Triangle Trip. Utah desert days

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  1. silverboy

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    My head still is throbbing.
    My ass is raw.
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    My teeth feel loose and all my joints feel like they are coming apart.
    It was the best weekend trip ever!

    My friend David organized this trip months ago. It all started on the Colorado Utah border at mile marker 2 in Rabbit Valley with 11 Colorado riders.

    It was a cold morning in the middle of November
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    We drove from Boulder Thursday night and arrived to beers a full moon and steamy breath.
    The goal was to ride from Rabbit Valley to Moab via as much single track as possible, around 130 miles, and stay in a comfy motel.
    Day2: Ride from Moab North to Green River through White Wash, around 115 miles, and stay in something resembling a motel.
    Day 3: Finish the 3 sided loop on the North side of I70 back to Rabbit Valley, around 110 miles.

    Tires rolled at 930am. Why start early, we had headlights...
    and it was cold,
    I dont remember if I complained about that yet:D

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    Buzz lightyear and his scuba pack.

    I carried 2 gallons of gas in my pack. That was dumb. It was heavy and made me smell and look like a bomb. I think in the future Ill get a bigger tank. 2.1 gallons does not cut it:ear

    We left Rabbit Valley on the Rim Trail. This amazing single track traverses some ginormous canyons.
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    Amazing riding. Some rocks, but mostly amazing shrub infested single track.
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    We hooked up with Mels loop and continued towards Dewey bridge.
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    We rode over an arch and that was cool!
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    Before Dewey we followed the Kokopelli trail towards Dome Plateau, a rarely ridden area North of Arches National park.
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    After 40 miles of fast dirt roads and double track, we popped out at the end of the National park loop.
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    Staying in motels was the best decision of the trip. After a long cold day, a warm room and a restaurant make it all better.
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    Red Rock Lodge rocked. Even this dinosaur liked it. Im not sure what it had to do with the motel, but it was mounted on the side...

    I woke up at 630 and attacked a large mocha and burrito at the Love Muffin Cafe. No one else was up and the plan was to leave at 930. So I figured Id give my favorite trail in the world a cruise.
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    I hit Slickrock around 830 and was back at the motel around 920.

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    This is the coolest riding anywhere. Tires stick like glue. It is like a park for motos. If you leave early, most mountain bikers can be avoided!:clap

    From Moab we headed North to the Sovereign trail. These trails were rad. Super good large rock covered sandy single track with some fun sections.... Only a few crashes with our group and no injuries.
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    From the north section of Sovereign near Copper Ridge, we headed out to Tusher Canyon. This road was perfect sandy straights and corners where 4th and 5th gear was the norm.

    It was going so well until Gary lost his aux. gas tank. Sadly it was full....not any more...
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    Riding towards the South end of White wash was truly amazing. Ive been riding in the desert for years and never seen shit like this!

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    Its like being on another planet.
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    I came across this morbid scene of past biker attempts...
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    Or maybe my iphone camera just messed up...

    This secret slot canyon led to the South end of the Dunes.
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    We played around in it and then took a massive Star Wars like wash along the Eastern flank to a long Single track leading to Green River. It pops out just behind the super 8.
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    We stayed at the Robbers Roost motel. When they said 'recently remodeled' I think they meant in the 80's:eek1
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    I kept my sensitive KTM inside that night. The cold mornings had been making getting her started hard.
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    It is amazing how big she looked next to my bed... and how much she smelled like gas.

    The morning in the middle of nowhere Utah greeted us with rain. We started at the only coffee shop in town where Pat took a nap on the coolest sofa I have ever seen.
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    We left Green river and headed East towards Thompson Springs on what used to be the main highway across the West.

    The rain made the riding less enjoyable than sunshine would have.
    Gary's first flat tire happened just as the rain really got started...
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    When the first tire change did not work, the second try in a muddy field did not make things better...
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    In fact, I think it was so much fun because we missed the two inch nail embedded in his tire TWICE! Gary saved the third tire change for the gas station parking lot 25 miles away.... Sometimes, riding a flat is cool. Its all relative:norton

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    I love seeing David just watching, drinking a hot coffee, appreciating his friends trauma.

