train
    Post #1485: Inmate Ride: Utah Hill and Joshua Tree Scenic Backway
    Post #1488: Twin Points, AZ Strip, Grand Canyon Overlook
    Post #1507: Death Valley with Dad


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    Welcome Inmates & Lurkers! Thanks for checkin' in. This thread is about dual sport daytrips from St. George, UT.

    First an introduction, and a few pics :clap :clap :clap

    One of my bikes, the trusty TW200. Very good for exploring. More bike photos to follow, but on to the family . . .
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    The gorgeous wife, at Bryce Canyon National Park. We've known each other since age 17 (college freshman), married at age 30. Now 46 and going strong. I keep trying to interest her in polygamy since we live in Southern Utardia -- so far, no luck.

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    One of us just outside Moab:

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    With my son, age 10, in the Narrows of Zion National Park. Do this hike if you ever get the chance. Very easy from the bottom up.

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    And the group shot, from a recent rafting trip.

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    ADV is about motorcycles, so here's a few. Me with the 2008 Yamaha WR250R. Bought this bike a few years ago. It was the first time I had ridden a motorcycle since the Peace Corps in Africa, 25 years ago.

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    My dad, now 73, never rode motorcycles before. Just after I bought my WR, my dad started having troubles with his knees and could no longer hike or bicycle. Solution: I bought him the Honda 230 Dual Sport. He's not going to set any speed records, but he's always up for a ride -- nothing too nasty. Here's dad on his machine. You'll see him in this thread.

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    Last pic. A ride from my house to the Arizona Strip above Cedar Pocket in the Virgin River Gorge (I-15). I'll post this up shortly.

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    Offer up the ADV salute if you see me on the road. Ride safe.
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  2. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Photos from a solo ride from St. George to a viewpoint above the Virgin River Gorge (I-15). The ride was about 60 miles: 10 on pavement, 10 on smooth dirt/gravel, and the last 10 on rougher stuff.

    Here's the start, all AZ dirt from here :clap

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    The BLM road goes through a mining area -- got to take a look around. :D

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    Big equipment, seemingly abandoned in this area . . .

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    I've been on lots of roads on the AZ strip, but never on this one before. Got to check in out.

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    Nice warm temps now, about 90. The AZ strip is high elevation, about 5000-8000 ft, and get snow in winter.

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    Cattle grazing.

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    Smooth, easy dirt. My dad and father-in-law could both make it up here, no problem. Gaining elevation. Endless views in all directions.

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    Small desert wash. Steam crossing. Very unusual for this time of year. There was rain a day or two ago. Notice the chocolate brown color of the water.

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    Now getting a bit steeper and rockier. This might be challenging for Dad and wife's dad, visiting next week.

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    Climbing. Signs of forest fire in years past.

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    This is the BLM route. Notice the glove. Greetings, inmates :ken

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    That's me -- RedRockRider. The turn-off to the Cedar Pockets Overlook. The "main" road works its way towards Mesquite, I think. Have to check that out another day.

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    The gate. You know the drill. Think we are now entering National Forest Service area, not just BLM land. No signs up here. It is pretty remote.

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    The TW appoaching the edge of the Virgin River Gorge.

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    Tower on the edge. Visible from I-15 below, if you know where to look.

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    At the tower.

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    At the edge looking north. The Virgin River cut this gorge, similar to Zion National Park. The other side is Utah. I often ride to these high points. Did so today, and will post up pics later. The AZ side, where we are now is 30 driving miles from St. George. The Utah side is about 15 miles. Great territory for motos!

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    With zoom on the point and shoot, you can see the trucks on I-15 below. This is at least a few thousand feet down.

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    And the TW near the edge, checkin' it out. :clap :clap :clap

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    Had to motor back home in order to get the kid from karate. This makes the wife happy, which in turn makes me happy.

