Three Pacific NorthWet Dudes Dry Out on the UTBDR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Scott_PDX, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Pr0xy

    Pr0xy Shreddin' the gnar

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    Neato. I'm tuned in.

    A few of us are going on a ride early next month between southern CO and Grand Teton... might try to incorporate some of what you guys have done.
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  2. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey Scott,
    is this the water crossing?

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    Man, it was really moving back on july 8th. And, deep.
    I threw a big rock into the dark section and it made a pretty loud (and long) "PLUUUNK!" :eek1

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    We decided it was moving too fast for us, so we went around and crossed on the road.

    Bet it made a great bath, though!
    Thanks for the report - it's fun to read about the trail North to South.
    (nice lightning shot, too!)

    kelly
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  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :thumb In !

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  4. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    That's the one LittleWan, thanks for the picture. It wasn't too bad to the far right, but the Center and Left where John and Jessie went in was a bit..."epic". There were some sections of this ride that were a little tough and I kept thinking of you guys coming through there two up on a 990. We're noobs by your standards.

    I see you've started your report also...YAY! I LOVE YOUR REPORTS! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=817794

    -= Scott



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  5. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    A few rainstorms over the night gave way to a beautiful morning sunrise…so John says. What can I say, I’m a good sleeper in the woods. Even with the Bear Warning signs all over, the campground was a great place to stay. The ground was soft, the spot was large, and there was a nice creek right behind camp.

    Sulpher Campground
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    Big Mountains
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    Wasn't he warmest morning
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    Gittin High
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    Nice Views, but that sky is looking dark
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    Soon we jumped back on the road to the first 10,000ft pass (Bald Mountain Pass). Afterwards we pass a number of great campgrounds and pretty lake scenes. This part of Utah was stunning. Near Lake Washington we jumped on another Alternate route. This one was one of the more difficult ones. No crashes, but some nervous moments. I was pretty glad I was on the little 250.

    The alternate section got a little technical
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    Some more pretty country came our way after that Alternate Section. Lunch then got on our mind, so we ran off the route to go into Heber City to gas up and grab a bite to eat. Can’t remember the bar we tried to eat at, but poor Jessie’s lost wallet nixed that idea when the bitchy waitress chased us off. Instead we found some Mexican Food and had a great lunch.

    Wierd sightings in the sky
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    Pretty scenery abounds
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    A couple hours down the road we run into the Awesome Timber Canyon.
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    As it’s getting late we start looking for a campsite, and after a few unsuccessful looks, we come across Camelot…literally. This was an awesome resort with a nice swimming hole, flush bathrooms, power and SHOWERS. Yay. Happy Boyz. Took the opportunity to charge up our devices and do some laundry.

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    The scenery was knocked me off my feet
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    Tomorrow…Jessie rearranges bike parts…the hard way.
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  6. Nomomo

    Nomomo Adventurer

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    Nice report. I'm in.
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  7. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Where's the rest?

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    ....This, from the guy that never finished my last year's big moto-vacation RR....
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  8. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    very nice. we'll have a COBDR for ya next spring and a AZBDR shortly after that.
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  9. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Nice. We could have used one for Colorado. As it was I picked up the Butler Colorado map at Moab Powerports, and we followed much of the "Recommended Dual Sport Route" that was running N to S in the rockies. That area North of Rifle was especially awe inspiring.

    Keep up the good work.

    -= Scott
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  10. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Just curious about John's (asrvivor) high milage DR650. Could you give us some background on your maintenence and any major work, rebuilds or parts replacement along the miles. I am on my second DR650 and love the bike.

    By the way, great ride report and photos. Ain't the Southwest a great place to ride?

    Ride safe,

    Taz
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  11. jessepitt

    jessepitt Ride More

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    Ditto on the DR. I put over 30k on my first DR and it was still running when I traded it. I would love to get 70k out of my new one. Was he the original owner?
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  12. Remarksman

    Remarksman Been here awhile

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    So that's what Scott has been up to this summer!