    Pat, surgically removing the nail.
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    We did some exploring while we waited. Just North of town some aliens painted pretty pictures on the canyon walls.
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    Over 4000 years old. Amazing. Not the guy on the left...

    The old town of Thompson Springs died when I70 was built. The main road leading west used to go through the main street. Now, nothing goes through main street but tumble weeds and rednecks on dirt bikes
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    We stayed here the second night. No cable, unbelievable!
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    A closed cafe on the corner. There were salt shakers still on the tables.
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    Have you ever wondered what happens when a wild coyote eats the scubby pad from your campsite?
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    This is what happens: Blue poop! I bet his intestines are very clean.

    We left Thompson Springs around 1pm and rode East on the best single track I have ever ridden.
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    Natural gas roads criss cross the trail making route finding... interesting...
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    One of our last breaks before darkness in a valve station away from all the environmentalists.
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    70 miles of bliss. 5th gear single track, for real, with super tight sandy washes in between.
    We flew east but did not make it by sundown. The rain that had soaked us earlier let up to reveal epic stickly dirt until we hit the last wash in the dark full of snotty mud.
    I like taking photos, but I only got this one of Pat, giving me the evil eye.

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    That is steam surrounding him. We are stuck in the mud presently because my headlight went out and he was trying to help me only to get more stuck himself.... What are friends for?

    We got back to the trucks around 7, packed and headed for the closest hot shower and Mexican restaurant.
    El Tapatio in Fruita was a perfect way to end possibly the best weekend trip ever.
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    JOY
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  2. Wannabeeuro

    Wannabeeuro Tuner chic

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    Nicely done! Thanks for taking pics!
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  3. IgnatiusJ

    IgnatiusJ Adventurer

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    Great trip!!! Thanks!
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  4. Jamie

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    Looks like a great time!
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  5. toddler

    toddler Unpronouncible

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    The guy on the left is actually 5000 years old:lol3

    Isaac, you really do know how to rub it in. I'm so bummed I missed this one. Looks awesome guys.:clap Nice write up.

    BTW, is that an ADV rider salute as one of the petroglyph peoples heads?
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  6. Cavernous

    Cavernous Been here awhile

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    Great trip report and excellent photography! Thanks for the share.

    I've been planning a Moab trip and wondered about the typical winter temps. I think you've encouraged me to hybernate for a few months more.
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  7. beernutt

    beernutt This space for rent

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    Spence stares at his tank, Tim stares at nothing. Dave pees on his bike.

    Buzz Lightyear takes picture.

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    Great trip.
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  8. RideFreak

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    Nice pics, looks like a great ride!
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  9. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    Nice writeup.. that looks long and cold.

    Is Buzz Lightyear wearing mardi gras beads? Must have been some interesting camping....
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  10. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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  11. brittrunyon

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  12. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    I have ridden most of everything on the south side of I70 but never on the north. From Thompson Springs is the single track that hard to follow and what do you think of a solo ride? Thanks
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  13. The Toecutter

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    Great pictures and ride discription. Do you have an air shifter on your bike? Saw the buttons on the bar.
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  14. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    Great RR !!
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  15. silverboy

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    Solo ride would be fine. Worst comes to worse you walk South a few miles to I70 and stick a thumb out:rofl

    Trail finding is...interesting. Trial and error. If you off track, do not go more than 1 mile away in either direction!

    good luck!
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  16. silverboy

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    Yes. I use an electric shifter due to a spinal cord injury that has left my legs without much feeling or strength:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=732416
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  17. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    Now that is impressive !! Good for you for finding a way to continue to ride !!
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  18. silverboy

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    I was more worried about falling off.... If it did break, im pretty sure a little gas would have solved the problem:freaky
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  19. Humunn

    Humunn Moto Prozac

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    GREAT RR! :clap
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  20. Dustydude

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    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing
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