Ultimate Utah Adventure Route – The UTBDR and a Whole Lot More

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by jglow, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Back in the Winter of 2011 I read the first info on the new (at that time) Backcountry Discovery Route through Utah. I was stoked! I bought the map, watched the video, downloaded the tracks, and daydreamed about the ride to keep me occupied throughout the Winter. Well… 2012 ended up being the year of surgery and deductible meeting for me, and I wasn’t able to ride the UTBDR. A couple friends that I had planned to ride with went ahead and did the ride. They had a great time on the route… So much so, that they wanted to do another ride in Utah. Their biggest complaint about their trip was that they had to ride so much pavement to get to and from the truck at the start/end of the ride. They had driven the bikes up from Texas, and left the truck in Grand Junction Colorado. So, they had a lot of miles to ride to get to the start of the route, as well as getting back to the truck at the end of the route. For the trip this year, we looked to see if we could make a loop ride – have the trail start and end from one location - with no transit sections. We gathered maps, tracks, and reports of others' rides in the area, and plotted a tentative route that would start and end in Monticello, UT. I spent most of March and April putting together a route, and flying it in Google Earth to double check it. What we ended up with was an almost 1,300 mile loop, utilizing Forest Roads, BLM Roads, OHV Trail Systems, and forgotten mining roads (a formerly lost (submerged) connection of two roads at Lake Powell).

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    I have to give credit to the Backcountry Discovery Route folks for the awesome route through Southern & Central Utah that we utilized in our Route :thumb, and another huge Thank You! to GPSKevin :bow here in Advrider for sharing his tracks from a few of his roulette rides in the areas we were routing through.

    Three of us rode the route:

    Jordan (Me)

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    Richard

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    Lawson

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    We were on the bikes for 7 days (July 26-Aug 1).
    All of us were riding 08’ Wr250r bikes, and carried all the gear we would need to be self sufficient on our little bikes… Popping into town on occasion to refill fuel, water, and sometimes food.

    We knew the route would be challenging in some areas, and it certainly was – getting in over our heads on maybe one or two occasions, but it turned out to be an amazing ride. So, bear with me while I make sense of all the photos and videos from the ride :type. And just to wet your appetite a little, here is a short teaser video of the ride.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/71748766" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/71748766">Utah 2013 Teaser</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user16918015">Jordan Glowicki</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    GPS tracks for the route available here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=912851

    jordan
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  2. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    Can't wait to see how the little blue bikes faired
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  3. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Don't be such a teaser.................give us more............:wink::wink:
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  4. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    That's just rude to post a 1min video of such nice terrain.
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  5. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    :thumb
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  6. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice video.
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  7. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    As I mentioned earlier, we are from Texas. We've done plenty of miles on the Wr's, and had no desire to dredge through Texas on them to get to Utah :puke1. So instead, we loaded the bikes up into the back of Lawson's truck, and hauled them up to Monticello, UT.

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    We arrived in Monticello on Thursday (7/25/13) afternoon.

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    We stayed at the Monticello Inn. The lady there was super nice, and even allowed us to park the truck there for the week that we would be gone. We unloaded the bikes to discover that Lawson's bike had a flat front tire. His bike was also really hard to push around :scratch.

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    Anyhow... there happened to be a small Honda shop just down the road, so we grabbed a new tube (so we didn't use up a spare so early) and stuck it in. We also realized that the front wheel spacers were in wrong, and was causing the rotor to dig into the caliper bracket. Oops... Good thing we caught that. No wonder it was hard to push around :rofl.

    So with the flat fixed, and the front wheel reassembled correctly, Lawson and Richard went down to the golf course to smack some golf balls at the local deer. I hung around the digs to try to sort out and pack all of my junk. This would be my first trip shooting video, so I needed to sort all of the components involved with that. The rest of the night was spent trying to fall asleep, but all the while being drawn to watch the Borne Identity movie that was on the tv... dunno why - it didn't even have Matt Damon in it :dunno


    Day 1 on the trail coming up....


    jordan
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  8. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    After a sleepless night (and dreaming about greens and reds and blues (still not sure what that even means) Bourne Movie reference), we mounted up on the bikes and headed out of town.

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    We weren't sure how far we would get today, but we had a goal of about ~225 miles, and also to get North of I-70.


    A few miles West of town, we pick up the trail...

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    Well, not much of a trail here. We actually have a good stretch of pavement to get through before we hit the actual dirt.

    It must have been that overwhelming desire to get on to dirt and get the trip "started" that helped us to make the early wrong turn onto a dirt road that was not on our track.

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    Don't get me wrong...

    It was a fun road! With a little bit of a lot of sand...

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    The only problem was that we rode 10-15 miles down this road before we realized it was wrong, and there was no way to connect back to the proper track other than back-tracking :puke1.

    Back on the pavement (the right track).

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    We swing by Newspaper rock.

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    Before hitting some dirt.

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    This section of our route is following the UTBDR, and specifically through here we are riding the Expert Route through Lockhart Basin.

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    The riding is fairly easy at this point, and the bikes feel well loaded and balanced.

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    After a few miles in the dirt, you really got used to the additional weight of carrying all of your camping gear and what not...

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    Of course, when picking the bike up, you always felt the additional weight :D.


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    Every turn through here is another perfect photo-op.

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    Do y'all realize how hard I'm working to get these shots for you:rofl?

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    You drop down and traverse through a wash at some point.

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    And the riding gets a bit more technical

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    Before gradually working your way back up and out.

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    Getting closer to Moab...

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    In Moab, we grab some lunch at the Moab Grill, and fill up gas and water at a fuel station before heading back out.


    More day 1 coming up....


    jordan
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  9. Motokirby

    Motokirby Anti log hopper

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    It's going to be like riding it all over again! Loving it!:clap
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  10. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    Living through you guys. I will make this happen next time.
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  11. Pickup man

    Pickup man Been here awhile

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    Outstanding photos. Looks like the ride of a lifetime in a spectacular place. Now, can we have more please!
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  12. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Great pics and ride it's about the same ride I want to do on my KLR. It's just a long way from Alabama to Utah but I still plan to do it.:clap
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  13. drklr

    drklr MotoTrvlr

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    Looks awesome!

    Can't wait to see more. :clap

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  14. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Hit me up the next time you want to get out of Texas. I have some great ideas for Utah.
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  15. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    In - What is UTBDR?
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  16. buzzardair

    buzzardair terraqueous Adventurer

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  17. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    good start...day 1 rocks.

    IN....:evil
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  18. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Awesome, looking forward to the next installment!

    :lurk :lurk

    All the Best,

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  19. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    We climb out of Moab, and just clip the La Sal’s for the next section.

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    It was about 100 degrees in Moab, so it felt nice to be gaining some elevation and cool off.

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    But soon enough we were dropping back down, as we headed along Onion Creek Rd.

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    We took a short break before hopping on Hwy 128.

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    After a short blast of pavement, we were back on some dirt that was bringing us through the empty desert.

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    It really started to open up as we neared I-70 :eek2.

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    Font page stuff :clap:

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    It was getting pretty late in the day at this point, but we were still pushing hard to get North of I-70, and hopefully gain some elevation (per the gps topo maps :cromag), so that we would have a comfortable nights sleep temp wise.

    About an hour further, we found a spot that would do, right up against the Book Cliffs, and about 6500ft elevation.

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    It was a pretty long first day, and we were glad to get out of the gear and relax a bit. Dinner was of the freeze dried and/or noodle variety that night.

    Total Stats for day 1 Moticello, Ut to North of Thompson Springs, UT: 232 Miles


    jordan
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  20. utefan

    utefan Been here awhile

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