    ...waiting for more...
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  13. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    It will come...decided to ride down the Coast to Sunset Bay to camp with my brother for the weekend vs. nerding off on the computer. Now...back to uploading pictures.

    Regarding John's DR650, I'll let him tell you about the history of the bike (He's been working out of town since we got back). But his maintainence has been VERY minimal. I don't think he's ever washed it, and all that crap they say you MUST do to a stock DR650, he didn't do. Can't remember the exact number, but the number of time he's changed the oil is in single digits. I think he had some drive train issues once (worn sprokets), but other than that just tires, tires, tires. He does have a aftermarket pipe, pumper carb and upgraded suspension, and the bike hauls ass. Pretty impressive considering how he rides it.
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  14. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    I subscribed so you better finish this one. :lol3

    This may be my trip next year. Keep it coming.
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  15. BigEasy

    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    I ran in to these guys in Rifle CO at the campground,very proper ADVrs. I rode a street bike. (pussy)

    We had a good storm that night and Jessie slpet in a hammock:lol3

    I wanna see the rest Scott, get yer nerd on:freaky
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  16. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  17. Scott_PDX

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    Ahh, sleeping on grass - probably my favorite surface to camp on. As rested and clean as we would be for the next few days, we head out with an earlyish start. We follow the same canyon where Camelot was located in, and the scenery continues to be awe inspiring.

    Beautiful Canyon Country
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    After a bit we get to Argyle Canyon which opens up a bit, and we put the gas on. Somehow I catch the other guys off guard and run in the front putting on as much speed as I felt comfortable with. It’s nice to run fast on deserted roads first thing in the morning. However, soon I don’t see the guys in my mirrors, and even at my speed, that’s rare. I pull over and wait a bit, but after a couple minutes I turn around and head back to see what’s up. I come upon a small garage sale, with Jessie sitting on a berm and John checking out his bike. I see some parts that normally are attached to Jessie’s bike laying around it instead. Turns out he was jumping off some rain diverters right below the series of cattle guards we passing through. One of them caught him with a tighter turn right after the cattle guard. It’s hard to turn when your tires aren’t on the ground.

    Jessie Goes Boom
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    John lending a hand while…
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    Jessie takes pictures.
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    Out came the zip ties, duct tape, rubber bands and maybe even some epoxy. Few small spots of road rash where his clothes rode up and a few scratches was the extent of his personal damage. MX gear and armor saved him from injury.

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    Eventually we make it to Wellington, and got gas and fuel (Subway). We topped off our Camelbacks the best we could in the bathroom sink, but should have taken on more water now that we were entering the desert.

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    Conditions Worsen
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    The ride south of Wellington found us in the hot and dry desert. After Buckhorn Reservoir (no water) the going starts to get pretty tough. There is some loose sandy washes to cross and get’s a bit more technical. Eventually the ride follows along an old railroad grade, but it crawls off this grade where it has washed away and gets more technical.

    The WR feels right at home
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    Diggin the desert
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    Creepy Rocks, they look like people up there


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    Beware the weird lizard rock
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    Big Skys and Awesome Scenery
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    Not sure what this is, some sort of storage I guess
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    The Railroad Grade
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    By this point we figure we are using more water than we planned and so there will be no camping out here unless we find water. So I find a nice shady spot and decide that we might as well take a break and enjoy a cold beverage that we were saving for camp to help us hydrate, and look at our options. Green River looks like a good goal as it has a Campground in town. Back on the bikes we spread out quite a bit and after a long haul make it to Green River pretty tired and burnt. Dinner is Arbys and 3.2% beer. Jessie and John go for a swim while I opt for a shower instead. This was probably the hardest day so far and just the beginning of the desert. Our humid Oregon heritage was showing.

    Not a lot of trees out here
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    Next up - we thought today was HOT...
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  18. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    :lurk more please ....
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  19. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Scott
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  20. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    Loving the awesome photos. Owwwwee for Jessie.
    Looking forward to more...photos I mean, not yard sales.
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