    Lots of good dual sport ridin' on the AZ strip. Bring extra gas if you are going for long rides.
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  3. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Thursday I rode the AZ Strip to the South Side of the Virgin River Gorge. Today (Friday), I rode from St. George to the North Side of the Virgin River Overlook, just above the Cedar Pocket exit on I-15.

    These dirt roads are where I ride most often. 3 miles of asphalt from my house to Bloomington, then dirt. There are lots a variations. It is about 15 miles to the easiest overlook points. Thanks for ridin' along.


    On the dirt. Late afternoon light, flash takes shadow off the sign.

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    The TW200. Very cool bike. Bought this a year or two ago for my father-in-law to use when he comes to visit. Also share with my nephews. The bike is 100% stock. Will be adding the OEM rack shortly. Bike has been dropped three times. Once by father-in-law (on this ride one year ago). Once by me at the mailbox, and once my nephew flew over the handle bars. No on saw it, but he was fine. Lots of dirt on his helmet.

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    I'm 6' 1", about 185, and like to ride the TW. My WR is much more sophisticated, but the low seat height and light weight make the TW a good choice for off-road exploring, especially if solo. Plus my WR is at Brian Head right now. Will retrieve it this weekend. More on that later.

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    Gaining elevation. Late afternoon sky. Looking west.


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    The ADV salute! In the shadow . . . :ken

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    The Olympus point & shoot, usually kept in the tank bag.

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    16 miles from my house on the West side of St. George. About 2K total on the TW, mostly driven by me.

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    At the top of the Virgin River Gorge - Utah side. :clap :clap :clap Looking south to the AZ strip.

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    Food and drink, in the ADV tradition . . . :freaky

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    Checkin' out of few more overlook spots in low afternoon light.

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    The AZ strip is the flat shelf in the sunlight above the cliffs. The tower (from yesterday) is on this shelf. It is at least several miles across. I-15 and the Virgin River are several thousand feet below. If you have driven from Las Vegas north to Salt Lake, this was your route. Impressive road.

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    Ride safe fellow inmates. My dad and I will be riding bikes from Brian Head, via Zion, back to St. George this Sunday. Try to post up a few pics -- great scenery. Father-in-law visiting from PA next week. Got to get all the bikes in St. George so we can ride a bit. :D
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  4. BullShatter

    BullShatter Been here awhile

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    RedRock,

    Great photos and its a great area to ride. I've deer hunted on the strip before, but haven't had my bike up there.
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  5. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Nice photos, and a nice riding area.
    I was in St George in May, and I'm going back to Torrey on Wednesday. But I'll be heading around to the east to go into Utah this time.
    In May I did want to get into the Narrows in Zion, but it was closed due to high (and it was quite high) water.
    dc
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  6. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    Great pics - awesome area to ride - looks nice and remote with lots to explore.
    I spent some time on a TW - great bike and does especially well in the deep NJ sand with those big tires.
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  7. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hey Inmates, thanks for the complements. :thumbup It is hard to take bad photos in Utah. :rofl

    Just to introduce all the bikes you'll be seeing here, the Zuma 125.

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    Zuma 125 is great around town. By the "Dixie" sign on the red cliffs above St. George. :clap

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    Back home with the TW200.

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    Will post up pics of the other bikes soon. Thanks for checking in.
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  8. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Cool- Red dirt :clap

    Makes me want to revisit getting a small bike
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  9. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Really nice photo's of the "vastness of it all". Of course you live in the area, but most folks just whiz through the desert, and don't take in the beauty of it (except at the pay to view parks).

    Pictures of the burnt Juniper reminds me of a wagon trip in NE Nevada last year. Kind of erie, but cool at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  10. RedRockRider

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    Great day! At condo in Brian Head with wife, son, and Dad. Hiking and organizing the motos for a ride on Sunday from Brian Head back to St. George. Dad and I will ride from Navajo Lake down to the east entrance of Zion National Park, through the Zion tunnels, Springdale, then home to St. George.

