The Offical AdvRider St.Patty's Day Kokopelli's Trail Ride!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Cloud9, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    The start. I'll let other fill in the details. Riders just arriving and setting up camps for the night.

    The plan here is to ride from Grand Junction Colorado to Moab Utah using as much of the Kokopelli Trail as possible and legal. In reseaching for what is open to motorized we found out that some parts of the motorized trail are still snow covered AND because of fading day light others were skipped. But part of the adventure is to deal with what's thrown at you, keep going, and have fun. Of ALL the riders here, SgtMarty is an Outstanding example! To SgtMarty and his heroic efforts :bow
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  2. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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  3. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Tramontana and Red_Chile (???) I'm really going to make myself look like an idiot not knowing who is who. (got... to... remember... names... )
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Tramontana, the evil dis-organizer of this mayhem.
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    We'd talked about doing a evening ride and we DID! We just got a late start. I don't know WHAT happen here?? Maybe there was alot of dust in the air when I took the pic. :eek1
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Beauitful evening sky. A good omen of things to come.
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Alittle more of the sky... blurry but you get the point.
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Slowing down after a long day... maybe.
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    The start of the wrecking crew. Uli falling asleeping in a nano second... and staying on his feet. It's amazing what you can learn to do at work!!
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    More ridin' less posin' :lol3

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    Have a fun and safe ride today!!!!
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  12. Subcanis

    Subcanis Unskilled Aerofixer

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    What a great weekend! Ill post pics as soon as I can get them on here and uploaded and whatnot.
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    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    OK, I'll se what I can do! :freaky
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  14. Subcanis

    Subcanis Unskilled Aerofixer

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    So I left SLC sometime between 12 and 1:
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    Got to GJ and set-up camp:
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    Then we went for a night ride, and I remembered that Im slow off road and my weight plus stock KLR suspension = suck. I also went over the handlebars, but sorry no pics.

    Saturday morning:
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    Trail head:
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    "I think we go that way":
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    After lunch, a few of us went up onion creek to the bottom of Rose Garden. Pictures dont do this thing justice. It looked nuckin futs.

    Cloud 9 coming down:
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    Then up:
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    Then sideways:
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    We waited for the others, but light was fading fast and we booked it. Found out later that someone broke down. :waysad
    Stopped in Moab for gas, then hit up the Gemini arches trail for some night riding. Pulled into camp around 9ish IIRC. At that point only 5 bikes were there! The others finally came in, and a truck went to get the broken bike. Cookie made the best dinner... it was incredible! Washed down with some Sierra Nevada and Guiness... to die for! :drool

    Sunday morning:
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    Then I left for SLC. I took a trail on Uli's reccomendation, and Im glad I did. It was gorgeous:
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    Between Green River and where 191 meets I70 there is a neat old highway I took instead of taking the I70. Looked and felt like it hadnt been maintained in a decade. Kinda parralels the interstate about a mile north.

    Home (when I left, this said 2710)
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    Im so thankful to everyone, especially the Tramontana's and Uli, for this trip. I learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and met some really great folks. I hope I didnt slow you down too much Uli. It was a hoot riding with you, and I appreciate you keeping an eye on me. Not gonna lie... I was so done at several points.

    About 800 miles. 3 days. Stock seat. 2 get-offs. And I suck off-road.

    Everything hurts.:lol3

    Sorry I dont have any more action shots... my camera is obviously crap...
    And I was so far behind everyone there was no one to take pics of...
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  15. Tramontana

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    Getting to "the point"...
    What a hoot this ride was!!!

    I'm pretty bushed, and a wee bit stiff & sore.

    Truckwagon is home, unloaded and safely back to pasture. Now I'm gonna be cleaning and sorting gear the next three days from the looks of my garage?!

    It's ten before midnight and I've got to be at work(sucks) early tomorrow, so the few pics that I actually had time to take will have to wait.

    Thank you all for joining in on this epic adventure, I truly had a fantastical time!

