Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

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

  1. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hey gang.

    RRR, thank you for the shout-out. I'm sorry I missed it.

    Let me send a happy birthday wish to ElleDubs. :thumb

    SimbaBoy has a new helmet, he must have "wore out" the other one, eh?


    RRR is turning out to be a very accommodating birthday host! :freaky

    Fall is coming, see ya'll soon.

    Sam
  2. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    Wow looks like a great ride, sorry I missed it. Some of us have to work :puke1

    With fall coming its perfect riding time, so keep us posted on future rides. I am happy to bring my KLX to add some class to that group of Yamaha's :lol3
  3. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Nice ride RRR. You're becoming quite the tour guide and seem to be making new riding friends! Love the humor...and the bumble bee colored KLR. A guy on the TW forum did the same colors, but not with the Zombie them. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    I love this thread. I really need to move to St George area.

    Anyone have a line on a job?

    Todd
  5. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    RRR thx again for organizing the ride. Perfect way to spend a chunk of my birthday. Very nice to meet some local inmates, Miki, Simbaboy and StG. Thanks for lunch too. I couldn't manage the milkshake as I had to save myself for cake later - next time.

    The glam shot at Enterprise reservoir. This is the first glam shot my XT225 has posed for where it hasn't been the smallest bike! We so belonged :D
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/9564324207/" title="IMG_5154 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/9564324207_d1df5b53e4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="IMG_5154"></a>

    The "other" glam shot
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    RRR coveting Miki's toolbox
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    My birthday cake
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    Good times. I'll be back out for another ride.
  6. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    RRR---THANKS. YOU ARE A GREAT HOST. I HAD A GREAT TIME!:clap

    Hello Friends,
    All I can say is thank you for another memorable ride.
    SamThg, we missed you.
    (For your next birthday how about a day trip to The Grand Canyon, North Rim via St. George dirt road? I am already planning next Spring Break just before your birthday)
    Simba

    I was told by these fellow riders that I could ask this question here after I post these pictures: what do the initials FF that I see here frequently mean?
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    RRR with the fat a_ _ (I mean tire)
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  7. StG

    StG Been here awhile

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    R3, thanks for another great ride! Got a little bit of everything on this tour - granite pinnacles, reservoirs, old churches, cemeteries, small one-horse towns, & some volcanoes too. Simba, hope you have a safe trip home.

    Elledubs, nice cake! Do me a favor & save those candles for me. I'm gonna need them in about 2 months:D.

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  8. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    We should do a bday ride for you too then StG!
  9. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    B-day ride for StG on or about Monday, Oct 21st. Dual sport. Route and exact day TBD, but StG's B-day is Oct 21st. Open invite to all inmates. If StG can't make it, we ride without him. :lol3

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    SimbaBoy, ElleDubs, StG, and Miki - great ride! And thanks for adding the pics. See you.
  10. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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  11. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!
    I am hurting bad since I won't be able to join.
    I just ordered some new progressive front suspension springs and fork brace for the Zombie bike. Next year I may be able to keep up with you guys and gal.
    I have to get all of you including SamThg out to Moab April 2014.
    Simba

    RRR wondering if he can quickly attach this to his bike and ride around the world.
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  12. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    RRR...how's the rain down there? Heard it has been wicked....should make for some nice riding conditions once it stops! Wish I were there.:eek1
  13. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Only gentle rain at my place on the west side of St. George for the last few days. Currently, overcast with soft rain. I think Zion area received LOTS of rain. Canyons were closed. Big spike in the flow rate of the Virgin River. Planning to do a Zion Canyon later this week. Should be a bit wetter than usual. :thumb

    Haven't been out on a bike for a few days. :(: Family time. :D Conditions for Labor Day weekend should be fantastic. I'll be at Brian Head most of the long weekend.
  14. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Sunny skies returned to St. George for most of the day. Got out on the Versys for a late afternoon ride. Ended up going over the Utah Hill down Old Highway 91 to Beaver Dam. Some great twisties and also a few open stretches. Almost perfect for the Versys.

    Stopped to grab this photo marking Beaver Dam. :rayof

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    Fairly serious weather rolling in around Mount Bangs. Started to feel some serious wind blasts. Time to roll.

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    After retreating back up Old 91 a bit, stopped for this pic. Dirt road is the "back entrance" to the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway.

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    Raced back up over the top to blue sky on the Utah side. :D

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    In the sunshine looking back at dark clouds now hanging over the summit of the Utah Hill. Good timing on this one. Not a drop of rain. Just close enough to feel some good wind blasts. Great motivation to let the V run through a few curves.

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    Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe, ride often! :wave
  15. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Lots of recent rain in Zion made Spry a bit wetter than normal. Also lots of soft sand, almost like quicksand. Four guys through in about 7 hours. Mandatory meal at Oscars in Springdale afterwards, no pics. But here are a few of our adventures in the canyon.

    My KLR buddy Eddie contemplating how to avoid the water. :D

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    His brother from AZ commits to the leap. Have fun with the quicksand landing. :lol3

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    Rappelling into pools and sand.

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    Saturated sand. A few spots almost liquify under pressure. :eek1

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    Inmates might recognize StG. Equally at home on his WRR or on the end of a rope. Good man to have in a canyon!

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    The glamour shot as StG drops into the abyss. :clap

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    Setting up for the last 100 ft. rappel. Switchbacks leading up to the Zion tunnel visible in background.

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    StG hanging in space.

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    Everyone dawdles while StG does all the work. :lol3

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    Down safely. Great day. Gracias, amigos. 'Till next time.

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  16. ttr

    ttr Been here awhile

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    Great rides and pics! Best US locations!
  17. StG

    StG Been here awhile

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    R3 is now offering guided canyon tours as well as MC rides:D. Thanks for letting me tag along.

    R3 on the 1st rap.
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    Fireman belays for everyone
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    Just hanging out...
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    The hole Pat's over here had just swallowed Eddie :rofl& must be at least 8 ft deep.
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    R3 about to step off the edge on the last rap.
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  18. bomose

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    Just wondering. Do you have to worry about snakes down in the canyons?Or do they prefer the sands above? Looks like a good area for them.
  19. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    I've never seen a snake actually in a slot-type canyon in Zion, but have seen rattlesnakes several times on trails or open country (approaches and exits) to canyons in/around Zion. Wife and I saw a big rattlesnake on the exit from Subway a month ago.

    However, this canyon (Spry) was closed by park rangers earlier this summer because there was a mountain lion feeding on a fresh deer kill just above the take-off point for the last rappel. Canyon is still very narrow and rugged at this point. Not a lot of good options if you come around a corner and see mama cat and her babies feasting on a recent kill. :eek1 We did see a bunch of turkey vultures circling overhead yesterday, perhaps an ominous warning.

    Also lots of dead animals end up in the slot canyons. In heavy rains everything washes down until it gets stuck. Makes for some sweet smelling swims, especially after the water and dead animal have a chance to stagnate for a few weeks. Eventually everything decomposes and gets flushed out. The slot canyons really are amazing places.

    My guess is that the snakes prefer the more open terrain where there are lots of little critters. Near the watercourse, but not actually in the slot. Plus there isn't very much sun down in there and it can be cold, even on the hottest days of summer.
  20. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    I saw a rattlesnake in Heaps canyon in Zion. It was sitting in a V shaped pour over between 2 pools that we had to climb up and over. No alternate route was available at that point. It was very much alive and pissed as it must have fallen in from above. There was drama and there is a story but that's one for a ride day ;-)