    Here are all the motos, pulled out of the garage for some fresh air and a short spin around Brian Head. :clap

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    Some detail on the Kawasaki Versys. Is it true that the green ones are just a bit faster? :D

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    And the Vulcan 900. This bike is really my father-in-laws', but he leaves it with me in Utah. More on this later. A very cool bike. This is the one that the lovely wife likes to ride 2-up. She says the Versys makes her feel like her butt is up in the air too much. Huh? :rofl

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    My son wants his Kawasaki featured on ADV. We'll do a short ride around Brian Head tomorrow morning before he goes back to St. George in the car with mom. His KLX 110 - rock solid little bike.

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    Late afternoon. Getting gas at Brian Head's 24-hr self serve station. Convenient. And these bikes only hold ~2 gallons. My dad's Honda will go forever . . . :clap

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    My WR at the Brian Head ski resort. For those inmates in driving distance, Brian Head is a great family friendly ski resort. Nothing steep, but great snow and no lines.

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    The road to Brian Head Peak. Just five minutes from Brian Head ski resort. Three miles of smooth dirt to the top, over 11,000 feet. This year the road was blocked with snow past the 4th of July. Easy drive in car or street bike if you're ever in the area. Great views.

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    Now the cool photos. :clap :clap :clap Dad on his Honda, approaching the summit. Great sky! Carbeurated bike, but it runs great at 11,000 ft with no re-jetting. Just a slight loss of power, perhaps use the choke a bit more to start if cold.

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    My WR, with road below. Fuel injection. No problem with elevation. Very little loss of power.

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    Dad photographing his bike at the top. :thumbup

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    And the photo of Dad. My dad did so many great things for me when I was a kid, it is nice to be able to introduce him to motorcycling in his 70s. He's into it, and a great riding companion. Lives on the same street in St. George, so he's always available for a quick get-a-way! :clap

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    The summit. The high temp today was in the 60s, typically Brian Head is 30+ degrees cooler than St. George. Welcome reprieve in summer.

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    Summit house. Check it out if you ever get the chance. Thanks for riding along fellow inmates. Be safe. :D

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  11. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    I was just in your neck of the woods last week. I had the ability to get out of town for 3 days and did what i usually do in these instances-head for UT. Spent 2 nights at Bryce, and just roamed the area. Went thru Brian Head at one point to eventually end up at one of my favorite spots-Cedar Breaks. Lighting, thunder and plenty of rain. But i loved every moment!...till the darn ranger ran me off the lookout point due to lighting.

    I have been a frequent visitor to So UT since the mid 80's. Mainly for bikes & golf. I know your golf courses quite well, with Green Springs still my favorite. Most of my biking has taken me east, usually using SG as base camp. Just about all of the 13,000 mi on my '86 honda is in the UT red dirt. I just start it and it assumes it heading to Kolob res.

    BUT, i've never been in the hills above VR gorge. I'm sure happy about seeing how accessible that area can be.

    Your doing a wonderful job of highlighting So UT. I'll be reviewing your post with my Benchmark map soon. So please make sure you throw a bone with trail #'s & other hints.

    Thank you again. Sam
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  12. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Right on Sam! I use the Benchmark map also. Have found it to be most accurate. The area above the Virgin River Gorge on the north side (Utah) is called "Blakes Lambing Grounds." It is easiest to access from Bloomington, just south of St. George. The key street is Navajo Drive. It just turns to dirt, then keeps on going. There are lots of variations -- just keep gaining elevation.

    From the high ground of Blake's Lambing Grounds you can see all the way back to St. George, the cliffs of Snow Canyon, with Pine Valley Mountain and Zion in the distance. In late afternoon light the views back are spectacular. This area is only 15 min from my house, and the area I ride most often. Happy to tour you around a bit when you're back in town.

    There is lots of great riding/exploring from Gunlock/Veyo out to the Enterprise Reservoir, then back south to Motoqua (polygamist community), and over the Utah hill via "Hell Hole Pass" (West Peak).