    By the way, what idiot thought we could ride 147 miles of dirt, in a single day, this early in the riding season?:norton

    More to come, I'm certain!!!
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  16. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Not me in the pic, but this hill is where I lost what remained of my manhood. With only one foot peg and unable to use my rear brake effectively, I flopped down this hill for a while, skidded down the hill for a while, then tried riding it the rest of the way and only managed to go off the trail and get my rear brake lever snapped off. No loss... Thanks anyway, guys, for trying to help me down. Mostly, I have to say that gravity did most of the work.

    *sigh*
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  17. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    This was my first time in Moab, and I loved it. Got a few repairs to do for the old KLR, but it's easily fixable.

    LaurieD and I got into the Grand Junction KOA campground late, went to bed pretty quickly, and found morning earlier than I had hoped to find it.

    Cookie Julie was already makin' the fixin's for breakfast in the dark. These photos look worse after I posted this; I suppose it's the Photobucket compression.
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    There were maybe 20 bikes (?) when we stopped to air down for the real trail riding. Several Sheriff's vehicles in the lot. Lots of clothing layers came off, too; it was already getting very warm.
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    There was some expected group separation due to skill level. This was the first real challenge for me, and I failed. There is a rock ledge just below the final rise on this hill, and I hit it too slow. BIFF! "Minor" slip off the trail, but I then found out that my right footpeg had been sheared off. Fortunately, I had highway pegs mounted, so I had somewhere to put my foot. Couldn't use the rear brake effectively, though, with nothing to stabilize my right foot. I could lock up the rear tire like nobody's business, but couldn't feather or drag that rear brake at all.
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    Lucky for me, Unaweep took me on a detour that I was able to manage with only the front brake. Adrenaline was my drug of choice and my constant companion. I was barely able to get my butt off the seat for a few seconds every now and then. With my right foot far forward, I couldn't center my weight on my feet, and every time I stood up, 90% of my weight was on the left footpeg. I was getting a left thigh workout. I had to stop for photo ops just to left the thigh ache ease up.
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    The detour trial here was wonderful and easy, but I could either steer or brake at any moment, not both. I had to downshift a lot for some rear braking, and almost washed out the front tire hundreds of times going into turns. I was still at about an 80% fun factor, with 20% "too much work".
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    I was very relieved in stretches like this. Not being able to spend more time on the footpegs was giving my back a workout, too. All those bumps and shimmies went right up my spine. When there was some 2-track sections, I could relax a bit.
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    And then we got to some trail that was horribly rutted and washed out. Unaweep will have fond memories of this one.
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    Many of the eroded gullies were narrow and several feet deep. Most were able to be avoided. Most. Eventually, the trail looked too far gone and probably impassable. We met a couple other riders and turned around for another detour.
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    I had the ride printout with me, and could have managed to get out and make my own way to Moab, but it was wonderful to let Unaweep lead the way. His familiarity and the GPS made these detours manageable. We made it to the lunch site. Oof. I liked being able to give my back and left leg a rest. Julie, Laurie, and Jen were a wonderful support crew, even if their day was pretty much shot waiting for us constantly. Here, I should have taken the offer to trailer my bike to Moab and get the sheared footpeg fixed. Here, I failed to do the wise thing.
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    We split into smaller groups from lunch and headed for Kokopelli's trail. There were some compromises made along the way, but I will let those more knowlegeable give the trail report. Mostly what I knew was that the ground was hard and that gravity is relentless.
    Red_Chili gave a big rock the old "Take that!" treatment, and the rock did the some for his clutch cover. Magnesium cracks in a spidery pattern, I found out.
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    We spent, what?, maybe an hour or more watching Red_Chili patch his clutch cover. There was some shade but not much. We discussed whether or not urine would help QuickSteel set up faster, but it ended up being only debate and no testing. It was getting late, and the ride was far from over.
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    So okay, down and onward! Three of the bikes went ahead, then Tramontana and I set out.
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    We stopped for a couple pics. Here's Tramontana, his DR650, and my wounded KLR...
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    ... and here's the view behind me when I took the above photo. Probably less than 1000' drop off.
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    I took no pics at Rose Garden Hill--don't know if anyone in our group did. There were several ingredients to my failure here. I am not good at this kind of technical trail riding, I was nearly exhausted, my left leg felt like it was just a big bruise, my back was... Aw, screw it, I just failed on Rose Garden Hill. Guys finally tried to help me ease the bike down and that was fun for no one, but I really appreciate their effort. My bash plate kept high-centering on the bigger rocks and BAM! the bike would come to a halt and usually keeled over on my leg. The front tire kept washing out and BAM! the bike would fall again. The fun/adventure factor was down to about 10% at this point. When the worst of the rocks were over, I tried to ride it down, and BAM! off the trail I went. I tumble well (all those Judo rolls), but the KLR is less skilled at rolling over. Snapped the rear brake lever off (hey, I wasn't using it anyway). So, more shrapnel added to my tailbags.

