Utah/Colorado trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CafeRacer99, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

    Jun 11, 2012
    Las Vegas, NV
    Awesome trip! Fellow Vegas rider here, and Army enlisted type here. Think I'm putting that ride you did on my list, Colorado has always been one of my favorite states.
  2. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

    Jan 29, 2008
    St. George, UT
    Thanks for the RR. I'm just up the road from you in St. George. Looks like a fun ride you and your son just did. I can't wait until my 14 year old is old enough to start riding with me on Adventures like you just did. He has been riding dirt bikes since he was 5 and is excited to do some overnight stuff. Not sure if I want him out there at 16 riding street but I already know he is gonna be bugging me to let him go. I would love to do it but not sure his mother will be happy about it. She barely even likes him riding his YZ 125..

    Anyways I know you said you are looking for a New Tent. Just wanted to let you know that since you are Military you can sign up for www.promotive.com and get some sweet discounts on all things recreational.. Big Agnes is a sponsor as well as KLIM gear and alot of other people. They give some great discounts to Fire, Police and Military. I use them all the time. Some stuff is 50% off Retail. Now go shopping... With a bike like you have you should be able to pack a 3 man tent with no issues and have lots of room and comfort. No reason to sleep in a tent that small. For me if I can't be comfortable I'm not camping... I'm not a minimalist though like alot of the ADV guys are..
  3. pike

    pike Been here awhile

    Sep 13, 2005
    Enjoyed the ride report. Thanks for yalls service too!!
  4. spoon

    spoon Rubber's gone!

    May 15, 2007
    Snow in New Mexico
    For the camping vs. motel thing, I have given this some thought. The motel night can be more convient and "maybe" more enjoyable -but- you can not always get a room when and where you want it. In high use areas you need to have a reservation and that may not fit your travel plans for that day. In other words your days travels are dictated by where you are spending the night. Depending on your mind set camping can be great or a PITA. Rain can be a challenge and that can be taken two ways. I live in the southwest and with all of the wide open country you would think finding a camp site woud not be a challenge. Not always so. Depending on where you are even primative, just off the road places are a long way apart. I would rather camp but some nights a motel room is just screaming for me. Good luck on your quest.:D
  5. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

    Jan 1, 2004
    Prince George, BC Canada
    Wonderful ride report. I really enjoyed it :thumb

    My take on camping and bikes. Gear tends to weigh quite a bit so I mostly prefer to do my 'camping' in motels to save weight. On my old KLR I used to ride for days with just a backpack full of clothes.....

    To each their own though.....
  6. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

    Mar 15, 2004
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Very cool trip report. Thanks for sharing. That is such a beautiful part of the country.
  7. byways

    byways byways

    Dec 15, 2006
    CafeRacer99, which month did you do your trip? I looked back and couldn't find that info.

    BTW, I lived in Henderson for a few months a few years ago. Quite liked it!
  8. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

    Jun 19, 2010
    Killeen, TX.
    Thanks for sharing the report, great!
  9. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

    Jul 22, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Great report, thanks for posting. I enjoyed your rather laconic style of writing. Kind of reminds me of parade ground commands. (I was in the army too, a long time ago).

    Finally, your few pics of Zion National Park are just stunning. Will be sure to visit there on our trip next year.
  10. Mr B

    Mr B Been here awhile

    May 16, 2009
    Merced, CA
    Then he set his tarp up over the whole thing so he wouldn't get wet. I didn't get a picture, but it was a good set up.

    I am an Army Master Sergeant, so I did what we do. Drank coffee and made fun of the kid.

    Funny stuff!!!!
    Nice read!
  11. Makalu

    Makalu Long timer

    Oct 29, 2003
    Event horizon
    Nice RR. Thanks for posting.
  12. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

    Sep 28, 2004
    Cumming GA
    Great report. My brother and I shared a similar route this past summer as well. We camped at Clear Lake, it was gorgeous (I can post pics if you wanna see it but don't want to muddy your thread up). We had marmots across the lake making noise all night, and a fox visited our campsite in the morning... he got so close we could have petted him if we wanted to. Really really cool.

    With that said, in a week, we camped only twice. Next time we will not bring the camping gear. The less weight the better while riding, and the mom and pop motels we stayed at turned out to be highlights of the trip, we met some really interesting people at them. It was more costly, yes, but it sure was nice to have a hot shower and dinner at the end of a long day in the saddle. To each his own though, I get the camping thing too. I just hate breaking down camp every morning. Especially if everything is wet. Blah.