    Ride safe, my friend. :D
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  13. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice area, great pics.
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  14. RedRockRider

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    Greetings, Inmates! This post covers a ride with Dad from Brian Head to Saint George via Cedar Breaks National Monument and Zion National Park. From a riding standpoint, the highlight is the North Fork Road (good dirt) which runs from Navajo Lake to the east entrance of Zion National Park.

    This is a great ride, doable on any dual sport, perhaps even a (smaller) street bike if conditions are dry and the road has been recently maintained. Today the weather was great. At higher elevations the aspens will be changing in 1-2 weeks. Try to see this area (or Kolob Reservoir Rd on the west flank of Zion) if at all possible.

    On to the pics! :clap :clap :clap

    We left Brian Head on UT 143. The road passed under Brian Head peak and traverses high meadows to UT 148 and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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    The entrance to Cedar Breaks. This is about 10,000 ft. Our day would finish in St. George, about 3,000 ft. Southern Utah has large elevation variations which makes for great motorcycling.

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    Lots of road bikes along the rim of Cedar Breaks. This bike was from San Diego, camping in Utah for a few days. Very ADV-like, especially for a Harley. Nice rider.

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    At Point Supreme -- RedRockRider with no helmet on. :D

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    And the Cedar Breaks money shot. Brian Head peak is the small wedge on the left horizon. Cedar Breaks is not quite as spectacular as Bryce, but very lightly visited. Cedar Breaks is also several thousand feet higher, hence cooler in summer and doesn't open after winter snow until much, much later. This year the road to Cedar Breaks didn't open until late June.

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    Worth a close up. Great colors! :clap

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    Next, was Navajo Lake. Here's Dad at the overlook, on UT 14, just before Duck Creek. Navajo Lake is great for kayaking and canoeing.

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    There are also some nice hikes in this area, specifically Cascade Waterfall.

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    Dad on his Honda, skirting the shoreline of Navajo Lake. Very good dirt. Lots of camping.

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    My Yamaha WR, near the end of Navajo Lake, at the beginning of the North Fork Road.

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    Exploring a side-track off the North Fork Road. Lots of territory, all very scenic. There is only one stream crossing required. It is an easy ford, fairly soon after Navajo Lake. All the other stream crossing have culverts.

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    Taking break and enjoying the day together. Lots to see as you slowly lose elevation. Changing temps, plants, etc.

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    Time for a snack, call it lunch. Got to have a pic. :thumbup

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    For a good distance, the North Fork Road runs parallel to the North Fork of the Virgin River. This river (stream) starts at Navajo Lake (Cascade Falls), and works its way down into Zion Canyon (the Narrows). The road leaves the river at Chamberlain's Ranch, the start of the top-down Narrows hike.

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    Always good to use your mirrors :clap :clap :clap

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    After a few more miles you pop out on pavement at Zion Ponderosa Ranch (recent ADV location), and head down to Zion.

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    The bikes in Zion.

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    Even the mountain sheep think the WR is cool. Get close and check it out. :eek1

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    Through the tunnels and down the switchbacks below the great arch. Got to grab a shot with Zion cliffs in late afternoon sunlight. Ride this road if you ever get the chance!

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    There are lots of ways to get from Zion (Springdale) back to St. George. We called the family, bought gas, then started to haul ass, if you call going ~60 mph on smaller dual sport bikes on asphalt "hauling ass." The dirt variations are more fun, but obviously take more time. In particular, I recommend the Smithsonian Butte Scenic Backway, south of Rockville if you're in the area with time to explore.

    After a few miles, we stopped for a convenient fast food break -- call it dinner. :puke1

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    We still did a little loopin' around. Here is final shot taken from above Sand Hollow reservoir, just after sunset.

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    Finally, the WR back in St. George, next to the TW. My father-in-law is visiting from PA next week. I'll take him out riding with my dad. Me and the two old guys, (age 73 and 80). We won't set any speed records, but we'll see some interesting territory. I'll post up a few pics as the week unfolds.