    Once off Rose Garden Hill (geez, it's impressive to see you guys who can ride down that), the rest of the ride was sheer beauty. The sun was setting, backlighting wonderful rock formations and I just had to stop and take a couple pics. The 20-plus water crossings were very refreshing.
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    Finally to pavement and the long cruise to the campground. One last pic of whence we came. It was actually much darker than this photo shows.
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    Red_Chili's clutch stopped complaining and decided to do something about it, so it blew out. At speed. In the dark.

    The campgound was nice, if mostly just dirt, with a view out there somewhere in the night. We'd have to wait for morning to see it. The bathrooms and running water were nice. Meanwhile, the dinner was wonderful, the Guiness a godsend (goes without saying, usually), and the company and conversation was part of why my fun factor went way back up. Thanks, everyone.

    Some sightseeing on Sunday morning. Deadhorse State Park, and the stunning views.
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    It was this hot in March?! I'll be back at the end of May, when I will likely melt into a disagreeable pudding. I intend to never see Rose Garden Hill again. There, I've made my peace with it.
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  18. Fifinella

    Fifinella Been here awhile

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    To All the Kokopelli Riders from "Cookie". . . .

    I am in awe. :clap I've been riding for 13 years but have only recently agreed to learn how to ride off-road. Listening to your stories of the ride, falls, speed and scenery was fun and illuminating. I am seriously jealous of the views that you were able to see.

    I know that I probably will never even get to 10% of the skill (or bravery) level that you have but I hope that I will find trail riding as scintillating as you do. Even amidst the dust on your faces, I could tell how much you enjoyed the ride by the smiles and lights in your eyes.


    I had a great time planning and feeding the hourde and hope that knowing that food was ready at the end of your day carried you over the bigger boulders!
    Thanks, also, for making yummy noises when I fed you! :pot

    May the bruises and bikes heal well - and quickly!

    Fifinella (aka Mrs Tramonta aka Cookie)
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  19. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    wheres the smilie of a real sleepy dude holding a bucket of popcorn in one hand and a baby in the other, anxiously awaiting the next installment of what sounds like an epic ride?

    Lets just say I was green with envy all weekend long.:lol3
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  20. Red_Chili

    Red_Chili Fresh Ground

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    Bummed that I missed seeing Dead Horse Point. Looks awesome!

    I had Cloud9 in my sights most of the afternoon, Ron can do things with an old XT350 that most folks can't do with ANYthing, new/tuned or not. The man flows like butter over anything the trail throws him, and does it all day long. But I missed my line above Rose Garden, and in my tiredness and hesitation I killed the motor, and highsided. I rolled fine (love that 661 Pressure Suit) but I heard a sickening crunch when the bike hit.

    I was real happy that I'd brought epoxy putty - second time I've used it in Moab to repair a case (the first time it was someone else's)! I haven't opened up the clutch to inspect the carnage, but either the case bent in a tad from my foot (I don't *think* so, but the clearances are VERY tight there), or the clutch bolt that bent slightly either backed out a bit, or the head snapped. Either way, it started sounding like a cheese grater two miles out from Moab, and we pulled over. Boz went for a truck and trailer, and Ere and D_F and Raif (sp?) waited with me until it got cold just so's they could freeze all the way back to camp while I rode in a truck for 40 miles.

    Thanks, fellas!

    I really really hope I don't hafta tear down the motor just to get shards out of it...:eek1

    Don't let SgtMarty fool ya. I watched him come down Rose Garden. I have pix but sleep called last night. He is fearless and determined, and skilled. It's just tough taking a one-legged water buffaloe down Rose Garden is all - MAD PROPS to SgtMarty!
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