Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by James Adams, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    I have a feeling my big bike/little bike decision is gonna be a last minute thing. I'll just have them both ready.:deal
    I just rode the WRT in early October and it was open. I know that area slid about two years ago and was closed for a while.
    I was at 7 1/2 hours and 110 mile round trip. I'm gonna try to be down there at daybreak Friday.
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  2. Blakebird

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    The slide has long since been fixed, I've been a few times since Mineral Bottom switchbacks were fixed - top notch job too.

    On the other end, the Shafer switchbacks were closed recently (from a Moab WRT RR here) but I'm pretty sure that was a temporary snow/ice thing.

    If this WRT was happening Saturday I'd probably be able to make it. Work got it's claws in me for the early part of this week - but I still have Fri-Sun free.....just can't make it until Friday mid-day.

    I wonder how the sand is at Potato Bottom - Ian, make sure you take good notes :lol3 I want to get over there and do WRT on the Guzzipotamus next time.
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  3. adventure girl

    adventure girl Donde esta la playa?!?

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    Graywolf and I are riding out on Friday afternoon, so any late-comers are welcome to join us!


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  4. James Adams

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    A few photos from the WRT on Friday:

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    That was a great day, thanks guys!
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  5. James Adams

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    And a few from riding with Adventure Girl and Graywolf11 on Saturday:

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  6. James Adams

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    The sand at Potato Bottom was a pain but it wasn't very long. For me, the sand on the downhill (traveling the loop CW) of Hardscrabble Hill was the most difficult part--I think it would be easier for me going uphill instead. The other "obstacles" were fun.

    While the WRT can be done on a Stelvio, I don't recommend it--mostly because the (stock) suspension isn't set up well to absorb the hard-edged bumps. If there were a way to dial out some of the high-speed compression damping (especially in the front), I think that it would help a lot. Also, if I'd had some neoprene fork gaiters installed, I might not be replacing my fork seals this week. :lol3
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  7. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    the sand at Hardscrabble Bottom is a PITA too :nod

    I know what you're saying about the hard edged hits, I've always done the WRT on a dirt bike at a brisk pace - and there's been times I was sure I bent a rim.
    On the Stelvio I'd take it much much slower and make it more of a 'smell the roses' ride. I look forward to doing it on the 310 too, now that it's got new boingers F&R.
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  8. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    Great pics Ian, thanks for posting them. Great riding with you as well.
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  9. James Adams

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    I don't know how much I slowed the other guys down (I can take a guess :lol3), but we took the Schafer route down and made it to the top of the switchbacks on Mineral Bottom in well under 7 hours, including stops. It was not a smell-the-roses pace for me, but it probably was for the guys on real dirt bikes.
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  10. Narsisco Lopez

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    Looks like UT-128. Is it?
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  11. James Adams

    James Adams n00b

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    :nod Right on!
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  12. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    You moved along pretty good on that thing, probably faster then I would have riden my GSA through there.
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  13. mmm0042

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    I'll second this, minus the "my GSA" part, as I don't have one.
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  14. Blakebird

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    I was going to guess Potash Rd not far from the Poison Spider turnoff
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  15. mmm0042

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    I forgot my camera, so hear are a few pictures from my cell. Nothing compared to the panoramic pics posted by James Adams, thanks for sharing!

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    And here are a couple of pics from the rest of the weekend with Wentro and Wentjo.

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  17. mmm0042

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    Almost missed the Shafer switch back pic. YIKES!

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  18. James Adams

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    Great photos--thanks for posting them!
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  19. DADODIRT

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    I'll add a few.
    I just missed the WRT ride as I arrived at camp about 1/2 hour after Ian left on Friday.
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    I was able to get two half-day rides around the area on both Friday and Saturday.

    Ian was meeting Becky and Mark early on Saturday. I opted for hanging at the campsite until it warmed up and then doing some riding in the area. Got down to Spring Canyon at the Green River towards the end of the day.

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    Saw this guy munching on something by the side of the road....
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    Cheers.:freaky
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    Been down that stretch quite a few times over the last 2 years. I'm surprised it's still so lightly-traveled as it's a much faster, more gorgeous route to Moab from Grand Junction off of I-70 than going down US 191.
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