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    Thanks for checkin' in. Hope you're enjoying the ride.
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  15. RedRockRider

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    Photo by Dad. What do ya' think? Ride safe.
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  16. MSH

    MSH The Salt

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    I grew up in St. George. Graduated form Pine View and Dixie College. Thanks for the thread!
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  17. RedRockRider

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    Here's my father-in-law, visiting from PA. We call him "Pop." He's almost 81, and still running his own business, mainly to provide work for his employees, certainly not for money. Overall, a great guy, and a great father-in-law. Pop has been a Harley and Goldwing man over the years, but hasn't ridden much for the last 10 years. His wife of 50 years passed away a few years ago. Pop was crushed, but has since bounced back nicely. In fact, so nicely that he has a new girlfriend, age 62. Rock-on, Pop! My wife is totally cool with all this. No disrespect to the mom, but life goes on.

    My little role in all this, with encouragement from my wife, was to get Pop back on the bikes, if he wanted. And he's into it. He comes to the breakfast table in our house with his helmet, and asks if we have any plans for the day. "I don't know, Pop, what would you like to do???" :rofl

    So, that is the intro to Pop. Here is Pop with the bikes at a local lunch place, just prior to our ride. Sorry, no pics on the food. Next time. Pop's new girlfriend was with us and we were trying to make a good impression.

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    I ask Pop, do you want to ride pavement, or dirt? He hasn't been on a bike in over a year. He boldly says dirt. These bikes are dirt bikes, aren't they? Right on. We should all be lucky enough to have a "new" girlfriend, 18 years younger, and be riding dirt bikes in our early 80s.

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    We leave St. George, pass through Santa Clara, and Ivins, turn left on old Highway 91 and start up the Utah hill, all pavement. We make a quick left onto the Apex Mine Road, officially named the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway. For all you inmates, this is a great road, very easy dirt unless muddy, with spectacular views, and lots of variations. Highly recommended. :clap :clap :clap I'll post up more pics on a future ride. This was a simple day with Pop.

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    The map photo for those following along at home. The dirt part is highlighted in yellow. Our ride went from Shivwitz on the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway (gaining elevation), to the turn-off (back east, downhill) on Hollow Wash Road. This is road has a few areas prone to wash outs, but is generally in good repair. The cliff bands of the White Hills are great as the road descends, eventually returning to pavement in Bloomington (Navajo Drive).

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    Pop, taking a break on the descent. Quote: "All this downhill is crushing my balls on the front of the seat." Pop doesn't stand up much. :rofl :rofl :rofl Pine Valley Mountain is in distance on right horizon.

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    Last pic. Here's where the story takes a turn. Just after this pic, notice the short sleeves, Pop dumps the bike in some loose gravel. I pick the bike up, and he gets up and hops on. No resting for Pop. We go another 100 yds and he dumps a second time. This time I ride the bike forward through the loose shit, then retrieve my bike.

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    By the time I catch up, Pop is already on his bike and moving again. Tough old bugger. Couldn't take any pics, had to focus on Pop. Back down on pavement, Pop cleans up his arm (only a minor scrape). Bike suffered a bent shifter which we pried back into place more or less.

    Good ending to the story. Pop wants to ride more tomorrow -- very solid guy. :clap :clap :clap Think I'll give him one of my riding jackets. In retrospect, should have done that today.

    Pop took his girlfriend and my wife out to Tuacahn tonight while I did cub scouts with my son. Everyone seems happy at bedtime. Good vacation for Pop so far!!! :beer
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  18. TheAdmiral

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    Ya gotta love Pop's honesty (crushing my balls). Good Pop story and ride.

    In 2007, my dad road my TW for a quick spin. I hadn't seen him on a bike in over 30 years. Pretty big grin. I bet Pop had a pretty big grin too, at least with the helmet on.
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  19. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    You've got that right ! Go Pop !!
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  20. azwheelin

    azwheelin Adventurer

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    Great pictures, thanks for sharing. I really enjoy my TW200 as well.
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